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post #481 of 10215
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Originally Posted by ThePianoMan View Post

The 400i really is in a step up league compared to the 600, IMO.

Evidently, HE400i does something very special for you. Let's just say that I very strongly disagree with this assessment, especially considering how high HD600 scales.
post #482 of 10215
^ sorry, I should have clarified that - it does something special with lower end equipment. The 600 can sound really stunning with top-end equipment. Can't speak to how high the 400i scales, but it sounded better out of cheaper stuff, and I tend to like value stuff (you could say I'm cheap :P)
Sorry, should have qualified that statement.
post #483 of 10215
I certainly agree with you there. HE400i sounds pretty good even out of an iPod; HD600 sure doesn't.
post #484 of 10215

But then who knows how high HE400i will scale with more meticulously paired-up upstream gear, hardly anyone's listened to it yet.

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Yes, that had occurred to me. What counts against the idea, prima facie, is that easier to drive usually doesn't scale so high. (PM1 is a good example.)

I'll still end up preferring HD600, and I don't believe HE400i is anything but a lateral move.
Edited by Claritas - 6/29/14 at 6:59pm
post #486 of 10215

I believe I heard it from the ef2a...I was surprised how good it sounded out of that amp.  I didn't grab it and go around the room with it at ChiUniFi...unfortunately!

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post #487 of 10215

I did try it out of the schiit magni/modi combo, and that sounded really stellar (better than the EF2) and I tried it out of an Audio-gd compass 2 that was excellent but a bit dark for my tastes. I should have plugged it into a woo setup or one of the Ray Samuels amps, but there was so much to try at the meet that I just didn't think to.

post #488 of 10215
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Given that description, I think you'll prefer HE400i. Another to consider is DT880, though it doesn't have rich mids and might have too much sparkle.

I did think of that but I'm just worried about the HE400i's mids since I admit I am a midrange-head and prefer forward, realistic mids. (particularly vocals) I think right now the hype train is still on and it will take months, perhaps a year before the dust settles and I can think about it.

post #489 of 10215
It sounded better out my CDP: less dark, less mushy.

I'm not surprised it sounded better with M/M than EF2. HE400i is warm enough, and would sound better with slightly edgy gear.
Edited by Claritas - 6/30/14 at 11:08am
post #490 of 10215
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Originally Posted by Garraty View Post

I did think of that but I'm just worried about the HE400i's mids since I admit I am a midrange-head and prefer forward, realistic mids. (particularly vocals) I think right now the hype train is still on and it will take months, perhaps a year before the dust settles and I can think about it.

I'd direct you towards the PM-2 then. Might be the sweet phone that you are looking for.
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I'd direct you towards the PM-2 then. Might be the sweet phone that you are looking for.

 

The PM-2's treble rolled off too early for my tastes. Hopefully they give the treble a little boost before the final release. So while the mids are a bit more pronounced on the Oppo, there was a trade off in the highs when I heard them. The comfort (with velour pads) was a nice perk for the PM-2 as well.

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The PM-2's treble rolled off too early for my tastes. Hopefully they give the treble a little boost before the final release. So while the mids are a bit more pronounced on the Oppo, there was a trade off in the highs when I heard them. The comfort (with velour pads) was a nice perk for the PM-2 as well.

 

I didn't know that the PM-2 came with Velours...  I know the PM-1 does though. 

post #493 of 10215
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I think right now the hype train is still on and it will take months, perhaps a year before the dust settles and I can think about it.

Take your time, but realize that the hype train phase is when you get to hear the dissenters too. Three months after the release, the only ones left will be the true believers.
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Take your time, but realize that the hype train phase is when you get to hear the dissenters too. Three months after the release, the only ones left will be the true believers.

True, but then again there will also be some dissenters afterwards saying it wasn't all cracked up as it was supposed to be. How would you describe the presentation of the mids (particularly male vocals) of the 400i?

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How would you describe the presentation of the mids (particularly male vocals) of the 400i?

Normal range was certainly good enough. Countertenor was a little ragged.
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