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post #4051 of 18153
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Originally Posted by papazoid View Post

newbie here, looking for advice. just starting out, i have nothing.  i have a budget of about $1,000. looking for headphones, MP3 player, amplifier and DAC. thinking about getting the HiFiMan HE-400's Headphones ($399) and the HiFiMan HM-602 Portable Music Player ($399) with built in amp & dac. any thoughts ?

I think the HM-602 is exactly what they say it is, a Portable Music Player. I wouldn't recommend using the HE-400 on the go, it's really not ideal. I suggest you spend the your money on a good desktop setup. 

 

Actually, listen to Matt, he's more experienced.


Edited by Sniping - 1/2/13 at 8:10am
post #4052 of 18153
Thread Starter 
Yeah the he400 is one of the least portable HP's that I've owned. If you really want something portable look elsewhere. I use this HP only at home. Pm me if you've got specific questions.
post #4053 of 18153

We understand the portability issues with the HE-400, and I'm fine with it.  If I do take music on the road, it's usually during a somewhat distracting moment, so having the best possible sound at that period of time, isn't the priority.  However, having good sound is.  I think there are many ways to get a "travel rig" built just to have for such events.  The older iPod Classic 5 / Video, which comes in 30GB and 60GB configurations, features the "end of the line" good Wolfson DAC built in and is the last generation before Apple stopped using the Wolfson DAC chips.  The sound of a newer iPod touch can't compare to the "Classic" - but, it has to be the configurations that I've mentioned.  Apple currently makes "Classic" models, but they are not the same as the older, version # 5 varieties.  I'd then use a more portable and suitable pair of headphones - but one which would provide you with the richness of sound that you are used to with the HE-400 at home.  My choice would be the JVC HA-S500, which is imported from Japan and is available on Amazon for $53.00.  The headphone is crazy good for that price.

post #4054 of 18153
Thread Starter 
^^ that's good advice. Another great inexpensive portable full sized HP is the Panasonic htf600. The biggest knock against it is quality of materials. But for $30 shipped its hard to complain.
post #4055 of 18153
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

^^ that's good advice. Another great inexpensive portable full sized HP is the Panasonic htf600. The biggest knock against it is quality of materials. But for $30 shipped its hard to complain.

 

I'm not sure if you had a chance to read some of the user comments at Innerfidelity.com where Tyll now has 3 or 4 higher-end amps that he's putting through the paces to test out the high-end Stax headphone.  One individuals comment was regarding the ability to use such headphones for a situation where they do a lot of traveling.  Since the upper end Stax requires a nice $6,000 or so amplifier, which is a bit sizey when compared to other heaphone amps, the idea doing a portable solution seems awfully hard to implement.  However, there are some other recommendations on lower-end Stax that would give someone that option.  Yet, to me, my biggest worry would be theft.  If you have nearly $3,000 in a lower-level Stax rig for travel, it would certainly surive some abuse as well as other risks.

post #4056 of 18153

Just got my velour pads... 3 songs in.

 

Not sure I prefer the Bass to the pleather but I'm going to give it more time.

 

I do prefer the mids though, imo much better.

post #4057 of 18153
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Originally Posted by Bboy500 View Post

Just got my velour pads... 3 songs in.

Not sure I prefer the Bass to the pleather but I'm going to give it more time.

I do prefer the mids though, imo much better.


Bass has less impact?
Edited by merkil - 1/2/13 at 11:08am
post #4058 of 18153
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Bass has less impact?

Bass seems like its "Thinner" or less wide.

 

With these I feel like I'm listening to headphones, whereas with the pleathers I felt more like it was speakers.

 

I might just need to adjust though, I'm going to give it a day and see how I feel then. I'll compare side by side (As much as I can at least) tomorrow and see how I feel then.

post #4059 of 18153

For Sound Clips:

 

Bass: Trentmoller, Blackmill, Bjork,

Outstanding Realism: Eagles Live, Bill Bruford and the Earthworks: Random Acts of Happiness

Any classical / soundtrack so far has been good, however recording quality varies - a lot.

R&B / Rap: The Roots "Undun" or "How I got Over"

Weird: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi: Rome

Rock Grit - Black Keyes: Brothers

Gothy Metal - Type O Negative: Life is Killing Me

post #4060 of 18153

I will be joining the club soon.  Tomorrow in fact! biggrin.gif  I would like to thank Justin at Headamp for an extremely quick shipment.  I ordered about half an hour ago and already have my FedEx Shipment Notification!  They were shipped overnight, a nice surprise indeed!!!

post #4061 of 18153
Thread Starter 

Justin is great to work with. A good guy and highly recommended to purchase these hp from. 

post #4062 of 18153

I find that the contrast between the sparkly treble and the deep bass of the HE-400 is really good on this one :

 

post #4063 of 18153

Quick question about the song "David Guetta - Titanium"

 

Does anyone else hear this song as really sibilant on these headphones?

Or is it just my file?

post #4064 of 18153

Nope, the voice of Sia is really sibilant sometimes on this song, even with a tube amp...so, not your file. ^^'

post #4065 of 18153
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Nope, the voice of Sia is really sibilant sometimes on this song, even with a tube amp...so, not your file. ^^'

 

Good to know.. I've been looking for a headphone that can play this song to an enjoyable level for me.. because I can "imagine" the song without being sibilant and know I would love it, but I've yet to find a headphone that has done this.

 

Maybe it is just the song =/

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