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Originally Posted by Lohb View Post
 


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.


yes i think youre right from my experience......the two tube amp i have owned blended well with my he 400 ( ember and ocean )

 

best regards

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Hi - about to receive my 400's and getting excited!   My current Amp is the C&C BH and I don't have a DAC (just been using colorfly/zune for headphone source) but this will change as these are not meant for public :)

 

Reading through thread for a few days and planning on getting Shciit.  I listen to indie/electronica mostly.  The questions I have are:

 

1. Amp - Schiit Magni vs Vali - thoughts on the differences in relation to HE400?  If it's 50/50 i'll go Vali as want to enter world of Tube but not sure if it pairs well or not...

 

2. DAC - Shciit Modi vs Loki - Need a USB DAC from Laptop (will use flac/320/cd).  Modi I get, but Loki not really sure what DSD is/does - how effects sound and the line out intrigues me as assume this is best way into my stereo? 

 

3 - I plan to build my own cable - what material works best?

 

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you have!


Edited by UprightMan - 6/13/14 at 9:21am
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I dont know if anyone has tried this, but to tone down the harshness on the HE-400 off an IPOD seems impossible. So I tried mechanically. Iv'e cut wrapping tissue paper (stuff you use at Christmas) and placed one layer on the inside (driver) side. It seems to bring out the mids more and take the harshness edge off a bit on the highs. Easy and quick to do. Try it and let me know what you all think?
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Foreword: I own a decent setup (STAX 009, Megahertz Guerra EL34 based amp, Ayre QB-9 DSD), don't like collecting headphones or electronics and I'm very happy with my rig, but I'll be without amp for a while as it's being serviced. I'm without music and I have to do something about it :-)

I didn't want to spend much on a 'temporary' solution and I found a used pair of HE400 for a good price, and I've got to say I'm quite impressed by them. So far I only tried them with a Fiio E7 (I think) that i usually keep at work and they sounded very good, pretty different from the STAX signature, as you'd expect, a bit darkish, but very enjoyable.

So now I want to use them at home, but I need a cheap amp with RCA input that I can connect to my DAC: what would you guys recommend? I was thinking of the Schiit Magni (£99 in UK), but I have no idea about its sound. It has to be cheap, but I would not mind paying something more as I'm planning to keep it and use it when I don't want to turn the big tube amp on...suring summer for example.
I don't know much about amps for dynamic/planar headphones as I've been using STAX for a long time, but the amp must be available in UK, nothing wrong in buying from China, but I have no time :-) thanks in advance for your help.
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi'er View Post

I dont know if anyone has tried this, but to tone down the harshness on the HE-400 off an IPOD seems impossible. So I tried mechanically. Iv'e cut wrapping tissue paper (stuff you use at Christmas) and placed one layer on the inside (driver) side. It seems to bring out the mids more and take the harshness edge off a bit on the highs. Easy and quick to do. Try it and let me know what you all think?


I was listening to Eagles "Take it Easy" with my HE400  on Fiio X5 and I thought the guitar sound is a little too spiky at the top and makes it sound a little too sharp prob around 10-14khz somewhere in there. It would have been nice if it was softer but I still like it bright. HD650 does this perfect!

 

And I came across your idea about stuffing it with krismas paper well...I have a box of kleenex in front of me and so I did and it looks like this

 

 

Thanks to your BRILLIANT idea now HE400 sounds.....:o2smile::atsmile::darthsmile:!!!

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I have the Vali and Modi with the HE-400 and I think the combination is fantastic.

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I can't hear any hiss from my Vali - HE400 pairing (other than what's in the source material of course).

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I can't hear any hiss from my Vali - HE400 pairing (other than what's in the source material of course).

I agree.
post #17439 of 17978

Well, I pulled trigger on Vali + Modi. Let's hope you are right :o

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Well, I pulled trigger on Vali + Modi. Let's hope you are right redface.gif

You will like the Vali. I have both. I can say after two weeks listening to the same music on both equally, the Vali it a tad smoother and I mean a tad.
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I was listening to Eagles "Take it Easy" with my HE400  on Fiio X5 and I thought the guitar sound is a little too spiky at the top and makes it sound a little too sharp prob around 10-14khz somewhere in there. It would have been nice if it was softer but I still like it bright. HD650 does this perfect!

And I came across your idea about stuffing it with krismas paper well...I have a box of kleenex in front of me and so I did and it looks like this




Thanks to your BRILLIANT idea now HE400 sounds.....o2smile.gifatsmile.gifdarthsmile.gif !!!

Glad you like it. The way I did it was put it under the pads. If you cut a nice circle you can place them flat under the channel under where the pads clip into the housing so they are flat against the inside so they are not exposed.
Edited by Hi-Fi'er - 6/16/14 at 12:09pm
post #17442 of 17978
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi'er View Post


You will like the Vali. I have both. I can say after two weeks listening to the same music on both equally, the Vali it a tad smoother and I mean a tad.

? Vali compared to what

post #17443 of 17978
I have the Magni, Vali and the O2. They all sound really very similiar. Only the Vali sounds slightly and I mean ever so slightly warm.
Edited by Hi-Fi'er - 6/16/14 at 4:01pm
post #17444 of 17978
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Originally Posted by Hi-Fi'er View Post

The Magni. I started with the Magni, and got the Vali to see what all the hype was about. It's not a huge difference. Ever so slightly smoother and warmer with HE-400. Both a excellent none the less.
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I'm back to say nothing new except my mind is still blown with modular velour fitted pleather jergs and o2+udac stack. 

 

I went on a hiatus from listening and following this thread, but I'll keep an eye out to read a bit. 

 

:D

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