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post #39991 of 40012 (permalink) Old 06-07-2019, 07:27 PM - Thread Starter
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We will get you cleaned up. Don't worry about it. I still have plans for you. I just had to acquire some stuff to make something as small as you wanted : ).
Well now my interest is peaked...

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Thanks to this group I'm Loving my AE-5 and AT M40s
I do have 1 question
Will I be better off upgrading the 40s or going to a external Dac/amp ?

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AE-5 shouldn't have a problem driving M40s. Get better headphones before worrying about a DAC/amp.

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I'm looking for a closed back can under 250 to compliment my setup. I currently have HD6xx, jds labs ol dac, and jds labs objective2. Any suggestions? I wouldn't mind something with more bass for when I want more color in my sound. I typically listen to the grateful dead, southern rock, or jam style music.
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Well now my interest is peaked...
The only things I am missing are a suitable power transformer, choke, and a chassis. Rather than using a 2a3, I would be using a 6E5P in triode mode. Whats cool about this vs the 2a3 is it would just be a single tube per channel which would cut way back on distortion. Plus I am thinking about building it all into a small black box so that you can take it to work without worrying about breaking tubes or anything like that.
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I also got into the HE-6se hifiman loaner tour group, however, I had to decline as I don't have an amp powerful enough, and no I don't own any speaker amps either. Was a bummer. Ananda is probably still my all time favorite headphone, even though it lacks a bit of bass and stage, which oddly enough are my two favorite things. The clarity and imaging of Ananda are just spot on though. Ananda doesn't fit my head though so meh.

Looks like I am retiring with HD660S, Asgard 2, Modi 3. Not a bad combo at all.

Headphones: Sennhesier HD660S
AMP: Schiit Asgard 2
DAC: Schiit Modi 3
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did a headphone mod tonight. he400s double sided tape for my sheepskin xl pads... wow... HE400S really came alive... bass is legit good now. going to take a sowing needle and poke some holes in the inner ring, fenestrate it manually but only the inside ring, to try to give the airiness a bit of life back, while still getting the benefit of the extra bass. hope it works out lol

HD660S still beats it, but that planar sound sure is sexy.

this mod makes HE-400S beat sundara to my ears. but Ananda still beats both. just wish Ananda was more comfortable and cheaper.

also modded my ath-ad700 open back pink version 2012 with hifiman hybrid pads... sounds... amazing... modi 3 and asgard 2 really bring it life... i remember it sounded unclear in 2012, now it sounds... glorious...
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Headphones: Sennhesier HD660S
AMP: Schiit Asgard 2
DAC: Schiit Modi 3

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My mini review of Jade 2: Not impressed at all by it, I asked HifiMAN for a pre-paid label ahead of schedule to send to next person, just isn't for me. Ananda beats it imo. Ananda is probably the best headphone I have ever heard, but it didn't fit my head properly, so that is a no go for me.

Final AMP: Solid State = Schiit Asgard 2 (I love the 'punch' of Class A) (I got it used for $125, great deal) Hybrid = Starving Student made by TJJ

Final DAC: Modi 3 is love. Modi 3 is life.

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1. Sennheiser HD660S
2. Philips SHP9500
3. Monolith M560 with XBR 500 earpads
4. Pioneer SE-A1000 with HM5 Velour earpads

Basically, this is my retirement.

If I were to recommend a setup on a budget to a newcomer: it would be JDS Labs Atom amp, Modi 3 dac, and Sennheiser HD58X. total cost for all of it would be $350. (Atom amp smokes the Magni 3) I listened side by side to it with my modi 3 dac)
I should have an Atom in my hands on Tuesday . I thought about trying the Element DAC by grabbing a b-stock unit but I'm going to wait and see how this pans out.
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I should have an Atom in my hands on Tuesday . I thought about trying the Element DAC by grabbing a b-stock unit but I'm going to wait and see how this pans out.
Atom is budget God, nay Titan. Honestly you have to spend at least $500 to find a worthwhile upgrade from Atom, not bad at all for a $99 device. It does need a good DAC though, you can't just use realtek mobo dac with it. Modi 3 or SDAC.

I have also decided TJJ's amp he made me sounds better than Asgard 2... It's about equal really, but Asgard 2 has some bright sibiliance too it at times when an explosion in game or something happens, and the tjj amp in same scenario does not make me wince. but the asgard 2 has some energy to it that the tjj amp does not. regardless overall tjj one still wins I think. I only paid $100 for the asgard 2 used though, so I have no intention of selling either one. i got by rather cheap thankfully.

edit: just noticed this is 40000 post and 2000 pages ---- well done my fellow audio friends who need a less expensive hobby! lol

Headphones: Sennhesier HD660S
AMP: Schiit Asgard 2
DAC: Schiit Modi 3

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