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I love my modded Q701 for progressive rock and progressive metal. Stuff like Opeth, Symphony X, Porcupine Tree, Haken, Ayreon, Threshold, Epica, Fates Warning, Leprous, Jethro Tull and so on. I love a big soundstage no matter what the genre is. Most closed headphones just sound congested to me. After the mod there is plenty of bass and plenty of impact and they are still fast enough for fast paced metal. They have all the detail one would ever want as long as they are on a resolving DAC and amp, and of course playing high bit rate files. 


Edited by jasonb - 11/24/13 at 8:26am
post #17 of 35
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Originally Posted by Halonoonan View Post

Good to hear that Opeth sounds good on these. Those happen to be the 3 albums that I listen to.
Any else ever try it on any other portable amps?


I used the HE-400 with a CMOY and didn't like it. I had the two battery model from JDS labs, but the bass clipped at moderately high volumes. This may have been the batteries fault though -- they were in the green on my battery meter, but they were also a couple months old. IDK. If it's a home gym, you might have better luck with a desktop amp and a long extension cable. 

Obviously you are free to do what you want, but between the cost of these headphones and their weight, I wouldn't wear them while working out. They would get all sweaty and fall off your head sooner or later. You might have better luck if you don't sweat a lot and are careful. 

post #18 of 35
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For anyone that has heard both the Beyer 880 and He-400, is the extra $ worth it to you?
Would a jump to the 880 be a big enough upgrade from current Denon d1100?
post #19 of 35

FWIW, I had the DT-990 and thought the HE-400 demolished it. Not sure about the DT-880 though.

post #20 of 35

Grado O.o... SR225i...

post #21 of 35

I know I said that I was going to stick with my Fiio E17, but I got some extra money and couldn't resist ordering a JDS Labs Objective2 :wink_face:. Man, I always cave when it comes to audio upgrades. It'll probably arrive sometime in the middle of next week, I'll compare it to my E17 and let you know what I think. I'm hoping for better instrumental separation and imaging, as well as a slightly less recessed mid-range. I don't expect any miracles though.

post #22 of 35
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Let me know what you think. Those are 2 of the amps that I'm looking at.
post #23 of 35
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I know I said that I was going to stick with my Fiio E17, but I got some extra money and couldn't resist ordering a JDS Labs Objective2 :wink_face:. Man, I always cave when it comes to audio upgrades. It'll probably arrive sometime in the middle of next week, I'll compare it to my E17 and let you know what I think. I'm hoping for better instrumental separation and imaging, as well as a slightly less recessed mid-range. I don't expect any miracles though.

Does it have the ODAC inside? Or are you just going to use the E17 as a DAC?

post #24 of 35
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Does it have the ODAC inside? Or are you just going to use the E17 as a DAC?


Nope, I ordered a standalone O2. I use my Audioquest Dragonfly as my DAC, it is coloured with dim highs and ever so slightly emphasized bass... but the O2 is neutral so it shouldn't affect my impressions. What I will be looking for the most is a change in imaging and detail retrieval, perhaps better tonality. I hope it'll be in soon.

post #25 of 35

So my O2 finally arrived. I've only listened briefly, but I'll try to compare it to my E17. As soon as I plugged the headphones in the first thing that I noticed was that the highs were no longer sharp or harsh, which is nice considering how bright the HE-400 are. The imaging has improved in accuracy, but the sound-stage didn't get any significant gains. The mid-range improved in presence which is a major benefit since these headphones have a slightly V-shaped frequency response. No miracles, but it was as I expected. The O2 made the HE-400 sound more balanced compared to the bass-emphasized FiiO, added a little detail (with particular regard to instrumental separation), and makes the beautiful mid-range of the HE-400 show a bit more. I feel that it was worth the upgrade, overall it makes the HE-400 sound more refined and natural compared to the fun sounding E17.

 

Edit: The tonality also seems improved which I noticed with the texture of the highs and lows.


Edited by ToddTheMetalGod - 12/6/13 at 1:00pm
post #26 of 35

congratulations :)

I am waiting for 15.32 to reach home :)

post #27 of 35
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congratulations :)

I am waiting for 15.32 to reach home :)


Thanks. Nice, I bet it'll sound amazing :bigsmile_face:.

post #28 of 35
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the suggestions so far. I have another question now. I've never heard open headphones before and I was wondering how bad they leak sound? Obviously I know that it is very high, but if I'm in a small room would someone be able to hear them in the room next to me when I'm listening at a normal level?
post #29 of 35

the sound leak is much.

post #30 of 35
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Well here's my dilemma. I want headphones that I can wear while I'm at work when I'm on call. So I need them not to be so loud as to bother other people in the room next to me, but not to isolating that I can't hear my phone/pager.
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