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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

Perhaps. Although a closet with more height and depth :)

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post #4172 of 14636
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Originally Posted by Sanlitun View Post

 

 

I am running my HE-500's with an Asgard 2 and I am not really feeling it. It sounds good, but I don't feel it allows the HE-500's to use their full potential.

 

I am considering replacing the A2 and recently I have heard the HE-500's through the Burson Conductor, the Teac HA501/UD501 and the Schiit Lyr with stock tubes. 

 

There were two surprises with this, the first was that I didn't think the Conductor was fundamentally better than the A2 with the HE-500s (Gasp!). The second surprise was that I thought the Lyr sounded best by some margin out of all of the equipment I had heard with these phones so far. The Lyr seemed to be able to bring soundstage, high end and treble to the HE-500's. I am sure there are other Amps that sound great as well but I have not been able to audition them. As well I should mention the A2 sounds great with my HD650s, but I just don't think it has the juice for the HE-500s.

 

Anyways if I could redo it I would have ordered the Lyr.

 

yeah i was not a big fan of the asgard 1 with the he-500, it's a little flat sounding to my ears. I even prefered my little dot MKII over the asgard even though it was sacrificing a little bit of clarity for dynamics and warmth(probably a little too much warmth but it has nice character).  The lyr is a reasonable amp for its price point.  It definitely meets the needs of the HE-500, I would still rather go with the bottlehead s.e.x. over the lyr tho.  I just find the lyr to be... idk.  It's fine I just dont prefer its qualities I guess.  I can't say that I feel it's not worth the money.  It's a reasonable competitor.  Maybe I'm a bigger fan of their DAC gear for the price compared to their amps.  Or their DAC gear intrigues me more compared to their amplifier design, which seems to come from a different approach.

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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post


Thanks! Your awesome review just answered my tube questions, also. smile.gif

 

And...I just moved the WA6-SE to the top of my list.

 

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I need more width than heightwink_face.gif

 

Ah, very true. Same here. Although the depth precedes the width for me in a relative ratio.wink.gif

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Ah, very true. Same here. Although the depth precedes the width for me in a relative ratio.wink.gif

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Would an Audio-GD NFB-10SE be suitable to power the HE500? The specs look fine to me, but I'd like to hear if anyone has any experience.

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Most of the time, I'll take a 3D soundstage over a long and wide 2D stage. Although at times, I'll admit it's nice to have a wide soundstage beerchug.gif

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The mids on these are phenominal. 

 

quick story. 

 

When I purchased these I got home and opened them, removed them from the carry case, and then plugged them in and my amp had a hard time running them, I had the gain on and switched it to about 2 o'clock, I thought fuk me that's odd, I have a pretty powerful amp and they are still struggling. I then had a closer look at the headphones and noticed that they had given me the HE-6 by mistake.....in my excitement to get these on to have a listen I didn't even realise my self........anyway long story short, I could have sold them and basically got a free pair of HE-500s but been the nice guy that I am I returned them and happilly swapped them over. 

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What a nice fellow .I admire your honesty:)
Enjoy!!!
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Originally Posted by Flognuts View Post

The mids on these are phenominal. 

 

quick story. 

 

When I purchased these I got home and opened them, removed them from the carry case, and then plugged them in and my amp had a hard time running them, I had the gain on and switched it to about 2 o'clock, I thought fuk me that's odd, I have a pretty powerful amp and they are still struggling. I then had a closer look at the headphones and noticed that they had given me the HE-6 by mistake.....in my excitement to get these on to have a listen I didn't even realise my self........anyway long story short, I could have sold them and basically got a free pair of HE-500s but been the nice guy that I am I returned them and happilly swapped them over. 

 

you're the 2nd person that's happened to i believe.

 

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What a nice fellow .I admire your honesty:)
Enjoy!!!

 

+1

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

you're the 2nd person that's happened to i believe.

 

 

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The first guy ordered a He-300 and got the He-6 instead bigsmile_face.gif

post #4182 of 14636
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

Would an Audio-GD NFB-10SE be suitable to power the HE500? The specs look fine to me, but I'd like to hear if anyone has any experience.


I owned to combo and it sounded good in balanced. Then I got an ODAC/O2 combo for the office, I sold to NFB-10SE shortly after that.

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I owned to combo and it sounded good in balanced. Then I got an ODAC/O2 combo for the office, I sold to NFB-10SE shortly after that.

So you prefer the O2/ODAC? I have an O2 which I'm selling because I was told it wouldn't drive the HE500's properly.

 

Oh well, I bought the NFB-10SE today. Found one second hand for a good price.

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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

So you prefer the O2/ODAC? I have an O2 which I'm selling because I was told it wouldn't drive the HE500's properly.

 

Oh well, I bought the NFB-10SE today. Found one second hand for a good price.


The one who says the O2 can't drive the HE500 state it as a matter of fact instead of saying that they don't like how it sounds. The ODAC/O2 drives HE500 really nicely and give them a great sound in my honest opinion. I don't want to start a debate, but I also want people who reads this thread that there are people (like me) out there who really enjoys the ODAC/O2 and the HE500 together :)
 

NFB-10SE is good though, you can see what you prefer, more options are always fun! Just remember to try it in balanced mode, it sounds better than the SE output :)

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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

So you prefer the O2/ODAC? I have an O2 which I'm selling because I was told it wouldn't drive the HE500's properly.

 

Oh well, I bought the NFB-10SE today. Found one second hand for a good price.

It won't, but why not try it first before you sell it?  You can always sell it afterwards if you realize it's not enough.  Just don't mis-judge the headphones before trying with a better amp.  I mean, you already have the O2 - and the fact that it doesn't drive the HE-500 is, in fact, my opinion (although others are of the same opinion).

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