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post #17476 of 18673

I can confirm that Modi + Vali is nice combo. Only cons I find are microphonics even I move a cable and hiss which I can hear only by covering cups with my hands. 

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Can anyone confirm if the JDSLabs C5D is a good pairing?  Am a bit strapped right now so thinking it would be good for home use (of 400's) AND portable rig (for Senn Amperiors).   There is plenty of mention of the desktop JDS ODAC/O2 working but can't find much on the smaller C5D.   Thanks again! 

post #17478 of 18673

Thanks for the reply. So the Vali+Modi with optical out instead of USB is probably my best bet for the HE-400 eh? I hear the Modi and Vali don't come with any cables so which cables do I need in order to get everything up and running and does anyone know of any cheap and good cables for the Vali+Modi? 

post #17479 of 18673
Schiit has their own cables around $20, I believe they're called pyst. I'm sure there are better, but I bet they are decent.
post #17480 of 18673

There are glass fiber optical cables for just a bit more than $20 if you shop around..Amazon/ebay.

post #17481 of 18673
Do these match well with the e17? I might get these to replace my d2000, good idea?
post #17482 of 18673

I have tried E17 too. It is also very nice pairing, set bass at 10 = :basshead:

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Originally Posted by UprightMan View Post
 

Can anyone confirm if the JDSLabs C5D is a good pairing?  Am a bit strapped right now so thinking it would be good for home use (of 400's) AND portable rig (for Senn Amperiors).   There is plenty of mention of the desktop JDS ODAC/O2 working but can't find much on the smaller C5D.   Thanks again! 


I like it with the He 400! It gets plenty loud and does not seem to struggle to drive them.But, maybe I have a different approach to all of this. I listen for enjoyment most of the time. I may spend 10% of my listening time trying to analyze and be critical. I find that the C5D powers all of the phones that I have adequately. I even use it with my HD650s. They sound fine for casual listening with the C5D.

 

If that is what level of cost your budget will allow, I think you would not be disappointed with the C5D for what you want to do. The DAC makes it nice for travel too.

post #17484 of 18673

hello 'fiers

 

I ordered the silver coated copper and received it yesterday and got (nicely) surprised that my dealer made a mistake and also sent me a balanced cable for the he-400 with XLR (and jack adapter). I need your knowledge on this. What exactly is a balanced cable ? what's the difference with regular ones (appart from the plugs and number of wires) and would I have any use of it ? (i use my He-400 with my Denon DA-300USB DAC or on my computer through a Fiio E17 + E09K dac/amp.) 

 

thanks for your views on it ! 

 

EDIT : i read about balanced cables vs unbalanced ones, so i get the idea, but i still need ot know if it makes sense in my setup to use a balanced cable. 


Edited by SoundSquare - 6/27/14 at 3:14am
post #17485 of 18673

Hey guys,

 

I 've had a pair of HE-400s for about  a week now with probably ~50hrs on them. Most of the criticism I've read on these pre full break-in, seems to be that they sound bright. I don't have this issue but I know my hearing isn't as good as it once was. (too many years of loud rock concerts and rifle fire). I do notice that to me the mids sound a bit muffled and congested, and my AT ATH-M50's don't sound that way to me. Is this possibly the way they really sound now, or is it likely my hearing?

 

I'm using these with a Schiit DAC and a Lyr 2. I just bought the Lyr, but noticed a similar issue with a fully broken in Schiit Vali.

 

Thanks,

crazychile

post #17486 of 18673

They will likely sound muffled within the first moments of listening, because of their recessed upper midrange.  If you have pleather pads instead of velours this will especially be the case.

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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Schiit has their own cables around $20, I believe they're called pyst. I'm sure there are better, but I bet they are decent.

 

 

I have a pair of these that I bought for a Vali and Modi combo. The cables are well made and are the perfect length, but sonically I don't think they are anything special. I have a 20yr old .5M pair of cheap Rockford Fosgate cables that I actually prefer, even though logically it makes no sense. The RCA's are cheesy and I'm sure the cable is nothing special.

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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

They will likely sound muffled within the first moments of listening, because of their recessed upper midrange.  If you have pleather pads instead of velours this will especially be the case.


Thanks!

 

This is encouraging. I have the stock pleathers and will upgrade at some point. I've noticed that on complex recordings this midrange congestion is really obvious, but recordings that have less "layers" sound pretty good. No complaints about the low bass or treble above 5k or so.

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I've just replaced the velour pads with the stock pleather, and to be honest I prefer the pleather ones.
The HE400s probably dont sound as engaging as with the velour but I find their timbre more accurate. The presentation is also a bit more distant and relaxed, which I don't mind at all. Ah, they are also more comfortable! Am I the only one preferring the pleather?
post #17490 of 18673

I tried velours too but I prefer pleathers. I didn't notice any sound difference and they are comfier.

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