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post #1936 of 20019
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Originally Posted by richierich View Post

OK so I found a very decently priced amplifier that works well with my setup. It's called the Sense G5 hybrid amplifier. It really helps to roll off the treble that most complain about. I got it for ~$150 from this seller:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wholesale-Free-Shipping-Sense-G5-Hybrid-Vacuum-Tube-Headphone-Amplifier-Brand-New/537708912.html

 Why does that amp look so familiar?

 

Another solid amp that rolls off the top end a bit would be the Emotiva a-100. Yes, it's a speaker amp, but think of it this way: it only outputs 2W more than the venerable Lyr everyone pairs these with, and arguably sounds completely comparable at half the price. Runs pretty cool as well. 

post #1937 of 20019

Yeah the Sense G5 actually sounds amazing powering the HE-400s. It's just hit or miss coming from an unknown Chinese vendor biggrin.gif.

post #1938 of 20019
Quote:
Originally Posted by richierich View Post

OK so I found a very decently priced amplifier that works well with my setup. It's called the Sense G5 hybrid amplifier. It really helps to roll off the treble that most complain about. I got it for ~$150 from this seller:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Wholesale-Free-Shipping-Sense-G5-Hybrid-Vacuum-Tube-Headphone-Amplifier-Brand-New/537708912.html

 

Aliexpress?  Don't think I'll be an early adopter of chinese-knock-off-market hi-fi :P

 

That said, if you manage to sort the fault, you might have found yourself a sweet deal.  Do you have any known-good tubes that you can swap in once the fault occurs?  I can't imagine the tubes being great, given the vendor, and it'd be a cheap, non-intrusive attempt at a fix.


Edited by Dragunov-21 - 11/6/12 at 12:55am
post #1939 of 20019

Well I just ordered some 3S4 NOS tubes off eBay. Hopefully it's the tubes that are at fault *cross fingers*.

post #1940 of 20019
Someone else was having issues with theirs being louder in the left ear as well, right?
post #1941 of 20019
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by richierich View Post

Well I just ordered some 3S4 NOS tubes off eBay. Hopefully it's the tubes that are at fault *cross fingers*.

 

There's a small chance it's the tubes, but most of the tube issues that I've had start immediately when the amp is powered up. Hopefully you're right. 

post #1942 of 20019
Head-Direct is still jerking me around saying the return period is 30 days from when you purchase it. So let me get this straight, I didn't have my HE400s for 2 weeks and that counted against my return period? You've got to be kidding me.

Ms. T called me to talk about it. She wasn't aware they were the defective ones so she is talking with someone about it. Hopefully I won't have any more problems.

She emailed me back saying the "President" said I can return them for a 20% restocking fee. What a joke. I can sell them for more than that. Great company.
Edited by yokken - 11/6/12 at 9:11am
post #1943 of 20019
Thread Starter 

I offer $299!! biggrin.gif tongue.gif

post #1944 of 20019

Most companies offer restocking fees for returns within warranty. Usually it is not 20% however but a bit lower.

post #1945 of 20019
I'm familiar with restocking fees, but I'm not going to pay $80 to send it back to a bunch of asses. I'd rather give a nice guy on these forums a good deal.
post #1946 of 20019
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Originally Posted by yokken View Post

Head-Direct is still jerking me around saying the return period is 30 days from when you purchase it. So let me get this straight, I didn't have my HE400s for 2 weeks and that counted against my return period? You've got to be kidding me.
Ms. T called me to talk about it. She wasn't aware they were the defective ones so she is talking with someone about it. Hopefully I won't have any more problems.
She emailed me back saying the "President" said I can return them for a 20% restocking fee. What a joke. I can sell them for more than that. Great company.

 

While there is usually a restocking fee with a return at most places, that seems little outrageous to me!

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by yokken View Post

I'm familiar with restocking fees, but I'm not going to pay $80 to send it back to a bunch of asses. I'd rather give a nice guy on these forums a good deal.

 

Definitely a nice gesture on your part. 


Edited by asmoday - 11/6/12 at 9:27am
post #1947 of 20019
She called me again. Looks like they might honor the return after all. She's gonna email me something that I have to fill out and I'll see where it goes from there. At least she's trying to make it right.
post #1948 of 20019
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I had the power. The NFB5 had about 3.5watts to the HE400 (I preferred the NFB5 to the Lyr which I also owned). The HE400 just doesn't have the emphasis on bass I wanted. I KNOW it's there. I just want it more prominent than it was. No amount of power is gonna transform the bass anyways. Even my SA-31 that puts out almost 2x the power of the Lyr at 40ohm wasn't gonna make a big difference). The difference is there, but not a huge one in terms of emphasis. Even unamped, the HE400 had really good bass. Just not emphasized to my desired level.
You can call it loose or uncontrolled, but I prefer it that way.

Have you tried boosting the frequencies with an equalizer? 

 

Sorry if I'm repeating previously asked questions, this forum moves to darn fast.

post #1949 of 20019

I guess Hifiman/HeadDirect is not used to their products being refunded cool.gif

post #1950 of 20019
I mentioned I don't like to EQ. If the headphone doesn't have what I want in stock form, I don't wanna mess wityh it with EQ. All my sources won't have EQ available, and I feel like I'm cheating by using one.
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