I found the HE500 to bright with the stock cable.And I don't like to use EQ in JRiver.Now that I have a Norse adapter to use the balanced ALO chain mail with the HE, the brightness is gone(or it is my brain that has adjusted).
Also,the Little Dot I+ being a tube OTL, is taming the highs a bit.
Still,the Phoenix is better in handling the HE500 as it has more power and as suc h resulting in more clarity and bigger soundstage.
Depending on the music,bass is well extended on both,but not as visceral as the LCD2 bass(as my reference point).
Every little change in amp,tubes,cables is minimal BUT noticeable!
Edited by silversurfer616 - 10/12/12 at 2:43pm