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Originally Posted by Eternal Schism View Post
 

Have a look into the Audio GD NFB 5.32.

 

32 bit dac, Usb, Coaxial + optical. Delivers over 2 watts to HE500, more than enough for any headphones bar HE-6/HE5LE/4/K1000. Rather musical with filters to change the sound a bit, ACSS as well as without, changeable OP amps, can use purely as a dac as well. Has a good volume knob, which is welcome as many amps don't.

 

I personally have the NFB 28 and find nothing to flaw with any of my wide range of headphones.

 

Mind you with SS amps I hear only a small difference between them, if at all sometimes. I'm no expert with amps really - take it with a grain of salt

NFB 5.32 has been replaced by Compass 2

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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

Thanks mate, I'll definitely look into it. Really interested in the Essence one pairing because it is only $400 in Aus. Has anybody tried that combo? 

 

The Essence One uses the TPA6120 chip afaik, I tried the HE-500 with the Essence STX which uses the same chip and it was okay sounding, but doesn't do the HE-500 justice. You will have better luck with the Matrix M-stage Rev2 and its integrated DAC for $300. The Lehmann BCL could showcase what the HE-500 was capable, but it was lacking somewhat in impact and bass. Most Audio-GD units have powerful headphone output stages. Check out the NFB-10ES3 too.

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The old velours are softer and more comfortable along with nice fabric. They came with my 5le. I also got some pleathers without memory foam.
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Originally Posted by vlach View Post

Are the Q701 pads any different than the K702?

 

They are the same, but not the same as the K702 65th Anniversary pads.  Part numbers are listed in the various AKG service manuals.

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The above photo shows the new pads on the left and the old pads on the right. The tabs on the new pads hold more firmly in place, however the cushions are harder and less comfortable than the old ones, making me wonder if the K702 pads would work? How about DT990 pads, would they fit on the HE-500?

 

Ah, got it now.  Never saw the old pads.  Does the mounting ring come out like it does on the new pads?  When I did my mod, I taped the pads to mounting ring.  If you can get the mounting ring out, I suppose you could tape them directly to the cups.  Not sure, though.

 

It's easy to test the K702 pads.  That's what I did with my existing Q701 pads before ordering a new pair.  Just use plain double-stick tape that can be removed easily.

 

Sorry, can't speak to the DT990 pads.

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Is it possible that the new pads aren't broken in yet and the old pads are softer because they've been used for some time and you've become accustomed to them?

The older pads have different fabric, softer and more comfortable.
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

They are the same, but not the same as the K702 65th Anniversary pads.  Part numbers are listed in the various AKG service manuals.

Thank you.
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

Ah, got it now.  Never saw the old pads.  Does the mounting ring come out like it does on the new pads?  When I did my mod, I taped the pads to mounting ring.  If you can get the mounting ring out, I suppose you could tape them directly to the cups.  Not sure, though.

It's easy to test the K702 pads.  That's what I did with my existing Q701 pads before ordering a new pair.  Just use plain double-stick tape that can be removed easily.

Sorry, can't speak to the DT990 pads.

Hadn't thought of that...how do you remove the pad from its mounting ring, do you tear it apart or use a knife and carefully cut it free?
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Hadn't thought of that...how do you remove the pad from its mounting ring, do you tear it apart or use a knife and carefully cut it free?

 

I have the newer HFM pads (LEFT, in your pic), and the ring can be pulled out.  The vinyl overlaying it is fairly flexible.  It takes a little more effort and stretching/bending to get it back in, but it's doable if you work it around.  No cutting necessary.

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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

Guys, any recommendations for an all in one under $1000 that pairs well with the HE-500? Might upgrade sometime in the future. 

 

Would the Essence One be good? I heard it's great value. 


I just sold my Essence One. IMO it didnt sound good with the HE-500's. Plus I hated how the volume knob turned. Anyway, my recommendation is to get a separate DAC and amp setup. For well under a grand the route I am now going is a Schiit Bifrost w/ Uber Analog and USB Gen 2 upgrades for the DAC (about $530) and an Emotiva mini-X a-100 for the amp (about $220 without mods).


Edited by ben_r_ - 2/22/14 at 4:38pm
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I just sold my Essence One. IMO it didnt have enough power for the HE-500's. Plus I hated how the volume knob turned. Anyway, my recommendation is to get a separate DAC and amp setup. For well under a grand the route I am now going is a Schiit Bifrost w/ Uber Analog and USB Gen 2 upgrades for the DAC (about $530) and an Emotiva mini-X a-100 for the amp (about $220 without mods).

That's a good combo. Anything more expensive would just be overkill.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

That's a good combo. Anything more expensive would just be overkill.
Ur sure??? blink.gif
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I doubt it's powerful enough..?

The NFB 28 delivers 8w @ 40 ohms, the HE-500s are 38 ohms. That is MORE than enough power.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

That's a good combo. Anything more expensive would just be overkill.

 

 

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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


Ur sure??? blink.gif

Not when you're concerned. :D

Watch the below Youtube, It is very interesting and illuminating. This is from the AES where all the guys who design amps and DACs hang out.

Poppy Crum, is a Senior Scientist at Dolby Laboratories and she's easy on the eyes.

 

 


Edited by StanD - 2/22/14 at 11:34am
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edited...am in cool mode now biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/22/14 at 7:06pm
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