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post #7396 of 18087
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

Running a he400 from speaker taps is a bit of an overkill for the he400.. Get urself a good quality headphone amp which is not to analitic siunding and ur ready to go;)

I already have an amp that runs them fine. I'm just curious how they sounded out of the taps. Of coarse it might be overkill but it doesn't mean it doesn't sound good or doesn't have any benefits.
post #7397 of 18087
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Originally Posted by merkil View Post

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Still waiting on the A2 amp. Today I setup the he400 on a vintage amp with speaker taps. basshead.gif
 All I can say is that this setup sounds much better than I expected. Where is wje when you need him!! rolleyes.gif

Do the he400s benefit from the increased power of the taps??

Well, he is referring to a speaker amp, which generally requires a cable with taps in order to connect ... Planars can handle (and benefit from) the higher wattage they can put out. cool.gif
post #7398 of 18087
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

Background noise??? What ru talking bout? My full tube amp is dead silent..okay i admit i have the right tubes in it.and its not as cheap as the asgard..but still...not every tube/hybrid amp is noisy..if an amp is noisy in general then its a quality flaw imho

But if ur really hestitate to get a tube amp..try the mstage..its cheap and pairs really well with the he300/400 and the 500.. I had them all..and all were driven perfectly by the little onewink.gif

That's odd. I thought background noise was one of the characteristics of Tube Amps (I've never owned one). If NOT true, I'm glad because I'd like to consider a Tube Amp. If they do have turn on Thumps and background noise I think that would be a huge deterrent for me. 

post #7399 of 18087
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

That's odd. I thought background noise was one of the characteristics of Tube Amps (I've never owned one). If NOT true, I'm glad because I'd like to consider a Tube Amp. If they do have turn on Thumps and background noise I think that would be a huge deterrent for me. 

That is definitely not a characteristic of tube amps. Any amp can have noise. For instance, one of the issues with the Schiit Magni for some people has been noise in certain setups. If your amp has noise, generally it's an issue with the ground, with the source, or there is also "tube noise." There are plenty of things that cause tube noise but I've only ever encountered it once and some deoxit cleaned it write up. So yeah, definitely not a "characteristic" of tube amps by any means.

post #7400 of 18087
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The lyr is completely black and noise free for me. The only noise issue that I ever had with it was due to a defective set of tubes. But that was an isolated incident and I've never had it happen again. 

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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

The lyr is completely black and noise free for me. The only noise issue that I ever had with it was due to a defective set of tubes. But that was an isolated incident and I've never had it happen again. 

Yeah my Little Dot MKIII had some noise early and it was my first tube amp. Found out I was getting noise both from a terribly wired house AND the stock tubes. None of the other sets of tubes I tried had any noise, plus a little deoxit made the stock tubes stop with the noise as well.

post #7402 of 18087
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Originally Posted by ninjames View Post

Yeah my Little Dot MKIII had some noise early and it was my first tube amp. Found out I was getting noise both from a terribly wired house AND the stock tubes. None of the other sets of tubes I tried had any noise, plus a little deoxit made the stock tubes stop with the noise as well.

One thing u can do to eliminate noise is to connect ur amp directly to the wall...no other cables/connectors in between..a tube amp loves raw clean electricity..my amp needed two  connectors..ouch..but it sounds superclean..u can hear the slightest nuances of instruments and sometimes hear the room 'breathing' ( dont really know how to say that correctly in english..sorry) in the recording..queen were masters in that area i found out recently on some very high quality recordings..biggrin.gif


Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/15/13 at 7:23pm
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

One thing u can do to eliminate noise is to connect ur amp directly to the wall...no other cables/connectors in between..a tube amp loves raw clean electricity..my amp needed two  connectors..ouch..but it sounds superclean..u can hear the slightest nuances of instruments and sometimes hear the room 'breathing' ( dont really know how to say that correctly in english..sorry) in the recording..queen were masters in that area i found out recently on some very high quality recordings..biggrin.gif

Unfortunately, in this instance, my actual outlet was poorly wired. After fixing it, it plugs right into my power strip with all of my other office stuff and I've never had noise, on any amp in the strip. I like the strip so much I bought six of them for use around my house :]

post #7404 of 18087

Still haven't been able to get all 3 hooks of the velour pads into the earpud cup. The thing works but I should be able to get them all in there. Help? 

post #7405 of 18087
Thread Starter 

Check the FAQ at the beginning of this thread. It will help. I describe the process there. 

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Glad to hear that tube noise is not as common as some might have me believe. There's a particularly scathing review on the Lyr at Amazon for instance, that I'm sure has turned a lot of prospective buyers off. Sounds like it can be problem if you have the wrong tubes, so that bit of complication is probably behind the negative rumors. Most Amazon buyers would simply write a bad review and send it back without thinking to change the Tubes out. That's why they need to come to forums like this one.wink.gif

post #7407 of 18087
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Still haven't been able to get all 3 hooks of the velour pads into the earpud cup. The thing works but I should be able to get them all in there. Help? 

 

try using a credit card.  push the credit card into the hook and it will snap into place on the headphone

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post #7408 of 18087

I'm not sure what kind of amp you'd need to get the most out of an HE-400, but it sounded quite nice off my Onkyo TX-SV515PRO's headphone jack, enough for me to get reasonable impressions of its performance.

 

I could have attempted to wire it up to the speaker taps (in fact, this is why I have an integrated receiver as part of my headphone setup; speaker-level output is required for electrostatic transformer boxes like Stax SRDs), but I sure as hell wasn't going to mess with someone else's HE-400 like that, especially with two other people waiting to audition that exact headphone.

 

Word is that the HE-6 is the one model in the lineup that really does demand that sort of power, though...

post #7409 of 18087

Been searching this thread for 15mins and couldn't find the exact thing I want so I'll just ask

 

Does the amazon beyer headband pad fit right over the stock one? Found several posts of people ordering them or talking about them, but couldn't find an exact answer

post #7410 of 18087
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Originally Posted by jchu View Post

Been searching this thread for 15mins and couldn't find the exact thing I want so I'll just ask

 

Does the amazon beyer headband pad fit right over the stock one? Found several posts of people ordering them or talking about them, but couldn't find an exact answer

 

Yes it fits nicely so long as you don't button the middle buttons, just do the outer ones. Otherwise you'd need to bend the leather inwards to button all of them. 

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