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  1. manbear

    Post Your Photography Here #2

    Check out my blog at www.evanphotos.com :smile_phones: Sample:
  2. manbear

    Portable Amp / DAC Shootout: iFi Micro iDSD vs Resonessence Concero HP vs Chord Mojo vs iFi iDAC2 vs HRT Microstreamer

    Nice review Sil3nce! If you've heard any Fiio players, could you do a quick compare for context? Interested in the Mojo and Concero HP vs Fiio X3ii specifically.
  3. manbear

    Nuforce HA-200: High performance, Single Ended, Class-A Headphone Amplifier

    I use the Nuforce with my Fostex TH600. Works great, though there is a tiny bit of noise I cant hear with the harder to drive HE-400i. Though it drives the 400i perfectly well. The only headphone I have that the nuforce cant power is the AKG k340.
  4. manbear

    New Audio-gd DAC-19 [10th Anniversary Edition]

    The DAC 19 doesnt get hot. Barely gets warm. I stack a really hot amp on top of mine. Shouldn't be a problem.
  5. manbear

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    I've heard the TH900 at meets. My basic impression is that it sounded more refined but I'm not really tempted for the price. Not going to be any more specific than that considering meet conditions. I love my TH600. Its bass is just monstrous, though the rumble effect can take on a one-note...
  6. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    You can get them for $399 by purchasing B-stock from Razordog Audio. B-stock are usually returns but I have hard time believing that his are--mine came in an unopened box with plastic shrink wrap still on the headphones, everything brand new.    Anyway, I haven't heard the X2 specifically but...
  7. manbear

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    You dont have problems with noise floor? I used to own an Ember but got rid of it because it was too noisy with low impedance headphones. But i agree that its a good amp otherwise.
  8. manbear

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    I think the nuforce ha-200 pairs really well. The subbass is off the charts, it adds a little warmth to the mids, and the highs are relaxed.
  9. manbear

    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    Hmm, thats a tough one. The PM-3 has a unique presentation thats a nice change from the P7, but I wouldnt want it to be my only headphone. Mostly because I found it a touch fatiguing. On some tracks or when Im in a certain mood, the PM-3 can sound shouty and claustrophic. Of course, YMMV. Those...
  10. manbear

    Oppo PM-3 : The Portable Planar - Impressions

    I can briefly compare the PM-3 to the P7 if that helps. The PM-3 is much more forward in the mids, more aggressive, intimate soundstage. The P7 has more rumble and thicker bass, the PM-3 has cleaner, tighter bass with about the same extension. The PM-3s treble is a bit more forward and less...
  11. manbear

    NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S

    It really depends on the headphone. I boost up the bass on HE-400i via EQ and it is maybe 90% as good as the HE-400's bass. But the HE-400i is always going to have a certain character and texture to the bass that's different from the HE-400. Same story to a greater or lesser extent for any two...
  12. manbear

    ZMF Ori (Omni) - Upcoming Semi Open Flagship

    I own the TH600 and listened to the Omni prototypes. They were just prototypes so YMMV... The Omni and TH600 are tuned very differently. Relative to the mids, the TH600 has more subbass quantity than the Omni because it has a dip in mids. That dip also gives it a very rumbly, subwoofery...
  13. manbear

    NEW 2015 - HIFIMAN HE400S

    Lets hope Hifiman is listening. All we want is the old HE-400 with smoother treble... It's pretty simple. I like my HE-400i but I'm not really interested in buying another Hifiman just to get a slight variation of the same signature. Seems like 400s, 400i, and 560 are all more similar than...
  14. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    I dont game but i really like the 400i for movies. Dialogue is clear and forward, explosions are forceful without being excessive, and they take just enough edge off gunshots and effects to lose the harshness but not the energy. Music and surround effects are nicely layered and directional as...
  15. manbear

    ChiUniFi 9 Meet Impressions thread

    Bummer I couldnt make it... Sounds like you guys had a good time.
  16. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    The TH-600 has a dry, crisp sound. Very clean and on the thin side (the mids and treble, that is). The HE-400i is fuller and juicier in comparison, while also having a softer, more refined texture. I find them to be great complementary headphones too. They are about equal in technical ability...
  17. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    Personally, i find that the HE-400i is a bit of a chameleon. When I first got them after selling my ZMF Vibro (which is very, very lush and on the polite side), I thought the HE-400i sounded clean, hard-hitting, fast and aggressive. Fast-forward a few months to where I get my TH-600, and the...
  18. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    I havent heard the EL-8 open, but I have heard the closed version and didnt like it at all. It was harsh in the upper mids and just didnt sound particularly good.
  19. manbear

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    I sold my HE-400 a while ago so its hard for me to say exactly, but IIRC the TH600 has a bit more bass quantity and about the same quality, probably a little looser but more fun IMO. Outside of bass, Id say the TH600 is better in every way. It is just more refined overall and doesnt have any of...
  20. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    What response time do you think these headphones need, and what do available amps provide? These headphones arent that hard to drive. No need to create problems that arent really there by mumbo jumboifying things (being "technical" without being quantitative = mumbo jumboifying).
  21. manbear

    Fostex TH600 Dynamic Headphones

    Hard to imagine what the next generation will look like considering they were essentially a repackaging of an older design... Hope its good.
  22. manbear

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    Neither one is going to clip in real world usage.
  23. manbear

    Open Back, upgrade from IFIMAN HE400

    Sounds like you have focus pads and the old pads. It's worth trying the all fabric ones. The pleather ones are meh by themselves but it's completely worth the time to turn them into Jerg pads (just search for jerg pads). You can also jergify the focus pads. 
  24. manbear

    Ideal Headphones for Programmer in a Shared Office

    I find the AKG K550 to have a harsh, flat, shouty quality in the upper midrange/treble. YMMV but I couldn't handle that for extended periods time while trying to concentrate.  The P7 is a fantastic headphone. I owned it for a while before getting a TH600. Good bass, not ugly, isolate well...
  25. manbear

    HE-400 vs HD650

    Sure, I can see people preferring either one. My point is just that the HE-400i shares none of the HE-400's weaknesses, so there's no reason to dismiss the HE-400i based on not liking the HE-400.
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