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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Mjolnir and Audezes are indeed a super sweet pairing. I was tempted to sell my HE-500 in lieu of some Audeze with that Schiit, but I think Audeze's are overpriced for their performance. Hifiman and Mjolnir is unfortunately not such a sweet pairing. I think you can use a SE DAC with the Mjolnir?


Yup, definitely this. Spent a lot of time playing with higher end amplifiers and found the emotiva easily beats "headphone" amplifiers. Save your $$$ and drop it on something else.

Using a single ended DAC with the MJ is possible, just not recommended. As for it's pairing with the he-500, I think you need a DAC like the audio-gd, a brighter DAC would likely not pair as well.
post #14372 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Dogmatrix View Post

Never made any comparison between 332 and 339 I know they are different I own one
Just thought it was interesting that one OTL amp is not good and the other also OTL is good
When OTL is often mentioned as something to avoid with the HE500
Since the only other OTL amp recommended is the 339/337 it would seem OTL is ok as long as you run 5998 tubes
I dont think its only about the tubes..i used my 337 when i still had the svetlana tubes in it with the he500..and it drove it well...(but only with the 5998 the sound became really addictive)..more powerful..I think its more about the reserves an amp has...an OTL amp is wellknown not to be at its best to provide current into low ohms...but somehow the builders of the 337/339 found a way..although the amp got huge and heavy because of that..But i guess that was only way.
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Yes 337/339 blah blah the point I am attempting to make is I have an OTL amp that works well with the HE500 and the only similarity to the 337/339 is the 5998 tube and it has only one

post #14374 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Dogmatrix View Post

Yes 337/339 blah blah the point I am attempting to make is I have an OTL amp that works well with the HE500 and the only similarity to the 337/339 is the 5998 tube and it has only one
Good for u..sorry if i didnt understand the point u were making wink.gif
post #14375 of 14897

seems that the 337 and 339 are really popular with the he-500 :o
anyone know of the difference between the 337 and the THA337SE version
or between the 339 and 339 2013 version ? :rolleyes:

post #14376 of 14897
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post

seems that the 337 and 339 are really popular with the he-500 redface.gif

anyone know of the difference between the 337 and the THA337SE version

or between the 339 and 339 2013 version ? rolleyes.gif
337se is an upgraded 337 with better grade internals...search for pics on google and its easy to see the difference of internals between the se and the regular LAST MODELS.

Dont forget that there have been a couple of versions over the years to drive phones better and be more stabile...so look for latest models..older models could maybe not be able to drive a he500 well enough.

339 2013 version has better components also then the older models to be able to drive harder to drive headphones better...in the 339 thread the actual builder showed pics (and explanation) of the difference of the new model... Check it out urself if ur interested.
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/7/14 at 3:09pm
post #14377 of 14897

Project sunrise is also OTL and that was quite popular with the HE-500 for a while.  So that makes a nice little list of OTL amps people like with the headphone which is fun to see.  Not sure how these rumors get started, but in my experience the HE-500 does well with just about any amp, it's not really picky about how the sound comes in as long as it gets there.

post #14378 of 14897

any benefit to choosing project ember(with sc heater option) instead of sunrise III ?

post #14379 of 14897
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post
 

any benefit to choosing project ember(with sc heater option) instead of sunrise III ?

Well, for starters the ember has more output power. 

post #14380 of 14897

I suggest to buy the cheaper Sunrise, past 12'o it gets VERY loud, no need for more volume. Quality wise, i dunno if there's much difference between the two.

post #14381 of 14897

my PC's on-board realtek can get ear-piercingly loud with most of my headphones but the sound coming out is utter garbage :rolleyes:(not exaggerating) so how loud a headphone gets at a certain dial point is no indication to the quality of the amp, not in the slightest.
You need an amp that can grab your headphones by the balls(so to speak) :evil:

post #14382 of 14897
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post

my PC's on-board realtek can get ear-piercingly loud with most of my headphones but the sound coming out is utter garbage rolleyes.gif (not exaggerating) so how loud a headphone gets at a certain dial point is no indication to the quality of the amp, not in the slightest.

You need an amp that can grab your headphones by the balls(so to speak) evil_smiley.gif
with grab by the balls u mean control, right? And with that i agree..its not about 118db (WTF..who listens to those levels anyway.. Thats insane).... And control can only come from an amp thats built up with quality internals..and unluckily..many of those dont come very cheap..with more affordable stuff the brand always has to cut corners somewhere to push out those huge amount of power some amps pump out at that low price..they cant magically make stuff for free or get stuff for free from their parts suppliers, and on top of that they have to make a living also.and some make a very good living by selling affordable equipment (i understand that the owner of RSA has a avendador). Think about that... biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/8/14 at 9:27am
post #14383 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Drrizzt View Post
 

I suggest to buy the cheaper Sunrise, past 12'o it gets VERY loud, no need for more volume. Quality wise, i dunno if there's much difference between the two.

 

 

Sunrise has nice synergy with the HE-500, but it lacks a bit on the bass and dynamics, especially compared to the Mini-X. I'd go with the Ember. Supercharger lets you use more tubes.

post #14384 of 14897
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


with grab by the balls u mean control, right? And with that i agree..its not about 118db (WTF..who listens to those levels anyway.. Thats insane).... And control can only come from an amp thats built up with quality internals..and unluckily..many of those dont come very cheap..with more affordable stuff the brand always has to cut corners somewhere to push out those huge amount of power some amps pump out at that low price..they cant magically make stuff for free or get stuff for free from their parts suppliers, and on top of that they have to make a living also.and some make a very good living by selling affordable equipment (i understand that the owner of RSA has a avendador). Think about that... biggrin.gif

As far as I've read RSA has a great reputation, the Dark Star is widely considered one of the best amps for the HE-6 IIRC

post #14385 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Ultramus View Post

As far as I've read RSA has a great reputation, the Dark Star is widely considered one of the best amps for the HE-6 IIRC
i know..thats why he has that avendador..he sells a lot..lolz i was not sayin they sell bad stuff..i just said their core market is the low to mid fi tier priced stuff..and they are good at that...and have milllions of happy customers..i believe the biggest amount of bucks can be earned in that pricerange anyway
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/8/14 at 11:15am
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