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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

I didn't hear much improvement over my Fostex HP-A3 through my O2, and hence I sold it, then I sold the Fostex... and now I have an Audio GD NFB-10SE on the way to see if more power will make a difference; so I'll soon see if I agree with you about the O2 not having enough power.

 

Make sure you get a wall wart that's at least 16VAC and 400mA.

post #4217 of 16673
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Thanks, was the company ok to deal with?

 

He was fast and very courteous, also provided me a free upgrade to his top of the line cable for free when he was out of stock of cable that I originally ordered highly recommended.

post #4218 of 16673
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Originally Posted by tuna47 View Post

I have the asgard2 but the lyr is calling my name would there be a big difference on the he500 with standard tubes. These pages are killing my wallet

 

I'm in the same boat. I have the A2 but after hearing the Lyr with HE-500s I've ordered one. Should be here tomorrow.

post #4219 of 16673
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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

More power =/= better. More quality power is though. From memory the balance out of the 10SE is a bit bright/lean sounding; the SE is more warm but fuzzy sounding. Don't expect too much tongue_smile.gif


The DAC itself is nice though.

I understand that, I read a few reviews of the nfb10se that were fairly positive though. I will probably mix and match a few amps with it and see.

I like the look of the lyr and violectric v90
post #4220 of 16673

I finally got my HE-500's in today and quite frankly, I'm impressed.  Coming from the HE-400's, there seems to be less bass impact as documented, but it's not drastic as I've assumed it to be.  What I've found as an improvement over the HE-400's are of course, the more forward mid range, instrument separation, and the tamed treble.  I think I may be oversensitive to treble, but I found the HE-400's highs to be quite shrilling.  Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.  Just have to find me a decent amp now.

 

I've got a pair of HD650's also and I'm wondering if other owners think it's worth keeping.  I like them a lot, and I love the dark treble.  I was considering getting the K702 65th or the K712 when it comes out.  I had the Q701's and I was fine with its treble.
 


Edited by KetchupNinja - 4/10/13 at 9:42pm
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So you took the dive too Ketchupninja? biggrin.gif

 

The weight doesn't bother you? It was a big difference coming from the HE-400 and HD650, but it doesn't bother me that much. 

 

I was also interested in the K702 as a pair for my Valhalla, but I'm looking for a tv first. And after that most likely some IEM. I'm really content with my main rig as of now smily_headphones1.gif

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I've been thinking of perhaps getting the HD650 or the 600. I already have the LCD-2 and HE-500, would be it a waste of money completely, or is there some redeeming feature in the Sennheiser's?

post #4223 of 16673
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post


I understand that, I read a few reviews of the nfb10se that were fairly positive though. I will probably mix and match a few amps with it and see.

I like the look of the lyr and violectric v90

 

The 10SE is a stellar balanced unit. I'm not sure where the other person commenting on it heard it, but it seems like they didn't give it a good listen. I owned that unit. The SE is absolutely amazing. Top notch. Balanced is also fantastic. A really good sounding amplifier. The DAC in it is also tops. The sound signature on the 10SE is incredibly spacious, transparent and neutral. 

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So you took the dive too Ketchupninja? biggrin.gif

 

The weight doesn't bother you? It was a big difference coming from the HE-400 and HD650, but it doesn't bother me that much. 

 

I was also interested in the K702 as a pair for my Valhalla, but I'm looking for a tv first. And after that most likely some IEM. I'm really content with my main rig as of now smily_headphones1.gif


I sure did lol.  I really enjoyed the sound of the HE-400's but those highs made me cringe every time.  The weight doesn't really bother me all too much, I find it pretty comfortable actually.  I really liked the Q701's because of the large soundstage, though I'm selling it because I want something with a stronger low end.  With the announced K712's and the 3db low end boost, It looks like I've found what I'm looking for.  I'm waiting to see if there is confirmation that it's just a massed produced version of the 65th.

post #4225 of 16673
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

I've been thinking of perhaps getting the HD650 or the 600. I already have the LCD-2 and HE-500, would be it a waste of money completely, or is there some redeeming feature in the Sennheiser's?

