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Hey guys, I am looking for amps (and DAC as well actually) to get the most of the HE-400 without spending a ton of cash. I know people mentioned that the E17 does a good job but I am just slightly skeptical because I heard from some that these cans do scale pretty well as well. Which AMP/DAC combo should I go for? O2/ODAC? E17 itself? M&Ms?

 

Or some options I've seen on Ebay here:

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251219216922?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261119141191?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261156704057?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
 

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Hey guys, I am looking for amps (and DAC as well actually) to get the most of the HE-400 without spending a ton of cash. I know people mentioned that the E17 does a good job but I am just slightly skeptical because I heard from some that these cans do scale pretty well as well. Which AMP/DAC combo should I go for? O2/ODAC? E17 itself? M&Ms?

 

Or some options I've seen on Ebay here:

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/251219216922?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261119141191?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/261156704057?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
 


I actually never heard the he-400's from the m&m stack but they sound really good from the e17, it just depends on what you want the e17 is alot more portable and customizable than the m&m shiit stack. And the 02/odac sound almost exactly the same as the m&m stack from what I have heard so it just depends on personal preference you can't go wrong with either.

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Order from Justin at headamp instead...
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I hope one day I find my end game headphone.

If I could afford it ever, probably the TH-900... but that thing is... prohibitively expensive.
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Im pretty damn happy with how mine came out, I'll post some pics soon. When i first did the mod I too was disappointed in the build, it was pretty much falling apart. I then took an idea from Marleybob and stitched the pad to the ring, and yesterday I did the sub-bass mod which prevents the pads from rotating when mounted on the headphones. Basically the headphones and the pads feel like one unit, better constructed. 

I also sewed the velour to the pleather to give it a more luxury feel. Anyway I'll have pics up later, the pads are slightly different now in comparison to the last pics i uploaded.

Pre sub bass mod vs post sub bass mod

Did you have a chance to compare yet?
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I actually never heard the he-400's from the m&m stack but they sound really good from the e17, it just depends on what you want the e17 is alot more portable and customizable than the m&m shiit stack. And the 02/odac sound almost exactly the same as the m&m stack from what I have heard so it just depends on personal preference you can't go wrong with either.


Thanks for your opinion!

 

Anymore opinions on this? Perhaps someone that has tried out quite a few number of amps on the HE-400s?

post #8122 of 17617

Those look really really really nice Jerg! 

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Pre sub bass mod vs post sub bass mod

Did you have a chance to compare yet?

 

Yes i have, i posted my results in the jergpad thread. Im basing my findings from memory, and from what i remember pre sub bass mod, it was really light and weak, post mod and it's just like on velours which is to say much better. So yeah the mod works great. I'll post some pics after the game.

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If I could afford it ever, probably the TH-900... but that thing is... prohibitively expensive.

Those just appeared on the deals II thread for a total of $1800
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Better get right on it. biggrin.gif
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My new setup I'm trying for awhile. I have an Asgard but I think the Yamaha CR2020 is on par…if not better. I need to do more A/Bing but so far, this receiver is very clear and detailed compared to entry headphone amps. Possibly even mid level.

 

 

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As promised here are a couple of snaps of my jergpads, my endgame in pad-fi.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at the first pic fully zoomed, you can notice the stitching at the base of the pads between the pleather and the mounting ring. This was necessary to attach the ring to the pads tightly, especially since v1.0 of the the instructions used tape to attach them together which felt really flimsy. v2 is an even better solution but I can't do that now.

 

The bottom pic displays some headphone cleavage, thanks to the really transparent dust screen. You can also notice the stitching on the velour, again i chose this route to get a nice and secure finish. 

 

As for sound, well it's similar to what I mentioned before. More balanced signature, the tizz is mostly gone making female vocals far more enjoyable while still retaining the awesome, well extended bass the velours have thanks to the sub-bass mod.

 

But I should really mention something about the comfort, it's very very good. Clamp is non-existent as a result of the shallower pads and really soft memory foam in the pleathers. It really goes a long way towards my enjoyment of these headphones.

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^^ Thats some nice work right there.beerchug.gif

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^^ Thats some nice work right there.beerchug.gif

 

thanks, more people should try the mod, it does wonders.

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thanks, more people should try the mod, it does wonders.

Im waiting for my pads to come back from jerg, he used them to make the v2 guide.

 

Should be here on monday.

 

I can't wait to compare them to the J$ pads.

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