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Dear God, I just looked up the Project Ember II for the first time after reading this exchange. That thing is so offensive to the eyes that each one sold ought to come with a hand-written apology letter and a coupon for free ice cream. Seriously, it's enough to drive a man into therapy. It looks like a cheese grater and a robot from 1960's sci-fi had an abortion together.

But I guess what disturbs me most about it is that it appears to be a fully open design on all sides, which I'm sure is amazing for heat but terrible for things like dust accumulation and not shocking the ever-loving s**t out of your curious pets and three-year-old daughter. As funny as that might be under the right circumstances and on a really bad day, I'm not sure I could ever justify the apparent risk—unless someone can explain to me how this is somehow a thousand times safer than, say, sticking my hand inside of my PC's tower as I type this.

You'll get more of a shock from the dust in your hoover. The Ember works on 48v DC which is officially considered a safe voltage to touch. Not in the bathroom though.

Of course, sticking your tongue in might be interesting, but if you're into that, try a 12v battery first to give an idea of the danger.
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Morning All,

Out of interest, I'm hopefully about receive a Cavalli carbon soon and I may use it as an excuse to upgrade my cans.... Does anyone have any suggestions for an upgrade from a well run he-500 for the newer crop of headphones? I'm pretty isolated in terms of close by shops so would welcome a more focused approach.

Cheers
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So can anyone confirm how much power the Leckerton UHA-6S MKII is capable of pumping into the HE-500s? I have an Objective 2 as my current amp and from what I've been told it's only providing about 600mW to the HE-500s, which supposedly need 1W and prefer up to twice that. (For now, let's assume I'm far too technologically illiterate to even begin to fathom things like THD, damping, etc. I'm not obsessed with power; it just happens to be about the only thing I mostly understand. Sort of. Or at all, really.)

 

I can't comment on the HE-500 but I moved from an O2 to the Project Ember for driving my HD 650's. The only night & day difference I've ever heard yet in hi-fi. With the right tube* the Ember sounds spectacular. I also like the look and you'll search a long time to find workmanship as good as is displayed on any Garage 1217 product.

 

*- In my case, a 1945 General Electric 6SN7GT VT-231

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I have a Schiit Vali and an Ember. IMHO, the Ember is much better in all aspects, noise floor, microphonics, sound stage, bass performance, treeble control...you name it. The Vali has a nicer case, the Ember simply sounds much better with my He400i. I also have a very vacuum cleaner that looks terrific, but I cannot use it to play music :atsmile:

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I have a Schiit Vali and an Ember. IMHO, the Ember is much better in all aspects, noise floor, microphonics, sound stage, bass performance, treeble control...you name it. The Vali has a nicer case, the Ember simply sounds much better with my He400i. I also have a very vacuum cleaner that looks terrific, but I cannot use it to play music :atsmile:

 

A couple of puffs from a Giotto rocket Blower removes any dust that can collect.

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Asgard 1, not so much.  Asgard 2 is a step up.  

 

Asgard 2 (Click to show)
I have heard Asgard 2 has some serious overheating problems. 

 

Although a bit out of my desired budget, Burson Soloist SL seems to be a very impressive amplifier. 

Its technical characteristics are a tiny bit modest compared to Schiit products, but it looks as it is built to work for decades..

 

Can anyone comment on Soloist SL performance (especially with classical music)?

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