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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I didn't get the O2, but it's design just bothered me, unless I got a custom one with all the inputs on the back. Just...no.

That's what Audio Poutine will do for you if you want. By standard he has all the inputs/outputs on one side but that side also has has the name plate. You can have him put a name plate w/led on the other side and use that as the front. For me I didn't bother, it's just a simple all black plate.
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^^ I like Joe at Audio Poutine. He does very nice work...for those who might be interested in something custom. 

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Originally Posted by Hydrocharged View Post

Alright brothers and sisters, let's say that I hypothetically sold my PS3 for around $250 and wanted to spend every bit of that money on a desktop amp and DAC, what are all of my options that are worth considering? I know of the M&M stack and the O2/ODAC, but are those the only ones I should debate among? And what are the strengths of each for the HE-400, as well as how would they scale when I inevitably (within the next 3 years) purchase the LCD-2? Thank you! If you're really helpful, I may PayPal you $1 :) (but only the most helpful person)

I'll put a vote in for the ODAC ($285). Worth every penny. Probably would use 1X gain + 6.5X gain (better for certain sources / listening conditions). Plenty of power for the HE-400s, and would be plenty for the LCD-2s. Its a pretty proven piece of hardware at this point. Separate components will cost more (~$320), but offer some flexibility. Its pricey and less slick than many other options, but there is little worth buying below it, and little worth buying above it. Bang for the buck is amazing.

 

The Magni and Modi are the cool "new" stack, but the fixed 5X gain, metal d*** switch in the back and possible channel imbalance issues are deal breakers for me. But it does have a great warranty, and it is pretty. The price is also right. With your leftover cash, you could pick up several used CDs. wink_face.gif No one has come out and said it is clearly worse, or clearly better than the O2, but I am waiting for some hard data to back up some of the subjective opinions. Mostly on the channel balance, S/N and so on.

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Here are few more thoughts on the m/m stack that I auditioned last night.

 

1. If the pictures don't show it, this stack is really small and lightweight.

 

2. There is not enough weight to keep the rca cable from raising the magdi off the modi. A simple rubber band around the rca cables will fix this issue. 

 

3. The volume knob is small and does not fit flush against the outside of the amp. You can see inside the amp from the opening. 

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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Yeah as noted, all credible retailers should have the latest revision. That said, I've never purchased through Crutchfield before and from what I can tell, there are some bad ratings online and I recall some negative comments from one of the deal threads from a few users as well.

 

Go with Justin at Headamp if you can.


I ordered both the he-400's and a denon receiver from crutchfield and the only thing bad about them is they don't include signature confirmation but then again really who does?

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Some of us don't like the signature confirmation. I really don't have any worries about a package getting taking at the door and the signature confirmation would increase my wait more than often. mad.gif

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Originally Posted by Spiderman View Post

I ordered both the he-400's and a denon receiver from crutchfield and the only thing bad about them is they don't include signature confirmation but then again really who does?

 

I got my HE-400 and HE-500 from them.

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Guys, you should listen to this song:

 

Steven Wilson - the raven that refused to sing

 

So many beautiful layers!

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Guys, you should listen to this song:

 

Steven Wilson - the raven that refused to sing

 

So many beautiful layers!

 

Beautiful song and video, the Youtube stream sounds surprisingly good.

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Regarding Crutchfield, that's great that people have had a good experience. I know they are legitimate, I was just noting there were some definite issues in the deals thread or something similar on Head Fi.

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listening to HE-400 on emotiva mini x a-100

 

L3000.gif

 

I just fell in love with the he400 all over again

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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

listening to HE-400 on emotiva mini x a-100

 

L3000.gif

 

I just fell in love with the he400 all over again


I've been hearing a lot of good stuff about that amp. Like how do you connect the headphone to this speaker amp?

 

Do you have any reference amps which you can compare it too? For example something like the E9?

How does it improve the sound?

 

Lot's of questions, I'm very interested in this amp :)

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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post

 

Beautiful song and video, the Youtube stream sounds surprisingly good.


This is my very first song of steven wilson, but I am very much intrigued.

 

That piano and violin sound so darn good. It's like there's an actual violin player next to me.

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Steven Wilson has a number of good solo albums. You'll also want to check out Porcupine Tree if you are into it.

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I just can't stop listening to my HE-400!

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