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Originally Posted by buencamino View Post

I purchased an e17 as the amp... over otheroptions... I was disappointed that even at max volume (60) it was really quiet... it was almost only up to e7's volume at 25 setting... is this the way e17 is...? thanks... if it is I might be looking to buy an e9 for volume purposes... I thought e17's would drive the he 400 well... it sounds nice but the volume feels under powered...


There is "Gain" setting. Default is 0, so set it to 6 or even 12. Should be loud enough ;)

 

Edit: And set source to max (or close to max) volume

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Originally Posted by Habu View Post


There is "Gain" setting. Default is 0, so set it to 6 or even 12. Should be loud enough ;)

 

Edit: And set source to max (or close to max) volume

hi thanks for the help.. won't the gain reduce the sound quality if set to max...? but I also did that... I guess I must've gotten used to the louder e7 for too long... even at max gain and volume could barely hear anything... and won't the usb connection to your PC override whatever volume setting you have on your source?thanks...

 

oh got it... I guess PC volume settings does not get overriden by the usb connection... my pc had a low level volume... thanks dude..


Edited by buencamino - 2/1/13 at 2:10am
post #6753 of 17911

Got my HE-400 yesterday along with the Schiit Bifrost DAC and Asgard amplifier. My first impression was that unamped, the HE-400 were kinda "quiet". While the manufacturer claims it can be used directly with the ipods of the world, methinks amplification is highly recommended if not actually required. With the combo mentioned above, my God, everything comes alive. I am hearing instruments that I never heard before.

 

I am a basshead but the bass on these cans is different (in an amazingly beautiful way), tight, controlled with very good extension. As an aside, as I type and listen, I think McCartney was an underrated bass guitar player! To my ear, the mids are not as recessed as I expected having read some reviews. And the treble is simply beautiful. The overall sense is one of clarity and accuracy of the instruments. The vocals are velvety and the cans laid out in stark contrast, the hard-edged voice of Lennon and the smooth voice of McCartney.

 

In all, I guess I am reinforcing the opinions voiced by many owners of the HE-400 that this is awesome value for the money. And all this with the pleather pads. Wayne, I can't wait to get the J$ pads (making its journey now to India) and finally when I get the guts to do it, the Jergpad mod.

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+1 on the Miles Davis recommendation

 

Some other recommendations:

 

Blue Train - Coltrane

Mingus Ah Um, Mingus x 5 - Charles Mingus

Time Out - Dave Brubeck

Moanin' - Art Blakey

Soul Station - Hank Mobley

 

 

If downloading from iTunes, give it a listen first before purchasing.  Some of the tracks have a distinct "hiss" even at low volume levels.  Any way to correct this or is it strictly the recording quality?

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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

I disagree. Im pretty sure it maxes at around 84.75%


Nah man, more like 85.07%

post #6756 of 17911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

That's just an opinion.  Just one.  The Fostex variants have a lot of followings, but the Paradox also falls just slightly under a pair of used HE-500s, when it comes to price.

If you buy used, the Paradox only costs $300, but you're right, it isn't about what I think is good.


Edited by Sniping - 2/1/13 at 6:50am
post #6757 of 17911
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If you buy used, the Paradox only costs $300, but you're right, it isn't about what I think is good.

 

I'll even go out on a limb and point out that I don't think any variant of the Fostex is worth anything greater than $300.  In buying a pair, what one needs to realize is that if they purchase it, it would be because it has to mean something of value to the buyer.  In the used market, the Fostex variants have a hard time with value retention.  So, if an original pair of Paradox headphones ran $459 new, then $300 used, that's a big financial hit.  Then again, items that are "custom" often have problems when it comes to value determination.

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You're paying for a significant increase in price due to the fact that it's a custom job, not that there is that amount of sound quality increase.. would never spend that much money when the original price is so low!

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ninjames what ever happened to that custom painted HD-300 of yours? Did you post pics or maybe I missed them?

post #6760 of 17911

Listening to my HE-400 at about 2 O'Clock yesterday, I noticed they are quite mid-forward, and sibilant.

 

Does this mean I should get a priest to exorcise the demon living in them?

post #6761 of 17911
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

ninjames what ever happened to that custom painted HD-300 of yours? Did you post pics or maybe I missed them?

They're comin'! Also, a bunch of pics of the disassembly process. Just waiting on my buddy to get sorted, right after finishing he had to move, so it's a bit chaotic right now. I'm shipping my HE-400 to him shortly, too, so I'll be without them for like two weeks :[

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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

They're comin'! Also, a bunch of pics of the disassembly process. Just waiting on my buddy to get sorted, right after finishing he had to move, so it's a bit chaotic right now. I'm shipping my HE-400 to him shortly, too, so I'll be without them for like two weeks :[

What colour are you gonna do those??
post #6763 of 17911
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

They're comin'! Also, a bunch of pics of the disassembly process. Just waiting on my buddy to get sorted, right after finishing he had to move, so it's a bit chaotic right now. I'm shipping my HE-400 to him shortly, too, so I'll be without them for like two weeks :[

 

Ah cool, just thought I may have missed them.

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Originally Posted by merkil View Post


What colour are you gonna do those??

I'm really not sure yet. Maybe red.

post #6765 of 17911
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

You're paying for a significant increase in price due to the fact that it's a custom job, not that there is that amount of sound quality increase.. would never spend that much money when the original price is so low!


I've been curious about hearing a modified T50RP for some time, and it would be nice to have a closed headphone from time to time.  It is almost hard to justify the price difference, but consider the amount of time and research that went into tuning a Mad Dog and ensuring that each sounds the same on a small scale.  If it really can perform, compete with higher end cans and people are willing to pay, the price is justifiable I guess - plus, I believe MrSpeakers offers a warranty on his work.  There is the temptation to try my hand at working through a laundry list of modifications, but I've read a mixed bag of results.  I can't say if this would be the best option for an alternative to the HE-400 for someone who wants a closed-back, isolating option - anyone have any thoughts?

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