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Hi everyone.
I have a Hifiman HE-400i and the combo FiiO E17K as a DAC and a FiiO K5 as an amp. IMHO sound is very good and very transparent.
I want to give it a try a new Grados Sr325e for around $295 and pair it whit the FiiO combo I just mention. Or it will be better to invest that budget in a better AMP/DAC maybe a Shiit Asgard 2 / Modi 2 ?

I play mostly Classic Rock an some Jazz
 
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Me I like having a variety of headphones for different moods and genres.
 
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If you're happy with the setup you have, you'll almost certainly get more variety by adding a second pair of headphones.
 
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Grados are fatally flawed by that peak in the upper mids, they need to change the driver. Buy something else.
 
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I have a Hifiman HE-400i and the combo FiiO E17K as a DAC and a FiiO K5 as an amp. IMHO sound is very good and very transparent.
I want to give it a try a new Grados Sr325e for around $295 and pair it whit the FiiO combo I just mention. Or it will be better to invest that budget in a better AMP/DAC maybe a Shiit Asgard 2 / Modi 2 ?
If you like the sound of the HE400i but just want a little oomph, then get the Asgard. This is what I would do since I like the HE400i, kind of...I'd probably hold off a bit and save up for something else. It's not like the K5 is bad, might as well get something a little more refined, like a Meier Jazz FF.

If you don't really like the sound of your system, changing the headphone can do a lot more to alter that. Although even then you can always just hold off and save more to get something else, like a Grado RS2e.


I play mostly Classic Rock an some Jazz
Save up for an RS2e.
 
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I haven't heard either of these headphones, my SR-60e suck, but they do look cool.



rs2e.jpg




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Thanks ProtegeManiac, I do like the sound of the HM 400i, if I go whit the Asgard could i use the FiiO E17K as a DAC or I will need also a DAC maybe a Modi?
 
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Thanks ProtegeManiac, I do like the sound of the HM 400i, if I go whit the Asgard could i use the FiiO E17K as a DAC or I will need also a DAC maybe a Modi?
You just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable, hook up hte 3.5mm end to the line out/in dual purpose port on the E17K. It has lower than 2V but then again so does the Modi2 and Modi2Uber.
 
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You just need a 3.5mm to RCA cable, hook up hte 3.5mm end to the line out/in dual purpose port on the E17K. It has lower than 2V but then again so does the Modi2 and Modi2Uber.
Great!!! Thanks
 
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I just got a new magni 3 / modi combo. And wow my hifiman got a new life! I´l save for the grados RS2e later on.
Thanks!
 
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