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post #4021 of 18084
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

 

Hmm... i think i'll just do that.

 

But can dust damage the drivers in any way? Is there a way to clean it? With a brush or something, maybe?

Just use them every now and again, that will keep them dust free enough I recon.

 

Don't worry too much about dust.

post #4022 of 18084
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Originally Posted by magicman View Post

 

Can't wait for your impressions !


Yeah, they are pretty efficient so sound nice from anything but might be a completely different beast after plugging them to something like this

 

I have read they are night and day after balancing (he-400)

 

After what I read about pairing he4 with proper amp, Schiit Lyr might be hell combo + some nice source, i guess extra low efficiency of he4 will help to be dead quiet with noise floor and gain of mighty Lyr when there is no music or between silent passages

 

You might also consider the Audio-GD SA-31. This the amp I used for the small shoot out and the pairing with HE-4 is simply brillant.

 

This is a warm amp with lots of tonal colors, great to tame the 4s treble a bit and bring out the mids.

 

I will receive a NFB-27 and try the 4s with it but I anticipate these will be too bright. We'll see!

post #4023 of 18084
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Originally Posted by magicman View Post

 

can I ask why do you prefer he4 to he400 ? Because he400 might be more practical with their high efficiency and price difference isn't too big if any

 

a bit more bass is not a bad thing - especially when it's fast, textured and controlled bass like I guess in all hifiman family

 

do he400 handle piano, cellos and vocals worse (less natural with worse realism) than properly amped he4 ? any differences in soundstage ?

 

 

No doubt, the HE400 are a very fun and practical headphone no question.  The HE-400s bass is much deeper and will go down lower than the HE-4.  However, I find the bass on the HE-4 to be tighter and more controlled.  The HE-4 is a very fast headphone. Very spacious and airy.  Really good for classical music.  For more of the different kinds of pop, rap and bass heavy music I would go 400s hear.  For the classical music, Jazz piano, female vocals - I would go HE-4.  Sound stage is I don't know around the same.  But the airy and spacious sound of the HE-4 might give the impression of a bigger sound stage.  This is just my opinion.

post #4024 of 18084
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Originally Posted by RMac View Post

The FLAC passages idea would be great for ANY given headphone actually. Great idea. I don't have my HE-400s yet but when I do, I'll be down for the cause.

 

Yes you are correct there, but then again certain songs that work for the HE400 may not work well for other headphones. I'll post some songs later here but may end up just creating a separate thread.

post #4025 of 18084
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

You might also consider the Audio-GD SA-31. This the amp I used for the small shoot out and the pairing with HE-4 is simply brillant.

 

This is a warm amp with lots of tonal colors, great to tame the 4s treble a bit and bring out the mids.

 

I will receive a NFB-27 and try the 4s with it but I anticipate these will be too bright. We'll see!

 

Another amp on the sub $200 of town would be the Emotiva a-100 mini X speaker amp.

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

post #4026 of 18084
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

You might also consider the Audio-GD SA-31. This the amp I used for the small shoot out and the pairing with HE-4 is simply brillant.

This is a warm amp with lots of tonal colors, great to tame the 4s treble a bit and bring out the mids.

I will receive a NFB-27 and try the 4s with it but I anticipate these will be too bright. We'll see!

Which I happen to be selling. wink.gif
post #4027 of 18084
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


Which I happen to be selling. wink.gif

 

 

So what will you replace it with that has just as much power? 

post #4028 of 18084
I'll be settling with less. Hopefully a Compass 2 dac+amp. I prefer the functionality of a volume knob as well as a dac+amp in one box over the raw power of the SA-31.

The Compass 2 will give the HE-400 over 2 watts, compared to the 10watts of the SA-31, but I'm alright with that.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/1/13 at 1:43pm
post #4029 of 18084
Thread Starter 

I'd love it if you got the compass 2. That's a sexy kit IMO. 

post #4030 of 18084
I will, as soon as the SA-31 is sold. Then, I'm sticking to that. I was more than happy with my NFB-5, but it was lacking analog inputs which I need for my Mixamp.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/1/13 at 2:10pm
post #4031 of 18084

Here's just a little taste of the idea I had earlier, still not sure if I'll go through with it. Anyway this one's for ambient music fans, a short clip from the song "The Bottom" on the Machinarium soundtrack, sounds breathtaking on the HE-400, particularly the instrument separation and clarity. Cropped with Audacity.

 

 

 

 

01 - The Bottom.zip 3,456k .zip file
Edited by beaver316 - 1/1/13 at 2:10pm
post #4032 of 18084
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

Here's just a little taste of the idea I had earlier, still not sure if I'll go through with it. Anyway this one's for ambient music fans, a short clip from the song "The Bottom" on the Machinarium soundtrack, sounds breathtaking on the HE-400, particularly the instrument separation and clarity. Cropped with Audacity.

 

 

 

 

01 - The Bottom.zip 3,456k .zip file

 

Thank you for showing me this. Just listened to the album because of the sample you posted. Really good, I love the lounge feel on some of the tracks. 

post #4033 of 18084
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

Yes you are correct there, but then again certain songs that work for the HE400 may not work well for other headphones. I'll post some songs later here but may end up just creating a separate thread.

Yes, you are correct here too.  Although, I was saying the idea of posting passages for this headphone should extend to other headphones:  passages that work specifically for whatever headphone in question.  So in a Grado thread, one would expect to find rock passages, whereas with a bassy headphone one would expect to find bassy passages, etc.  And taking it a step further, these passages COULD be used to explain differences between two phones.  All around great idea.

post #4034 of 18084
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

Here's just a little taste of the idea I had earlier, still not sure if I'll go through with it. Anyway this one's for ambient music fans, a short clip from the song "The Bottom" on the Machinarium soundtrack, sounds breathtaking on the HE-400, particularly the instrument separation and clarity. Cropped with Audacity.

 

 

 

 

01 - The Bottom.zip 3,456k .zip file


nice.  wish I still had my HE-500 when listening to this

post #4035 of 18084

USPS makes me (Canadian) cry. They have the worst updates for shipping. Going to be a big chunk of duty and I don't even know what day it's going to arrive. No update since Dec 26th. It's driving me nuts. I want the sweet sound of Orthos entering my ears. 

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