Originally Posted by Fluffy Muffinz
hey KCxSmaker ^_^
yeah that's the go :). im thinking of a Fiio E7 or E11, but im open to any suggestions :)
im not sure whether i should get the 702's from amazon for $274 or spend a bit more for the HE-400's.. id like to get your opinion, is it worth the extra $100+
if it ends up that i just get enough money from Christmas to pay for the HE-400's but unable to buy an amp, would the Headphones be okay without an amp for the time being.?
I can see from your ''Headphone Inventory'' that you own the Denon AHD5000's and the HE-400's, by curiosity what headphones do you prefer, i know that the 5000's are closed so it's probably an unfair comparison but i did consider to buy the 5000's a while back.
what do you think of the HE-400's over all :)
thank you for helping me out KCxSmacker, i really appreciate it.
I have only heard the 702s once, and not for very long. I can say I feel the HE-400 sounds better overall. I like a punchy bass with the smooth and sexy mids. The He-400s are Ortho headphones so they are very fast headphones. They also LOVE lots of current. So the more you get from an amp the better.
That being said I ran my he-400s out of my pc for the first month I had them and worked fine. The fiio e11 is a great little amp. The e7 is decent but the new e17 is much better IMO. The e17 will save you money if you feel you will be buying a DAC later down the road. Personally I dont use more then an amp when on the go. ( I'm assuming you want mobility as you was a detachable cable and your selection of amps are both mobile). If you want something more for the desktop then the e10 is an amazing all in one dac/amp for the price.
That brings up another thing however. Are you using this for mobile use? they dont block any sound to and from the headphone. If they are for inside use then again, I would suggest the e10.
The HE-400s also scale VERY well with upgraded equipment so if you ever decide to upgrade on the amp/dac later they will keep sounding better.
A few negatives I could see people having with the he-400 is their size and weight. These headphones feel very tanky. They are heavy and feel they could withstand the test of time. This however causes lots weight which makes them heavy and somewhat uncomfortable. There is a fix to this which I recently posted a thread on : http://www.head-fi.org/t/635480/simple-but-successful-mod-on-he-400s Its a very easy mod and also helps if you have a small head. The extra padding will help to tighten the fit on them.
The other negative are the ear pads. They come default with a set of leather ear pads. These really heat up your ears. The Velour pads that you can order from moon audio are almost a must. They seem to help with soundstage and decrease heat on your ears. They are very comfy too.
So while I feel these headphones are much better then the 702s, I feel they need a few upgrades ( at least the velour pads. They headband may be just fine for you.)
Last but not least, there was a recall on one rev. of their headphones. They are out of circulation now and have been for a while now, but depending on who you order from you might end up with one. Just check with your dealer to make sure its the right headphone rev.
Just woke up so sorry for any grammer problems ^_^. I will be on and off most of they day during classes so I can respond here and there. Hope I helped.
edit: Also the JDS labs O2 amp is a GREAT amp suggestion as well that could power the he-400s really well.
Edited by KCxSmacker - 11/26/12 at 11:40am