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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Out of all the things we can talk about. It keeps coming back to O2, Emotiva and amplification requirements. This has to be THE greenest thread on Head-fi. Stuff gets recycled on a weekly basis.

 

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+1

 

i should really get HE-6 and move into a summit-fi thread or something tongue_smile.gif

 

i don't hear much discussion here on amping for HE-500, at least not on more expensive amps or on higher end speaker amps. yet this thread gets more daily posts than most of the other threads i check do


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/1/13 at 8:17pm
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

True, true... back in 2011 the only viable option was the Lyr. Of course there were vintage speaker amps, but finding one that was fully restored was a pain in the ass and they were often even more expensive than the Lyr.

 

 

There have always been people experimenting and playing with different types of speaker amps. The reason the emotiva is getting so much discussion is that it only runs $200 or so. The earlier stuff was costing a minimum for $600 for a decent sounding unit.

 

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

The new emerging theme seems to be about whether speaker amps are needed or not, or if they are overkill. I personally don't see the heat that speaker amps are getting. They are usually cheaper, have enough headroom, and most importantly can drive speakers. People should seriously try it out for themselves. Even if they don't like it with headphones, they can always use it with speakers. I find speakers to be much less pickier than headphones with amplification and all that synergy stuff. At least that's what my perspective was when I picked up speaker amps.

 

My personal opinion is that the speaker amplifier market is pretty saturated. There's a lot of performance for the given prices in these units, and manufacturers are always fighting to keep an edge. Headphones and headphone amplifiers are still a very very small portion of the audio market, and in reality we have a small number of manufacturers catering to us. 

 

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you dont always have to run off the speaker taps for the vintage receivers. my he-500 runs perfect from the headphone out on my pioneer sx-780 that i bought for $93 in pretty good shape. i use less than half of the volume, sometimes only 1/3 and its great. it does still weigh like 25 pounds, but i'm not moving it around so that doesn't matter as much.

 

Those vintage units are sweet! I have a SX990 that I use from time to time! Love having an old school FM tuner. The old vintage units had a pretty simple way of implementing a headphone jack. Basically the speaker taps are run to the front of the unit with a resistor in the line up (sound familiar?). I believe my SX990 has a 120ohm resistor in it. 

post #5898 of 14617
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

+1

 

i should really get HE-6 and move into a summit-fi thread or something tongue_smile.gif

 

i don't hear much discussion here on amping for HE-500, at least not on more expensive amps or on higher end speaker amps. yet this thread gets more daily posts than most of the other threads i check do

HE-6 as well huh? You must be made out of money. Last time I checked, you were getting the TH-900 next biggrin.gif Hahaha I seriously wanna try them out for rap/hip hop. I reaallly need a high end portable headphone. Also that super duper amp you mentioned going for 5K with HE-500. Might consider getting the HE-500 again if it blows my mind. Although there's also the Cavalli Liquid Fire, Liquid Gold and GS-X mkII. So many options. 

 

lol the funny thing about this thread is that this used to be in the summit-fi before. Wait till some more people get the HE-6. Hahaha I'm calling it right now. By next year, you're going to start to see O2 with HE-6. Then they'll have to kick the HE-6 back down to normal stufftongue.gif

post #5899 of 14617
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

I blame Fang. Ever since he dropped the price of the HE-500 to $699, we've been getting riffraff poor people who live in squalor frequenting this place. These people smell funny and don't have our refined tastes in the finest audio gear. My noble rich blood boils from answering their ignorant questions daily. I too will sell my HE-500 and pick up the HE-6 and join you and the other elitists  at the country club Summit-Fi threads.

Just imagined Aladdin with HE-500 on bigsmile_face.gif

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

HE-6 as well huh? You must be made out of money. Last time I checked, you were getting the TH-900 next biggrin.gif Hahaha I seriously wanna try them out for rap/hip hop. I reaallly need a high end portable headphone. Also that super duper amp you mentioned going for 5K with HE-500. Might consider getting the HE-500 again if it blows my mind. Although there's also the Cavalli Liquid Fire, Liquid Gold and GS-X mkII. So many options. 

