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Ur kidding right?biggrin.gif

 

Why would I lie?  biggrin.gif

 

Not a journalist.  But, a technical writer and business analysis documentation.

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I get paid to write at my day job, as well! Journalist, sports writer and editor here.

post #6828 of 18123

What is a good amp to pair the HE-400 with? around $300 range. M-Stage or which of the Schiit line?

post #6829 of 18123
Thread Starter 

Within your budget the Asgard is quite good. The lyr is better but outside your budget.

post #6830 of 18123
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Why would I lie?  biggrin.gif

 

Not a journalist.  But, a technical writer and business analysis documentation.

I was kidding beerchug.gif

post #6831 of 18123
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What is a good amp to pair the HE-400 with? around $300 range. M-Stage or which of the Schiit line?

I had the mstage and believe me..its a steal for what it delivers..it drove my he500 without a sweat on gain 10db..i used it to burn my he500 to spare the tubes of my 337.. And trust me..it sounded surprisingly good with the he500.. Checkthe mstage thread for more info.

post #6832 of 18123
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

I had the mstage and believe me..its a steal for what it delivers..it drove my he500 without a sweat on gain 10db..i used it to burn my he500 to spare the tubes of my 337.. And trust me..it sounded surprisingly good with the he500.. Checkthe mstage thread for more info.

 

Im leaning towards more the Asgard (5 year warranty) but love the input/output of the M-stage more

post #6833 of 18123
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Originally Posted by 1llest View Post

 

Im leaning towards more the Asgard (5 year warranty) but love the input/output of the M-stage more

I dont know if that amp can deliver..the lyr can..but its a bit more expensive. Imho

post #6834 of 18123
+1 for M-stage.
post #6835 of 18123
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

+1 i agree totally with this looong post..dont upgrade to more expensive headphones because its said they are better..but upgrade to the phone who fits u best with ur personal taste and ur rig..sometimes thats not buying a new phone..but maybe trying other darker sounding amps? Maybe an idea?wink.gif

 

Yes, a darker sounding amp could work towards taking the edge of.  Also, something that I've found even a bit interesting is the varying degree of sound from DACs.  Whether you use an implementation of Wolfson, Burr-Brown, or others.  W and BB are mainly two that I've had recent experience with as well as the chip setup in the Modi.

 

I guess if we were to learn a bit more about the source, DAC and amp currently being utilized with the HE-400s, it might be more insightful.

post #6836 of 18123
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+1 for M-stage.

 

Anyone know how M-stage comepares to O2?

post #6837 of 18123

quick question since i am going to be taking the plunge as soon as my tax refund comes in. i was going to go with the he-500, but since these are my first pair of headphones (quality ones) i figured i would take a step back. My question is, how do these hp's sound with Female vocals, like norah jones, diana krall, zero 7, i also listen to ambient, chill, trip hop, acoustic and soundtracks. Would these be good for me?

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Yet the HE-6 went up $300...
And it is still no better in the build quality/QC aspects

It's what's inside that counts. Seriously HE6 is all gold tracings WITH a gold weave on top (dunno what that is for though). It's some serious bling yo.

 

Here's a macro photo of HE6 driver, I mean, that looks like a $1000+ headphone's driver, just as how HE400's driver looks about $400.

 

post #6839 of 18123
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It's what's inside that counts. Seriously HE6 is all gold tracings WITH a gold weave on top (dunno what that is for though). It's some serious bling yo.

 

Here's a macro photo of HE6 driver, I mean, that looks like a $1000+ headphone's driver, just as how HE400's driver looks about $400.

 

This needs a NSFW tag

post #6840 of 18123
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Originally Posted by cheuh View Post

 

Anyone know how M-stage comepares to O2?

The O2 is more true to the source whereas the M-stage is a bit warm (tubey) sounding. With the HE-400s I would go with the M-stage, for cans like the DT880 or an HD600 I would use the O2.  The M-stage is better built (RCA in and out, Internal power transformer) and can be used as a pre-amp, while the O2 is semi portable and much smaller.. The M-stage is fun and cheap to change OPAs in and it changes the sound to suit the listeners taste, it still sounds like an M-stage, but it can be more or less clinical based on the OPA.  Both are good budget amps, but the M-stage has a touch of warmth to it that adds or subtracts from the listeners experience based on preference.

 

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