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post #16936 of 20015

Hi, I am about to purchase the HE400 but have a few questions. I am planning to get the amp with it but not sure which one to get. There is the Hifiman ef2a and Schiit Magni and Modi combo. Which of these will be a better value?

post #16937 of 20015

Never heard the EF2A but I've only positive remarks about the magni/modi.

post #16938 of 20015
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Never heard the EF2A but I've only positive remarks about the magni/modi.

 

Hi, thanks for the reply. What will be the best amp/dac combo under $250 for the he400?

 

advice is really appreciated! 

post #16939 of 20015
I ordered a Objective2/ODAC for my HE-400's that are on the way. The O2/ODAC seem to be a solid combo from what I have read.
post #16940 of 20015

The objective2/odac was one of my choices too. Didnt find too many reviews of it with he400, so was on the fence about getting it.

IT will be great if you could comment on how it sounds with the he 400 when you get it.

post #16941 of 20015

Solid state amps are really great with the he-400. Used to run my pair through a tube amp and distortion was pretty common and sub bass was very rolled off. Running my pair for the last few months through a dragonfly dac v1 and set up sounds quite good. The schiit modi/magni and o2/odac are both great choices, personally prefer the schiit as its lay out is preferable to the objective 2.

 

The he-400 are the most power hungry cans in my collection and don't really need a strong amp but does benefit from one. Into the near future I will probably be building my own o2 but that is just me.

post #16942 of 20015
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Originally Posted by bibas View Post
 

The objective2/odac was one of my choices too. Didnt find too many reviews of it with he400, so was on the fence about getting it.

IT will be great if you could comment on how it sounds with the he 400 when you get it.


I have an old review of the O2/ODAC when it was new. I bought it specifically for the HE-400s. I need to edit the review a tad (in it I talk about hiss, which I now know was totally the laptop as source, not the amp).

 

The change was, Laptop -> O2 ->O2 + ODAC

 

In short, they make a fine combination. Definitely superior sonic quality compared to the laptop - black background, nice punchy dynamic sound and so on. But I would caution that the audio quality wasn't NIGHT and DAY better, just a clear step up in some ways. The most important aspect was gaining additional power so I could reach the SPL I wanted with the HE-400 under different listening conditions. The ODAC is great, but gave me more buyers remorse as I realized the DAC in my computer sounded more or less the same. But the totally black background of the combo is pretty awesome once you get used to it!

post #16943 of 20015

Its a tough choice between the objective2 and schiit...but the o2 cost more so think i will get the schiit combo. Time for more research.

 

Thanks head fiers for the info!!

post #16944 of 20015
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Originally Posted by bibas View Post
 

The objective2/odac was one of my choices too. Didnt find too many reviews of it with he400, so was on the fence about getting it.

IT will be great if you could comment on how it sounds with the he 400 when you get it.


I have an old review of the O2/ODAC when it was new. I bought it specifically for the HE-400s. I need to edit the review a tad (in it I talk about hiss, which I now know was totally the laptop as source, not the amp).

 

The change was, Laptop -> O2 ->O2 + ODAC

 

In short, they make a fine combination. Definitely superior sonic quality compared to the laptop - black background, nice punchy dynamic sound and so on. But I would caution that the audio quality wasn't NIGHT and DAY better, just a clear step up in some ways. The most important aspect was gaining additional power so I could reach the SPL I wanted with the HE-400 under different listening conditions. The ODAC is great, but gave me more buyers remorse as I realized the DAC in my computer sounded more or less the same. But the totally black background of the combo is pretty awesome once you get used to it!


Thanks for the heads up!! May end up getting the Schiit combo..

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post #16945 of 20015
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Thanks for the heads up!! May end up getting the Schiit combo..

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Just be aware if you are talking about Modi/Magni that you are running at a fixed 5X gain, which is going to be really high for a lot of headphones (too high, IMHO). Big advantage of the O2 is selectable gain (2.5X / 6.5X stock, optimized for approximately 2V or lower sources).

 

You could save $50 by going with a Modi instead of the ODAC. But whatevs!

post #16946 of 20015
Thread Starter 

odac sound appreciably better than the modi IMO. And the Vali better than the o2...IMO of course. 

post #16947 of 20015
Didn't know about the magni gain thing. Learning new things in the process. Vali has caught my eye too..so gonna research on that.

Thanks for the help guys

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post #16948 of 20015

I think Vali has the same fixed gain too.  With the Magni at least you'll get about 7 o'clock to 9 o'clock play on the pot using HE-400 and ordinary songs.  For quiet songs you can get up to around 10 or 11.  I always found myself hovering at 9 with the HE-400.

post #16949 of 20015
After looking through the forums and info from everyone here..looks like I will be getting the Schiit modi/magni combo

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post #16950 of 20015

Hi all , i have the he400 and im really enjoying it. Can you point out a headphone with similar sound signature but better than he 400 in general? Thanks :atsmile:  

I'm aware of LCD-2, what do you guys think of it compared to he400?


Edited by binhddhn - 4/12/14 at 1:19am
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