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I've stated this multiple times in the thread.  Would not recommend asgard with the he-500.. that is any amp really in that sort of price range is typically not what I would consider good enough to make the headphone do what it was designed to.  Generally cheaper amps(all that I've tried) just dont deliver the kind of quality that the HE-500 has the potential to deliver.  The vali sounds like it would be fun though.

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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post
 

I've stated this multiple times in the thread.  Would not recommend asgard with the he-500.. that is any amp really in that sort of price range is typically not what I would consider good enough to make the headphone do what it was designed to.  Generally cheaper amps(all that I've tried) just dont deliver the kind of quality that the HE-500 has the potential to deliver.  The vali sounds like it would be fun though.

I disagree, I have an Asgard 2 and it powers my HE-500's perfectly and to loudness far above what's comfortable with plenty of headroom. What exactly determines the Quality? FR, IM, TIMD, THD? The A2 excels in all of these.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

I disagree, I have an Asgard 2 and it powers my HE-500's perfectly and to loudness far above what's comfortable with plenty of headroom. What exactly determines the Quality? FR, IM, TIMD, THD? The A2 excels in all of these.
Damn stan.. biggrin.gif
why u always start to be technical when u wanna make a point? Its not all numbers and measurements that gives u good music...we all now that..and we also know the better the amp the better the soundexperience...even no asgard number 20000 will change that.. Hehehehe kidding my friend..but pls... I really hope u enjoy ur music as u sound so analictic in ur way of thinking sometimes... Ur defending an amp thats by far not the right amp for such a hard to be driven he500... Ofcourse i respect that..but u have to admit watts alone is not important to get a headphone sing..thats what lloyd tried to say...the better the amp..the better the experience...until a certain point ofcourse...and sometimes an (eeny weeny expensive) amp only pumping out 5 watts is better sounding then a 10watt more budget friendly amp...eventhough on paper that amp is much more powerful... But thats mine and lloyds opinions (and some others having better amps then generally bought).. U do have good budget amps (337/339 and the lyr as example) for planars..but they dont make a planar sing as some of the better built amps out there...
But were again getting oftopic..lolz...the millionth time..hehehehehe

I guess u will always have the number guys and the guys who are different then the number guys...and that will be two groups who probably never agree with each other..ever.. biggrin.gif

So pls..back ontopic... To the,in my opinion, still one of the best headphones hifiman ever built... wink.gif

And another thing: u state: I have an Asgard 2 and it powers my HE-500's perfectly and to loudness far above what's comfortable with plenty of headroom. I hope u know that loudness and how loud the music can go is not the right way to classify a good amp right? If u ever get to hear a real high end amp u will hear music that almost sounds real... Not just powerful..all amps can sound powerful if enough watt...but how it delivers it is so much more important..u probably dont agree again with me saying that an amp is only about power..and as long its not distorded its perfect sounding for the he500.... I found out its nothing about distorded sound...or the lack off...i call it the soul in the music....only good amps can give u that...others just play the music.... But only the ones who experienced that knows what i mean....and yeah..i have to admit..most of them have speaker rigs and not headphones.....i have a feeling some of us here on headfi experienced that also...am glad i since recently can say i do too (my code-x does help in a big way though). biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - Today at 3:37 pm
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I tried switching to the pleather pads and it helps quite a bit.  Probably in combination with me getting used to the headphones.  I tried burning in the headphones for a day just in case they had not seen much use.  I did not really notice any difference from that.  I have heard the 150 hour number bandied about but I doubt I will see much change.   

 

I don't believe that the amp is at fault here since whatever the incompatibility is, it is pretty subtle if I can change the pads and get an improvement.  The headphones sound like everyone says - neutral, detailed, great controlled bass.  If it is something with the amp it would have to be extremely subtle - I don't hear any distortion or noise that would suggest the amp is of insufficient power.  I can't comment on the quality of the amp besides what others have said - that the Asgard is a quality amp.  I guess I can't confirm anything without listening to a "quality" amp.

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