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Originally Posted by MunDa View Post

I'm planing to get HE500, but somewhat unsure what amp/dac combo to get. Is magni modi better over vali modi? Would magni odac be a possibility? Lastly, I'm also considering audio gd 11.32. Which is the best option? Budget is 300€ but might boost up to 400.

If you go the Audio Gd route, you can use it as a standalone DAC later and with an upgraded amp or a speaker amp such as a mini-x. You can then use the Audio Gd to control the volume of the DAC going into your amp, meaning the volume pot on the amp is more controllable from a 50W (into 8ohms) speaker amp. The Audio Gd's on its own have plenty of power and sound quite good with the HE500s. The 11.32 is more neutral sounding, the 15.32 is slightly warmer. I haven't heard any of the schiit gear

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Hey all... I have researched but cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. For my HE500, I'm looking to upgrade my RCA interconnect between my Lyr and Uber Bitfrost. I like a warm signature with good bass response and sparkly highs so I have found Amperex 7308's in the Lyr to my liking. I have tried Schiit's own PYST - (ok), Anticable Level 2 - (better), JPS Superconductor+ (about the same as Anticable). I'm willing to spend what it takes to improve the sound I have now. I think I would be better off with copper IC's instead of silver for my preference of a warm signature. Anybody have any recommendations for a good/great IC?

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If you go the Audio Gd route, you can use it as a standalone DAC later and with an upgraded amp or a speaker amp such as a mini-x. You can then use the Audio Gd to control the volume of the DAC going into your amp, meaning the volume pot on the amp is more controllable from a 50W (into 8ohms) speaker amp. The Audio Gd's on its own have plenty of power and sound quite good with the HE500s. The 11.32 is more neutral sounding, the 15.32 is slightly warmer. I haven't heard any of the schiit gear
thank you for ur advice. From what I've read, the HE500 is on the warm side. So, the gd 11.32 would be a better match right?
post #13459 of 14168
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thank you for ur advice. From what I've read, the HE500 is on the warm side. So, the gd 11.32 would be a better match right?

I don't think the HE500s are warm, but that all depends on whos listening ;0

post #13460 of 14168
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I don't think the HE500s are warm, but that all depends on whos listening ;0
lol. Very true. I'm also thinking pairing it with dx90 as I would like to have some portability within the house. But not sure if dx90 standalone will be able to drive em.
post #13461 of 14168
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Originally Posted by Blueshound24 View Post
 

Hey all... I have researched but cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. For my HE500, I'm looking to upgrade my RCA interconnect between my Lyr and Uber Bitfrost. I like a warm signature with good bass response and sparkly highs so I have found Amperex 7308's in the Lyr to my liking. I have tried Schiit's own PYST - (ok), Anticable Level 2 - (better), JPS Superconductor+ (about the same as Anticable). I'm willing to spend what it takes to improve the sound I have now. I think I would be better off with copper IC's instead of silver for my preference of a warm signature. Anybody have any recommendations for a good/great IC?

 

I made a couple from some Mogami W2893 I had (turned out to be too thick for a comfortable HP cable).  Used Redco RCA connectors.  Work like a champ.  I have two sets of PYST, one being a freebie replacement for a defective cable in the original order (good customer service from Schiit).  Mine have more conductors (4 vs. 2) and look slick with the white Techflex sleeving that was already on them.

 

So, Mogami mini quad Neglex makes for nice DIYs.

post #13462 of 14168
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Originally Posted by Blueshound24 View Post

Hey all... I have researched but cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. For my HE500, I'm looking to upgrade my RCA interconnect between my Lyr and Uber Bitfrost. I like a warm signature with good bass response and sparkly highs so I have found Amperex 7308's in the Lyr to my liking. I have tried Schiit's own PYST - (ok), Anticable Level 2 - (better), JPS Superconductor+ (about the same as Anticable). I'm willing to spend what it takes to improve the sound I have now. I think I would be better off with copper IC's instead of silver for my preference of a warm signature. Anybody have any recommendations for a good/great IC?
Try toxic cables...check their appreciation thread here on headfi..and pm them (frank the owner)..i think a rca cable based on their black widow wire could be good for u.. wink.gif
post #13463 of 14168
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Originally Posted by Blueshound24 View Post
 

