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post #616 of 18011

Interesting. I tried the HE-500 hooked to an amp balanced (normalised 10W), and that was the first time I had a "full range speaker system" feeling from headphones. Playing Infected Mushroom. It was fantastic.

post #617 of 18011

The first thing my girlfriend described the HE-500 as is "very speaker like." She's a closet golden ear. wink.gif

post #618 of 18011
The HE planars do sound like a speaker using a speaker amp. The 500 are advertised as mating well with portables and headphone amps. They are better than the 6s in sensitivity, but like the 6s, the 500s do scale well with quality speaker amps. Hearing them on a quality speaker amp will change your approach to headphones. I don't listen to my old rig any more and it served me well for 5 years.
post #619 of 18011

Why do Head Direct say that  HE-Adapter is not for HE-500 or any high efficiency headphones. ??

 

http://www.head-direct.com/product_detail.php?p=104

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/556814/he-adapter-using-a-speaker-amp-to-drive-he-6-he-5le-and-he-4-headphones

 

 

 

post #620 of 18011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Why do Head Direct say that  HE-Adapter is not for HE-500 or any high efficiency headphones. ??

 

http://www.head-direct.com/product_detail.php?p=104

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/556814/he-adapter-using-a-speaker-amp-to-drive-he-6-he-5le-and-he-4-headphones

 

 

 


Most likely just a legal disclaimer just in case somebody decides to test their full speaker amp output power against a highly efficient drivers of the HE-500 and similar headphones for about a fraction of a second before they blow up...:-)  That's not to say you can't use it if you know what you're doing and follow common sense best practices, like muting the amp output before connecting a different set of cans and before power down.

 

post #621 of 18011

Common sense went out the door on the first day I received my HE6.   6 watts, phooey!  100 is more like it.

post #622 of 18011

You need a 100W amp to drive the HE6 properly?

post #623 of 18011
Quote:
Originally Posted by sunneebear View Post

Common sense went out the door on the first day I received my HE6.   6 watts, phooey!  100 is more like it.



I'm only using 60, I don't listen very loud.

post #624 of 18011
Quote:
Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

You need a 100W amp to drive the HE6 properly?


I prefer my RWA Signature 30.2, but I find a portable amp can drive them well.

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

The HE planars do sound like a speaker using a speaker amp. The 500 are advertised as mating well with portables and headphone amps. They are better than the 6s in sensitivity, but like the 6s, the 500s do scale well with quality speaker amps. Hearing them on a quality speaker amp will change your approach to headphones. I don't listen to my old rig any more and it served me well for 5 years.


Very well stated.

 

post #625 of 18011


 

Quote:
Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

The HE planars do sound like a speaker using a speaker amp. The 500 are advertised as mating well with portables and headphone amps. They are better than the 6s in sensitivity, but like the 6s, the 500s do scale well with quality speaker amps. Hearing them on a quality speaker amp will change your approach to headphones. I don't listen to my old rig any more and it served me well for 5 years.


This is what i was "afraid" of. I dont have a speaker amp atm and while i will be getting a decent speaker set-up in the future i get the idea that the T1 will beat the HE-500 on my current set-up.

Is the HE-500 easier to driver than the LCD-2?

post #626 of 18011

The LCD2 is much easier to drive than the hE500. Your OTL will not drive them properly but your GS1 should without issue.  The t1 is very easy to drive and prefers tube amps but you have both so it will be a matter of what you like best. While the HE500  is easier than the HE6 89db is still a bear that needs more power. My 6W Taboo was up to it as well as my Pioneer SX650

post #627 of 18011

The HE500 is slightly harder to drive than the LCD-2. No need for a speaker amp, though the HE500/HE-6 certainly do benefit from them greatly.

post #628 of 18011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alghazanth View Post

The HE500 is slightly harder to drive than the LCD-2. No need for a speaker amp, though the HE500/HE-6 certainly do benefit from them greatly.



In that case, it sounds like the HE500s are about the same as the LCD-2 Rev. 2 in terms of driving efficiency.

post #629 of 18011

Sorry for the 100w confusion.  No the HE6 does not need a 100 watts.  I was just commenting on the common sense statement of the previous post.  Common sense is to not plug and headphone into a 100w amp and if you do don't even think about turning the volume all the way up.  Common sense when out the window on the first day of owning the HE6.  My excuse is: "it kept getting louder so I kept turning it up". tongue_smile.gif

post #630 of 18011

do the he-6, he-500 and LCD-2s perform well with a Lyr? some ppl are saying they work great while some say even the Lyr is just barely enough. confusing confused.gif

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