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Originally Posted by shane55 View Post
 

 

Yup... so under-praised, it's kind of odd.

 

Very odd, indeed...taking into account  that M-DAC is a great-sounding DAC with discrete Class A headamp in one nice package at very nice price.

post #857 of 857
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Originally Posted by Aiml3ss View Post

Does the HE-500 pair well with the M-Dac or would you recommend an amp as well?

 

The M-DAC alone is a bit underpowered for the HE-500, though I didn't try driving them using the XLR outputs. The built-in amp is rather good, slightly below the Lehmann Black Cube Linear in performance. If you power the M-DAC with a high powered headphone amp it should let the HE-500 shine a bit more. I found the M-DAC a bit too aggressive sounding and lacking in bass, but that was more than a year ago when I sold my M-DAC so my memory might be out of tune.

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