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post #17011 of 19610
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Originally Posted by Bandkiller View Post

Has anybody swapped out the cables for the headphones? If so, how did the sound change?

I have a custom
Cable that terminates in a quarter inch. I really cant tell a difference between it anf the stock cable in terms of SQ
post #17012 of 19610

Maybe somebody has mentioned this later in the thread, but if not, you can use your X3 as a USB DAC. I'm sure a dedicated amp and DAC would yield better results, but I've been pretty darn impressed with the X3's performance (with my HE-400s). If you don't do much "sitting at your computer listening," this might be the perfect solution (so you can spend money on other stuff).

post #17013 of 19610
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Originally Posted by MidAirMatthew View Post
 

Maybe somebody has mentioned this later in the thread, but if not, you can use your X3 as a USB DAC. I'm sure a dedicated amp and DAC would yield better results, but I've been pretty darn impressed with the X3's performance (with my HE-400s). If you don't do much "sitting at your computer listening," this might be the perfect solution (so you can spend money on other stuff).


I am glad to see you mention the X3. That is my main audio source and have some HE-400's coming next week. Do they drive the hp's well? What settings do you use ie...high gain , volume?

post #17014 of 19610
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post
 

Well...  first time I've heard the HE-400 with more amping than a Fiio E6.  Got in my Fiio X3 today, and I have to admit this headphone certainly feel like a new beast, and beast is right.  It feels quite a bit more aggressive in its sound than before!  I'm realizing just how much I was missing before...  almost makes me want to get a Dac/Amp combo for my comp, but I listen almost exclusively with portable devices, so might not be worth it.

This is the post I meant to quote. I can only compare the X3 to my Sansa Clip+ and the audio out on my MacBook Pro. The extra power the X3 puts out (on high gain) does seem to make a difference to me. A pretty big difference, actually. Switching between my MacBook's audio out and the X3 as a DAC is like night and day. With the X3, the instruments sound weightier; they have more presence. And it seems like the soundstage gets a little deeper.

 

I'm sure somebody else on here can speak to the difference between a dedicated amp/DAC setup and using the X3 as a USB DAC. (It's probably a pretty big contrast.) I'm sure I'll get upgrade-itis eventually, but for now I'm completely satisfied with the X3/HE-400 combo.

post #17015 of 19610
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Originally Posted by kcazbarach View Post


I have a custom
Cable that terminates in a quarter inch. I really cant tell a difference between it anf the stock cable in terms of SQ

I was taken to task for too many posts, but since I did do a cable upgrade I'll go ahead a place myself in a position to be ridiculed. I do notice an improvement in overall clarity and transient response, but only after many hours breaking in the cable. However the improvement was not jaw-dropping, but it was worth the cost.

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HE400s + Class-A biased M-Stage + EDM = match made in heaven.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzuYylyjY_I

 

Dat ortho bass punch. Kick hits hard, fast and with bulk powah. Still in love, 2 years later.

post #17017 of 19610

This has been my favorite track for the HE-400 lately. I can barely even hear the bassline in my car, but then once I'm home--glory.

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Seriously if your going to buy a cable that costs hundreds of dollars for an increase in sq you might as well buy an he-500 I'm sorry but it's effing retarded to buy an he400 for 300$ and buy a cable of equal value, ether spend the money on an amp dac combo or a better set of cans. Come on people! The voltage and amperage that were dealing with is so small in comparison with a huge p/a system and even on 100,000 watt sound systems we use standard nl4 copper cable! It's just silly to me
post #17019 of 19610
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Originally Posted by Subatomic View Post
 

HE400s + Class-A biased M-Stage + EDM = match made in heaven.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzuYylyjY_I

 

Dat ortho bass punch. Kick hits hard, fast and with bulk powah. Still in love, 2 years later.

 

Does the opamp change make much of a difference to the M-stage? I'm debating whether I should opamp roll, but I'm kind of lazy to do it.

post #17020 of 19610
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

 

Does the opamp change make much of a difference to the M-stage? I'm debating whether I should opamp roll, but I'm kind of lazy to do it.

My ears appreciate it, but it still retains the M-stage sound, as it is not a drastic change. It is as easy as taking out a few screws, unplugging the old one,  and plugging the new choice in. Takes all of 2-3 minutes.  

post #17021 of 19610
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Originally Posted by manbear View Post
 

This has been my favorite track for the HE-400 lately. I can barely even hear the bassline in my car, but then once I'm home--glory.

Dat bassline is definitely a brain scrambler. Lol.

 

I've been listening to regular speakers for a few weeks, and threw the phones on just to check this out. Amazingly, they actually seem a bit "veiled" right off the bat, but still have a smooth sound and rich bass. Treble actually feels a tad "loaded" and missing a little extension. Still love em' though.

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My aftermarket cable upgrade yielded positive results after being patient with the breaking in process. The caveat is it's going to be difficult to find a quality cable that will make a positive difference for under $150 which is what I spent, keeping n mind the 'phones were only $299.

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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

 

Does the opamp change make much of a difference to the M-stage? I'm debating whether I should opamp roll, but I'm kind of lazy to do it.


I have an OPAmp run-down pdf from a post on here. Will dig it out. There is a better solution than 627 which is one of the upgrades you can get for M-stage......LM4562 is too bright for a start for 400's. I have a recent PM about lesser known OPAmps that may not be FOTM but they may pair well with the 400 sig... in the sense of not making the weaknesses worse.


Edited by Lohb - 4/15/14 at 8:40pm
post #17024 of 19610
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Originally Posted by kcazbarach View Post

I have a custom
Cable that terminates in a quarter inch. I really cant tell a difference between it anf the stock cable in terms of SQ

Thanks for the heads up; it will save me some coin.
post #17025 of 19610
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Originally Posted by DaDewil View Post
 

Hey guys im about to buy the he 400 and was wondering what tube amp works best with it. It would be nice if it worked well with the dt 990 pro 250 ohm and the q701.

Sorry for asking this question if it has already been asked. Looked around google but never got a definite answer.

 

Budget is around 200-250$

I would also like to know the answer to this question. 

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