Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 1:50am
Haha, indeed, like my whisky! though I'm pretty sure your blue circle amp will have something to say about it. Sometimes designers design fluke products, but nothing is perfect, I'd like the Mini-X to have a cleaner sound, especially treble and better depth sound staging. I don't really try to judge products based on their price, there are plenty of blind tests that have driven people to embarrassing conclusions and I also lack the ears to have full faith in my hearing abilities, though I can relate to how instruments are supposed to sound having played the piano for around 6 years and also had a girlfriend that was a really gifted classical guitarist. The Mini-X is in my view a great amp for the HE-500 regardless of price based on how it makes me feel and experience music and that is what music listening is about, right?
So, I had a lightbulb or "helder" moment this morning and dragged my Emotiva Mini-X and HE-500 down to my turntable rather than the other way round. Put on Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes... *instant goosebumps*... That hasn't happened before...
That's what I was going for. But yeah, that plays into the addictive game theme. At least with my cans and Lyr, I'm satisfied and am not looking to upgrade, just enjoy. I can even wait patiently for the Bifrost
So, while I can live quite happily in my mid-fi audiophile world, those fleeting tube deals keep tapping at the window, and I gotta get out the shotgun to shoo them away
Ignore those taps and upgrade your DAC. I have probably spent(wasted in some cases) 15k+ on trying different amps/tubes/etc., and the most significant upgrade to my chain was the DAC, much more dramatic then any amp or tube swap to my ears.
The manufacturers just love that statement about the 'money chain.' At one point it becomes academic and only the test equipment and one's wallet can tell the difference, unless one's imagination takes over.
Got my HE-500 today in the mail.
i just have to say:
much more refined Sound, better seperation, more bass than my K501. Doesn't mean the K501 are bad, not at all it's just i like these better.
Happy Happy about these HP.
Thanks, but the DAC isn't tapping. I'm waiting, watching the signs, reading the tea leaves, and when I know Schiit has built my Bifrost Uber, I'll order it Seriously though, it's just a necessary exercise in patience. I've no doubt it will be worth the wait.
Now, all those tubes tapping at the window... yeah, that's my shotgun. Now bugger off.