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**Hifiman HE-400 Impressions and Discussion Thread** - Page 1130
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All cables, especially high end cables need a break in period. Usually 100 hours will do the trick. Try listening to your new cables right out of the box. Then after 100 hours of breaking time, listen the them again. You should definitely hear a huge improvement. I use a mixture of tones and music with fast transients. I use brown and pink noise for one play list and music on the 2nd play list. This is all done using iTunes. However I do not use iTunes for listening pleasure. For that I use Foobar 2000 which is free. J River is supposed to be the best program out there, bit it has a huge amount of features I'll never use. It's also $50. I downloaded and used their free demo. During raw playback, I couldn't hear any difference between the 2. Now if I had $50 burning a hole in my pocket, I'd probably jump on the J River bandwagon as it ha some cool features and it's visually amazing. For now Foobar is fine...
They all look at me like I was crazy. But they all say that breaking in a speaker works because it's a moving part.
I will say the only change I thought I heard was achieved with the non blind test between the canare and the tarnished radioshack cable
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?
Hi, thanks for the reply. What will be the best amp/dac combo under $250 for the he400?
advice is really appreciated!
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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.
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!