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Which tube are you using with your Project Ember? I had an Amperex Orange label 12AT7 that I liked the most with Sunrise 2. The person who bought my Sunrise 2 also liked this tube the most by far. Perhaps I should put the Ember back on my radar as well as it is so compact, but my experience with the Mini-X experiment is making me hesitant lower down on power output again (or well at least below 2W @ 50ohm). I also didn't appreciate my Sunrise 2's lack of EMI shielding and I guess that holds true for the Ember as well? 

I am interested in different tube recommendations too. I have a cheapie bravo tube amp right now & I am looking for a tube that helps w/ the silibance of the HE400, so if anyone has any recs, I would love to hear it

 

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Eh I have been thinking about getting a new amp anyway. The Project Ember looks pretty cool.

Project Ember looks amazinggg & tube rollinggg sounds like sooo much fun!

post #92 of 334
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Project Ember also has an auto bias that allows you to plug in just about any 6V or 12V dual triode tubes. It will adjust the voltage accordingly. I haven't even got to the point of tube rolling yet though... hopefully in the near future.

post #93 of 334

thanks to the OP for an informative post!

 

with my new found knowledge i ended up purchasing he-400 and he-4 for only a little bit more than the he-500 alone...

seemed like a good idea

 

will be interesting to see how they sound/compare

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Originally Posted by dexster View Post
 

thanks to the OP for an informative post!

 

with my new found knowledge i ended up purchasing he-400 and he-4 for only a little bit more than the he-500 alone...

seemed like a good idea

 

will be interesting to see how they sound/compare

Glad I could help! Make sure you come back and let us know how you like them. :)

post #95 of 334

I can't wait to get back to me HE4 tonight. I was up until 4AM listening to it night out of the box! I hate and love this thread because I'm that much less in the pocket but at the same time I feel it was damn worth the coin.

I'll wait til 150hrs to make sure I have the final sound down to compare. Relatively flat response with the clarity, prat, and separation. Classicals have never sounded so good.

Any of you guys do a grill mod to an HE4?

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Any of you guys do a grill mod to an HE4?

I did. Didn't seem to open it up as much as on the 400. But the 400 reacts different to every mod. Anyhow, slight change in air between instruments, more of an out of head sound, although all this was quite minimal. The he4 is so open and airy to start with, that its hard to discern the differences. I'm happy with the slight gain I got, and it looks cool. You get to view that awesome felt star underneath.
Edited by hemipowered007 - 12/19/13 at 9:47pm
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I'm wondering what removing that felt would do. I hate that I finally found an hp with the signature I've been dying to hear, and all I want to do is mod it to get more of that sweetness. I absolutely believe this hp is capable of much more....
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I believe on the regrilling mod there was a star felt removed from one of the HF series. Looking at the he-4, I think it is the one... but there is a mention that the felt made a dramatic difference. I'll try to find the specific post tomorrow and verify
post #99 of 334
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I'm glad you're enjoying the HE-4! It's truly miles ahead of the HE-400. I didn't do the grill mod either. Any more spaciousness and you'll end up with AKG's wink.gif. As far as the felt goes, you can probably remove it. In the HE-4 appreciation thread it appears that an older revision didn't have the star pattern felt anyway.
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I believe on the regrilling mod there was a star felt removed from one of the HF series. Looking at the he-4, I think it is the one... but there is a mention that the felt made a dramatic difference. I'll try to find the specific post tomorrow and verify

That was on the he5 or he5le. I just like the way it looks, don't know if I want to remove it just because of that
And thujone, the re grill didn't really make enough of a difference to where it sounds TO open, very subtle.
post #101 of 334
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That was on the he5 or he5le. I just like the way it looks, don't know if I want to remove it just because of that
And thujone, the re grill didn't really make enough of a difference to where it sounds TO open, very subtle.

I think I'll keep the standard grills then :)

post #102 of 334
Regrill them now thujone! It makes the he4 sound like an sr009 and an orpheus had a baby.
post #103 of 334
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Regrill them now thujone! It makes the he4 sound like an sr009 and an orpheus had a baby.

Ummm yea... I had both of those and it doesn't at all. It's more like offspring of the Abyss and Mdr-r10.

But only if you used bitcoin to purchase both items via Paypal gifted to a local bitcoin trade company. And you get shaman blessed tubes with a Schiit Lyr combined with meteorite element cables hand braided by chuck Norris and inspected by the Dos Equis guy.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 12/20/13 at 7:18am
post #104 of 334
You sir, forgot about unicorn horn dust.....
post #105 of 334

OP...great review and post!! Many good comments have been made here. Hopefully shedding some light on the mysteries of the HFM line and their amping difficulties. 

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