Ember if it fits the budget and want to tube roll, otherwise the other two are very good as well and should be able to power the he4. I know someone with a used Polaris if you're interested.
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 5/22/15 at 11:14am
I would also recommend this. I don't think you'll have any troubles with the Magni 2 but I would at least consider what Garage1217 has to offer as well.
I want to go vintage, not only for the power, but some of them are absolutely gorgeous. I have a knack for DIY and modifications, so maintenance won't be a problem...I'm sure I'll enjoy it!
Great advice. Audiokarma is the vintage site to visit. And gotta agree with you on the Spec 1 & 2 - I own a set in the rack and frankly feel I hit the lottery when I got an entire rack system with 5 pieces (Spec 1 preamp, Spec 2 amp, SG-9500 EQ, TX-9500 tuner and CTF-1000 cassette deck which I sold) in great shape for $270. Right place, right time. Truly got lucky and I know it. But that said, I own 4 other Pioneer vintage pieces and all are awesome pieces of kit.
The looks are amazing and with tone controls, loudness switches and that power you can tailor the sound to your liking with ease. A little eye candy for ya............
That 1010 is a huge get for you, congrats! And that is a great price. I paid $400 for a mint SX-1050 that needed nothing and the walnut was pristine and thought that was a good price!
Great deal! Congrats - let us know how it sounds!
just gave it a clean, it's in really good shape. hasn't been used in 14 years apparently, so I'm sure the capacitors are not ideal. regardless I plugged the HE-4 into the headphone out first and it sounded pretty good. nothing spectacular, a little brighter than I had expected actually and on some tracks just too bright. Hip hop, and metal are kind of unlistenable, just painfully bright.
I tried the speaker taps, not much difference other than maybe a tad more bass and sounds a bit more open/airy. Isn't blowing me away so far as a headphone amp.
Connected to my speaker setup it sounded quite nice, very rich and musical. Maybe it's just not a good match with the HE-4 or maybe it needs to be maintained. Going to try the HE-500 and LCD-2 next.