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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

So I've been powering my HiFiman HE-400's off of a FiiO e7 Amp/Dac, and it really isn't powering it as fully as it can. What are some good ~$200 DAC/AMP combos that can power the HiFiman HE-400's?

post #2 of 22

Essence ST/STX? :D

post #3 of 22

The e17 should work well, could always get the e9k amp for it later if you wanted a bit more. I kinda miss the hw eq for bass on my asgard even.

post #4 of 22
Both RushNerd and Scyy have put out good options.

You can also get the Audinst HUD-MX1, which will make a great DAC later if you ever want to use it in that capacity for a bigger amp later on and has a pretty good headphone amp built in.
post #5 of 22
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Originally Posted by JD1993 View Post

So I've been powering my HiFiman HE-400's off of a FiiO e7 Amp/Dac, and it really isn't powering it as fully as it can. What are some good ~$200 DAC/AMP combos that can power the HiFiman HE-400's?

 

Heya,

 

NFB12.1 or 15.1 or 11.32 (used)

Schiit Asgard (output from your E7 as a DAC to the Asgard)

Fiio E9 (dock your E7 as the DAC)

JDS Labs O2 AMP (output from E7 as DAC; or add ODAC later if you want)

AVR (any old receiver can do great)

Speaker amps (just get a speaker tap adapter/cable and you can use power speaker amps that are inexpensive)

 

Very best,

post #6 of 22

To be honest the difference between DACs are not very distinguishable at all on HE-400. Any DAC recommended by the other posters will do.

 

The headphones sound quality outweighs too much compared to the differences of DACs.

post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by hbkmog View Post

To be honest the difference between DACs are not very distinguishable at all on HE-400. Any DAC recommended by the other posters will do.

 

The headphones sound quality outweighs too much compared to the differences of DACs.


+1

post #8 of 22
Thread Starter 

So I'm really liking the E9K/E17 combo. Does the E9K have a 1/4 (6.3mm) inch jack or is it 1/8 (3.5mm) inch?

post #9 of 22

The FiiO E09K has a 1/4 inch jack.

post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

Just picked up the FiiO e9k/Fiio E17. Hopefully this will power them well!

post #11 of 22
nice! they will give you more than enough power
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

Yeah, they sound AMAZING with emphasis on ZING. After around 20 or 30 hours of listening time, we'll see, though.

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by hbkmog View Post

To be honest the difference between DACs are not very distinguishable at all on HE-400. Any DAC recommended by the other posters will do.

 

The headphones sound quality outweighs too much compared to the differences of DACs.

I strongly doubt that the first sentence is true.   The second sentence is probably true.   I have no idea what the third sentence is saying. :)

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by RushNerd View Post

Essence ST/STX? :D

 

+1

 

Works fine for me.
 

post #15 of 22

Glad you are liking em, granted I would think you would enjoy those headphones with any decent dac/amp. lol

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