 

lol the funny thing about this thread is that this used to be in the summit-fi before. Wait till some more people get the HE-6. Hahaha I'm calling it right now. By next year, you're going to start to see O2 with HE-6. Then they'll have to kick the HE-6 back down to normal stufftongue.gif

 

l0l!!! and yeah, imo, fostex/denon are probably the best for rap/hiphop if you enjoy tons of bass in that type of music. th-900 and lcd-3 are my next purchases though. (hopefully i will be able to let go of my LCD-2, and save some money, it would suck if i end up deciding to keep both)


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/1/13 at 8:45pm
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Just imagined Aladdin with HE-500 on bigsmile_face.gif

One of my favorite movies of all time. Ahh... childhood. k701smile.gif

post #5902 of 14617
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

l0l!!! and yeah, imo, fostex/denon are probably the best for rap/hiphop if you enjoy tons of bass in that type of music. th-900 and lcd-3 are my next purchases though. (hopefully i will be able to let go of my LCD-2, and save some money, it would suck if i end up deciding to keep both)

 

Do the TH-900 kick hard enough though? The Denon's didn't kick as hard as LCD-2/3 or HE-500 even though they had more quantity.

 

Early warning: You'll miss LCD-2's mid bass slam. LCD-3 goes hard in the sub bass though. LOL kinda like the Denon's - but much better. Other than that, you'll like the 3's.

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

Do the TH-900 kick hard enough though? The Denon's didn't kick as hard as LCD-2/3 or HE-500 even though they had more quantity.

 

Early warning: You'll miss LCD-2's mid bass slam. LCD-3 goes hard in the sub bass though. LOL kinda like the Denon's - but much better. Other than that, you'll like the 3's.

 

yeah, when i heard them, i felt they weren't as aggressive or as strong in the midbass, a reason i might want to keep LCD-2 as well. didnt have a chance to really test out the sub-bass.

 

the TH-900 hit about as hard as the denons i think, maybe a little more slam though just cause the bass seems to have more tautness and a bit more speed and control. more, i'm not sure, but definitely not less.

 

i would love to say that they didn't have as strong of a sub-bass, but a bit more mid-bass to finally balance it out nicely, but then i'd just be making stuff up and/or guessing tongue.gif


Edited by Dubstep Girl - 7/1/13 at 9:04pm
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

One of my favorite movies of all time. Ahh... childhood. k701smile.gif

 

Yup. Movies and the show. If only Genie could hook me up with some top shelf stuff. I can imagine an amp powered by Iago who got trapped by Genie and has to run in one of those hamster wheel things and if he stops...you can probably think of something.

post #5905 of 14617
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Yup. Movies and the show. If only Genie could hook me up with some top shelf stuff. I can imagine an amp powered by Iago who got trapped by Genie and has to run in one of those hamster wheel things and if he stops...you can probably think of something.

Iago is the best. I love that bird.

 

You're a much better audiophile than me Zoom, because I would want the Genie to hook me up with Jasmine, and perhaps throw in the magic carpet as a bonus. Who needs headphones when you've got Jasmine singing in your ears? wink_face.gif

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

yeah, when i heard them, i felt they weren't as aggressive or as strong in the midbass, a reason i might want to keep LCD-2 as well. didnt have a chance to really test out the sub-bass.

 

the TH-900 hit about as hard as the denons i think, maybe a little more slam though just cause the bass seems to have more tautness and a bit more speed and control. more, i'm not sure, but definitely not less.

 

i would love to say that they didn't have as strong of a sub-bass, but a bit more mid-bass to finally balance it out nicely, but then i'd just be making stuff up and/or guessing tongue.gif

So you're basically saying the TH-900 is a Harder Better Faster Stronger Denon. biggrin.gif

 

(Still need to listen to Random Access Memories)

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hifiman already has a world class headphone that can compete with anything and it is called the he 6. you can listen to this thing plugged into a 200 bucks emotiva x100 or a 14 000 bucks accuphase  a65 pure class a solid state amp. the only limit is your wallet.

post #5908 of 14617
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

Iago is the best. I love that bird.

 

You're a much better audiophile than me Zoom, because I would want the Genie to hook me up with Jasmine, and perhaps throw in the magic carpet as a bonus. Who needs headphones when you've got Jasmine singing in your ears? wink_face.gif

 

OMG am I really one of them now...an...audiophile? This is terrible. I hadn't even considered that. HEAD-FI DID THIS TO ME!!!

 

LOL You're a whore M-13. Both Jasmine and Scarlett!? Lemme guess, in a closet as well.

post #5909 of 14617
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

My personal opinion is that the speaker amplifier market is pretty saturated. There's a lot of performance for the given prices in these units, and manufacturers are always fighting to keep an edge. Headphones and headphone amplifiers are still a very very small portion of the audio market, and in reality we have a small number of manufacturers catering to us. 

 

+1. Exactly. Speaker amps, and good speaker amps, have been around for many decades. Hence, why vintage amps still have a place. Headphone amps are still quite new. 

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Ima stop the recycling, has anyone listen to Taylor swift on the he 500s?
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