Well this time I'll be powering them through an Emotiva Mini-X. Always wanted to try speaker taps, but couldn't find anything that was "suitable"
I looked at a lot of vintage Marantz, etc.
I'll also be getting the Concero as the Dac, and hopefully I can call it my "end game" until the HE-600 comes out, or I cave and buy the HE-6.
As for why I sold them. It was all about upgradetitus, and other hobbies got in the way of funding of course. (Watches, DSLRs, gaming laptops, strippers, etc)
Just remembered... I did have problems with the build quality the first 2 times around. Back then the HE-500 was kind of different and so were the pads, no pleather and the velours were softer but made of uneven material. Then the velours were harder and made of rough material, before the current version we have now (I think). I did finally get a version I liked almost a year later and kept them almost a year, which was the last time I owned them.
Vintage stuff, I think the market is pretty inflated by collector so it'll be pretty hard to strike a good deal on once-TOTL receiver. Last week I saw a Pioneer SX 1980 pops up on ebay and disappear after 5 mins, and the starting price is somewhere north of 700 bucks . I've pretty much given up on owning one, despite how pretty they look :<.
The Concero is pretty good, I were quite impressed by the performance relative to its size (and no separate PSU too) =p.
Considering the demand of Head-fiers, I think Hifiman next headphone will be a revised/improved HE Jade (hopefully same price as the old Jade though) instead of a He-7/He-600.
Edited by khaine1711 - 4/17/13 at 6:34pm