Hey all... I have researched but cannot find exactly what I'm looking for. For my HE500, I'm looking to upgrade my RCA interconnect between my Lyr and Uber Bitfrost. I like a warm signature with good bass response and sparkly highs so I have found Amperex 7308's in the Lyr to my liking. I have tried Schiit's own PYST - (ok), Anticable Level 2 - (better), JPS Superconductor+ (about the same as Anticable). I'm willing to spend what it takes to improve the sound I have now. I think I would be better off with copper IC's instead of silver for my preference of a warm signature. Anybody have any recommendations for a good/great IC?

Disclaimer:  I'm not a cable guy so won't enter that discussion.  If you want to alter the signature then all things considered I think you'll have more effect from tube rolling or headphone selection.  Between the cans I own I do think the 500 are on the warm side but of course everything's relative and my amplification setup is -even the tubes- relatively neutral.

post #13464 of 14168
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lol. Very true. I'm also thinking pairing it with dx90 as I would like to have some portability within the house. But not sure if dx90 standalone will be able to drive em.

You can always try and see and get an amp later

post #13465 of 14168

DIY interconnects to replace the PYST.  Mogami W2893 + Redco RCA connectors.

 

 

 

post #13466 of 14168
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Originally Posted by MunDa View Post

I'm planing to get HE500, but somewhat unsure what amp/dac combo to get. Is magni modi better over vali modi? Would magni odac be a possibility? Lastly, I'm also considering audio gd 11.32. Which is the best option? Budget is 300€ but might boost up to 400.

You can use the DX90 as a source and just get a nice speaker amp like the Mini-X. 

post #13467 of 14168

Nice looking IC's, how would you describe their sound sig? I've never DIY'd any cables, wouldn't mind trying. Is there an easy illustrated step-by-step guide anywhere?

 

 

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

DIY interconnects to replace the PYST.  Mogami W2893 + Redco RCA connectors.

 

 

 

post #13468 of 14168
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Hmmm, your post won't quote properly.  I'm not sure there's a noticeable difference between mine and the PYST.  So many things affect the sound, and cables, unless they're defective, have, IMO, the least impact.  I don't recall comparing them to the PYST after I'd finished them.  I suppose I could, but don't have the time now.  I made them because, 1) I was a little PO'd at the defective PYST (which I managed to repair while the replacements were in transit from Schiit; that's when I realized it can't be too tough), and 2) I had that AKG cable from Redco lying around (with left and right reversed thanks to AKG's unconventional wiring; swell) and thought they would look good with the white sleeving.  And figuring four nice Mogami Neglex conductors are better than the PYST wiring, it was a no-brainer.

 

To me, they sound great.  To me, my DIY HE-500 cables sound great, at least as good as the fancy plusSounds, if not better, and I customized the lengths to my needs.  My AKG cable sounds great, again at least as good as the stock cables.  I reckon I like illusion ;)

 

RCA interconnects are a fairly easy way to start, though I did it in reverse.  I even made some from another Mogami W2893 cable to connect my ART CLEANBoxPro into my A/V receiver for phono signal boosting to my soundcard's INs.  They work great there, too.  Not to stray too far OT, but having a multimeter to test before completing is a huge help.

 

Not sure about guides.  There is the DIY cable thread herein.  It's long, though, and maybe not the best place to start, if you're just looking to get started.  If you need some basic tips, shoot me a PM.  I'll answer as soon as I can.


Good luck :)

post #13469 of 14168
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Originally Posted by lin0003 View Post
 

You can use the DX90 as a source and just get a nice speaker amp like the Mini-X. 

thank you, this could be interesting.

post #13470 of 14168

I am considering buying either the HE-500 or T-90. I have a Creek OBH11 Headphone Amplifier. Any thoughts on the ability of that amp to run those headphones? Opinions re: comparison between HE-500 and T-90?

Thanks so much.

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