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Audio GD compass 2?

I'll look into it, thanks.

 

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If you are not interested in rolling tubes and like the SS sound, switch the amp for an Asgard 2.

 

I'm not too experienced with different amps.  How does the Asgard 2 sound compared to the Lyr?

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So I actually started a poll tonight about exactly this in the Source Component Section... Curious to see what people have to say. I also have the HE-500.

I'll keep my eye on that, thanks.

post #12767 of 14527
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Seems like I sparked another debate about cables.  Haha.

 

Can someone suggest a DAC and an amp for the HE-500 for around $600?  I've been trying to find a Lyr and a Bifrost USB used for around that price but I can't seem to find anything.

Save some money and go for O2+ODAC. Also, try to find one of those modified pieces that are actually wireless. No wires = best sound. Amirite guys? I usually see them floating on the used forums from time to time.

post #12768 of 14527
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Yep, that wire.  Some Type 3 (550) paracord will fit nicely.  A portion of a ballpoint pen tube and some heat shrink at the Y split will make it look nice.  It's a tight fit, but I managed to get the tube over the the paracord on the two Y cables with a bit of trickery.

I'll stay tuned into your Monkey Cable. When will you fire up that soldering iron? Remember to learn how to use the weapon before you go hunting, try some target practice on bits of wire, perhaps you can get some solder lugs to learn on.

post #12769 of 14527
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I'll look into it, thanks.

 

 

I'm not too experienced with different amps.  How does the Asgard 2 sound compared to the Lyr?

I'll keep my eye on that, thanks.

The Asgard 2 is a pure SS amp and will deliver a clear uncolored sound. The Lyr is a Hybrid with tubes in the preamp/driver stage and a solid state output stage,  A hybrid amp like the Lyr will deliver some of the even order harmonic distortion of tubes (the tube sound), usually not overly strong and has a SS output stage to be able to deliver enough current to drive low impedances as well as the voltage swing for high impedances. In any case of an amp you have to make sure that it can sucessfully drive your headphones that you have as well as those you might be planning on.

Some people lke the "warm" sound of this even order harmonic distortion. I don't find it objectionable but prefer no distortion at all sound of a pure SS amp of good quality.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

The Asgard 2 is a pure SS amp and will deliver a clear uncolored sound. The Lyr is a Hybrid with tubes in the preamp/driver stage and a solid state output stage,  A hybrid amp like the Lyr will deliver some of the even order harmonic distortion of tubes (the tube sound), usually not overly strong and has a SS output stage to be able to deliver enough current to drive low impedances as well as the voltage swing for high impedances. In any case of an amp you have to make sure that it can sucessfully drive your headphones that you have as well as those you might be planning on.

Some people lke the "warm" sound of this even order harmonic distortion. I don't find it objectionable but prefer no distortion at all sound of a pure SS amp of good quality.

Thanks for the reply.  Will the Asgard 2 be able to power HE-500s and HD 800s well? I think I might get HD 800s sometime in the future.

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Well, I think I may have found the end-game amplifier for both my LCD-2 and the HE-500 in the Fosgate Signature. It's the defenition of perfection, and it's going to be hard writing a review without sounding heavily biased.

 

Even against amplifiers like the Cavalli Audio Liquid Glass and other end-game amplifiers I've heard with the HE-500, it has the most seductive midrange ever, and it does bass like no other. 

 

With the bass switch turned on, it reminds me of a D7000, but tighter, better PRaT, more extension down low, and superb decay times. Simply unparalled.


Edited by Austin Morrow - 3/1/14 at 11:25pm
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Originally Posted by Aelrikom View Post
 

Thanks for the reply.  Will the Asgard 2 be able to power HE-500s and HD 800s well? I think I might get HD 800s sometime in the future.

I have an Asgard 2 and it definitely powers the HE-500's louder than you can take with plenty of headroom. It should be able to take HD800's to over 120 dB SPL, ouch loud. It's a very clean amp with a great FR.

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Save some money and go for O2+ODAC. Also, try to find one of those modified pieces that are actually wireless. No wires = best sound. Amirite guys? I usually see them floating on the used forums from time to time.

You must be joking, that's not saving money, it's throwing it away.  Please note that as I'm typing this, I'm actually using the UK version of the O2/ODAC on a HE-500.  They're good for the price but not excellent with the HE-500 which is relatively low sensitivity and a planar design.  It might work if you listen to music recorded at higher volume and with low dynamic range such as most modern pop.  I listen to classical, which is just the reverse.  On standard it will work reasonably ok.  If you activate gain it'll drive the cans into clipping at anything higher than 9'o clock.  The UK version also has standard lower gain than the JDS one which is 6.5 iirc so that'll exacerbate the problem.

 

Nothing against the O2 amp and certainly nothing against the DAC but for the HE-500 they're not ideal.  I'm keeping it because it's for use on my office desk (yes, I'm sitting there on a sunday) and a hell of a lot easier to move than my other gear.

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I really like the O2 with IEMs but it sucks with the HE-500. 

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Happy with the Lyr for now, though wondering what's a great SS Amp (not balanced) for the HE500 for $1000 or less. Thanks for any insights.
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Happy with the Lyr for now, though wondering what's a great SS Amp (not balanced) for the HE500 for $1000 or less. Thanks for any insights.

WA6 is pretty well regarded, I heard one with an he5le and it sounded really good, it had the rectifier tube with the little wires coming out, whichever one that is.

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Anybody interested in a Blue Dragon for their HE-500? It's $200AUD new and I'm open to offers. 

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Happy with the Lyr for now, though wondering what's a great SS Amp (not balanced) for the HE500 for $1000 or less. Thanks for any insights.

I would check Audio gd SA-31SE

post #12779 of 14527
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

Well, I think I may have found the end-game amplifier for both my LCD-2 and the HE-500 in the Fosgate Signature. It's the defenition of perfection, and it's going to be hard writing a review without sounding heavily biased.

 

 

Amen. It is an amazing sounding amp. The very best I have heard/owned as of yet.

 

It brings out the best in my HE-500/LCD-2 and just is wonderful with the HD800, not many amps are good with all three.  The Fosgate is a masterpiece.

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Is the HE-500 a particularly hard phone to amp, or are you just talking about optimal amping. I was considering getting some of these while they are still available and on sale but I can't afford a new amp AND new phones.

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