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post #17746 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Well, finally got off my butt and put together a desktop setup which I hope is decent.  I'm using a Stoner Acoustic UD110v2 for my dac going to a vintage Pioneer SX-737 which certainly can put some serious bass into these headphones.  I'm only listening at 9 o'clock where 7:30 would be muted.  I'm so used to listening with a Fiio Dap E12 combo that the sound is quite a bit different than I'm used to.  So far though, it can put some amazing bass into the cans, and that's without increasing the bass level.

Told ya.........biggrin.gif

Congrats bud!
post #17747 of 19994

Thankya :)  I'm currently favoring my hd700, but I'll certainly give the he400 some eartime.  I need to put on something with some great bass to it and see where this setup takes me.

post #17748 of 19994
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Originally Posted by utee05 View Post

Any thoughts on using the HE-400 with the Lyr or Lyr2 or Valhalla?
If you have to choose from Schiit, go for the Asgard 2. To be honest, I can't tell the difference between Asgard 2 and lyr. However, if I had the chance to choose again, I wouldn't buy a Schiit. People just talk too much about them and I think they are not that good.
post #17749 of 19994

It does not have to necessarily be from Schiit. I am looking for a tube amp as I have the magni+modi stack and interested in trying a tube amp. Also trying to get something to use with the HE-400 and T1.

post #17750 of 19994

If I were into tube sounds, I'd try out the ifi itube.  I think its like a preamp that you put between your dac and amp and I've heard good things about it. 

post #17751 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Saoshyant View Post

Thankya smily_headphones1.gif  I'm currently favoring my hd700, but I'll certainly give the he400 some eartime.  I need to put on something with some great bass to it and see where this setup takes me.

I really liked the HD700 out of the vintage amps as well. Very good headphone.
post #17752 of 19994

so how would the focus pads or focuspads-A compare to jergpads?

post #17753 of 19994
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Originally Posted by renji1337 View Post
 

so how would the focus pads or focuspads-A compare to jergpads?

 

Seems to be a good place to post some impressions on the FocusPads - mine just came this week! (I should note that one of the two pads that came seems to be ever so slightly thicker then the other, I don't think this is effecting anything sonically as the difference is very minor, the depth of the opening isn't really effected once the headphones are on my head based on the clamping pressure. Again, it's a very very small difference in thickness between the two pads, maybe not even noticeable in a pic, still worth noting though).


I think the FocusPads took some inspiration design wise from the Jergs! (angled, pleather and velour) I liked the sound signature of the Jergs but could not use them because I found them uncomfortable. The FocusPads solved this for me (my ears don't touch the drivers with the FocusPads). The sound from the two pads is pretty comparable to my ears (Jergs/FocusPad) although I'll have to really spend some more time with them to get a grip on any differences.

 

 

 

Vs. the stock pads for the HE-400. The signature is more similar to the pleathers then the velours (I've spent most of my time with the velours mainly for comfort reasons - pleather gets to sweaty mostly). They sound more warm and full then the velours much like the original pleathers do. I find the FocusPads much more comfortable then either of the original options. You get the softness of the pleather as well as the non-sweat of the velour. Anyone who found the original velours "scratchy" might have that problem here, but the velour on the new FocusPads actually feels a bit softer to me then the original velours. I felt the original velours were a bit more airy then then the pleathers as well, and it feels like the FocusPads actually get some of the airyness as well.

I'll have to spend some more time with them as I just came home from a 4 day camping trip, but as of now they feel like money well spent.


Edited by Mani ATH 87 - 8/1/14 at 7:41pm
post #17754 of 19994
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Not gonna be able to use my beloved HE-400s for a few months. Sold my Schitt Magni and Modi for a few reasons (am fine financially now), and rationalized with myself that I always wanted to upgrade anyway. But I won't be able to for awhile, not sure which way I should go now. I enjoyed the Magni and Modi but I think I prefer the tube sound ...

This is my first ever Head-fi post after months of lurking. It's WAY too late for my wallet. smily_headphones1.gif

I don't know what level of upgrade you're looking for but the Aune T-1 is a nice, budget-friendly sidegrade/slight upgrade from the Schiit combo. It's a tube DAC with a solid state amp section. I use it with my HE400 and it's one of my favorite setups.

There's a GREAT appreciation thread for it here on head-fi and I also read an article on headphonia comparing the Aune with the Schiit stack directly. You also have the option of using it as a tube DAC only, running the rear line out into another higher-end amp.
post #17755 of 19994
I picked up the Focus Pads for my HE400 recently. Here are a few of my initial impressions compared to the velours:

The most dramatic change I noticed is in the 2khz-4khz range. There is a very nice lift in this upper mid and low treble area that really, really brings out guitars. I always loved the HE400 for jazz fusion, but I could never get into it for rock. The upper harmonic "lift" that gives guitars their attack and edge was missing. But bass, drums, keys and brass all sounded great. The focus pads really flatten out this area on the HE400, making them a great match for rock, metal, etc. Definitely a bit closer to neutral overall.

The entire low end continues to perform beautifully. The extra emphasis on the high mids/low treble tends to bury it in the mix a little more, but you don't really loose anything either... There is just more of the other stuff, so it's not quite as in your face on a flat mix for jazz/rock/metal, etc. It's still extremely present and weighty overall. On EDM, I haven't noticed any loss at all, in fact, I think the bass sounds better than ever before with the new pads. They just seem to obey the mix much better, making the headphone more transparent than it was with the old velours.

Comfort is in another league altogether. I never liked the velours. They were too hard and too scratchy. Weight aside, I would put the HE400 with the Focus Pads in the same league as my HD650's. They're not quite as comfy as the DT880 (nothing is), but it's in the league with the next best thing in every regard except weight. I also added a DT990 headband cover on the top, which helps tremendously in the comfort department.

Overall, the Focus Pads are a fantastic buy, in my opinion. If you're an HE400 owner who loves guitars and wants more comfort, they are an absolute must-buy.
post #17756 of 19994
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Originally Posted by Hansotek View Post



Overall, the Focus Pads are a fantastic buy, in my opinion. If you're an HE400 owner who loves guitars and wants more comfort, they are an absolute must-buy.

 

Still thinking about sonic impressions, but I agree 100% with the comfort. The focuspads are light years more comfortable then the stock pads. They are worth the purchase for the comfort alone.

post #17757 of 19994
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Originally Posted by canuckavelli View Post

HD650 wins in comfort and "smoothness"

HE-400 wins in detail/separation, and speed

Soundstage about the same

Signatures:

He-400: LOWSmidsHIGHS
HD650: lowsMIDShighs
How do people feel about having an HD600 and an HE-400 as an alternative? The used prices are making it awfully hard to resist an impulse purchase...
post #17758 of 19994

do either of you with focus pads have any comments on the treble? as long as it isn't worse, I'll buy them 

post #17759 of 19994
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Originally Posted by coletrain104 View Post
 

do either of you with focus pads have any comments on the treble? as long as it isn't worse, I'll buy them 


It doesn't get worse, but I'm not sure if it gets better or I just got used to the treble though.  Several days after I got the focus A pads, I totally forgot the he400 had a treble issue at all until I browsed the forums.  Either I got used to it, or the pads did an excellent job.

post #17760 of 19994
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Originally Posted by chengsta View Post
 


It doesn't get worse, but I'm not sure if it gets better or I just got used to the treble though.  Several days after I got the focus A pads, I totally forgot the he400 had a treble issue at all until I browsed the forums.  Either I got used to it, or the pads did an excellent job.

just ordered :P thank you

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