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I think what he was trying to say, is that the headphones have decent sensitivity and don't sound totally uncontrolled when they are underpowered. Supplying the proper amount of power (2w /ch) brings out the full bass and dynamic authority of the headphone.

I don't think that you need 2W/ch to get the HE-500's to perform. Look up the sensitivity of the HE-500's and do the math.

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Originally Posted by Hansotek View Post

I think what he was trying to say, is that the headphones have decent sensitivity and don't sound totally uncontrolled when they are underpowered. Supplying the proper amount of power (2w /ch) brings out the full bass and dynamic authority of the headphone.
I don't think that you need 2W/ch to get the HE-500's to perform. Look up the sensitivity of the HE-500's and do the math.
As I said, they're decently sensitive, and sound pretty good even if they aren't fully powered. I believe HiFiMan recommends 2w /ch for optimum performance.
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As I said, they're decently sensitive, and sound pretty good even if they aren't fully powered. I believe HiFiMan recommends 2w /ch for optimum performance.

At one point Hifiman recommended 1W and then removed any wattage specification, They recommmended their EF-5 Amp for the HE-500. That amp starts clipping below 1W.

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I was going to give the EF-5 a try until I took a closer look not really all that great from what I've read it takes a lot of modding to get a good sounding amp. Take a look over here -->http://www.head-fi.org/t/711004/hifiman-ef-5-headphone-amplifier-mods-and-rolls

 

I will agree it is a very cool looking little amp maybe someday HiFiMan will give it an overhaul..

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I've never heard Frank Sinatra in depth until now. I can't believe how amazing his voice is, and being introduced with the HE-500 gave such a stunning impression that I couldn't stop listening. The bass and midrange of these cans is so full and detailed I just can't stop listening!

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I was going to give the EF-5 a try until I took a closer look not really all that great from what I've read it takes a lot of modding to get a good sounding amp. Take a look over here -->http://www.head-fi.org/t/711004/hifiman-ef-5-headphone-amplifier-mods-and-rolls

 

I will agree it is a very cool looking little amp maybe someday HiFiMan will give it an overhaul..

Why bother as there are plenty of good amps out there that can deliver great sound without its owner having to go through any gymnastics. You saw that distortion curve, I don't think this dog is going to run.

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I know I mentioned it before but I really love what the Corda Classic does with the HE-500. It has plenty of power, in excess of 2W at the HE-500 impedance... the clarity is just beautiful. And with the crossfeed, on the right track, it completely changes the soundstage and imaging for the better.
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Been a pretty busy DIYer this evening. Even though I'm liquidating most of my 'extra' head-fi gear since I have a wedding on the not-so-distant horizon, I've always wanted to hear the HE500 from a speaker amp. Enter the Dayton DTA-120.

 

I traded my GO1000 for a DacMagic 100 earlier this week and got the DTA from parts-express for $100. It also came with a monstrous power supply, RCA cable, and 4 banana plugs. A Neutrik female TRS jack, 8" of speaker wire, and two soldering sessions later, voila!

 


Banana plug adapter.

 

Now the stack is assembled and I've been listening for about a half hour.

 

 


Initial impressions are decent. There's a lot of noise when the music isn't playing so I'm sure something impedance/power wise isn't matched well, but the sound is noticeably better than the DTA's headphone out. (It should be since I'm sure the HO was basically an afterthought. Although, frankly, it's no slouch...)

 

Sound from the speaker outs is much more dynamic and punchy than the HO. The DacMagic is also doing an excellent job through the optical out on my MBP. 

 

Will post more impressions later after more listening. May even do a write up comparing it to my ALO Pan Am stack!

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Been a pretty busy DIYer this evening. Even though I'm liquidating most of my 'extra' head-fi gear since I have a wedding on the not-so-distant horizon, I've always wanted to hear the HE500 from a speaker amp. Enter the Dayton DTA-120.



 



I traded my GO1000 for a DacMagic 100 earlier this week and got the DTA from parts-express for $100. It also came with a monstrous power supply, RCA cable, and 4 banana plugs. A Neutrik female TRS jack, 8" of speaker wire, and two soldering sessions later, voila!



 






Banana plug adapter.



 



Now the stack is assembled and I've been listening for about a half hour.



 




 






Initial impressions are decent. There's a lot of noise when the music isn't playing so I'm sure something impedance/power wise isn't matched well, but the sound is noticeably better than the DTA's headphone out. (It should be since I'm sure the HO was basically an afterthought. Although, frankly, it's no slouch...)



 



Sound from the speaker outs is much more dynamic and punchy than the HO. The DacMagic is also doing an excellent job through the optical out on my MBP. 



 



Will post more impressions later after more listening. May even do a write up comparing it to my ALO Pan Am stack!


 



Nice work. Now you can try everything in your home that has speaker terminals
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