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post #16 of 28
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what have you decided?

I am leaning on the he400 now, but I won't really decide for a few days. I know the he500 people like them but I might start with the he400 and hope that is enough. 

post #17 of 28
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I am leaning on the he400 now, but I won't really decide for a few days. I know the he500 people like them but I might start with the he400 and hope that is enough. 


HE 400 also needs an amp. Have you looked at jerg pad mod, http://www.head-fi.org/t/646812/hifiman-he500-he400-jergpad-mod-v2-5-modulor-orders-updated-december

post #18 of 28
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HE 400 also needs an amp. Have you looked at jerg pad mod, http://www.head-fi.org/t/646812/hifiman-he500-he400-jergpad-mod-v2-5-modulor-orders-updated-december

Yes thanks. I plan on getting an O2/ODAC if I go with an He-400 hp. I know people say the same amp is ok for the he-500 but then I have read that you can go with the more powerful amps to get more out of the he-500. I feel like a $700 hp is a bit out of my reach unless someone can tell me that the he-500 is way way better and worth the money. 

post #19 of 28
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Yes thanks. I plan on getting an O2/ODAC if I go with an He-400 hp.

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN_Specs.htm

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/

According to the technical specification, audio gd 15.32 offers more output than O2/ODAC. At the cost point of view, both cost more or less the same price. It would be better to go with audio gd 15.32 by considering future purchase of headphones also.

post #20 of 28
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http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB1532/NFB15.32EN_Specs.htm

http://www.jdslabs.com/products/48/o2-odac-combo/

According to the technical specification, audio gd 15.32 offers more output than O2/ODAC. At the cost point of view, both cost more or less the same price. It would be better to go with audio gd 15.32 by considering future purchase of headphones also.

Do you own any of those amps/dacs from audio-gd.com? I like it when people own these devices and can personally vouch for them vs. just recommending them based on other reviews. If that model can drive an he-500 I would consider going in that direction. Thanks.

post #21 of 28
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Do you own any of those amps/dacs from audio-gd.com? I like it when people own these devices and can personally vouch for them vs. just recommending them based on other reviews. If that model can drive an he-500 I would consider going in that direction. Thanks.


I have placed an order to the distributor within EU and I am waiting for the delivery. It can drive HE 500.

If you have any doubts, you can post your query in this thread, http://www.head-fi.org/t/648386/audio-gd-nfb-15-32-delivery-impression-thread

post #22 of 28
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I have placed an order to the distributor within EU and I am waiting for the delivery. It can drive HE 500.

If you have any doubts, you can post your query in this thread, http://www.head-fi.org/t/648386/audio-gd-nfb-15-32-delivery-impression-thread

Ah I should have known there was a thread for that. I am new here so that is my excuse! Thanks! Have you listened to the he-500?

Are you content with the he-400 or are you wishing you got an he-500? 

post #23 of 28

I am satisfied with HE 400. Considering the cost of HE 500, I would stick with HE 400 for awhile.

post #24 of 28
Another option would be a schiit Vali+Modi stack for dac/amp. I've heard they got enough juice for both HE-400 and HE-500. As you already know I'll be getting my HE-400 soon. For me it was mostly the same dilemma youre having of price vs performance. I will post my impressions once I get back to the States.

There is a comparison by TMRaven of the Schiit M&M stack vs the ODAC+O2 that I think is spot on if you decide togo for the HE-400.
post #25 of 28
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Another option would be a schiit Vali+Modi stack for dac/amp. I've heard they got enough juice for both HE-400 and HE-500. As you already know I'll be getting my HE-400 soon. For me it was mostly the same dilemma youre having of price vs performance. I will post my impressions once I get back to the States.

There is a comparison by TMRaven of the Schiit M&M stack vs the ODAC+O2 that I think is spot on if you decide togo for the HE-400.

Yea the Schiit brand seems like a good option too. Thanks.

post #26 of 28
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There is a comparison by TMRaven of the Schiit M&M stack vs the ODAC+O2 that I think is spot on if you decide togo for the HE-400.

 

Raven's review was (paraphrasing from memory) "I don't hear a difference, but M&M is prettier" followed by "I'm too lazy to try them separately." Not helpful.


Edited by Claritas - 12/23/13 at 9:48pm
post #27 of 28
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Raven's review was (paraphrasing from memory) "I don't hear a difference, but M&M is prettier" followed by "I'm too lazy to try them separately." Not helpful.

Yea I read that. Certainly not helpful haha.

post #28 of 28
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Raven's review was (paraphrasing from memory) "I don't hear a difference, but M&M is prettier" followed by "I'm too lazy to try them separately." Not helpful.
I found his review to be one of the most honest ones, tbh. I've heard both setups and came to the same conclusions myself. Difference is negligible unless youre paying extremely close attention. I agree that he should've mixed and matched for the sake of the review. But honestly at this price point, I agree with him not wanting to separate the units for the tiny performance increase. Looks matter whether we want to admit it or not.
Edited by PXSS - 12/23/13 at 9:57pm
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