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Originally Posted by h4mm3r 0f th0r View Post
YUP you do... just pointing out that there isn't supposed to be a difference as far as fiio say and others too... what you experience is a called a placebo

Again disagree. They sound different to me and it's not very subtle. (IMO of course)

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Again disagree. They sound different to me and it's not very subtle. (IMO of course)


Lets agree to disagree then... peace

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Here's my question about the Emotiva and it's gobs of power. Why do you need that much power to drive the HE-500?

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Good question. Headroom some would say, but that isn't really an explanation. Some would might say that it can drive the hp's with more authority and control. That doesn't really explain much either. To me at least.
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Big head...room always gives more pleasure depending on who you ask deadhorse.gif

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Here's my question about the Emotiva and it's gobs of power. Why do you need that much power to drive the HE-500?

 

The best thing about emotiva is that you can listen at low volume levels and still have great satisfying bass response. With other amps like O2, you would need to turn the volume up a bit to get the desired bass response, and even then it wouldn't come close. I found this to be true with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3. Much more enjoying and easy on the ears listening at low/medium volumes and getting decent bass throughout.

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Here's my question about the Emotiva and it's gobs of power. Why do you need that much power to drive the HE-500?

eke.... the answer is so obvious I'm not even sure why you're asking it:

 

If a Nile croc attacks you while you're listening to your HE-500 you can use the headphone to taser the beast into submission.

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eke.... the answer is so obvious I'm not even sure why you're asking it:

 

If a Nile croc attacks you while you're listening to your HE-500 you can use the headphone to taser the beast into submission.

 

That and the bass to blow it away.

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That and the bass to blow it away.


The HE500 is actually heavy and sturdy enough to use as a self-defense weapon.  I did consider this as a factor when I bought the HE500. ph34r.gif

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The HE500 is actually heavy and sturdy enough to use as a self-defense weapon.  I did consider this as a factor when I bought the HE500. ph34r.gif

 

LOL also you can just throw the stock silver cable at it. In no time it will be tangled and unable to move.

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

The best thing about emotiva is that you can listen at low volume levels and still have great satisfying bass response. With other amps like O2, you would need to turn the volume up a bit to get the desired bass response, and even then it wouldn't come close. I found this to be true with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3. Much more enjoying and easy on the ears listening at low/medium volumes and getting decent bass throughout.

 

Ok, then could it be possible that the Emotiva itself is bass heavy, and not that the HE-500 benefits from a power plant?

 

BTW, the O2 is a bad counter-example, since it only outputs about half of the 500's recommended power supply.


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Ok, then could it be possible that the Emotiva itself is bass heavy, and not that the HE-500 benefits from a power plant?

 

BTW, the O2 is a bad counter-example, since it only outputs about half of the 500's recommended power supply.

I noticed a considerable difference in bass output when comparing my HE500's through an O2 and NFB10SE (single ended, and then even more improvement in bass control when balanced on the NFB10SE)

 

Same story with my Corda Classic

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I noticed a considerable difference in bass output when comparing my HE500's through an O2 and NFB10SE (single ended, and then even more improvement in bass control when balanced on the NFB10SE)

 

Same story with my Corda Classic


Just a silly technical question, since the Emotiva has common ground between L/R, is it not correct that the HE500 will not really benefit from a balanced connection at all from the Mini-x vs. an amp with native balanced output?

post #5864 of 13418
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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

 

Ok, then could it be possible that the Emotiva itself is bass heavy, and not that the HE-500 benefits from a power plant?

 

BTW, the O2 is a bad counter-example, since it only outputs about half of the 500's recommended power supply.

 

It very well could be. I personally don't find anything overly exaggerated with any of my headphones. Same results with speakers.

 

Also, I only mentioned O2 because I own it and have lived with it for quite some time now. Similar results as Emotiva with Marantz speaker amps when I tried it, however I don't live with it at the moment. Asgard was meh as well.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post


Just a silly technical question, since the Emotiva has common ground between L/R, is it not correct that the HE500 will not really benefit from a balanced connection at all from the Mini-x vs. an amp with native balanced output?

 

Balanced or unbalanced won't make a difference with Emotiva. However, having a balanced cable will help in the future with both balanced and single ended amps. That's about it.

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