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post #7186 of 18136

So how was the Asgard 1 with the HE-400 overall? Did it drive them well? Anybody have any insight to whether it might be a good idea to find an Asgard one for cheap second hand once the price goes down, as it should, as a secondary rig/bedroom rig/etc? Any insights to whether it drives the Mad Dogs and LCD 2 as well?

post #7187 of 18136
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

So how was the Asgard 1 with the HE-400 overall? Did it drive them well? Anybody have any insight to whether it might be a good idea to find an Asgard one for cheap second hand once the price goes down, as it should, as a secondary rig/bedroom rig/etc? Any insights to whether it drives the Mad Dogs and LCD 2 as well?

 

If you check, people are trying to sell the Asgard 1 at the moment in the F/S forum for $190.  You always have the right not to buy, but as much as I'd like to think that the price should go down, as do you, it's really hard to tell.  All the Schiit Asgard 1 sellers have to do, is offer to ship their product to International destinations and they will still sell at the asking price.  However, as buyers in the U.S., we have the right to go and buy our Shiit directly from Schiit, so we don't have to buy our Schiit from the F/S forum.

 

Hmm ... saying Schiit 3 times in a single sentence be a violation of forum policy? After all, this is supposed to be a family friendly forum.

 

However, in all honesty, I'd still consider the Emotiva amp option for $219 and go with speaker taps and the XLR 4-pin "balanced" connection over the $249 Schiit Asgard 2 amplifier option.  Such an option, would give your HE-400s the right "juice" without a doubt, and have a 2nd life, if you wanted to re-purpose the amp at a later time for an audio setup.  Just my .02

 

But, I should probably refrain from talking about the HE-400, because I've sold off my pair.  I'm HifiMAN "free" at the moment.  Too many other "distractions" in my life at the moment took me away from being able to properly enjoy them.

post #7188 of 18136

Hello everyone, I'm pondering whether to sell my Q701 and get HE400. (Currently using Q701 & Audinst Hud MX1). I like the combo a lot but can't properly enjoy bass heavy and electronic music as I find Q701 's treble a bit too much with some genres and songs. Lately I've been listening to electronica - Aphex Twin, Autechre and such. Would HE400 suit me well? I want more bass extension and less treble than what Q701's have to offer

 

I've read few posts stating that HE400 are sibilant and bright - any truth to that? Do you guys reckon Audinst HUD MX1 would go well with HE400? Thanks in advance.

post #7189 of 18136
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post

I have completed the first version of the marleypads biggrin.gif


The inspiration for these pads came from the jergpads. The balanced sound was amazing but I thought these pads could be even better with deeper pads. Having my ears so close to the driver resulted in a more intimate soundstage, and imaging of instruments wasn't as impressive.

So I took the velour pads and stitched leather over them biggrin.gif
I also added some damping holes to reduce reverb, which wasn't really apparent but I thought it couldn't hurt.

First sound impression: They sound like the velours but more balanced. They still sound as dynamic, so bass is much more punchy than with the jergpads. But mostly imaging and soundstage is back, it is amazing.

The jergpads do sound more romantic though, however I like a more dynamic sound.
I'll open up a new thread where I'll write up a how-to marleypads in case anyone is interested in replicating this experiment.

p.s. When I say jergpads, I mean my implementation of the jergpads. Maybe I did something wrong? But I think most of the problems of the jergpads (smaller soundstage, slightly slower sound) are inherent problems of the pleather pads. They are less deep and softer.
Also major props to my girlfriend since she did all the stitching and pattern designing!

Looking forward to reading your writeup dude, this looks really interesting.

I have my own variation of the jergpads to finish, just need to complete the stitching and I'll post the results here. I have a good feeling about it.
post #7190 of 18136
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Originally Posted by Bogatyr View Post

Hello everyone, I'm pondering whether to sell my Q701 and get HE400. (Currently using Q701 & Audinst Hud MX1). I like the combo a lot but can't properly enjoy bass heavy and electronic music as I find Q701 's treble a bit too much with some genres and songs. Lately I've been listening to electronica - Aphex Twin, Autechre and such. Would HE400 suit me well? I want more bass extension and less treble than what Q701's have to offer

I've read few posts stating that HE400 are sibilant and bright - any truth to that? Do you guys reckon Audinst HUD MX1 would go well with HE400? Thanks in advance.

The HE400 has considerably more treble than the Q701, so I'd advise you stay away from it, unless you wanna deal with the modding of the pads and what have you.

