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post #4516 of 20631
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Originally Posted by ozarkcdn View Post

Wow... what kind of environment are you living in... biggrin.gif  little green gremlins running up your cables??!!  Get some weights, lift them, and man up bucko - and...

 

 

I am not sure that the Threadlocker product is conductive for electrical / sound purposes.  I'd be careful in using it because one could be causing a major issue in using it.

 

While performing a search, I found this information from the Lock-Tite site:

 

 

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Q9: Do you sell an electrically conductive threadlocker?

A. Loctite® does not sell any electrically conductive threadlockers. There are a handful of silver-filled electrically conductive epoxies, but these were formulated to replace solder connections on a printed circuit board. These products are so highly filled/dense that they probably wouldn't fit between threads.

 

I'm not implying that such a product doesn't exist.  It just might take a bit of looking to get the correct product for the application.

post #4517 of 20631

I wouldn't ever use a product like that in my headphones anyway.

post #4518 of 20631
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Wake up, pull the HE-400 down from the stand, stretch, flip on the tube amp, make coffee, brush teeth, turn on the DAC, toast biscuit, connect cables, get dressed, listen to music.

Mie is a bit diffrent (on saturday that is):

Wake up, take a shower, brush theeth, make a soup and some beef with potatos (yes, for breakfast), turn on laptop, connect laptop to 40 inch tv, connect fiio E17 and Hifiman He-400, Turn on one of my favorite games, .... wake up from the trance by 18.00 ... get food, go back to the trance mode :D.

post #4519 of 20631
I'm putting out over 10watts to the HE400, and I feel its just slightly better than stuff like the Magni, E9K, E17. Yes, it's better, but they do not scale that much.

This was with a lot of level matching by ear and some android spl meters and non-expectation bias. The HE400 is pretty efficient, and just does not need a lot. People wanna justify the price for the miniscule gain, but all I saw was the HE400 sounding relatively the same with the addition of the amp signature differences.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 1/9/13 at 2:30am
post #4520 of 20631
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm putting out over 10watts to the HE400, and I feel its just slightly better than stuff like the Magni, E9K, E17. Yes, it's better, but they do not scale that much.
This was with a lot of level matching by ear and some android spl meters and non-expectation bias. The HE400 is pretty efficient, and just does not need a lot. People wanna justify the price for the miniscule gain, but all I saw was the HE400 sounding relatively the same with the addition of the amp signature differences.

In that case i might need to check my cowon settings in the EQ. Perhaps thats the issue. Or is the E17 Dac much better than the Cowon i9 DAC?

post #4521 of 20631

Well, after a long time trying to decide which dac/amp to get, i went with the E17+E09 combo.

 

 

I hope they match the HE-400's well.

post #4522 of 20631
The E17 does well enough alone, and the E9K also sounds great. In reference to the HE400s, of course.
post #4523 of 20631
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

Well, after a long time trying to decide which dac/amp to get, i went with the E17+E09 combo.

 

 

I hope they match the HE-400's well.

 

It's quite hard to find a bad match for the HE-400, it does well off anything really.

post #4524 of 20631
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

The E17 does well enough alone, and the E9K also sounds great. In reference to the HE400s, of course.

 

Yeah, i know the E17 is enough to drive the HE-400. But i took the E09k nevertheless, just in case i want to make an upgrade in the future, which will be most unlikely for a while, but anyways...

post #4525 of 20631
I used the E9K for a little while with the ODAC and compared to my SA-31 which is much more amp in power and price. The E9K sounds quite good even next to it.
post #4526 of 20631

Actually i was thinking about getting another amp, but the convenience of the E17 dock in made me go for it.

 

Glad to know it is really good.

post #4527 of 20631

By the way, i have a question regarding the E17.

 

If i connect the USB and optical input to my PC simultaneously, does it charge while using the optical?

 

 

And while docked in E09k, the e09k will feed it, right?

post #4528 of 20631
The E17 charges as long as it has the USB charge option turned on. Can't remember if the E9K's USB cable has to be plugged in to charge the E17 (even if you're only using the optical input on the E17.

I wish Fiio would have found a way not to have the Optical cable protruding from the E17 while docked.
post #4529 of 20631
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by catspaw View Post

Mie is a bit diffrent (on saturday that is):

Wake up, take a shower, brush theeth, make a soup and some beef with potatos (yes, for breakfast), turn on laptop, connect laptop to 40 inch tv, connect fiio E17 and Hifiman He-400, Turn on one of my favorite games, .... wake up from the trance by 18.00 ... get food, go back to the trance mode :D.

 

I get up just before 7 each day, get my daughter off to school, have a big bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch (go fiber!!), then I'm on the computer for about an hour usually listening to classical or easy jazz in the morning and of course checking head-fi. biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm putting out over 10watts to the HE400, and I feel its just slightly better than stuff like the Magni, E9K, E17. Yes, it's better, but they do not scale that much.
This was with a lot of level matching by ear and some android spl meters and non-expectation bias. The HE400 is pretty efficient, and just does not need a lot. People wanna justify the price for the miniscule gain, but all I saw was the HE400 sounding relatively the same with the addition of the amp signature differences.

 

The beauty of the he400 is that it does amp so easily. I wouldn't want to mislead others by saying that it scales well. It does scale, but very modestly. +1 for mad lust

post #4530 of 20631

Hi,

 

I would like to upgrade to the HE-500 (and I will) but for that I have to sell the HE-400 first. (I might sell my D7000 too for the LCD2 one day)

So I made a classified here : http://www.head-fi.org/t/645250/he-400-like-new

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