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post #17866 of 19813

First off thanks for all the advice and tips, everyone!

@manbear Glad to read yet another person who has tried both and seems to prefer the HE400's over the 990! So proabably a no go on the MKIII then! And well I've contacted the guys at Garage1217 to see what they say about the sunrise powering planar headphones. Thanks for the comparison between the two!

@jodgey4 Yeah I've noticed that the hybrids seem to be more popular than the tubes at my price range. I'll see what happens with the sunrise and go from there!

@Tetonpowskier That's the exact thread that threw me off of the 990's lol!

@nolossaudioguy Yeah the reason I'm going after the HE400's is that they seem to be super engaging to listen too. Most of the reviews I've read have said they could listen to them without trouble for hours on end and loved every minute! Only reason I'm not going for a super bass heavy is because they tend to always overpower the rest of the song and I'm keeping with open headphones because I love the soundstage and the fact I can hear what's going on around me!

@coletrain104 Just saw your edit about the Mad Dogs and they seem super appealing. I'll keep them in mind when I'm looking for a closed can for walking around campus!

post #17867 of 19813


I have a Sunrise III. It drives the HE 400 just fine, I really like the pairing. I can't go into details that some do describing nuances, but the amp never runs out of juice with the 400s.. at least with volumes that my ears can stand. It seems very "musical" to me and depending on the tube used you can go a long way towards taming the sibilance that some do not like on certain songs.  Be aware though that you can get into the tube rolling "disease" with the Sunrise. But that will be true with any of the hybrids. I have close to 60 tubes. Many I  have not even had a chance to use. Too much compulsive behavior and not enough listening time available. But that too is a fun part of the hobby.

 

I ordered one of their Polaris amps. I have been so impressed with the Sunrise III (I have tow of them), I just had to see what their new SS amp would do. If the specs hold, it should have more than enough power for the HE 400s. The reviews of the Ember (same output stage but hybrid) have been positive, (even with hard to dive phones like the HE 6) so I am anxious to see what this new guy will do.

post #17868 of 19813

Is there any point of getting an amp for my HE-400s or does the Essense STX power it to it's full potential?

post #17869 of 19813
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Originally Posted by mandrake50 View Post
 


I have a Sunrise III. It drives the HE 400 just fine, I really like the pairing. I can't go into details that some do describing nuances, but the amp never runs out of juice with the 400s.. at least with volumes that my ears can stand. It seems very "musical" to me and depending on the tube used you can go a long way towards taming the sibilance that some do not like on certain songs.  Be aware though that you can get into the tube rolling "disease" with the Sunrise. But that will be true with any of the hybrids. I have close to 60 tubes. Many I  have not even had a chance to use. Too much compulsive behavior and not enough listening time available. But that too is a fun part of the hobby.

 

I ordered one of their Polaris amps. I have been so impressed with the Sunrise III (I have tow of them), I just had to see what their new SS amp would do. If the specs hold, it should have more than enough power for the HE 400s. The reviews of the Ember (same output stage but hybrid) have been positive, (even with hard to dive phones like the HE 6) so I am anxious to see what this new guy will do.


Oh I'm fully aware and ready for the tube rolling disease hahaha! I love the idea! It's great to hear that the Sunrise III seems to be a good pairing with the headphones! Also, I'd love to hear how the Polaris does with the 400's! If I get the sunrise and like it, I'll probably hit you up about the tubes you primarily use!

post #17870 of 19813

I know it is drifting a bit OT, but there is a good thread on tube rolling for the Sunrise:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/641936/project-sunrise-ps2-tube-rolling-thread-and-maybe-even-project-horizon-and-project-ember

 

It, among others, has fed my obsession. Ask Jeremy at Garage 1217 too. He sells tubes, and knows quite a bit about how the different ones play with his amps!

 

If you get there, give me a shout. I will happily share what I have found.

post #17871 of 19813

Is there a general consensus on what EQ sounds the best?

I saw the files Jerg posted but they don't work with musicbee.

post #17872 of 19813
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Originally Posted by canuckavelli View Post
 

Is there a general consensus on what EQ sounds the best?

