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post #7246 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post

 

I always wanted to try the SEX. Most people have high praise for the beta 22 if you're a DIY pro. It's a pretty complex build I hear.

Expensive too, especially if you go crazy with every options. Budget 2ch b22 can usually be found in the classifieds though.

 

Gainclone sounds pretty nice for the price - and cheap/tidy too (I think you can build one under 200, mounted on a wooden block of course). One can also DIY a budget clone of First Watt amp, or any famous speaker amp designs. 

post #7247 of 18011

Actually I have 3 channel B22 and already tried with HE500 but i curious maybe another DIY Amps out there can bring out the beast of HE500


Edited by nickodj - 8/22/13 at 3:11am
post #7248 of 18011
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I just took delivery of a set of HE-500s and was expecting a male 4-pin XLR connector with a single ended adapter. Now I'm waiting for a nice Neutrik XLR connector from ebay so I can modify the cable to work with the Mjolnir. The HE-500s do sound good with the Aune T1 though.


Be sure to leave some impressions. I'm waiting my xlr cables to arrive too in order to use my Mjolnir. Must be here in 2 days at most.

post #7249 of 18011

Has anyone tried the cheap Lepai amps from Parts Express as a speaker amp for these? I already have an audio-gd dac/amp, but I'd like to try to use it as a bedroom amp for my nexus>hifimediy dac>lepai>HE-500. It can easily push 5W RMS per channel without too much distortion, and can be modded somewhat easily inside.

post #7250 of 18011
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Originally Posted by nickodj View Post

Hi,

may I know how what DIY amps that can drive HE500? Or maybe somebody here have amps such as "The Wire" or "EHHA rev. A"

 

thanks

Nicko

The Bottlehead S.E.X. is probably the best kit-based tube amp option, something I was looking into before working with a friend on one of his designs.  For a more cost effective hybrid amp, I would suggest the Project Ember from Garage 1217:  http://www.garage1217.com/graphic_design_004.htm  It's fairly new, but they have a decent reputation with their other amps, and I'd be curious if anyone else has used their HE-500 with one yet.  The β22 seems to be the better choice in the way of solid state designs, so unless you want to explore valve/tube designs you may have one of the best pairs already. tongue.gif

post #7251 of 18011

You guys are great.  Keeping things very constructive even when we disagree and accidentally say things we don't completely mean.  biggrin.gif

I personally appreciate this kind of honesty from u all.  Great discussion.

post #7252 of 18011
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

The Bottlehead S.E.X. is probably the best kit-based tube amp option, something I was looking into before working with a friend on one of his designs.  For a more cost effective hybrid amp, I would suggest the Project Ember from Garage 1217:  http://www.garage1217.com/graphic_design_004.htm  It's fairly new, but they have a decent reputation with their other amps, and I'd be curious if anyone else has used their HE-500 with one yet.  The β22 seems to be the better choice in the way of solid state designs, so unless you want to explore valve/tube designs you may have one of the best pairs already. tongue.gif

 +1 for the Project Ember. I've had mine for a few weeks now and have been using my HE-500's with it almost exclusively. Currently using some Telefunken 12AU7 tubes on the Ember (rolling tubes on this thing is super easy by the way) and I have to say I prefer it over my Lyr (using stock tubes so not really a fair comparison I guess).

 


Edited by ninjapirate9901 - 8/22/13 at 10:40am
post #7253 of 18011
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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post

 +1 for the Project Ember. I've had mine for a few weeks now and have been using my HE-500's with it almost exclusively. Currently using some Telefunken 12AU7 tubes on the Ember (rolling tubes on this thing is super easy by the way) and I have to say I prefer it over my Lyr (using stock tubes so not really a fair comparison I guess).

 


I really like the look of the Ember. Prettyyyy...

post #7254 of 18011

The Project Ember should be a very nice amp for the HE-500, though I thought the Emotiva mini-X was better than the Project Sunrise 2, but might just be a SS vs tube preference on my side. I've seen little comparisons between the PS2 and the Ember, so its difficult to compare how they would stack up. One thing I don't like about the Garage1217 designs is that they pick up lots of interference because of the open chassis. While it definitely looks nice, I couldn't keep my cellphone anywhere near it. I also got hiss on my IEMs, but the Ember looks to be designed for a wider range of headphones so perhaps its quieter by design.

post #7255 of 18011
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

The Bottlehead S.E.X. is probably the best kit-based tube amp option, something I was looking into before working with a friend on one of his designs.  For a more cost effective hybrid amp, I would suggest the Project Ember from Garage 1217:  http://www.garage1217.com/graphic_design_004.htm  It's fairly new, but they have a decent reputation with their other amps, and I'd be curious if anyone else has used their HE-500 with one yet.  The β22 seems to be the better choice in the way of solid state designs, so unless you want to explore valve/tube designs you may have one of the best pairs already. tongue.gif

Here's another killer option thats easy for first time DIYers that was developed by Nelson Pass. The Amp Camp Amp monoblocks for $269, everything included.

post #7256 of 18011

i have the utmost respect for u guys able to assemble such a DIY kit...i mean it...i take my hat off for u!! funny thing is that building a high end pc is peanuts for me..but somehow seeing all those resistors and having to solder switches some of my braincells off eek.gif

 

i wouldnt be able to assemble even the simplest diy amp.(i even killed two pairs of pads while trying the jerg mod!..so i bought the excellent modular pads in the end!  biggrin.gif)..but luckily for me (and others like me) there are extremely capable people all over the world who can make amps for u and with the exact same specs u want it to be..and some can go very extreme for u(powered by car batteries/solar power/battery packs/external PSU's or built in lady pumps/pc housings on sand bases etc etc etc!). as long u wanna pay for it....  lucky for us people with two left hands those people exist! gs1000.gif
 


Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/22/13 at 11:47am
post #7257 of 18011
Is it a bad thing the project ember is exose like that? Just looking T it make me nervous, it be pretty cool if they have an option for a close casing for it.
post #7258 of 18011

Thanks all for you answer and suggestion, will try to read and research about it.

post #7259 of 18011

Last time I tried to assemble a PC, I destroyed my mobo and my processor almost went as well.

post #7260 of 18011

There's a joy when you doing diy and when its done you will feel ultimate joy biggrin.gif

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