I had the T1 and HE500 at the same time, and they were pretty even. The T1 to me was faster, brighter, and definitely better for some genres or recordings, but the HE500 felt smoother, fuller, and even more transparent (and...
I've only heard the HE-500 with one amp, the Audio GD SA-31, but that was a great pairing IMHO. Enough power to drive them properly, a very neutral sound and a great sense of space that worked perfectly with the headphones.
Audio GD SA-31 - maybe a used one? Plenty of power, slightly warm, very musical. I had the HE500 with it for a while and it was my favorite combination then (returned the HE500, though, because of the weight).
Originally Posted by Jesterphile
I've always wanted some high end Audio Technicas. My headphone journey started a few years ago with AD700's then AD900's.
I didn't like the HD800's when I demoed...
Another new Audio GD product:
Kingwa has been very busy lately! This one seems to be aiming at a very musical sound - maybe a competitor to the D18?
I always felt that the gain on the SA-31 was a little bit high, so I ordered a volume board with 10 dB lower gain, making it -10 dB/0 dB instead of 0 dB/10 dB on the two different gain settings. This was before Kingwa released the new...
Originally Posted by elwappo99
I'm surprised I got into such a debate on the T1s being bright. I thought it was common notion that this was the case.
When I bought my T1s I auditioned them side by...
That's very interesting! Kind of the same concept as the Schiit statement amp. I think it's a very good idea to make headphone amps that also work as speaker amps (if that's the right way to put it). Then you don't have to sell it once...