I saw the files Jerg posted but they don't work with musicbee.


Search images top right for EQ screenshots....as to best just try what is there and decide yourself ;-)

post #17873 of 19813
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Search images top right for EQ screenshots....as to best just try what is there and decide yourself ;-)

Personally I'm doing 7khz -1.5db and 11khz - 3db. Just wondering if there was something that most people agreed upon.

post #17874 of 19813
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Personally I'm doing 7khz -1.5db and 11khz - 3db. Just wondering if there was something that most people agreed upon.


It's kind of hard to agree on one exact EQ setting when everyone has a different opinion on certain sound signatures.

 

The most common thing to do with the HE-400's is tone down the treble spikes, which can be seen in the pictures posted in this thread.

post #17875 of 19813

Hey all! Please excuse me if asking this in here is incorrect. I have recently purchased the HE-400's and really do enjoy them. Lately I've noticed a small random interference (quiet popping static) sound from one side. I've switched the cables around to check if it was a cable issue or driver problem. After the cable switch the other side did the same thing. I don't switch the cables around at all so I wouldn't imagine they could be damaged so quickly but, it's kinda hard to believe anything else could be wrong after the experiment. I've swapped earpads from stock to velor but they are untouched otherwise. My setup goes from the USB on my iMac to a Presonus audiobox USB to the HE-400's. Any thoughts are welcomed. Sorry again for the hijack and possible improper placement of my question.

post #17876 of 19813

Is the ' quiet popping static' during certain times of certain songs?  Is it repeatable?

post #17877 of 19813

It does seem to be repeatable! It seemed to be random while I was using them to listen to youtube or streaming audio but, after playing some songs (apple lossless from iTunes) I could get repeated "pops" from some songs. The Pearl Jam Yellow leadbetter for example. Still strange that it would only seem to be the right channel isn't it? Thanks for helping BTW!

post #17878 of 19813

Got my e12, and put the velour pads on. At first I was pissed, I didn't even notice a difference between running with or without the e12. Then I turned the gain up, HOLY COW! These things just came to life like Frankenstein. This set up makes me feel like im listening in my car with alpine spr 60s, or in the house with good speakers. With the E12 and Velour pad combo, I feel the treble has calmed and the overall sound has a lot more depth and clarity. I can honestly say I hear the differences, and theyre not subtle. 

 

This is the best set up I have ever had the pleasure of owning. For trance and metal, i dont know how can I can go up from here.. These things do not just sound awesome, they feel awesome. I can feel the bass in my body, and the treble in my soul. I feel like im at a F'N concert, pardon my french. When I close my eyes, I am certain there are other people dancing around me, in ecstacy. Yet when I open them, Im alone in my apartment.

 

10/10 Hifiman, and a 5 star product from Fiio as well. 


Edited by Tetonpowskier - 8/13/14 at 5:03pm
post #17879 of 19813
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Originally Posted by Tetonpowskier View Post
 

Got my e12, and put the velour pads on. At first I was pissed, I didn't even notice a difference between running with or without the e12. Then I turned the gain up, HOLY COW! These things just came to life like Frankenstein. This set up makes me feel like im listening in my car with alpine spr 60s, or in the house with good speakers. With the E12 and Velour pad combo, I feel the treble has calmed and the overall sound has a lot more depth and clarity. I can honestly say I hear the differences, and theyre not subtle. 

 

This is the best set up I have ever had the pleasure of owning. For trance and metal, i dont know how can I can go up from here.. These things do not just sound awesome, they feel awesome. I can feel the bass in my body, and the treble in my soul. I feel like im at a F'N concert, pardon my french. When I close my eyes, I am certain there are other people dancing around me, in ecstacy. Yet when I open them, Im alone in my apartment.

 

10/10 Hifiman, and a 5 star product from Fiio as well. 

Exactly! This is why I'm an audiophile. My friends always think I'm being goofy when I tell them I have spiritual experiences through headphones. But moments like this help me justify my empty wallet. :)

post #17880 of 19813
Would these be considered "dark" and "warm" sounding?
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