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post #7606 of 18018
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Without a doubt the Asgard 2 will be better with the HE-500, not to mention if you go the Valhalla route, you'll surely dump more $$$ into tubes when you would be happier with MOSFETs instead IMO. The Modi will do just fine with them smily_headphones1.gif
I have been reading reviews of the Asgard 2 on headfi and everyone seems to be unimpressed frown.gif they say it powers it ok but it doesn't sound all that good. What should I do?
post #7607 of 18018
Should I get the modi and the Yulong A100 for the he 500? Do these sound good together?
post #7608 of 18018
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Should I get the modi and the Yulong A100 for the he 500? Do these sound good together?

 

That would be my personal pick of the bunch yes.

post #7609 of 18018
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That would be my personal pick of the bunch yes.
You think this combination would suit the he500? I also own a pair of grado sr80i would the combo sound good with those as well?
post #7610 of 18018
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Originally Posted by SamHedges View Post
 

Given the choice, who'd have the Lyr and who'd have the Ember assuming price, looks, etc. weren't a factor?

 

Well my vote goes to the Ember based on it's ability to quickly and easily roll tubes and change output impedance. Honestly, sound wise, I'm sure they would both sound pretty damn similar (I find that the differences between amps aren't as big as people make them out to be).

 

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Try some Amperex 12Au7 and RCA 12au7. They're my fav 12au7 tubes. RCA 5814 and 12AU7 are very good - and cheap

 

 

I have a single Amperex 12AU7 which I use with the Ember (seems to be more prone to noise than any of my other tubes), and I think the stock tube that came with the Ember might be a RCA of some sort (not sure to be honest).

post #7611 of 18018
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Originally Posted by Pumelman8 View Post


You think this combination would suit the he500? I also own a pair of grado sr80i would the combo sound good with those as well?

 

Yep and yep.

 

EDIT: Here's the amp for $10 less from an authorized dealer.

 

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Yulong-A100-Class-A-headphone-amplifier.html


Edited by brunk - 9/8/13 at 4:17pm
post #7612 of 18018
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Originally Posted by ninjapirate9901 View Post
 

Well my vote goes to the Ember based on it's ability to quickly and easily roll tubes and change output impedance. Honestly, sound wise, I'm sure they would both sound pretty damn similar (I find that the differences between amps aren't as big as people make them out to be).

 

They can be significant, especially at the lower tiers it can really be all about coloration. I've had some extremely colored amps in the $200 range and under.

 

The good thing about the HE-500 is that it's not exceptionally picky about cheap amplification. As I've said it's really easy to get it to sound good, but getting it to sound like a TOTL headphone can be an investment/challenge. I feel it's an easy headphone to enjoy with just about any dac/amp even if it's not being pushed to its technical limits.

post #7613 of 18018
Like I said before the lyr with good tubes the bifrost uber and he500 are a great pairing I had many headphones but these are the most enjoyable and musical
post #7614 of 18018

I just got done with a loaner of these from the Cable Company and I loved the sound of them. Open, warm, lifelike and they paired well with just about everything I tried them with. Not the most comfortable headphone around and slightly weighty (and I question their overall durability), but they seemed to adjust to the size of my head and by the 3rd day, wearing them was a non-issue. Once I finish upgrading my DAC, I will be buying a pair of these with my Cable Company credits.

 

Gear used: Marantz SA-8004 - Lyr with NOS tubes (Siemens 1972 A Frames).

post #7615 of 18018
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post
 

I just got done with a loaner of these from the Cable Company and I loved the sound of them. Open, warm, lifelike and they paired well with just about everything I tried them with. Not the most comfortable headphone around and slightly weighty (and I question their overall durability), but they seemed to adjust to the size of my head and by the 3rd day, wearing them was a non-issue. Once I finish upgrading my DAC, I will be buying a pair of these with my Cable Company credits.

 

Gear used: Marantz SA-8004 - Lyr with NOS tubes (Siemens 1972 A Frames).

 

Sorry for the OT, but do they let you keep the credits if you return the headphone and decide to buy later?

post #7616 of 18018

Yes, that is why I opted for them. I have about 5-6 other headphones I want to try out, then I can apply the credits towards the HE-500.

 

The credits are the cost of renting the headphone, which is 5% of the regular price. So I already have about $80 towards them (I also checked out an LCD-2, which I found too bulky and congested compared to the HE-500...It got smoked rather convincingly), I should have $200-$250 in credit by the time I'm done renting. I'm looking to check out the HD600, HD650 and probably the T1 and DT880. possibly an EF6 amp as well. :)

 

Just one minor thing...they only sent the leather pads, not the velour pads. I assume when I buy my own, I'll end up using the velours.

post #7617 of 18018
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Originally Posted by GoldfishX View Post
 

Yes, that is why I opted for them. I have about 5-6 other headphones I want to try out, then I can apply the credits towards the HE-500.

 

The credits are the cost of renting the headphone, which is 5% of the regular price. So I already have about $80 towards them (I also checked out an LCD-2, which I found too bulky and congested compared to the HE-500...It got smoked rather convincingly), I should have $200-$250 in credit by the time I'm done renting. I'm looking to check out the HD600, HD650 and probably the T1 and DT880. possibly an EF6 amp as well. :)

 

Just one minor thing...they only sent the leather pads, not the velour pads. I assume when I buy my own, I'll end up using the velours.

 

 

I also felt that way about the LCD-2 way back when (I owned it within a few months of it coming out). One thing I felt the HE-5 and HE-6 clearly had over it was the more open sound, which is one of my most important characteristics for higher end headphones. 


Edited by elwappo99 - 9/8/13 at 9:04pm
post #7618 of 18018

In all fairness, I think they sent me the first version of the LCD-2 (which has less treble than the newer model and LCD3), but the fit is so uncomfortable, it would be a moot point. Those pads are jawbreakers!

 

I just happened to have both headphones out on the family room receiver and we had a classical station on. Even my mom and dad (neither of which are audiophiles) highly preferred the HE-500.

 

For me, the seller was how it performed on female vocals (Celine Dion, Pat Benatar). No sibilance, not too bright, not too dark, just perfect. But everything I've thrown at the HE-500 was done well.

post #7619 of 18018
Classical is one of the lcd2 weakest genre. I don't like the he500 for it that much either t1 has the billing till I again audition the hd800.

I think I'm one if the few who find the lcd2 doesn't clamp much at all compared to other headphones. The he500 neither. I'm 5'4 and not very big however. I must be a pin head ... tongue.gif

Wait till you hear velours for he500, the pleather is congested in comparison.
Edited by Leliana - 9/8/13 at 9:28pm
post #7620 of 18018
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Yep and yep.

EDIT: Here's the amp for $10 less from an authorized dealer.

http://shop.grantfidelity.com/Yulong-A100-Class-A-headphone-amplifier.html

Last question. Will I actually notice a big difference in sound quality compared to what I have now? I currently just plug my grado's into my MacBook Pro. Will I notice any difference?
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