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post #17581 of 19341

anybody to tell me whether they hear a hiss with the Vali and this headphone?

post #17582 of 19341

10x more powerful bass than the HE-400, wow.  I need to get myself some jh16s.

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Originally Posted by coletrain104 View Post
 

anybody to tell me whether they hear a hiss with the Vali and this headphone?

 

I have Vali and I hear hiss only by covering cups with my hands. Very minor "issue" IMO and I hate hate hiss alot. With Superlux 668b and Soundmagic E30 IEMs hiss is unbearable.


Edited by Sasasd - 7/10/14 at 12:32pm
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I think a lot of your issues can be solved with a more powerful amp and pleather pads vs. the velours. It's not a D7000 with the bass but quite good and I have never heard sibilance.


So I"ve had the digizoid zo2, fiio e11, and jds c5 and its either that none of them have been able to power the he-400 when it comes to the bass, or it really is at its limit and distorts when the bass hits.  I've spent some crazy cash on audio gear lately (for portable), so its going to be a while before I can get something expensive again.  The fiio e12 is the only amp within my price range that supposedly powers the he 400 just fine, do you reckon it would work?  Is it really just due to it being underpowered?  Can anyone else whos got the e12/he-400 combo chime in on their thoughts with bassboost/distortion?  I would hate to get it only to have it also distort too.

 

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10x more powerful bass than the HE-400, wow.  I need to get myself some jh16s.

 

10x, and perhaps maybe even 15x is certainly what it sounded(and felt) like.  But you make it sound like maybe I really am just underpowering my he-400. 


Edited by chengsta - 7/10/14 at 4:43pm
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Chengsta - sounds like you are all about portables but if/when you get a chance to set up a home system, consider a vintage amp or receiver.  You can find them for around $100 to start and nothing beats them for value for driving headphones like the HE-6 or HE-400. 

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10x, and perhaps maybe even 15x is certainly what it sounded(and felt) like.  But you make it sound like maybe I really am just underpowering my he-400. 

 

I don't know really.  Anything's possible, but the HE-400 will sound pretty good just out of an iPod.

 

I've not heard those JH16's, but they sound like some kind of extremely potent headphone if their bass is that powerful.   The HE-400 has one of the hardest hitting basses you'll find in an open headphone.

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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

Chengsta - sounds like you are all about portables but if/when you get a chance to set up a home system, consider a vintage amp or receiver.  You can find them for around $100 to start and nothing beats them for value for driving headphones like the HE-6 or HE-400. 

Any suggestions on a good $100 receiver for which to keep an eye open?
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Originally Posted by TMRaven View Post
 

 

I don't know really.  Anything's possible, but the HE-400 will sound pretty good just out of an iPod.

 

I've not heard those JH16's, but they sound like some kind of extremely potent headphone if their bass is that powerful.   The HE-400 has one of the hardest hitting basses you'll find in an open headphone.


out of an ipod?  I think my c5 amp is at least more powerful than that.  JH16's are the only ear toys I've had that could combine clarity, detail, and insane bass at the same time, and do it well.  The he-400 is not bad by comparison, just a bit different but I expected that.  My only question to the hifi pro/gods/gurus is 'is the fiio e12 powerful enough to drive the he-400 to YOUR satisfaction?'  I hope some headphone-supremus can answer this.

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I'm no pro/god/guru, but I love the he-400 out of an e12/x3 combo. In simple terms, the amp filled out the sound vs the x3 alone, especially the bass.
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Any suggestions on a good $100 receiver for which to keep an eye open?

Any Pioneer SX-450-650 may be had for close to that amount, or I guess it's easier to say any low power receiver from Realistic, Kenwood or the othe names you'd think of for stereo equipment.

If you go on craigslist in Austin, you'll find choices. I just did a search for you and found this 1974 Kenwood KR-5400 in Leander. It's $175 but you get the idea.

post #17591 of 19341
That reminds me, been a while since I checked the sound quality of my stereo's headphone jack. Might be better than I remembered.

Well, the one I have actually sounds better than I remembered with a Hd700. It certainly has noise you can hear during silence, which is what I remembered annoying me, but it's not as bad as I remembered. I'll keep an eye out for a decently priced vintage stereo however, wanting to put one together for either my bedroom or computer.
Edited by Saoshyant - 7/10/14 at 8:28pm
post #17592 of 19341

Still waiting on some pad comparisons with the HE-400's and the 560's

post #17593 of 19341

Got my Focus production pads (Hifiman/Headdirect are silly fast, ordered wednesday night, shipped thursday, delivered friday, from HK).

 

Earholes are smaller than the pleather pads, but no real issues for me, even though I have big ears.

 

They feel and look pretty nice. Definitely more comfortable than either the pleathers or velours, imo.

 

Sound change will take me some time to think on. They sound pretty good though :p

post #17594 of 19341

alright guys, I did more reading and perhaps I didn't mean distorting, but rather clipping.  Just ordered the ifi ican micro with overnight shipping because it got alot of good reviews.  It's only got .4 watts, but im sure its still more than what my portable amp gives.  I'll soon find out whether I just had an underpowered amp, or just reached the headphones limit.

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Originally Posted by chengsta View Post
 

alright guys, I did more reading and perhaps I didn't mean distorting, but rather clipping.  Just ordered the ifi ican micro with overnight shipping because it got alot of good reviews.  It's only got .4 watts, but im sure its still more than what my portable amp gives.  I'll soon find out whether I just had an underpowered amp, or just reached the headphones limit.


Nice, I'm looking at the Ican Micro or a used iBasso PB2 balanced amp for transportable use for planars. It looks like their bass boost and 3D effect is not badly designed. Looking forward to your impressions.

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