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post #9031 of 17616

So I sent the Stax SR-407 off to the next person and plugged in my HE-400 again. I have to say, I'm basically blown away every time I listen to something else and come back to the HE-400. I have a different kind of upgradeitis this time. I don't feel that I need it because I love the HE-400 so much, but I can casually save up a little bit on the side because I do plan on getting a Stax system after hearing the SR-407. The clarity is just .. through the roof. Obviously everything in this price range is iterative but they have such a wider range than I expected.

 

Until then, happy to be back.

post #9032 of 17616
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I would
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Originally Posted by ri_toast View Post

Ground? Most Marantz equipment; at least the Sun Valley era has it on the chassis. any wire will do right to the center post on the socket cover. Maybe just reverse the plug. Does the static/hum happen with speakers as well?
I would say that's its most likely the receiver. I had the same thing happen with a vintage amp. Had to be recapped.
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I would
I would say that's its most likely the receiver. I had the same thing happen with a vintage amp. Had to be recapped.

Hm that is strange because I took it into a repair shop a few weeks ago to be serviced and I assumed he would have recapped the Marantz D: I called the repair shop and they said they tested my Marantz very extensively and did not get any static before calling for me to pick it up. 

 

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Originally Posted by ri_toast View Post

Ground? Most Marantz equipment; at least the Sun Valley era has it on the chassis. any wire will do right to the center post on the socket cover. Maybe just reverse the plug. Does the static/hum happen with speakers as well?

Thanks for your input too. Is there a way to remove ground? I didn't quite understand when you mention the wire to the center post. I bought a power conditioner and plugged all my equipment into it but the static still comes up. Sounds very scratchy lol 

post #9034 of 17616
Your marantz has a ground point, put a wire there and connect it to a ground in your electrical system. I have had a ground problem in the past, try touching the receiver when the hum happens, if it changes its a grounding problem
post #9035 of 17616
Maybe one of the controls, volume, balance or?
Scratchy pots are also common but clear up when played with
Edited by ri_toast - 3/26/13 at 9:22am
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Maybe one of the controls, volume, balance or?
Scratchy pots are also common but clear up when played with

Maybe, I will give it a try later when I am at home then :) 

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Originally Posted by ri_toast View Post

Your marantz has a ground point, put a wire there and connect it to a ground in your electrical system. I have had a ground problem in the past, try touching the receiver when the hum happens, if it changes its a grounding problem

I will need to check this out. I'll test out if touching the receiver causes any changes. May need to look up this wire to the ground point though. Haven't heard that suggestion yet so thanks for the input. Would having other electronics mess things up too? 

 

I have my router next to my computer tower so I initially thought that may affect the source but many people believe the Marantz is the culprit.  

post #9037 of 17616

Just got my HE-400 from head-amp (thanks for your business Justin). I'm blown away right now considering the best quality headphones I've ever heard were the ath-m50. Made me realize I need to update my library of songs to get ride of the low quality ones and replace them with flacs, they seem much less forgiving in that department. I'm glad I pulled  the trigger on those, again, thanks for this thread and all the info and feedback you guys been providing.  I might attempt the jerg mod in the near future once i order extra pads.

 

Thanks head-fi!


Edited by Orcom - 3/26/13 at 10:29am
post #9038 of 17616

Hello guys, I've a budget @ 1000 euro and I'm the process to buy a DAC and an AMP for my Hifiman HE-400.

 

I've really fallen for the REGA Dac, but its ~700 euro then then I only got 300 for the amp, I was thinking the Rega Ear MK II  or Musical Fidelity VCAN MK II.

 

Is this really stupid to buy a more expensive DAC then AMP? Any other suggestion in my price range?

 

Preferably from European brands.

 

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Gear can be colored towards bass heavy, fun and silky if anything.

 
Don't need portability, it will be used next to my computer only!

Edited by mindflayz - 3/26/13 at 2:44pm
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Originally Posted by mindflayz View Post

Hello guys, I've a budget @ 1000 euro and I'm the process to buy a DAC and an AMP for my Hifiman HE-400.

I've really fallen for the REGA Dac, but its ~700 euro then then I only got 300 for the amp, I was thinking the Rega Ear MK II  or Musical Fidelity VCAN MK II.

Is this really stupid to buy a more expensive DAC then AMP? Any other suggestion in my price range?

Preferably from European brands.
How about a turntable? I'm looking into one, and once you mentioned Rega I thought of it... I'll be getting an RP1, a cheap DAC, and a nicer headphone amp. biggrin.gif
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How about a turntable? I'm looking into one, and once you mentioned Rega I thought of it... I'll be getting an RP1, a cheap DAC, and a nicer headphone amp. biggrin.gif

I don't have any vinyls nor do I plan to buy any =P

Music will be played from my computer only.

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I don't have any vinyls nor do I plan to buy any =P
Music will be played from my computer only.
Have you seen the Resonessence Concero? I heard that it sounded the Matrix X-Sabre which I heard at the meet and was great! biggrin.gif
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So, I exchanged my HE-400 for the HE-500. I must say I was very pleased within the first 30 seconds of a song through the HE-500. To my ears, the HE-500 has a fuller, cohesive sound that suits my tastes. Interestingly I notice more bass impact with the HE-500 although the HE-400 seemed more controlled. The HE-400 definitely is a good headphone, but for me, the cost difference is well worth the upgrade. 

 

As an aside, I publicly would like to thank Justin at Headamp for top notch service and incredibly fast shipping. Without a doubt, this is the guy to buy from!

post #9043 of 17616
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Originally Posted by stereolab View Post

So, I exchanged my HE-400 for the HE-500. I must say I was very pleased within the first 30 seconds of a song through the HE-500. To my ears, the HE-500 has a fuller, cohesive sound that suits my tastes. Interestingly I notice more bass impact with the HE-500 although the HE-400 seemed more controlled. The HE-400 definitely is a good headphone, but for me, the cost difference is well worth the upgrade. 

 

As an aside, I publicly would like to thank Justin at Headamp for top notch service and incredibly fast shipping. Without a doubt, this is the guy to buy from!

 

 

How long did it take Justin to ship them? Did you get tracking # via email? I've ordered B-stock HE-400 on Monday at 7 AM and am curious when they'll get shipped.


Edited by Bogatyr - 3/26/13 at 5:44pm
post #9044 of 17616
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Originally Posted by stereolab View Post

So, I exchanged my HE-400 for the HE-500. I must say I was very pleased within the first 30 seconds of a song through the HE-500. To my ears, the HE-500 has a fuller, cohesive sound that suits my tastes. Interestingly I notice more bass impact with the HE-500 although the HE-400 seemed more controlled. The HE-400 definitely is a good headphone, but for me, the cost difference is well worth the upgrade. 

 

As an aside, I publicly would like to thank Justin at Headamp for top notch service and incredibly fast shipping. Without a doubt, this is the guy to buy from!

I'm glad to read your impression as I'm selling my HE 400's to get the HE 500's as I can't stand the treble spike on the 400's. How's the treble on the HE 500's compared to the HE 400's?

post #9045 of 17616

The HE-400 shipped same day, the HE-500 a few days after as he was waiting on stock. I received tracking both times.

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