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post #17311 of 17700

Finally bought a Fiio E12 from one of our lovely forum members who sold it at a wonderful price, even included a Bocur interconnect at no real extra charge.  I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how the HE-400 sounds on my X3 with the extra juice, so far I'm liking the improved sound on the HD700 with classical music, going to switch to some Alt in a little bit after I finish off this piano concerto.  From what everyone says, the HE-400 just devours extra power in a most gracious manner, so I'm looking forward to how it'll sound.

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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Finally bought a Fiio E12 from one of our lovely forum members who sold it at a wonderful price, even included a Bocur interconnect at no real extra charge.  I'm certainly looking forward to seeing how the HE-400 sounds on my X3 with the extra juice, so far I'm liking the improved sound on the HD700 with classical music, going to switch to some Alt in a little bit after I finish off this piano concerto.  From what everyone says, the HE-400 just devours extra power in a most gracious manner, so I'm looking forward to how it'll sound.
post #17313 of 17700

Rudeboybass, while I still maintain a HE-400 is enjoyable on something the power of a X3 or E17, man...  the bass just comes alive with an E12...  I'm not sure I want to go on walks with my dog using the X3 without the E12 now..  this of course being partially due to the fact that I really would prefer to listen to one of my two top end cans, sadly them both being open.  Perhaps I need to look into how difficult modding a T50RP would be.

post #17314 of 17700
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post  Perhaps I need to look into how difficult modding a T50RP would be.

Go for it 100%. T50s sound stellar once you mod them to your preferred sound signature. Modding them is easy.

I'd make them dual entry balanced for sure.

 

400's and T50's are a great complementary open/closed planar combo.

 

T50's are my main coffee shop can. I hear the T50s will also go well with the E12 ...(there is an E12 update coming with no crossover switch to reduce noise floor and maybe bass boost region moved lower to avoid bleed into lower mids)

post #17315 of 17700
My only concern is I don't trust myself to do a proper job. My ears aren't exactly discerning, my hands aren't particularly steady, and I have zero electrical experience.

On the other hand, they are just collecting dust.
Edited by Saoshyant - 5/21/14 at 9:06pm
post #17316 of 17700
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

My only concern is I don't trust myself to do a proper job. My ears aren't exactly discerning, my hands aren't particularly steady, and I have zero electrical experience.

On the other hand, they are just collecting dust.


Some places will reduce total price if you send your own pair in to get them modded. Pads seem to affect SQ a lot.

 

Balanced is a must though. Been A|B'ing planars on single end and balanced...bigger soundstage/more dynamic IMO.

 

400's also benefit from balanced cables.

post #17317 of 17700
I have depth perception issues, so I suspect that carries over to soundstage
post #17318 of 17700
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

I have depth perception issues, so I suspect that carries over to soundstage


Well i double hit the soundstage/depth issues on 400's/T50's with my Bushmaster 2 DAC (known for 3D imaging + wider soundstage...natural not neutral/analytical) and balanced cables. I would not rely on the internal amp on BM2 for 400's or T50's...you really need a speaker amp hooked up to the BM2 for planars...the BM2 amp section seems more suited to dynamics.....but the DAC section is superb for planars.


Edited by Lohb - 5/21/14 at 9:29pm
post #17319 of 17700
I'm also a very portable based listener, which unfortunately for me severely limits the gear available to me, as well as modifications. Has to do with me listening in various rooms of the house, or outside, at any given time. Its a real shame, leaving my vinyl neglected as much as I do.
post #17320 of 17700

dear friends of head fi i want to communicate my impression about the he 400 cable.... I have bought the silver coated cable for the he 500 and use it with the he 400 and discarded the canare cable.... I think that with the right  amp and dac the silver coated cable have a more spacious and airy sound with more details across all the spectrum... i dont want to come back to the canare cable... I have an Ember amp paired with the bushmaster dac....regards to all...

post #17321 of 17700
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

 

jerpad mod...or wait till the new hifiman pads are available. The other option is EQ. Search this thread and you'll find some good information on how to get the most out of the he400 with EQ. 

what i was asking for..

was an amp to improve the HE400 in the treble region

and MattTCG thanks for replying, i'll check about those EQ posts as well

post #17322 of 17700
Thread Starter 

I really don't think that an amp will do what you're asking for. Especially if you're looking to smooth out the peak in this hp. 

post #17323 of 17700

so what is the best way to smooth-en up that peak

post #17324 of 17700
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Originally Posted by xenaxance View Post
 

so what is the best way to smooth-en up that peak

 

He500...:p

post #17325 of 17700
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Originally Posted by xenaxance View Post
 

so what is the best way to smooth-en up that peak

 

I think FAQ's added to post one way back would avoid this recurring question. There are EQ parametric curves posted by Nicholars and Beaver316.

See post 1 !!


Edited by Lohb - 5/23/14 at 4:39am
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