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dacmini

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which dacmini

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how would you compare dacmini's dac to bifrost

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I'd say it's comparable.  I can't give you an exact comparison though.  They use the same chip I believe.  I'd say if you just want a one and done the dacmini is nice, but if you think you might upgrade in the future, then the bifrost may be a better choice.  There's a decent handful of people around who use the he-500 with the dacmini exclusively.  You might want to talk to one of them :)

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thanks.  Ill get around so sifting through the forums later.  Basically right now I'm pretty much between the dacmini, lyr/bifrost, burson160da, or keeping the NFB-12.  I'm sure theres some discussion on some of these amps earlier in this thread.   I'll take a look tomorrow. 

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Curious how the M^3 might perform with the HE-500?  Just purchased 1 off   the for sale forums.  I have been using the headphone amp in my Mcintosh CD player which is actually pretty good but hoping to get better bass with more power.  I tried the HE-500 with my Bottlehead Crack  and it was terrible.  



The M^3 is great with almost any headphone, including the HE500. Yes I've owned both. Good purchase decision (as long as it's with the Sigma-11 or STEPS PSU).

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The M^3 is great with almost any headphone, including the HE500. Yes I've owned both. Good purchase decision (as long as it's with the Sigma-11 or STEPS PSU).



Second that. The M^3 is really decent with a good PSI, will drive just about anything. 

 

Mac336:

 

I am using the Anedio D2, not inside the original quoted budget but there are used D1s around for about $800 and at that price you aren't going to find much that can touch it (if anything).  At its original $1400.00 price it is an amazing bargain to begin with, at $800 or even $900 its a steal.

 

 

 


Edited by earthling - 3/25/12 at 2:52pm
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To anyone in the market for an HE-500 amplifier, I highly, highly, recommend an Objective2.

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Wow, thanks for the recommendation.  I just read a review on it and hope that I can find a good deal on this
 

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Second that. The M^3 is really decent with a good PSI, will drive just about anything. 

 

Mac336:

 

I am using the Anedio D2, not inside the original quoted budget but there are used D1s around for about $800 and at that price you aren't going to find much that can touch it (if anything).  At its original $1400.00 price it is an amazing bargain to begin with, at $800 or even $900 its a steal.

 

 

 



 

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What amp/dac or separate amp+dac combo for under $800 would you guys recommend for the HE-500?


DACmini.

 

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To anyone in the market for an HE-500 amplifier, I highly, highly, recommend an Objective2.



Really? I absolutely do not like that combo at all, and I'm being nice here :)

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Really? I absolutely do not like that combo at all, and I'm being nice here :)



Fight fight fight fight :) Just kidding 

 

I'd like to hear both of you guys' experiences with O2 pairing with HE-500. I am currently using the Lyr but I might want to try something else for a different flavor. 

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Really? I absolutely do not like that combo at all, and I'm being nice here :)


Yup.  I've got a custom made tube amplifier sitting here which pairs really well with the LCD-2.  It's more refined than the O2 in some ways, offering a slightly larger soundstage and better imaging.  Anyway, having had the HD800 and LCD-2 and HE-500 in my system for three weeks now, the can that steps down the least to the O2 is the HE-500.  The other two took a relatively bigger hit.  So given the price, the performance I know the big amplifier is capable of, and the limits of the HE-500 (on the big rig) compared to the other 2, I think the O2 is good choice. 

 

 

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O2 is quite nice but I don't think you're getting the best out of these current-hungry orthodynamics out of that... 

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