As title suggests, like a small survey people are pairing which amp with their 530's.
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6/27/08 at 2:47am
I can tell you what doesn't work with the SE530, iQube and Supermacro LE IV. iQube is too neutral it showcases the SE530's natural sound sig with that recess high. The Supermacro LE IV on the other hand is a bit too warm and slowish, the sound gets a bit smudge on the edges, especially the bass. However the amp does correct the recess highs.
The Supermicro IV adds that upper end extension which balances the sound, and keeps the edges tight, clear and the sound neutral. I don't know how Meier amps will sound with the SE530, but the SE530 sounds good with the Cantate. Good extension both ends.
I would not get an amp which does not have good high end extension since the SE530's highs are recess. I also wouldn't pair it with a warm amp, since the IEM sounds warm already.
I didn't like the way my Tomahawk presented it's highs, it sounded a bit recess compared to my other amps. Don't know if that is the case with the Hornet.
When I had a Tomahawk it did very well with the SE530, while it was too bright for my Denon C700 and Super.fi 5 Pro.
The Headstage Lyrix Pro and Penguin Amp Caffeine and iBasso D1 all did well with the SE530, at which point I sold the Tomahawk. But then I sent the SE530 to be turned into custom earphones, so they sound totally different now and I can't really comment on them as if they were still SE530 universals.
I do have comments on the SE530 customs at the following link (and I have answers to questions scattered throughout), but I don't have the Tomahawk anymore: http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f103/s...ess-up-338443/