Showing 1 of 1278 conversations about:
HIFI778
600
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
Zeos (Z) new Review and comparison of the HD58X with the HD660s:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qE22dZ_jiyU
Sep 15, 2018
Bobk
8
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
I'm in! Darned Z Reviews are emptying my wallet! I was happy with the HiFi Man 4xxx's, but now they are crying for a sibling.
Sep 15, 2018
mattris
871
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
If you're willing to spend another $150 to get better headphone sound, just EQ* your 4XX (at no cost), get a FiiO Q1 mkII (the best DAC/amp under $100), and a 2.5mm balanced cable.
* Using a system-wide sound modification program called Equalizer APO and the frequency response graph (on the main page) as a reference, I created an EQ profile for the HE-4XX that lowers its mid-bass through the upper-mids. Activating this profile, removes the haze in the headphones' sound, creates a wider (perceived) sound-stage, and generally increases the transparency/realism of the sound.
Once installed, click on the green "+" and select 'Graphic Equalizer with variable bands'. Then copy-paste the following into the (pencil and paper) 'Edit text' bar:
GraphicEQ: 47 0; 50 -1; 53 -1.7; 57 -2.4; 62 -3; 67 -3.4; 73 -3.8; 80 -4; 120 -4; 500 -3; 1200 -2; 2000 -1
Using the columns on the right side of the window (or within 'Edit text'), the frequencies/levels can be adjusted to taste. To deactivate the profile, click on the white 'profile active' button, and it will turn black.
Sep 15, 2018
Bobk
8
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
Thanks for the tips! I have been thinking about getting a DAC/AMP and was confused by all the choices.
Sep 15, 2018
mattris
871
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
Happy to help. One final thing... While the standard headphone jack (3.5mm) of the FiiO unit will give you enough volume on louder songs, the balanced-out will really allow your 4XX shine. And if you do spring for the balanced cable, make sure it is HifiMan HE-series compatible... with dual 2.5mm connectors, terminating to a 2.5mm balanced jack.
Once your upgrades are complete, I'd be interested to hear your impressions.
Sep 15, 2018
Bobk
8
Sep 15, 2018
bookmark_border
Will do - I recently switched my IEM's to balanced cables and it made a tremendous difference (using my new Hiby R3 which has a balanced headphone jack). Any recommendations on where the find the cables? (I got some great cables for my IEM's from Amazon).
Sep 15, 2018
Rasaska
41
Sep 16, 2018
bookmark_border
Just out of curiosity, what makes you say the Fiio Q1 is better then something then say the E10k?
Sep 16, 2018
mattris
871
Sep 16, 2018
bookmark_border
The Hiby R3 is an impressive little unit. Compared to its standard headphone-out, its balanced-out offers double the power and 18 dB better channel separation. That certainly is a massive improvement worth pursuing. I found these cables:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/223042745518 https://www.ebay.com/itm/223039915843 https://www.ebay.com/itm/202122585731
Choose the version that has dual 2.5mm connectors and a 2.5mm termination. First though, make sure your 4XX has 2.5mm connectors. (On Head-Fi, someone reported that theirs had 3.5mm connectors, like some of their newer model headphones.)
Sep 16, 2018
mattris
871
Sep 17, 2018
bookmark_border
The FiiO Q1 mkII's advantages over the FiiO E10k: analog line in, portable (battery-powered), 2.5mm balanced connection, DSD and up to 384 kHz-compatible. It's safe to predict that the Q1 mkII sounds better, as well. The E10k's only advantage: coaxial digital out.
Sep 17, 2018
View Full Discussion