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Gruiz...the e17 pairs well with the he400 and would be a nice improvement if you have no amp. Certainly worth it and they can often be found mint for about $100 used here which is a steal. The hardware EQ is nice and you'll have a nice portable also.

 

gL!!

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KK, ty for the response. I should have enough with my next paycheck lol. Damn, the search will always hit the wallet.
 

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Originally Posted by gruiz3 View Post

I've had my he-400's for a decent amount of time now. I don't really feel like i need an amp. Would and amp really make that much of a difference on the sound presentation? I use a galaxy note 2, it's been rom'd and i have a nice kernel on the phone that lets me use most if not all the hardware features of the wolfson dac. So i've never really delved this far into the headphone spectrum. Kind of a runaway train aspect. Had the hd 598's for like a week and then bought the he 400's from a member here on headfi. Got impatient in waiting, the shipping was fast dont get me wrong I'm just extraordinarily impulsive sometimes and bought the ue 900's locally off of cl. I am very happy with both being powered by my phone. So, would usb out of my phone and and amp improve quality enough and increase the presence of the music on the he 400's? And would a solo fiio e17 be enough? Im looking at ibasso, jdslabs and fiio for my considerations.


I think my he400 sounds good straight out of my ipad. 

 

that being said, amping does make a difference.  stronger bass, more dynamics, better separation.    how much it improves the sound depends on your expectations going in. 

 

If I were you I would sell those other headphones, keep the he400 and buy either a fiio or o2/odac. 

 

or since you think it sounds great out of your phone, do yourself a favor and stop now.  dont buy anything

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But one click shopping is so convenient!
 

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Originally Posted by gruiz3 View Post

I've had my he-400's for a decent amount of time now. I don't really feel like i need an amp. Would and amp really make that much of a difference on the sound presentation? I use a galaxy note 2, it's been rom'd and i have a nice kernel on the phone that lets me use most if not all the hardware features of the wolfson dac. So i've never really delved this far into the headphone spectrum. Kind of a runaway train aspect. Had the hd 598's for like a week and then bought the he 400's from a member here on headfi. Got impatient in waiting, the shipping was fast dont get me wrong I'm just extraordinarily impulsive sometimes and bought the ue 900's locally off of cl. I am very happy with both being powered by my phone. So, would usb out of my phone and and amp improve quality enough and increase the presence of the music on the he 400's? And would a solo fiio e17 be enough? Im looking at ibasso, jdslabs and fiio for my considerations.

I have a Note 2. Rooted but stock everything. The volume I get straight out of the Note 2 to the HE-400s is fine but not very loud by any means (volume maxed out). Also, as I said previously, compared to the 558s and DT 990 Pros I've tried out of my A/V receiver, the HE-400s seem to require a lot more mmmphhh. In other words, they don't seem as efficient as they're made out to be or at least compared to the HD-558s and 250ohm 990s. I haven't auditioned anything else.

 

I went ahead and placed an order for the Asgard. Back-ordered. In the meantime, I'll continue to try out the E17.


Edited by whiskaz - 1/24/13 at 5:53pm
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Running stock is not too bad, the reason i like a custom kernel was that the app gave me control of the volume output in decibels, it allowed me to amp it up about 8 or 9 decibels total. Basically to the hardware limit. So that might be the reason i get pleasent volumes out of it.
 

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I can, while I am working on it can you post something about your experience with O2?tongue_smile.gif We all need some updates on that.


I can't tell if that is some tongue in cheek sarcasm or not!

 

Where I don't have the money for anything else, nor do I really want anything else . . . its going AWESOME!

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I have applied a few additional updates to the J$ Beyerdynamic Leather Ear Pad FAQ:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/604583/hifiman-he-400-impressions-and-discussion-thread/5940#post_9085229


Edited by wje - 2/21/13 at 6:31pm
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I have applied a few additional updates to the J$ Beyerdynamic Leather Ear Pad FAQ:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/604583/hifiman-he-400-impressions-and-discussion-thread/5940#post_9085229

lol I love the additions Wayne.

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I do realize that this is off topic, but I have a question for the group here. Several days ago I started to get a faint ringing in my ears. It continues today.  I'm trying to figure out the exact cause. One thing that happened just prior to that may be the cause. I sometimes listen to a sansa clip plugged into the e07k. Well, after using it like this for a while I grabbed the clip to listen to it without the e07. I forgot that the clip was turned to max volume. redface.gif Inserted a pair of iem's and well...you can guess the rest. It was about 3 seconds before I was able to hit the pause button. The other possibility is that I've done more listening these days with my full sized hp's. 

 

I don't listen loudly. The lyr is usually between 9-11 on the dial. 

 

Any suggestions are appreciated...

Dude... miss a couple of days of trying to keep up with the thread and miss the 400th page event and all.. LOL.  I'll wait till Saturday when we hit 500.

 

Hey - Matt - are your sinuses plugged up?  Our weather here in the hartland is nuts.  60' one day 25' the next and 60' again the day after. My nose it gobed up with crap and when that happens my eustachian tubes get plugged and my ears do wierd things. If so, pop some sudafed and afrin spray and see how it goes.  Might have some fluid backed up in there.

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I can't tell if that is some tongue in cheek sarcasm or not!

 

Where I don't have the money for anything else, nor do I really want anything else . . . its going AWESOME!

It was in good fun.

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BTW - besides reggae, disco kicks on these... oops.. did I say that out loud?

 

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I like how Primus sounds on the HE-400's. A bit of a different kind of rock though.

Long time fan - got around to listen to a few Primus tracks (most notably The Antipop, Pudding Time, My Name Is Mud) ...and melting.  The percussion sounds insanely impressive on every track, not to mention Les Claypool's bass as expected.  Most of my free time the past week has been trying albums out.  Basically I reached "P" in my library tonight haha... HE-400 is serious commitment, not for the faint of heart dt880smile.png

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BTW - besides reggae, disco kicks on these... oops.. did I say that out loud?

 

I will shamelessly agree.  My Funk/Electro Funk collection has been enjoyable so far as well...Planet Rock anyone?


Edited by modulor - 1/24/13 at 9:11pm
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Hifiman's next revision to their headphones should really include a change to the way the pads mount to the headphones. I know it's already been changed slightly once but these cheap plastic clips are pretty shameful on a $400 pair of headphones. One of the clips already bent on the pleather pads and that side popped out. I hadn't even tried swapping pads yet and I have no idea how it bent itself. There has to be a better way to do this.                              

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