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The Magni is a pretty solid, neutral amp with more power than the 500's need (or just the right amount according to the specs). I don't really think about the Magni as good or bad, but reasonably transparent for the price. Offers plenty of power when I need it for (for example) the classical stuff that's recorded at low signal level but pops up into the high volume range now and again. But for low-dynamic range rock/pop stuff, if you don't listen too loud, you can...
I'll see if I can make it again. He-500s, Beyer DT770 600s, Magni (and maybe a Modi), Laptop w/ Mog in tow.
I went through the same upgrade path myself; M50 to MadDogs with Dog Pads and a Magni (although I have since upgraded from there). I'm certain you'll appreciate the upgrade, but that doesn't necessarily mean you'll like the MDs (not that they are bad, but not to my taste, hence the further upgrade). I didn't worry about the DAC at the time because I was happy with the output from my MacBook Pro. In my opinion, you can forgo worrying about the DAC portion of your chain in...
There's many variables that could cause effects here beyond what has been mentioned... for example, I've seen anecdotal evidence that the he-500 efficiency can vary widely from one set to another (at least the resistance can, I'm assuming the efficiency would change as well). While the listed efficiency for these cans is 89db, if it could vary to even 85db, loud peaks could easily suck up a full watt of power (85db/mw @ 115 SPL = 1000mw). That's really bloody loud, but...
The little brochure that came with mine says to "allow 150 hours of constant use for proper break-in of your new headphone." I enjoyed them from minute 1.    As a side note, the brochure also says this (which seems to get missed by many when it comes to making them comfortable): "If the top of the headband does not touch your head, you can bend the metal strip inside the headband into shape. To accomplish this, first use your hands to flatten the top of the headband....
II have experienced signal levels from sound cards that are higher than expected input parameters for the amp and this distort.
  Thanks. Below are the specs for the Schiit Magni, an amplifier I'm using for my HE-500s and which, to my ears, has no particular issues driving the 'phones. Based on what you have said and what I think I know about various specifications, this should be a pretty decently neutral/clean amp, right?    I understand the basics of what high and low impedance means to headphones and higher and lower total wattage and how that happens to mean a high impedance set of headphones...
    I'm very interested in learning to hear something as close as possible to a neutral baseline to help me judge what I'm hearing, both with amplifiers and headphones. How would I best go about judging a clean/neutral amplifier from one less so?
Thanks for this answer, you've at least given me some baseline from which to consider much of the opinion going on around here. Do you personally prefer more or less signal "tuning" in an amplifier?
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