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post #17746 of 18083

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 ...

post #17747 of 18083

Decided to sell mine to feed my new wardrobe.

 

Used for like 100 hours, in the past month.

 

If anyone wants to get into this headphone, well, it will be one of the cheaper ones you find.

 

Cheers

post #17748 of 18083

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.

post #17749 of 18083

Just bought a new pair of HE-400s. Trying to figure out what revision I have. Anyone know what this one is? It's like a clear plastic mount.

post #17750 of 18083

Has anyone done a comparison between these and the Sennheiser 650's? Are they comparable at all?

post #17751 of 18083
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darakian View Post

Has anyone done a comparison between these and the Sennheiser 650's? Are they comparable at all?

HD650 wins in comfort and "smoothness"

HE-400 wins in detail/separation, and speed

Soundstage about the same

Signatures:

He-400: LOWSmidsHIGHS
HD650: lowsMIDShighs
post #17752 of 18083

Any thoughts on using the HE-400 with the Lyr or Lyr2 or Valhalla?

post #17753 of 18083
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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 #17754 of 18083

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 #17755 of 18083
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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 #17756 of 18083

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 #17757 of 18083

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 #17758 of 18083
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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 #17759 of 18083

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

post #17760 of 18083
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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
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