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HE-400i vs TH500RP

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hey everyone, I'm deciding between the two headphones mentioned in the title. I found deals for both at $275 and $270 respectively. For anyone who's had the opportunity to listen to both, which would you recommend? I'm getting them for my dad, who primarily listens to, as Linus calls it, Top-40 trash.

Also, what amps would go well with each? I'd say my budget is approx. $400, which leaves only about $125-130 for an amp (not much, unfortunately). I know the TH500RP needs a lot of juice to power, so even if I purchase them, would I be able to buy anything good enough with my budget? As for the HE-400i, would a budget dac/amp combo be fine since it's not that power hungry? (Something like the Fulla, SD793-II, or E10k)

Any help and recommendations/suggestions appreciated!


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WTF. YOU GET THE 400i FOR 275 FUCKING DOLLARS?

 

I'd get that. love mine.

They also don't really need an AMP 


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I thought you said T50RP at first but then saw there was an extra H and 0.

Well the 400i definitely measures better than those TH500RP. Fostex basically took the T50RP drivers and put them in an open TH-900 housing. 

 

The 400i are 93dB/(mw?), so it's kinda is hard to drive but could probably get away if your motherboard is pretty decent like a Z or X board. 

Try it and if it's not loud enough there's the Magni 2 B-stock for like $90. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Kk. Thanks guys!


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8 hours ago, Jacona said:

I thought you said T50RP at first but then saw there was an extra H and 0.

Well the 400i definitely measures better than those TH500RP. Fostex basically took the T50RP drivers and put them in an open TH-900 housing. 

 

The 400i are 93dB/(mw?), so it's kinda is hard to drive but could probably get away if your motherboard is pretty decent like a Z or X board. 

Try it and if it's not loud enough there's the Magni 2 B-stock for like $90. 

nope they are pretty easy to drive, my phone could drive them with no problem...


Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

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