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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

If you mean Vali/modi, that is the best of what you've listed in my opinion. The Vali is an outstanding budget amp and one of the best I've heard. There is some slight issues with microphonics but honestly I didn't find it very bothersome.

 

gL!!

 

Matt

 

Yeah, I meant Vali/Modi.  Typo.

 

Thanks for the input.  I appreciate it.

post #16712 of 17983
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The he400 at the new reduced price, plus Vali/Modi is ridiculously good at around $500 for the package. Stupid good really. Mod the velours into jergpads and sit back and laugh at the thousands the rest of us are spending. 

post #16713 of 17983

I'm having the hardest time deciding on a dac/amp combo for my HE-400s.  Has anyone used an Audio-GD NFB-15.32 with these headphones?  How does it compare to other dac/amps?

 

The main reason I'm interested in this dac/amp is that it'd be nice to be able to use the optical-in port with my PC so that I could still get my surround sound game features of my soundcard while gaming, but I don't want to sacrifice quality for this feature since the main use of the headphones would be for music.

post #16714 of 17983
Thread Starter 

I like most of the Audio GD products and have owned quite a few of them. They have good clean power and use nice onboard dacs. If you can find a good deal on the 15.32 I'd say go for it. The power from these amps seems to work with planar magnetic hp's. 

 

I'm a big fan of optical connection dac to pc. This helped me eliminate my issue with usb jitter. And I think it sounds a little better IMO. 

post #16715 of 17983
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

They don't echo in the cup.  If you look at their waterfall plots they have very fast decay with minimal ringing issues.  


Maybe they don't look like that, but what accounts for the tunnel like effect of the sound on them? Sounds like you are listening to sound in a storm drain (well not that dramatic but slightly like that). Since I'm not the only one noticing it, I'm curious about what might be the technical reasons. It's especially noticeable when I came back to the 400's from any of my other headphones.

post #16716 of 17983

Are you listening to the HE-400 with pleather pads on?  While they're not particularly ringy with pleahters, they do sound hollow.  With velours they sound more fleshed out.  

 

If you're listening with velours, it could just be the coloration of the midrange.  The lower midrange is full and upfront while the upper midrange/lower treble is recessed.  Sennheisers are more linear throughout the midrange.  I particularly don't find them echo-ey sounding on Velours compared to Sennheisers or other more linear headphones.  


Edited by TMRaven - 3/8/14 at 9:22pm
post #16717 of 17983
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

The he400 at the new reduced price, plus Vali/Modi is ridiculously good at around $500 for the package. Stupid good really. Mod the velours pleathers into jergpads and sit back and laugh at the thousands the rest of us are spending. 

 

Just a slight correction in your post Matt to avoid any confusion for new comers.

post #16718 of 17983

after listening to my Bottlehead Crack today for about 10~12 hours I decided to roll different tube and when I turned back my amp I could here LOUD pop (headphones were hanging on my stand-thank god ) ..now only one channel works ..does that means this cans are toast ?? 

post #16719 of 17983
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Originally Posted by spacequeen7 View Post

after listening to my Bottlehead Crack today for about 10~12 hours I decided to roll different tube and when I turned back my amp I could here LOUD pop (headphones were hanging on my stand-thank god ) ..now only one channel works ..does that means this cans are toast ?? 
O.o
You could always try the headphone out of an iPod or something to see. That's really weird tho. Don't panick too much though...I'm sure hifiman will treat you we'll as they did to davidsh
post #16720 of 17983
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

 

Just a slight correction in your post Matt to avoid any confusion for new comers.

Thank you sir!

 

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Originally Posted by spacequeen7 View Post
 

after listening to my Bottlehead Crack today for about 10~12 hours I decided to roll different tube and when I turned back my amp I could here LOUD pop (headphones were hanging on my stand-thank god ) ..now only one channel works ..does that means this cans are toast ?? 

You were listening to the he400 with the crack? Sounds like a problem with the amp and not the hp's. 

post #16721 of 17983

looking at the jergmod page, looks like Hifiman is discontinuing their current pads and going to be releasing new ones? Will be interesting to see how new ones compare to old and to the jergmod.

post #16722 of 17983

The velours are still 10usd and the pleathers 20usd on head-direct.  Where are they discounted?

post #16723 of 17983

I'm going to assume you misread there TM

This reminds me tho, I really should order a pair of velours and give them a try.  Never had any complaints about the pleathers, but for only 10 I should give something else a try too.


Edited by Saoshyant - 3/9/14 at 11:18am
post #16724 of 17983
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Thank you sir!

 

You were listening to the he400 with the crack? Sounds like a problem with the amp and not the hp's. 

why would you say that ?,..swapped to 880s and both channels work 

post #16725 of 17983
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

I'm going to assume you misread there TM

This reminds me tho, I really should order a pair of velours and give them a try.  Never had any complaints about the pleathers, but for only 10 I should give something else a try too.

 

Oh yea. :redface:

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