I disagree with you on all accounts. You say the Emotiva (a speaker amp now) can't drive the HE500s to is best. That amp is way overkill if anything. Much more than what it needs. To be honest. All I ever see talking about those 337 and 339 amps is you. Not saying they'er bad or anything because I haven't heard them. If those amps was all that and all that "WELL KNOWN" as you put it they would be on every ones recommend list - "and they're not" So that means they're not so well known.
The HE-500s are a very forgiving headphone. It doesn't take much to get to sound good. Yes a good amp is needed for it to sound it's best. but to say the emotiva can't get them there is dead wrong. Also to say the 337 and 339 can get them to sound better that the Emotiva without a side by side comparison is also wrong.
All is IMHO..
All i have to say to this...try another higher end amp then ur integrated emotiva..ur amp has lots of power as it drives the he500 with its loudspeaker outs..but no way it will be able to drive the he500 to its limits..maybe its loud..thats right..but reading some reviews bout the emotiva tells me that amp..allthough a bargain for its price..has lots of shortcomings..many of which ur glueing onto the wonderfull he500..for the price. Of what the emotiva sells foru cant possibly believe its in same league of the likes of burson 160d, musical fidely, violectric v200, bottlehead crack, woo audio wa7, or my 337. ( with the tubes i have ofcourse) or even another bargain..the shiit lyr..i tried all of these amps on a meet last year..except for the wa7.. And only the v200 came close concerning synergy with the he500 ..ofcourse there are better amps with the he500..i am waiting for the quote fir one..a one of a kind amp/dac..built by an amp manufacturer who isknown fir its over 20.000usd worth of mono blocks..so yeah..the 337 is not the holy grail for the he500..but if u invest in good tubes and good cables (also powercables..as standard ones are rubbish!) it will give amps even more expensive a run for their money till 1000 usd mark...
i consider u as a valuable member of headfi and we share lots of opinions on other threads..soi respect ur opinions..but pls..just once..try it for this crazy ass dutchman.do me a favor...try a 339 or 337 with the tubes (skylab adviced sames tubes) i have..i am almost sure the missing thingies u are now experiencing with ur he500 will maybe be less..ofcourse the 337 is not the holy grail for the he500..but i believe u have to spend much much more to better the synergy with the he500....and ur right..darkvoice is not wellknown...but other then on headfi i never ever heard of emotiva or blue circle audio (the ones i want them to make me that special amp/dac) also..sothat point is a bit..well..
i think if u dont try at least a 337 a v200 or a woo audio wa 7 or wa6 or even a shiit lyr,or yulong a18(a8 is coming!)..or others....then u cant say the emotiva drives it to the limit..if u wanna be completely objective...imho ofcourse
but lets say we both have different opinions..u believe in driving a headphone with power is driving the he500 to its limits..and in that ur right..i belive that the he500 needs quality to be driven properly to its limits...we both are right..only our priciples are different..and thats human..some like bass and they buy denons..other like soundstage and they buy akg 701 and other like detail so they buy hd800..and i can go on..so as i. Said..we are all different..peace!
bout ur last line..ur right a bit..but i will probably be listeing to a emotiva at the next meeting in london..i hope one takes one with him..but honestly...it has to sound outrageous good to siund better then my 337..as i said i tried many amps already..and only a few were better sounding or same league..the 337 is a bargain..just as the emotiva is..its not perfect..but what it does for the money..and the easy way to modify it(339) makes it a dangerous outsider
Edited by hifimanrookie - 3/24/13 at 3:42pm