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Figurative yelling, I'm working from my home, but there's approximately 300 people in our news desk program and around 40 people in our business chat currently! Caps lock is almost as effective as real yelling sometimes.

Haha fair enough.

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Well, i asked if there were any options to the Leckerton UHA-6S MKII in the price range, and someone recommended me that Muse DAC which costs only $20, so i guessed the SQ difference wasn't worth the money gap?

 

Actually i was willing to spend even more on a Yulong D100, but i don't know if it's worth the money either. That's why i came here to ask.

If you're interested in the Yulong D100, you might want to look at the audinst hud-mx1. It's about 170 USD, but I find that the dac section sounds amazing(very, very natural).

And the built in amp really drives the HE-400 well, much better than my fiio e9 actually (again much more natural sounding).

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Just received that headband cover that someone suggested and I love it. Managed to get all the buttons snapped (it's resilient, don't be afraid to stretch) and it provides a ton of extra comfort. Only problem for me is that I already had to have them stretched out all the way for my giant head, so this made them sit a bit higher up, but I imagine it will be sink down a bit as I press in the materials over time.

 

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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

 

Well, i asked if there were any options to the Leckerton UHA-6S MKII in the price range, and someone recommended me that Muse DAC which costs only $20, so i guessed the SQ difference wasn't worth the money gap?

 

Actually i was willing to spend even more on a Yulong D100, but i don't know if it's worth the money either. That's why i came here to ask.

I have a Muse DAC that cost around $40. Was a big upgrade over my laptop's soundcard and generally stayed out of the way when it came to pairing with my amps, but it was either not capable of, or didn't have proper drivers for, 24-bit audio.


Edited by ninjames - 1/7/13 at 2:38pm
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These headphones are so ... so natural, for me. Not necessarily accurate or transparent, but I mean, the music is just melting into my skull. I am listening to fast, aggressive, engaging music while writing (high pressure environment on the newsdesk, new assignments every few minutes, being yelled at a lot lol) and it's not distracting. Usually, I'll put on piano or some chiptune stuff without lyrics that's more or less background noise. With my M-80 or my CAL!, I was never able to listen bands I like, vocals, etc. With these, it's like they're so good, I'm taking it all in on different levels and am still able to concentrate on my writing.

 

I guess that probably doesn't make sense ... they sound better so you'd think they occupy more of my attention, but I'm just able to let it sink into me. It's weird. I love it.

 

Edit: Also, my favorite genre thus far with these is folk/bluegrass. Banjos and mandolins in the background are basically my favorite aspects of the genres and with these, I can absolutely pick them out with ease and it's a very exciting thing for me.

I love David Grisman and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - they sound awesom thru these.

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I just ordered my HE400's and a Schitt M&M stack combo to serve as my desktop setup. I know it my not be much to most of you guys but it's all I can afford and I am STOKED to receive it. Why can't time go faster?!

Do you like treble? It will be quite a departure from the beats and the M&M stack won't help much in that regard. A aune T1 might be an alternative to the (reported) dead neutral schiit stack.
Congrats on your purchase wink.gif
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I just ordered my HE400's and a Schitt M&M stack combo to serve as my desktop setup. I know it my not be much to most of you guys but it's all I can afford and I am STOKED to receive it. Why can't time go faster?!

 

It's plenty for anybody!  What a great way to move up -  enjoy!

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Do you like treble? It will be quite a departure from the beats and the M&M stack won't help much in that regard. A aune T1 might be an alternative to the (reported) dead neutral schiit stack.
Congrats on your purchase wink.gif

 

I don't know how much I like treble as I've never had a good set of headphones that had good treble. What I don't like is the way the beats sound, at all. To me, they sound like I have a pillow between my ear and the headphone. Everything is sloppy and muddy sounding. What I do want is loud, crisp, seperation of music but also have a bit of thump (even if I have to EQ) for EDM tracks that call for it.

 

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It's plenty for anybody!  What a great way to move up -  enjoy!

 

 

Thanks! Really can't wait to move up to these. I'm really excited for this new type of driver as I didn't even know they existed before researching them recently. I've been on a FLAC/320kbps downloading & ripping spree. 


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I don't know how much I like treble as I've never had a good set of headphones that had good treble. What I don't like is the way the beats sound, at all. To me, they sound like I have a pillow between my ear and the headphone. Everything is sloppy and muddy sounding. What I do want is loud, crisp, seperation of music but also have a bit of thump (even if I have to EQ) for EDM tracks that call for it.

 

 

Thanks! Really can't wait to move up to these. I'm really excited for this new type of driver as I didn't even know they existed before researching them recently. I've been on a FLAC/320kbps downloading & ripping spree

 

This is something I've learned to look for since getting into headphones.  I found it's more important to have a good DR Value (dynamic range) than high bitrate, although it's best to have both.  http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/ This is a great website to check the value of songs/albums, the higher the number the better.  I would rather have an album with a DR Value of 14 @ 192 kbps than a album with a DR Value of 4 @ 320 kbps.

 

Foobar has a nice component to determine this value found here http://www.jokhan.demon.nl/DynamicRange/index.htm  I scan all my albums with this.

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I've been on a FLAC/320kbps downloading & ripping spree. 

Waffles and What free leech led to me getting about 300GB of FLAC during the holidays :]

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^^ brokenthumb...Hp meet in Atlanta May 4th at the Mariott in case you missed it. 

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This is something I've learned to look for since getting into headphones.  I found it's more important to have a good DR Value (dynamic range) than high bitrate, although it's best to have both.  http://www.dr.loudness-war.info/ This is a great website to check the value of songs/albums, the higher the number the better.  I would rather have an album with a DR Value of 14 @ 192 kbps than a album with a DR Value of 4 @ 320 kbps.

 

Foobar has a nice component to determine this value found here http://www.jokhan.demon.nl/DynamicRange/index.htm  I scan all my albums with this.

Interesting...  I'll definitely be checking out the Dynamic Range Meter on some of my collection out of curiosity.

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^^ brokenthumb...Hp meet in Atlanta May 4th at the Mariott in case you missed it. 

 

Didn't know that, thanks!

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^^ brokenthumb...Hp meet in Atlanta May 4th at the Mariott in case you missed it. 

 

 

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Didn't know that, thanks!

 

i will be there!

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^^ That's great Justin. Would love to be able to put a face with the name. Any chance you'll be bringing some nice gear? biggrin.gif

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^^ That's great Justin. Would love to be able to put a face with the name. Any chance you'll be bringing some nice gear? biggrin.gif

 

Don't let him in the door unless he has the Blue Hawaii amp and the Stax "009" 'phones.  wink.gif

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