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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

It's an OTL amp so there are probably limits as to how much you can output. Looks like it has a separate power transformer for each channel and is built well. Yo Hifi, was it modded to use different tubes?
Not for other tubes, as it already sounded really well with the tubes used...but u can get tube sockets to do that for u...BUT..it did have internal mods like bigger caps and some other higher quality stuff inside..even the two powerswitches were allocated to the back to minimize the interference into the signal...as the thick wires to them were running along the huge transformers..and according to he first owner doing this mod could mimimize interference..i bought it modded from him... And if u use TS5998 powertubes the output could be raised by 2% i understand.
About the lafigaro 339, i undersstand that the 339 has <0,6W. So at least 0,6w..but many think its same output is at least as high (or low) as the 337 as they are both built based on same design..both designers worked together at Darkvoice once.
The 337 is stated, quoting: more then 1watt of output...

Its said that those quoted poweroutputs are quoted to low..as offically a OTL tubey cant drive a planar (he500) as well as those do.. And if i understand it well..they are one of the few OTL's who do...but guys..those huge monsters look sexy at night if u use huge bendix 6080wb graphite plates or Ts 5998 powertubes! With their glow u dont even need candles to make an romantic environment cool.gif
Quick find on the 337 thread:

http://www.head-fi.org/t/219504/darkvoice-337-a-review/885#post_10206485

http://www.head-fi.org/t/219504/darkvoice-337-a-review/885#post_10208697

And if u read last pages of the threads of both amps u will see they do well with a he500 wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/31/14 at 5:28am
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I just bought my pair of HE-500 from a local seller. It has only 200hrs on it. Both pairs of pads and cable are practically new as the previously owner used LCD2 pads and aftermarket OCC cables.

This is my 1st pair of planar headphones and I must say I am extremely satisfied with the sound quality. My Corda Classic is able to drive it to my preferred listening volume at low gain setting with volume knob set at elevent o'clock position. Very natural sound coming out from the phones I must say.

When I first listened to the HE-500 last evening, I wondered why there were new drum stick actions in the tracks I was listening. It took me awhile to realize it was caused by the microphonics of the stiff silver cables. My solution was to use a laundry clamp supporting the cables to nearby furniture.

A pair of HE-560 pads and some felt sheet for the Fuzzor mod are on the way.
Edited by borrego - 7/31/14 at 10:22am
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Remember to buy focus-A's
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Remember to buy focus-A's

 

I had no problem with the FocusPads on my modded HE-500s.  Never got the chance to try the FocusPad-As before the 500s went all wonky.

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It would be nice if la Figaro would make a balanced dual mono amp, that would definitely be something I would consider, seems like it wouldn't be difficult. I guess I could likely mod it myself but that seems like more effort than it's worth.

I recently picked up a grado 325is to complement the he-500 and am pretty pleased with it, it doesn't seem to have the characteristic grado ringing too bad, it's slightly easier to use for games just because it weighs half as much, though I still need to change the cable to plug into the MJ.
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Remember to buy focus-A's

 

I ordered the HE-560 pads from the Hifiman China taobao store, which they only offer one type of HE-560 pads, which I believe is non-A Focuspad.

 

Actually I am quite satisfied with the soundstage given by the stock velour pads, but I find it a bit too stiff to give a complete seal at the position behind my ears.

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Originally Posted by Ultramus View Post

It would be nice if la Figaro would make a balanced dual mono amp, that would definitely be something I would consider, seems like it wouldn't be difficult. I guess I could likely mod it myself but that seems like more effort than it's worth.

I recently picked up a grado 325is to complement the he-500 and am pretty pleased with it, it doesn't seem to have the characteristic grado ringing too bad, it's slightly easier to use for games just because it weighs half as much, though I still need to change the cable to plug into the MJ.
They did actually..twice if i am not mistaken, but on special request..made into of two seperated equal enclosures..like the super woo audio mono amp.. I understand that if u want something special..they can do it for u..and for prices u wont ever find on USA brands...
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Originally Posted by borrego View Post
 

 

I ordered the HE-560 pads from the Hifiman China taobao store, which they only offer one type of HE-560 pads, which I believe is non-A Focuspad.

 

Actually I am quite satisfied with the soundstage given by the stock velour pads, but I find it a bit too stiff to give a complete seal at the position behind my ears.

 

The Focus A pads will give you a better seal as they are wider than the stock pads so you get a bit more clamp. If you were impressed with the sound stage on the stock pads, the Focus A pads really does what the name implies so the sound stage though not much wider has more definition. If you play the Chesky sampler album and the binaural test tracks you will hear the difference quite clearly.

