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I am 'thinking' about getting Hi-Fi Man He-500 headphones, do you awesome people think they would pair well with vintage amps? I'f I get it, I'd get a fiio Mont blanc amp for mobile use as well for my Note 2. 

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One of the best looking of my most recent finds. Mint condition and re-lamped, going to try and flip it around probably as I don't have much space in the recording studio or bedroom. $250 sound like a decent asking price?

 

More gear incoming :3

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One of the best looking of my most recent finds. Mint condition and re-lamped, going to try and flip it around probably as I don't have much space in the recording studio or bedroom. $250 sound like a decent asking price?

More gear incoming :3
Wow, what a beauty..eye candy for days.. Congratulations smily_headphones1.gif
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I am 'thinking' about getting Hi-Fi Man He-500 headphones, do you awesome people think they would pair well with vintage amps? I'f I get it, I'd get a fiio Mont blanc amp for mobile use as well for my Note 2. 

I know the HE500's well, but I owned them before I got into vintage. But my guess is that they will be perfect for vintage amps. They're quite efficient for planars but sound better the more power you give them.  

 

 

 

Originally Posted by Coolzo View Post
 

 

One of the best looking of my most recent finds. Mint condition and re-lamped, going to try and flip it around probably as I don't have much space in the recording studio or bedroom. $250 sound like a decent asking price?

 

More gear incoming :3

That seems like a fair price to me. Looks to be in great condition and the sound of the late 70's models is much better ime. Are you sure you want to sell??!

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Wow, what a beauty..eye candy for days.. Congratulations smily_headphones1.gif

 

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I know the HE500's well, but I owned them before I got into vintage. But my guess is that they will be perfect for vintage amps. They're quite efficient for planars but sound better the more power you give them.  

 

 

 

That seems like a fair price to me. Looks to be in great condition and the sound of the late 70's models is much better ime. Are you sure you want to sell??!

 

Thanks :) It is very gorgeous indeed, which alone makes me not want to sell it... but I may have to, as I borrowed money from a family member to fund a recent, higher-priority gear purchase for the studio. I'll be trying to keep it though!

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One of the best looking of my most recent finds. Mint condition and re-lamped, going to try and flip it around probably as I don't have much space in the recording studio or bedroom. $250 sound like a decent asking price?

 

More gear incoming :3

 

Wow! Marantz is so beautiful! I have a totally mint 2220B. Taking my 4400 in to get looked at in a couple days. I'm looking for a 4300 now.

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post
 

I know the HE500's well, but I owned them before I got into vintage. But my guess is that they will be perfect for vintage amps. They're quite efficient for planars but sound better the more power you give them.  

 

 

 

That seems like a fair price to me. Looks to be in great condition and the sound of the late 70's models is much better ime. Are you sure you want to sell??!

 

Thank you for replying. I am considering them. How did you like yours? I'd use them with a Kenwood KA-7100 or my Marantz 4400. 

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Thank you for replying. I am considering them. How did you like yours? I'd use them with a Kenwood KA-7100 or my Marantz 4400. 

 

I really liked them. I started this thread last year which includes a little review :)

 
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I really liked them. I started this thread last year which includes a little review :)

 

 

Ok well I definitely might get them. Do you think a Fiio Mont Blanc would be adequate for mobile use? obviously that would be rare like just on trips, mainly home use. 

You think they'd be good for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison etc? 

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Ok well I definitely might get them. Do you think a Fiio Mont Blanc would be adequate for mobile use? obviously that would be rare like just on trips, mainly home use. 

You think they'd be good for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Leonard Cohen, Roy Orbison etc? 

 

The Fiio will drive them, but nowhere near their capability. The HE400's would be better for mobile use in that sense as they are more efficient. Having said that I powered mine with a little c'moy once and they didn't sound too bad. But bare in mind that all planars require more power than normal dynamics.

 
Getting back to vintage though ; The HE500's should be ideal. And yes those old classics will sound amazing. I'm a big Zep fan and the 500's are great at reproducing electric guitar, they have a classic planar mid range and probably the best treble I've heard in a headphone. A vintage amp will help bring out the soundstage too. 
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The Fiio will drive them, but nowhere near their capability. The HE400's would be better for mobile use in that sense as they are more efficient. Having said that I powered mine with a little c'moy once and they didn't sound too bad. But bare in mind that all planars require more power than normal dynamics.

 
Getting back to vintage though ; The HE500's should be ideal. And yes those old classics will sound amazing. I'm a big Zep fan and the 500's are great at reproducing electric guitar, they have a classic planar mid range and probably the best treble I've heard in a headphone. A vintage amp will help bring out the soundstage too. 

 

Yeah I have K702 or DT990 I'd use for normal mobile use. I also have an HD598 but wont wear those outside the house LOL. 

Yeah I've been interested in a Planar Magnetic headphone for awhile and this will be my first really expensive headphone! I was also thinking about the T1 but already having the DT990's I don't think there would be a hell of a lot of difference. plus the HE-500 is cheaper and I could also get a much needed portable amp... 

One more thing, I have a schiit Valhalla, you think that would have enough power and go well with it too?

Thank you for replying. I appreciate it! 

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Question for the more knowledgeable here. On many of these vintage receivers/amps, there are 2 phono inputs. Are those inputs on the same circuit from the beginning or do they merge later or not at all? Thanks.

At least in the Pioneer SX-1280 and 1980, the answer is they start different and merge at some point. In those two, they use the same set of transistors for gain, but the beginning of the input stages are different, since Phono 1 has loading options, and Phono 2 does not.

@Harrinj - Planars and vintage are indeed a match made in heaven! The Valhalla, though, is NOT ideal for Planars. It's great with high impedance Senns and Beyers. The Lyr is the Schiit for Planars. But since you have nice vintage stuff, that's what is would use for the HE-500.
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Yeah I have K702 or DT990 I'd use for normal mobile use. I also have an HD598 but wont wear those outside the house LOL. 

Yeah I've been interested in a Planar Magnetic headphone for awhile and this will be my first really expensive headphone! I was also thinking about the T1 but already having the DT990's I don't think there would be a hell of a lot of difference. plus the HE-500 is cheaper and I could also get a much needed portable amp... 

One more thing, I have a schiit Valhalla, you think that would have enough power and go well with it too?

Thank you for replying. I appreciate it! 

 

Good stuff. The Valhalla is OTL and ideally suited for higher impedance phones - 300ohm types. The 500's are about 50ohm? I think, so ideally they will require more current. I know some are happy using otl amps with planars but on paper its a bad idea. The Lyr is much more suitable as it is a hybrid and has bags of current and tubes for voltage swings. But I'd be more inclined to use a good vintage amp :)

 
Best keep on topic now my friend :) 
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Wow! Marantz is so beautiful! I have a totally mint 2220B.

Speaking of the 2220b, is it better than the 2226? I do know it is a bit older, if I am not mistaken..

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Speaking of the 2220b, is it better than the 2226? I do know it is a bit older, if I am not mistaken..

 

I have not heard the 2226B, but I do remember the 2220B sounding much better that the 2215B or 2230 I once had.  Much better definition and detail.

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