I'd recommend the HE650 instead.
post #7191 of 18136
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

If you check, people are trying to sell the Asgard 1 at the moment in the F/S forum for $190.  You always have the right not to buy, but as much as I'd like to think that the price should go down, as do you, it's really hard to tell.  All the Schiit Asgard 1 sellers have to do, is offer to ship their product to International destinations and they will still sell at the asking price.  However, as buyers in the U.S., we have the right to go and buy our Shiit directly from Schiit, so we don't have to buy our Schiit from the F/S forum.

 

Hmm ... saying Schiit 3 times in a single sentence be a violation of forum policy? After all, this is supposed to be a family friendly forum.

 

However, in all honesty, I'd still consider the Emotiva amp option for $219 and go with speaker taps and the XLR 4-pin "balanced" connection over the $249 Schiit Asgard 2 amplifier option.  Such an option, would give your HE-400s the right "juice" without a doubt, and have a 2nd life, if you wanted to re-purpose the amp at a later time for an audio setup.  Just my .02

 

But, I should probably refrain from talking about the HE-400, because I've sold off my pair.  I'm HifiMAN "free" at the moment.  Too many other "distractions" in my life at the moment took me away from being able to properly enjoy them.

I don't know what speaker taps are and frankly, I don't want to overcomplicate the process. Just being frugal as always. I'm confident the price will drop by the end of March.

post #7192 of 18136
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post


The HE400 has considerably more treble than the Q701, so I'd advise you stay away from it, unless you wanna deal with the modding of the pads and what have you.

I'd recommend the HE650 instead.


HE650 :D The HE500 with a midbass hump and less treble?

post #7193 of 18136
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Dunno about others, but the HD650 I got was incredibly well balanced and linear. Sounded like the one off Purrin's site. The treble was smooth, but still crisp. It was just a little slower than what I normally hear of other headphones.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/10/13 at 3:45am
post #7194 of 18136
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

Hd650 tongue.gif

Dunno about others, but the HD650 I got was incredibly well balanced and linear. Sounded like the one off Purrin's site. The treble was smooth, but still crisp. It was just a little slower than what I normally hear of other headphones.


HD650 through the E9 had very little rumble and punch, and also no crispy treble to speak of.

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That's an HD650 frequency response. At least one that closesly resembled what I heard from the pair I had. No severe treble roll off there. I didn't hear any veil. It was smooth, but it still sparkled if need be.


The older ones however may have sounded like this...




Either way, It may not be basshead-worthy, but I was fine with it's bass.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 2/10/13 at 4:34am
post #7196 of 18136
Thread Starter 

Wayne...is this the amp that you're referring to?

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

It looks like that blue light around the dial may be a little too much for me. Unless it can project a bat signal or something. 

post #7197 of 18136
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Wayne...is this the amp that you're referring to?

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

It looks like that blue light around the dial may be a little too much for me. Unless it can project a bat signal or something. 

 

Yes.  That is the one.  Emotiva usually does a lot with blue lights.  

post #7198 of 18136
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Wayne...is this the amp that you're referring to?

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

 

It looks like that blue light around the dial may be a little too much for me. Unless it can project a bat signal or something. 


Are you planning on trying it? I am for sure! I am so intrigued with this amp!

But I'm not sure whether they ship to europe. I did sent them an email yesterday, but no response so far.

post #7199 of 18136
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Originally Posted by Marleybob217 View Post


Are you planning on trying it? I am for sure! I am so intrigued with this amp!

But I'm not sure whether they ship to europe. I did sent them an email yesterday, but no response so far.

 

It is the weekend, and they are most likely not answering e-mails.  Possibly, tomorrow.  I've owned their gear in the past for my full-sized audio system.  Their gear is solid and is the real deal.  They are an OEM amp manufacturer too and make quite a few audio amps, that sell under other brand names.  They also manufacture and sell speakers and subwoofers.  Probably "manufacture" isn't the right term in this scenario.  The design and contract to have their gear manufactured for them, which can sell under the Emotiva brand, or under the brands that they also provide amps for.  I doubt that there is another equivalent to this model of amp, though.  Also, for the amps that they manufacture for other companies, the amps from Emotiva usually sell for quite a bit less.  My 3 channel amp that I had from them weighed approximately 70 Lbs. and was some severe hernia material.

 

About 2 or 3 times each year, they do put their items on sale.  I think that the amp being discussed has sold for as low as $179.00.

post #7200 of 18136
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post


Looking forward to reading your writeup dude, this looks really interesting.

I have my own variation of the jergpads to finish, just need to complete the stitching and I'll post the results here. I have a good feeling about it.


Here is the how-to on the Marleypads: http://www.head-fi.org/t/650518/hifiman-velour-earpads-leather-modification-the-marleypads

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