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The Focus A pads will give you a better seal as they are wider than the stock pads so you get a bit more clamp. If you were impressed with the sound stage on the stock pads, the Focus A pads really does what the name implies so the sound stage though not much wider has more definition. If you play the Chesky sampler album and the binaural test tracks you will hear the difference quite clearly.

did you compare the Focus-A to the Focus pads on the HE500?  I'm on the fence as to which is better suited for the HE500

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did you compare the Focus-A to the Focus pads on the HE500?  I'm on the fence as to which is better suited for the HE500

 

Apologies I have the Focus pads not the Focus A pads. The Focus A pads would not really suit me as my ears are quite large, the Focus pads are already a tighter fit compared to the stock velours.


Edited by daerron - 7/31/14 at 11:53am
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This is the lafigaro amp i was telling u about guys..i found the post about it..the guy posting is actally the guy behind the lafigaro amp...and as far i understand this amp goes for ' just' 2800usd..enjoy the pics wink.gif

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611348/help-needed-to-upgrade-the-capacitor-in-otl-tube-amp/90#post_9193890
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Any links to the balanced ones they've made? I think it'd be nice to have a tube complement to the MJ.
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

This is the lafigaro amp i was telling u about guys..i found the post about it..the guy posting is actally the guy behind the lafigaro amp...and as far i understand this amp goes for ' just' 2800usd..enjoy the pics wink.gif

http://www.head-fi.org/t/611348/help-needed-to-upgrade-the-capacitor-in-otl-tube-amp/90#post_9193890

But in the end you went SS. ;) Your new amp is probably dead quiet.

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But in the end you went SS. wink.gif  Your new amp is probably dead quiet.
Yep no tubes for me..for now....but i am thinking of a very special new amp....with tubes AND SS...BC just introduced a preamp of that principle..the bc307.. U will be shocked that that is even possible! And they can make me an amp based on that principle gilbert told me..even got an initial quote... Lookie lookie:

http://www.bluecircle.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=1614&sid=56271219947aaf5b8022239a27bf9ee8
http://www.bluecircle.com/page150.html

Well according to the ones who listened to or reviewed the father of my amp (the NSL speakeramp) its not SS, one reviewer states..and i quote.

With his NSL amplifier, Gilbert has not only introduced a product that will keep his "independent" cred topped off, it may be his best-sounding product ever. Only Gilbert has heard all of the Blue Circle products, but I've heard enough of them to say this with real conviction. The NSL, whose name stands for "Not So Little," is a stereo amp with a topology that lies somewhere outside the solid-state/tube continuum. Instead of using transistors or vacuum tubes to generate power, the NSL has signal op-amps wired in parallel to do the job. "I started to parallel small-signal op-amps about six or seven years ago, when I first began thinking about making a high-quality headphone amp," Gilbert recounted for me. "I paralleled two and then three and then four, etc. Then I started thinking that if I can parallel four, I should able to parallel one thousand, at least in theory." He stopped at 288, which produce the NSL's 28Wpc. Internal pictures of the amp show blocks of those paralleled op-amps -- they are almost all you can see.

And yeah..its deadsilent..but it doesnt sound like any ss amp i heard before..all digitally (dont know how to explain that otherwise) is gone..its very organic..sounds real.

And i just found out a fellow headfi'er is getting a little brother of my PaG (its based on my amp i understand) for his he6 as he couldnt find any amp capable enough to drive his he6 quality soundwise in his pricerange....i believe his amp is in the same pricerange in which some of u guys shop...around 2500usd if i am not mistaken...so its affordable for some of u.

And my new cables are on its way..GREAT!! yeah i know..snakeoil blabla according to some...but it happens to be that i like snakeoil! Well.. some of them.. Some oils work better then others wink.gif

Damn..already have a feeling next year will be an expenive one redface.gif
Better not talk about it a lot or else i will get into trouble with the missus. biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/31/14 at 7:29pm
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A friend of mine picked these up recently, I've read through parts of this thread and searched but haven't been able to find any definitive answers

 

Both of us agree that on the majority of songs, the vocals pitch noticeably to the right (usually 1 o'clock) - we've tested each side on a multimeter and both sides are within 0.3 ohms of each other - just wondering if anyone else can relate?

 

Also the detachable cables out of the box don't seem to fit flush on the mounts on one side, for not wanting to thread the screws, it has been tightened as much as can be

 

He's also ordered a Furutech cable out of China, has anyone gone down this route and can comment on the quality of these?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121232616055?_trksid=p2059210.m2749.l2649&var=420209700470&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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