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What cheap Amp is googd enough for HiFiMan HE-5 LE?

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The magnostatic HiFiMan HE-5 LE seem to demand more from the headphon amp than "normal" dynamic phones. Which is the cheapest amp that can drive the HE-5? Cheaper means less than the amp HiFiMan sell themselves, the EF5, which cost some 500 € here. And for reasons of space and placement I am looking for are solid state amp and no tube or hybrid amp.

 

I have a Meier HeadFive, would it be a candidate for this headphone?

post #2 of 9

Try a Matrix M-Stage.

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So far I have found only one other amp: The Schiit Asgard Class A amp for $ 250, probably getting as warm as a tube amp (literally) and more or less as cheap as the Matrix M-Stage for € 200.


Edited by dodap - 1/25/11 at 4:00pm
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Basically any high power hybrid or solid state amplifier will do the trick with the HE-5LEs. I do not think the Headfive will be able to power them well they are simply too demanding.

 

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Originally Posted by FrederikS|TPU View Post

Basically any high power hybrid or solid state amplifier will do the trick with the HE-5LEs.

 

Yes, indeed. But the range gets smaller a lot with my condition of a "cheap" amp.

 

So far I additionally found the Lake People G93 (with blanced option!), perhaps the FiiO E9, and not cheap anymore (at least for me) the Little Dot MK VII+ (which is a tube amp, which I dislike)
 

post #6 of 9

I use a PPAv2 which does a relatively good job.  It's a DIY amp, so you'd either have to build it, have someone else build it, or catch one on the FS forums.

post #7 of 9
Nothing better out there than a speaker amp to drive my HE 5 LE.
I use an inexpensive virtue 1 amp that sounds less like solid state than any other SS amp out there. It puts out 83 watts RMS and it makes my 5 LE sound just amazing.

You would need a pig tail adapter, which you can get a cheaper one from highflight headfier or a can tell u where to get a state of the art one. I have both and they r both good.
post #8 of 9

Maybe you wanna buy the Lovely Cube ?

Assembled it goes for 231$ without assembling 211$ and if you buy it without a case you can even get it for 170$.

post #9 of 9

The Schitt Asgard sounded good with the HE5LE..had good balance with the top heavy (greater high frequency energy) HE5.

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