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Pairs fantastically with Hifiman He-500 Headphones

A Review On: Emotiva mini-X a-100

Emotiva mini-X a-100

Rated # 73 in Desktop Amps
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fluidz
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Pros: Offers a forward, energetic sound and is often compared to many much more expensive products including the Lyr, often surpassing.

Cons: May produce a faint white noise slight hiss with some headphones, using resistors may help.

This review is based on matching the Mini X with Hifiman He-500 Headphones.  

 

You may be reading this review, unsure what to make of this Amp, asking how can a cheap sub $200 amp offer the power needed for an expensive Headphone such as the Hifiman He-500?  If you have done your homework you will find this is the stereo amp everybody is buzzing about, and for good reason, it powers these headphones very well indeed.  The Emotiva Mini presents the sound stage clearly and with a punch, yes you really do feel the bass thump with the Mini X, but not overpowering at all - simply precise and enjoyable to listen to and you may find more often than not tapping your foot along to the music - feeling the energy being fed into your ears.  

 

A fantastic match for Electronic music. 

 

One slight drawback to some listeners may be the presence of a slight hiss, sounds like a faint white noise. As you can imagine there's alot of power pushed out of the amp, an amp designed for speakers and not headphones in mind, it should only be audible whilst no sound is playing but once you start playing music the hiss will become inaudible and you should forget its even there.  According to some guys here at Head-fi, adding a couple of resistors should remove the hiss.

  

If you don't have huge pockets to empty look no further than the Emotiva Mini X.

4 Comments:

Yea, all that power comes with a slight increase in the noise floor. Non the less, I've heard a lot of good about this amp! Nice to hear another positive review for it! 
I use it with 300 ohm resistors on my HE-400, and the noise floor is totally gone thanks to the resistors.
How, exactly, do you use headphones with this amp? I have never used headphones with an amp without a headphone out jack. I find this quite intriguing as it opens a whole new world of possibilities for headphone/amp combos.
Any help would be much appreciated. 
Not sure if the HE-500 comes with spare sma connectors, but the HE-4 does.  You can always connect speaker wires to the sma connector and than the other end to the banana plugs.  This will connect your cans directly to the speaker.  It does require a little DIY know-how and soldering skills.
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