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^^ True. Some had 1 year and others had three. Just depends on when you purchased. 

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3 years the phones and 1 year the cable ??
Hifiman told me they don't take for warranty a cable issue after about 2 years mad.gif
Edited by TontonJoK - 4/25/14 at 12:05pm
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I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!

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Originally Posted by TontonJoK View Post

3 years the phones and 1 year the cable ??
Hifiman told me they don't take for warranty a cable issue after about 2 years mad.gif


We all get burned on that - I already went through the process. Hence I am probably switching brands next time I get the "new phone" itch.

 

Cable made it just over a year or so before tearing. I haven't had a cord do that me probably ever. So . . . .

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I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!
The dragonfly works fantastic with these cans. I usually hover below 25 on Windows volume slider thingy with the dragonfly though I would say I listen to things at a moderate listening level. At the LA head fi meet I was using the dragonfly through my galaxy s3 and was powering some audeze cans without issue.
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I don't know where someone got the idea you can drive these headphones with an iPod or similar device. I couldn't get any decent levels out of my laptop's headphone jack. Had to max out all the bars on the graphic eq to get any kind of volume. Even hooked my DAC to some powered speakers and plugged into the jack on them. Had to set the volume to 3/4 of the way and still it was anemic. I wonder if Audioquest's Dragonfly would drive them. Seeing how it's powered with USB voltage, I'll bet not... Got my HeadRoom Micro back today. Had to replace all the 3.5mm jacks. After 4 years they were cutting in and out. This amp drives them effortlessly so I'm a happy camper!!

Don't know how loudly you listen, but my iPhone drives these to a more than adequate volume at only half of the volume bar. 

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I'm surprised! How does the Dragonfly's DAC sound?

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Wow! Well that's good news for HiFiMAN. It looks like the HE-400i is even more efficient. I've don't own an iPhone or any other portable device. Too bad they leak so bad. In fact these are the loudest 'phones I've ever heard. I really do like them as I used AKG K702s for 4 years and these sound glorious in comparison. First non-dynamic headphones I've ever owned and I like 'em a lot! Takes some time to break 'em in. Went with a cable upgrade and that has really made a huge improvement.

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The dragonfly sounds quite good, was really unsure about it when I was buying it but when I paired it up with the he-400 it was quite the upgrade from my little tube amp. It also works great with iems and really enjoyed it paired my phone as a portable player+dac/amp until I got a fiio x5.

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does anyone know if the schiit asgard 2 is a big upgrade from the vali?
Edited by rudeboybass - 4/25/14 at 7:48pm
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Wow! Well that's good news for HiFiMAN. It looks like the HE-400i is even more efficient. I've don't own an iPhone or any other portable device. Too bad they leak so bad. In fact these are the loudest 'phones I've ever heard. I really do like them as I used AKG K702s for 4 years and these sound glorious in comparison. First non-dynamic headphones I've ever owned and I like 'em a lot! Takes some time to break 'em in. Went with a cable upgrade and that has really made a huge improvement.

What cable are you using now? and what sort of changes do you hear? I'm really curious :)

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Yes a flexible, light construction and at least as good as the stock cable (costing max 50 $) cool.gif
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does anyone know if the schiit asgard 2 is a big upgrade from the vali?

 

I would say no. There would be quite a few that would prefer the Vali over the A2. The Vali will have the tube flavor with a slight "wet tilt." The A2 I find has a pretty neutral signature, but I love it's flexibility with gain switch and pre-amp outs. 

 

Just depends on what you're looking for. 

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Originally Posted by rudeboybass View Post

does anyone know if the schiit asgard 2 is a big upgrade from the vali?

I would say no. There would be quite a few that would prefer the Vali over the A2. The Vali will have the tube flavor with a slight "wet tilt." The A2 I find has a pretty neutral signature, but I love it's flexibility with gain switch and pre-amp outs. 

Just depends on what you're looking for. 
I'm looking for tighter and more bass
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The A2 would have the tightest bass IMO.

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