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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post

I don't suppose anyone here has heard the HE500s balanced thru the Woo WA22?

Man, I'm itching to go balanced...
Koiloco and dubstepgirl did..ask them biggrin.gif


@oldskool : But a little warning so u wont be disapointed: they were not to impressed though, with that pairing.
Edited by hifimanrookie - 4/10/14 at 7:36am
post #13307 of 16151
Will do, thanks. smily_headphones1.gif
post #13308 of 16151
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

 

 

Since I prefer the sound of SS, I've been using my HE-500 with the Bifrost Uber and Asgard 2. The A2 has a solid 1W, it is very loud, no distortion or clipping with more than enough headroom. The SQ is fisrt rate.

 

planning on getting the A2 or Lyr for the HE500. currently using a magni which i find is decent. it doesnt clip the he500's and it has enough volume. tried the e09k before (since i have the e17) with the he500 and it just wasnt lively enough as it puts out maybe around 600 mw for at 35 ohms.

 

have you tried the magni? curious on how better the asgard can be. same power. different topology. different quality.

post #13309 of 16151

Thanks to all who responded to my question about an amp for the 500's.

Seems like you all like Schitt, somehow when I have listened to Schitt stuff

at the shows it never caught my fancy. I listened to my 500's with a speaker

amp at the SF show and like the sound but I still would like to try the Audio gd

stuff. Anyone with experience  with the 500's and an Audio gd amp/dac combo?

Thanks

post #13310 of 16151
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post
 

Thanks to all who responded to my question about an amp for the 500's.

Seems like you all like Schitt, somehow when I have listened to Schitt stuff

at the shows it never caught my fancy. I listened to my 500's with a speaker

amp at the SF show and like the sound but I still would like to try the Audio gd

stuff. Anyone with experience  with the 500's and an Audio gd amp/dac combo?

Thanks

Audio GD works well too!

I had the HE-6 and it worked pretty well.

The DAC/amp units are great values and so are the stand alones.

post #13311 of 16151
The Audio-Gd Compass 2 is excellent with the HE500, very flexible too.
post #13312 of 16151
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Originally Posted by DanPluck View Post

The Audio-Gd Compass 2 is excellent with the HE500, very flexible too.


Yes, Compass 2 is about as modular as it gets. Nearly went for that one.

post #13313 of 16151
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post
 

Thanks to all who responded to my question about an amp for the 500's.

Seems like you all like Schitt, somehow when I have listened to Schitt stuff

at the shows it never caught my fancy. I listened to my 500's with a speaker

amp at the SF show and like the sound but I still would like to try the Audio gd

stuff. Anyone with experience  with the 500's and an Audio gd amp/dac combo?

Thanks

 

Trust your ear ... :wink_face:!

post #13314 of 16151
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Originally Posted by rnadell View Post
 

Thanks to all who responded to my question about an amp for the 500's.

Seems like you all like Schitt, somehow when I have listened to Schitt stuff

at the shows it never caught my fancy. I listened to my 500's with a speaker

amp at the SF show and like the sound but I still would like to try the Audio gd

stuff. Anyone with experience  with the 500's and an Audio gd amp/dac combo?

Thanks

I occasionally use the HE500 with a predecessor of Audio gd NFB-10.33 and it is good. I happen to prefer it single end when using the velour pads specifically.

post #13315 of 16151
I was surprised how well a cheap Audio Gd 15.32 can drive the HE500. I found if had plenty of power and nothing lacking. The warmth also tames that little bit if spike quite well making bit less fatiguing
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I had an identical impression (nothing lacking, taming some glare) with Audio gd NFB-12 (predecessor of NFB-15). NFB-10 was clearly better though.

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As I've mentioned before, I'm a huge fan of audio gd stuff, their DACs are excellent
post #13318 of 16151
Quote:
Originally Posted by rnadell View Post
 

Thanks to all who responded to my question about an amp for the 500's.

Seems like you all like Schitt, somehow when I have listened to Schitt stuff

at the shows it never caught my fancy. I listened to my 500's with a speaker

amp at the SF show and like the sound but I still would like to try the Audio gd

stuff. Anyone with experience  with the 500's and an Audio gd amp/dac combo?

Thanks

 

Not the biggest fan of schiit here either. I always avoided audio gd just because of the cheap look / 1990s website.  Ofc there are a lot of gd fans on the site because they have good prices on their gear and, so I've heard, it's a good value.  Why not try the Woo WA7 or Centrence dacmini as a combo? Unless by combo you just mean two separate pieces from the same brand. I think the two I mentioned are some of the most solid, no frills combos you can get for the HE-500. The ALO Audio Pan Am is also an option, though I don't know much about it, it might be low output into 32-50ohm. I'm sure someone can help me out with that info.


Edited by Llloyd - 4/11/14 at 10:16am
post #13319 of 16151
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post
 

I don't suppose anyone here has heard the HE500s balanced thru the Woo WA22?

 

Man, I'm itching to go balanced...

Balanced obviously adds to the power. I hear a little larger soundscape, and placement of instruments and voices are very solid. 

 

I am also using balanced right now with the new HE560 and get the same results. Very open, dynamic pinpoint imaging. The 500 and 560 do sound different but feel the 500 is a great phone to go with, just a little different sound, with the 560 having a little more extension and speed. Like venues either at a recording or live, sound changes and so with headphones, nothing being totally better, just a different view of the music. 

 

The 560 are a review sample. 

post #13320 of 16151
Hello all

I can't understand why my HE 500 sounds better on my Ipad than my NAD amp?

Any explanation? And yes, my NAD amp works nice with my other headphones.

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