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Hey guys I'm thinking of buying a pair of these, would a LittleDot III or Aune T1 be a good amp to pair with them?

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don't know about the t1 tho
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I used a Little Dot MK3 with the HE-400 for a while. It's a decent pairing, but not quite to my taste. A little too thick and slow in the bass IMO, but some people like it. It also ran out of power and distorted on certain songs when I really cranked the volume. 

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I used a Little Dot MK3 with the HE-400 for a while. It's a decent pairing, but not quite to my taste. A little too thick and slow in the bass IMO, but some people like it. It also ran out of power and distorted on certain songs when I really cranked the volume. 


Interesting, how high were you cranking it?

Would the T1 be a better bet for them? Or something else entirely?

I'm not really looking to spend a ton on the set up.

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I run the Jergpad mod v2.5 but without the velours stitching. The soundstage changed in a very positive way. Best sound so far and pleather comfort. Bass modified Darkvoice 336SE offers the glorious sound of triode.
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Interesting, how high were you cranking it?
Would the T1 be a better bet for them? Or something else entirely?
I'm not really looking to spend a ton on the set up.

Pretty high. I didn't have a db meter on my phone at the time, so I can't say exactly how loud. It wasn't a problem 95% of the time.

Can't comment on the t1.

I haven't heard the vali but a lot of people like it with the he-400 and it's cheaper than the two amps you mentioned. Might be worth considering.
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Interesting, how high were you cranking it?

Would the T1 be a better bet for them? Or something else entirely?

I'm not really looking to spend a ton on the set up.

 

I usually have my T1 at about 55-60%. I think ive gone as high as 75% - i dont think id ever go much above that. Bought both the T1 and HE400 used, great buys imo.  

 

Of course using FLAC/320kb+/DTS quality material helps. 

 

I did the grill mod, just waiting for the 560 pads (using velour atm) to be available for purchase. 

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Hey guys I'm thinking of buying a pair of these, would a LittleDot III or Aune T1 be a good amp to pair with them?


 I had the Aune T1 last year pairing with the he 400.... its bad synergy.... The Aune  dac and amp exaggerate the  piercing highs.... I have sold it and i was very happy with  de 50 dollars dac hifimediy + the  100 dollars ocean bravo amp.... better synergy.....for the same price.... Now i have upgraded with Ember amp and bushmaster dac.... No comparison in the two cases with the Aune t 1...

 

Best regards

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 Now i have upgraded with Ember amp and bushmaster dac.... No comparison in the two cases with the Aune t 1...

 


I've got a project ember incoming and I'm looking forward to it. 

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I've got a project ember incoming and I'm looking forward to it. 


I have no regret and i enjoyed the ember very much, versatility, very impressive sound with tube rolling, and with the he 400 no more problem with the highs tizzing, all is good without mods or equalizing...... Best regards

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I have no regret and i enjoyed the ember very much, versatility, very impressive sound with tube rolling, and with the he 400 no more problem with the highs tizzing, all is good without mods or equalizing...... Best regards


Tube amps seem to be the way for smoothing things out with planars on the top-end when you get the tube rolling synergy right.

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Pretty high. I didn't have a db meter on my phone at the time, so I can't say exactly how loud. It wasn't a problem 95% of the time.

Can't comment on the t1.

I haven't heard the vali but a lot of people like it with the he-400 and it's cheaper than the two amps you mentioned. Might be worth considering.


Yeah, I thought of that too with a Schiit DAC, but the idea of being able to switch out tubes for a slightly different sound just seems like it'd be fun to experiment with.

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 I had the Aune T1 last year pairing with the he 400.... its bad synergy.... The Aune  dac and amp exaggerate the  piercing highs.... I have sold it and i was very happy with  de 50 dollars dac hifimediy + the  100 dollars ocean bravo amp.... better synergy.....for the same price.... Now i have upgraded with Ember amp and bushmaster dac.... No comparison in the two cases with the Aune t 1...

 

Best regards


Good to know, thanks!

I figured the price might be a little too good to be true.

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I'm going to upgrade my E10. From what I have searched I found that ODAC + Schiit Vali would be nice combo? Can't get modi and Vali is second hand. Also is Vali dead quiet with HE400? I mean noise floor.

Someone please? If Vali has even little hiss on reasonable volumes, I'm going to get Magni or O2. I can get modi/magni but I requires ordering from USA to Europe... Electromod shipping price to my location is 35 pounds.

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