 

comfort and a laid back sound signature. however, the LCD-2 is basically a more transparent and refined HD 650 (i found their sound signature to be extremely similar) and the HE-500 isn't too far off. you should look at the next level if you are seeking something else (LCD-3/HE-6)

post #4226 of 16673
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

The 10SE is a stellar balanced unit. I'm not sure where the other person commenting on it heard it, but it seems like they didn't give it a good listen. I owned that unit. The SE is absolutely amazing. Top notch. Balanced is also fantastic. A really good sounding amplifier. The DAC in it is also tops. The sound signature on the 10SE is incredibly spacious, transparent and neutral. 

Good to hear, I should receive the SE tomorrow, and I have a balanced cable coming from Charleston that should get here next week.

 

The only thing I'm worried about at this point is I need to find room on my desk. The SE is a behemoth compared to the HP-A3!

post #4227 of 16673

Hey Zoom.. I see you're in Toronto.  I found the HE500 to be a super HD650 and I really never liked the HD600. Just a twisted thought but have you considered the HD700? If you're at the Toronto Meet on May 4th, you can check mine out, listen and decide for yourself.  The other option is to go to BBR with your gear when it's not busy and audition all three.  I spent 3 one hour sessions with the HD700 before I took the plunge. After some break in and the right tubes, couldn't go back to the HD650 and sold them.  

Really loving the HE500 and HD700 combo.

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

I've been thinking of perhaps getting the HD650 or the 600. I already have the LCD-2 and HE-500, would be it a waste of money completely, or is there some redeeming feature in the Sennheiser's?


Edited by MickeyVee - 4/10/13 at 7:45pm
post #4228 of 16673
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Originally Posted by Jesterphile View Post

Good to hear, I should receive the SE tomorrow, and I have a balanced cable coming from Charleston that should get here next week.

 

The only thing I'm worried about at this point is I need to find room on my desk. The SE is a behemoth compared to the HP-A3!

 

I agree it is fairly large compared to other units, especially that tiny fostex, but keep in mind this is a fully balanced DAC/Amp. For a DAC/Amp unit, this guy is pretty compact. Also, a good portion of that is the transformers. Audio-gd's really big benefit is the fact their power supplies are all very good for the price. It usually takes up most of the space. 

post #4229 of 16673
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

 

I agree it is fairly large compared to other units, especially that tiny fostex, but keep in mind this is a fully balanced DAC/Amp. For a DAC/Amp unit, this guy is pretty compact. Also, a good portion of that is the transformers. Audio-gd's really big benefit is the fact their power supplies are all very good for the price. It usually takes up most of the space. 

Yeah I had a look at some pics of the inside when I was looking at buying it. I understand why it is so large, it just means I have to make another shelf for my desk as the current one isn't deep enough :)

post #4230 of 16673
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Originally Posted by MickeyVee View Post

Hey Zoom.. I see you're in Toronto.  I found the HE500 to be a super HD650 and I really never liked the HD600. Just a twisted thought but have you considered the HD700? If you're at the Toronto Meet on May 2nd, you can check mine out, listen and decide for yourself.  The other option is to go to BBR with your gear when it's not busy and audition all three.  I spent 3 one hour sessions with the HD700 before I took the plunge. After some break in and the right tubes, couldn't go back to the HD650 and sold them.  

Really loving the HE500 and HD700 combo.

 

I most probably will be at the May 4th meet. I'll be sure to try out the HD700 then. I know in the future I'll be getting a HD800 when I get the funds for it. Right now I was just looking for a casual sidegrade kind of thing and perhaps even picking up some used HD650 or HD600. I'm in no hurry at all to buy anything as I am enjoying the LCD-2s a lot. I might also consider going to Bay Bloor Radio to try them out at some point, although my motivation is quite low while listening to LCD-2s. I guess I'll just wait and try out some stuff at the meet.

 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

comfort and a laid back sound signature. however, the LCD-2 is basically a more transparent and refined HD 650 (i found their sound signature to be extremely similar) and the HE-500 isn't too far off. you should look at the next level if you are seeking something else (LCD-3/HE-6)

 

Good to know about the similarities between HD650 and LCD-2. If the HD650 is basically the same sound signature but just lower in every parameter, then probably not worth it. Regarding the HE-6 and LCD-3, I think If I was going to update one, it'd be my HE-500 to the HE-6. I have more qualms with the HE-500 than LCD-2 at the moment. Or might even get a HD800 rather than updating to HE-6 or LCD-3, for the sake of having more variety.  

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