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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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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!

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

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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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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.

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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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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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400i?
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I just picked up a Schiit Lyr and Modi. Sound was harsh with the highs and bass anemic coming from my MacBook Pro, so I rolled some JJ E88CC tubes. Instantly improved the sound: huge soundstage, bright, but not harsh highs, and controlled bass. I can't wait to burn in these tubes more!


Edited by Bandkiller - 4/12/14 at 10:50am
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The JJ's are maybe the least favorite of all the lyr tubes that I've heard. But, if you like them that's all that matters.

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What is the best amp For price to connect with He-400?


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What is the best amp For price to connect with He-400?


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There is no single best amp, but people could give you some top choices if you say what price range you're looking for. 

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Just got a pair of HE-400's (used from the board), been trying them out today with various songs. I have to say, I'm not yet an experienced Audiophile, and this is my first Ortho, but it's certainly a unique, enlightening experience. They seem to have a sizzle / sparkle quality to them. With certain songs it really makes for an entirely new listening experience. One of my favorite albums, Swing The Heartache by Bauhaus sounds new and incredible. 

 

Of course, this has me wondering, these being the low-end of HiFiMAN's ortho line, how much better does it get from here? What is it like to step up from the 400 to 500, or beyond that to the HE-6? I'm omitting the new models since I don't think there's a good consensus on those yet. 

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I've heard the HE500 and HE6 so to answer your question, both headphones are a clear step up. Both had better detail better sound stage and deeper bass. If I had to choose I'd pick the HE 500 purely on the fact that they're easier to drive with a good amp.
Edited by DigitalFreak - 4/13/14 at 7:14am
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Has anybody swapped out the cables for the headphones? If so, how did the sound change?
Edited by Bandkiller - 4/13/14 at 11:22am
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