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You already have the best sq fiio has to offer with the x3
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I like my X3 just want to make sure I have power to drive them(he-400).
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I just sent in my HeadRoom Micro Amp in to replace a couple of jacks. 1st time in 5 years and I rarely turn it or the Micro DAC off. Lets face it, 3.5mm jacks just don't have the superior connection the larger 1/4in jacks do. So I hooked up my HE-400's up to the headphone output of my Toshiba laptop and the volume level is barely about a whisper. Even with pink noise it doesn't get very loud at all. I have to wonder if an iPad or iPod or similar portable device would fare any better like advertised. Anyone out there try and it so, how well do they perform?

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Originally Posted by subguy812 View Post

I like my X3 just want to make sure I have power to drive them(he-400).

 

My advice, slow down. The 400 will sound very good from the x3. Use it for a month or so and get a feel for how good you think it is. I was on the 400 and e17 for nearly a year, and very happy, before the upgrade bug struck. The 400 doesn't need much amping to get to a very enjoyable level. 

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My advice, slow down. The 400 will sound very good from the x3. Use it for a month or so and get a feel for how good you think it is. I was on the 400 and e17 for nearly a year, and very happy, before the upgrade bug struck. The 400 doesn't need much amping to get to a very enjoyable level. 
Cool...I certainly don't mind waiting I just wanted to make sure I could enjoy them when I got them.
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The will be very enjoyable from the x3. 

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So I've realized that I'm rather treble sensitive. For about 60-75% of my music (mainly indie, electronica, pop, and hip-hop) this is the only way I seem to be able to enjoy my HE-400s. 

 

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No longer using Jergpads - found them to make my ears too hot, back to velours.

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

My advice, slow down. The 400 will sound very good from the x3. Use it for a month or so and get a feel for how good you think it is. I was on the 400 and e17 for nearly a year, and very happy, before the upgrade bug struck. The 400 doesn't need much amping to get to a very enjoyable level. 
Cool...I certainly don't mind waiting I just wanted to make sure I could enjoy them when I got them.

It will sound good on the x3 but can only get moderately loud on high gain.. Which will degrade sq
The x3 is better sounding than the e12, when you upgrade don't buy any more fiio products. You have the best already. When you do upgrade go for the schitt stack(modi/magni or if you want tubes vali/modi). It's a rather small investment and I can't see at least myself wanting to get somthing more expensive for my he400.
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It will sound good on the x3 but can only get moderately loud on high gain.. Which will degrade sq
The x3 is better sounding than the e12, when you upgrade don't buy any more fiio products. You have the best already. When you do upgrade go for the schitt stack(modi/magni or if you want tubes vali/modi). It's a rather small investment and I can't see at least myself wanting to get somthing more expensive for my he400.

Thanks for the advice...we will see how it sounds in a couple of days. I can always get the schiit stack.

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Only moderately loud? I listen to the he-400 on the x3 at 30/60, I'd hate to imagine how loud 60/60 is
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So I've realized that I'm rather treble sensitive. For about 60-75% of my music (mainly indie, electronica, pop, and hip-hop) this is the only way I seem to be able to enjoy my HE-400s. 

 

Created with GIMP

 

No longer using Jergpads - found them to make my ears too hot, back to velours.

 

you could try the other part of the jergpad mod.

 

which includes velour on top of the pleather.

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Any definitive comfort solutions for the HE400? I just can't wear them for more than 5min (weight + headband/clamp issues). I've tried Alpha pads but they ruin the sound :( 

the beyer headband helps a ton. i took it off for a bit, and went without it for the last 2 weeks. and went back to it tonight as I type. it's night and day for me.

 

and in the OP. You can alter or bend the top for the clamp. the clamp did hurt.

 

the weight takes some getting used to. AT first I didn't think i could handle it, but try like an hour to two a day with it, and you'll possibly get used to it.

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I would also like to know the answer to this question.  (tube amp)

 

I use the schiit vali amp with the he 400 and it really works well imo. I thought it was a big improvement coming from the E17

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Only moderately loud? I listen to the he-400 on the x3 at 30/60, I'd hate to imagine how loud 60/60 is


Yes...my EarSonics SM64 are difficult to drive and I use between 28-30 high gain, so I was curious about this.

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Most other things I listen at around 20 +/- 2. I don't think anything else I have require as much power as the he-400, but it sounds phenomenal. I have yet to hear it from a schiit stack for comparison, but I agree in just using the x3 for now and seeing what you think. For me, it's certainly my end game setup, for now at least.
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