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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

That denon receiver's headphone out is most likely pretty bad.

 



Most likely, and I can't get anything regarding the specs of the headphone jack. I locked the volume to 0 dB, and I am almost hitting that with movies.
post #8297 of 14627

^Guess you are in for a treat then :o

 

Why not get a cable terminated in speaker taps and throw it on the recevier?

post #8298 of 14627
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

^Guess you are in for a treat then :o

 

Why not get a cable terminated in speaker taps and throw it on the recevier?

 

Probably won't be a huge improvement. 

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

^Guess you are in for a treat then :o

 

Why not get a cable terminated in speaker taps and throw it on the recevier?

 

Probably won't be a huge improvement. 

 

You don't think? I have heard lots of bad stuff about those receiver jacks... Well, we'll find out soon enough.

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Probably won't be a huge improvement. 

 

You don't think? I have heard lots of bad stuff about those receiver jacks... Well, we'll find out soon enough.

 

I tried hooking up to a few of the "mainstream" consumer receivers and found they really didn't sound that great at all. Pioneer and sony were the ones I tried. 

 

 

Sorry for being so terse there. 

post #8301 of 14627

Well... You mean the speaker taps, right? Anyway, a proper amp must be a lot better than a modern receiver jack, am I right?

post #8302 of 14627

What would be the best budget amp for the HE500?

 

Xonar STX as DAC > Budget amp > HE500?

post #8303 of 14627
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Well... You mean the speaker taps, right? Anyway, a proper amp must be a lot better than a modern receiver jack, am I right?

 

 

Yes I ran off the taps in the back. 

 

I'm sure the taps will sound better than the headphone jack in front, but when I listened I thought even a basic headphone amplifier sounded better. 

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What would be the best budget amp for the HE500?

 

Xonar STX as DAC > Budget amp > HE500?

 

Vintage speaker amps?

post #8305 of 14627
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Vintage speaker amps?
I hate to admit it..but the reigning king of the extreme budget amps which can drive the he500 sufficiently is the emotiva... No doubt about that one..for that price..200 something usd..nothing comes close for the he500 i think.. Higher up on the money ladder u do get better amps..but no headphone amp (or t had to be the also excellent mstage) can drive the he500 for that price..
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I hate to admit it..but the reigning king of the extreme budget amps which can drive the he500 sufficiently is the emotiva... No doubt about that one..for that price..200 something usd..nothing comes close for the he500 i think.. Higher up on the money ladder u do get better amps..but no headphone amp (or t had to be the also excellent mstage) can drive the he500 for that price..

 

MOTHER OF GOD. I never thought this day would come.

post #8307 of 14627
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I hate to admit it..but the reigning king of the extreme budget amps which can drive the he500 sufficiently is the emotiva... No doubt about that one..for that price..200 something usd..nothing comes close for the he500 i think.. Higher up on the money ladder u do get better amps..but no headphone amp (or t had to be the also excellent mstage) can drive the he500 for that price..

 

Not completely. My Lepai 2020a+ $20 amp drives my HE-500 very well.

 

I also just got the new Lepai 75W @ 8ohm x2 amp for $129. Just waiting to get my HE-500 back to test.

 

Both options are quite a bit cheaper, but I haven't heard the mini alongside them (anyone want to try?)

post #8308 of 14627

Used Marantz amps - even modern ones are still a good choice, even over the Emotiva mini.

post #8309 of 14627

The Topping TP60 does really well also for under $200

post #8310 of 14627
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Used Marantz amps - even modern ones are still a good choice, even over the Emotiva mini.
those vintage amps around that price range sometimes need a renovation and that can be expensive.. So its a risk u have to take..But i agree a marantz or pioneer vintage (70ties 80ties) amp sound bery good...
The emotiva is cheap and new and sufficient for the he500.. But ofcourse..a bit higher up the money ladder there are better amps imho...i wont name them...kuch kuch classifieds..kuch kuch kuch. biggrin.gif
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