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post #3781 of 11124
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Thanks!
The choice was based on wanting a 24bit solid state amplifier with a built in DAC, and in this case, DSD capable.  That was about it other than the fact Fostex has been around for decades.

Don't forget that amps with black paint have higher sound quality than amps with just plain silver metal.
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Originally Posted by DavidA View Post
 


I don't know if I would call the HE400i easier to drive than a HD-650, IMO they are both harder to drive than the average consumer HP.  For me I like the low end of the HE-400i but the mids/highs of the HD-650 so depending on what type of music I want to listen to i'll pick the headphone best suited most of the time.

 

Technically HD-650 is easier to drive than HE-400i. it only requires 1/3 of the power required by HE-400i at the same SPL. The problem with HD-650 on portable devices like DAPs is these devices may not have enough voltage swing to drive it. High impedance load needs more voltage than what portable devices can supply.

 

I have a Beyer T1. It is very sensitive at 102 dB/mW compared to HE-400i @ 93 dB/mW. But HE-400i sounds very good and loud enough than my T1 directly out of Fiio X5 or iBasso DX90. The T1 simply sound underpowered on both DAPs.

 

On my Desktop O2+ODA, my T1 goes loud earlier than HE-400i.

post #3783 of 11124
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Originally Posted by headwhacker View Post

 

Technically HD-650 is easier to drive than HE-400i. it only requires 1/3 of the power required by HE-400i at the same SPL. The problem with HD-650 on portable devices like DAPs is these devices may not have enough voltage swing to drive it. High impedance load needs more voltage than what portable devices can supply.

 

I have a Beyer T1. It is very sensitive at 102 dB/mW compared to HE-400i @ 93 dB/mW. But HE-400i sounds very good and loud enough than my T1 directly out of Fiio X5 or iBasso DX90. The T1 simply sound underpowered on both DAPs.

 

On my Desktop O2+ODA, my T1 goes loud earlier than HE-400i.

 



53mw needed for hd650 and 158mw needed for he-400i at 115db loudness
post #3784 of 11124
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Sure, but why? Would it not be better to get the correct case to begin with?

You said they only sell one case, so it doesnt seem like you have that much choice.
post #3785 of 11124
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You said they only sell one case, so it doesnt seem like you have that much choice.


I wrote to Hifiman for a definitive answer... which is likely what I should have done to begin with.

Items have been removed and later added back to their web  site before...

There are always choices... I can buy another type of case.

post #3786 of 11124

Out of all the choices I've gotten the he 400i and I love the sound I heard on the reference model in minidisk with the Oppo HA-1 and I was thinking if there is any combo amp/dac or anything that would give similar quality sound. I was thinking about what HarleyZK said with getting the schiit Modi and schiit vail 1 but if I did choose to save up witch combo would be best. Also why do I need a DAC along with an amp? 

post #3787 of 11124
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Originally Posted by headwhacker View Post
 

 

Technically HD-650 is easier to drive than HE-400i. it only requires 1/3 of the power required by HE-400i at the same SPL. The problem with HD-650 on portable devices like DAPs is these devices may not have enough voltage swing to drive it. High impedance load needs more voltage than what portable devices can supply.

 

I have a Beyer T1. It is very sensitive at 102 dB/mW compared to HE-400i @ 93 dB/mW. But HE-400i sounds very good and loud enough than my T1 directly out of Fiio X5 or iBasso DX90. The T1 simply sound underpowered on both DAPs.

 

On my Desktop O2+ODA, my T1 goes loud earlier than HE-400i.

That's correct, but even from the iDSD micro I find He400i sounds better than HD650 regardless of the music genre.

post #3788 of 11124

If i would purchase either .. I would be sitting at my desk with my Asgard 2 / bifrost combo. I don't really care about mobility.. As i've said before .. the final decision maker is how the earpads fit

post #3789 of 11124
At a headfi meet I got to audition my 400i with the firefly's, that is one impressive DAC and AMP. Anyone has a few extra bucks I would recommend getting those.
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Amps/Dac for Hifiman he 400i any ideas are wellcome. $250-380

 

Schiit Stack Magni 2 and Modi 2

 

Schiit Stack vali and modi 2

 

O2+ODAC Combo. AKA= Mayflower Objective2 ODAC Combo


Edited by Matthew720 - 3/23/15 at 12:02pm
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Audio-gd NFB-15
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Yep, or NFB-11.

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Do I contact them on there email, phone or something to buy the product? and which out of the NFB-11 and 15 sounds better with gaming and making songs come to life?

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Originally Posted by Matthew720 View Post
 

Do I contact them on there email, phone or something to buy the product? and which out of the NFB-11 and 15 sounds better with gaming and making songs come to life?

By email - audio-gd@126.com for all inquiries, orders or questions :)

I think the NFB-15 would be better for immersive gaming and enjoyable listenings [more musical]. The NFB-11 would be better for 'sound-whoring', detail picking in games, and critical listening [more realistic/'true to life']. Depends on preference :) 


Edited by conquerator2 - 3/23/15 at 1:19pm
post #3795 of 11124
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Originally Posted by Matthew720 View Post
 

Amps/Dac for Hifiman he 400i any ideas are wellcome. $250-380

 

Schiit Stack Magni 2 and Modi 2

 

Schiit Stack vali and modi 2

 

O2+ODAC Combo. AKA= Mayflower Objective2 ODAC Combo

modi 2/vali.

 

No need to spend any more than this.

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