By the way anyone knows what is the MAX power that you can run to those orthos withouth damaging the driver?
I never saw any mention about that.
Technokid, the mids on the HE-400 arent bad, and i never wanted to imply that. But they are recessed. By "how much" is subjective so no point going into that at all.
My strongest gripe about that recession is some games where i miss a specific part of the music that is clearly pressent with my speakers (anywhere from my laptop speakers to my Z-5500 logitech).
You can still "hear" those sounds, but they are greatly overshadowed by the bass and treble, and the action feels a lot less Epic or Dynamic if you know what i mean.
I mostly noticed this Mass Effect 2, and while its not something that is constant or even happens often, its certainly something that i notice.
In other words, the Signature is not "exactly" what I want (but it is quite close).
I never said you thought they were bad I was just stating how I felt about them.
I've played music on them max volume with my Asgard without a problem(no they weren't on my head otherwise I'd be deaf).
I think planars can take quite a bit of a beating.
Seriously though, I'm liking the HE-400 so much that I'm thinking about selling the rest of the IEM's I have and keep the Hifiman RE-400, I should be able to get around $300 give or take for them and that's enough to get the Asgard 2 or a pair of HD600's that I've wanted to try for a few years.
Ughh, I wouldn't dare doing that. The headphone might be able to hold up, but if the amp distorts it might damage the headphone from what I have heard. But in theory, they can probably handle somewhere between 5-15 watts
What do you mean if it distorts?
And yeah it's not something I would normally try, not sure why I did try it but they did hold up. I've heard its pretty damn hard to blow out a planar driver.
You must be destroyed (Lord of the Rings sylte) :D.
Anyhow, if the HE-400 can manage the Lyr at full volume, i might get it. I dont want someone to come my home and just for the lols put it at max volume and destroy my headphones.
I guess the potentiometer only controls the voltage. Say, an amp can only put out 1 watt before distorting. The amps max output voltage is 8 volts. The impedance could be anything, but if we imagine cranking the amp to the max, having it put out 8 volts. Then if we have an impedance of 36 ohms, representing the HE-500, the output would be 1.777 watts. Put the amp can only output 1w without distorting, so it would distort.
I have heard this distortion can damage a headphone.
I pretty much have my mind up that I'm going to get the Schiit Asgard 2 as the amp I'm going to use with the HE-400. I've read a few impressions of people using the HE-400 and they said its a great pairing, I'll get the HD600 some other time.
The more I look at the Schiit Lyr the more I want to save up a little more and get it and that has plenty of power but so does the Asgard 2. The Lyr just keeps calling my name and saying "you can afford me, its only $200 more".