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

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What would be the best budget amp for the HE500?

 

Xonar STX as DAC > Budget amp > HE500?

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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?

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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.

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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 #8303 of 16191

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

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The Topping TP60 does really well also for under $200

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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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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

 

I'm myself a fan of the reference line Marantz products. Very elegant looking. Transparent sound. A bit north towards an energetic sound. Not lean but not thick either. Neutral territory for most part. Swings music nicely though.

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a proper amp must be a lot better than a modern receiver jack, am I right?

 

 

Well...er...um...let's see...probably not in some instances. It's by no means as certain as some on this forum (and others) would have you believe.

post #8308 of 16191
I took the plunge last week and bought these headphones, BEST decision I've mad! These sound so nice even with my Nuforce UDH-100 and that's got a wimpy HP amp. I cannot wait to get home and try these with my Serviced Marantz 4400 or my perfect Kenwood KA-7100.

These headphones got so sweet over the week from when I first opened them they are so clear. I don't find them heavy at all or uncomfortable in fact they feel very nice. There were some annoying serial number stickers or something on the inside of each driver on mine that I found rather obnoxious but other than that they are great! Sure noticed a difference right away over my K702 and DT990/600
post #8309 of 16191

Would I be able to run the HE500 from my NAD 326 bee speaker jacks?

 

Also where are the cables / adapters to allow you to connect this and how much do they cost?


Edited by nicholars - 10/2/13 at 5:08am
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

Would I be able to run the HE500 from my NAD 326 bee speaker jacks?

 

Also where are the cables / adapters to allow you to connect this and how much do they cost?

 

Something like this, four banana plugs at one end and a 1/4" jack at the other end. I just bought the materials and asked a DIY-er friend to do the soldering. I'm not very familiar with the NAD 326 bee design so make sure that your amplifier has shared (connected) grounds, because if the grounds are separate (as in dual mono and bridged designs) they will create a short when they meet in the single-ended jack.

 


Edited by rexirius - 10/2/13 at 7:25am
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