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Can someone who has received these headphones share if they work with Fiio E10K?
I have a Fiio e10k (it's my only DAC/amp currently) and I've been pretty impressed by the sound of these cans so far. Admittedly, I don't have any better points of reference, but I think you'll fare just fine on the e10k's high gain setting. I'm sitting at about a '1.5' on the knob.
Thanks for the reply, in an earlier discussion here (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-x-hifiman-he4xx-planar-magnetic-headphones/talk/1817952), it was concluded that Fiio E10K doesn't have enough power to drive these low impedance but low sensitivity and efficiency cans, even though reaching the desired volume is easy.
A value of 1.5 indicates that it has a lot of headroom left, which is really good to know.
That being said, if someone with a more powerful amp could confirm that there's no clipping of dynamics and harmonics (or that the difference is indistinguishable), that would stop me from wondering whether I should join the Objective 2 amp drop or not. :)
If you can afford a better amp, I'd definitely hop on it, as that's also what I've read. I'm mixed between the Magni 3, which is closer to budget, or more of a long term purchase like the Audio-GD NFB-11 or Teac AI-101DA.
In the meantime, I'm content with my Fiio. As I said, I don't have any better points of reference, but as it is, I don't feel it's lacking anything, compared to how it drives my Grado SR-80i or Beyer DT770 Pro 80 Ohm.
Okay, that's great to hear, if you feel that there's no difference (in the frequency range you hear) between your other headphones and HE4XX, then that should mean that the Fiio can comfortably drive them. Thanks again.
"easy to drive". Could it be because the impedance of HE 4XX is constant (35~40ohm), as oppose to typical headphones that greatly fluctuate with frequency?