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post #8356 of 14903
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Originally Posted by MunkyNutz View Post
 

Does the 500 bass not extend much more on speaker taps ? I mean 500 on taps vs LCD-2 on some decent HP amp ?

I'm looking at 500/LCD-2s for the future for EDM only.

 

Bass doesn't extend further, but you get the power needed to run them. My cheap Bravo V3 tube amp doesn't have enough power to run the HE-500 very well.

 

Running off a HifimeDIY Sabre A2 into the Lepai, with a ~6db bass knob boost sounds sweet with EDM. It doesn't kill the mids or highs at all either. Its also ~$140 less total than the mini-x. Great value setup.


Edited by bhazard - 10/4/13 at 6:33am
post #8357 of 14903
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Running off a HifimeDIY Sabre A2 into the Lepai, with a ~6db bass knob boost sounds sweet with EDM. It doesn't kill the mids or highs at all either. Its also ~$140 less total than the mini-x. Great value setup.

That is outrageous! Lulz..

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That is outrageous! Lulz..

 

+1

post #8359 of 14903
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That is outrageous! Lulz..

 

I have a DIY dual opposed 18" sub setup with 2400 watts (RMS) running into it in my home theater. I hit 10hz flat at 100db with it. Once you experience it, nothing is outrageous anymore. lol

post #8360 of 14903

Woah, nice. My uncle just bought a nice 18" sub as well to accompany his 70k$ speakers, haven't heard the combination yet.

 

On another note my friend's dad has an old luxman l-430. Thinking about repairing it or something, since one channel went dead some years ago due to the amp being played too loud. Dunno if it is worth the effort.


Edited by davidsh - 10/4/13 at 11:29am
post #8361 of 14903
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Woah, nice. My uncle just bought a nice 18" sub as well to accompany his 70k$ speakers, haven't heard the combination yet.

 

I've been a home theater and speaker building enthusiast for years. I have a fully DIY setup that is audio bliss, but it becomes useless on weeknights, unless i wanted to spend tens of thousands of dollars soundproofing.

 

Once I learned of Head-Fi, I caught the headphone/IEM bug now too. I never would have known how amazing the HE-500 is without this place. Now I'm testing all sorts of headphones and watching my wallet get slimmer. lol

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^Nice, few speaker enthusiasts seem to be able to enjoy headphones from my experience.

post #8363 of 14903
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 It's funny... I think these are what I was hoping the Beyerdynamic DT880 Premium 600 Ohm were going to be (which I'm going to put up for sale soon).

 

It's funny, but the DT880 Pro were what I was hoping the HE-500 was going to be. I sold the HE-500 and am living happily ever after. :p

post #8364 of 14903
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It's funny, but the DT880 Pro were what I was hoping the HE-500 was going to be. I sold the HE-500 and am living happily ever after. :p

 

Well, if anyone else is looking to "trade up" like pp312 here, I've got a pair of DT880s for you! 

:atsmile:

post #8365 of 14903
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

^Nice, few speaker enthusiasts seem to be able to enjoy headphones from my experience.


 



+1

Or at least that is how it sounds it to me.

Only caveat is that the room is another ingredient as opposed to the headphone experience and once speaker has been calibrated for the room, a good pair of speakers are going to really sing. Only problem is that, as with all good speakers, louder sounds better and you have a tendency to go louder, something which one cannot do in absence of proper sound proofing.
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I am the same, so I just bought the materials and sought the help of a hobbyist friend who is handy with a soldering iron. Page 1 of the emotiva thread mentions that you can order cables like this from BTG-Audio and zynsonix.com:





http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

 




Thanks, The cost of cables are forcing a rethink.

May be the money for the speaker taps could be put to a balanced cable setup for use with the balanced Amp/DAC.

One advantage of Emotiva or a similar AMP is that they double up as a speaker AMP if you need it.
post #8367 of 14903

^  The simple cable in my post cost $25 in total:  $4 for 4 pcs. banana plugs, $3 for the Neutrik jack and $18 for the wires and soldering fee. :smile:

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I bought Audioquest banana plugs for reasonably cheap and just chopped off the 3.5mm jack. I'll buy a Viablue or Cardas 6.3mm headphone plug should I ever want to return it to stock form. But speaker taps makes a big difference to the HE-500s!

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Took the plunge and went for a speaker amp setup. Everything is more refined and smooth. The separation gets a big boost. Bass has more impact and is tighter, but it does not drown out anything else (the separation). There is a slight hum when no music is playing, but once the music starts playing, it's indiscernible. I really only hear it between tracks and even when the song is reaching the end and losing volume, I cannot hear the hum until the song completely finishes since it take a second for my ear to adjust from music to no music to noticing hum. Might only be a problem if listening to classical tracks.


Edited by Sonido - 10/7/13 at 7:32pm
post #8370 of 14903
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

 

Took the plunge and went for a speaker amp setup. Everything is more refined and smooth. The separation gets a big boost. Bass has more impact and is tighter, but it does not drown out anything else (the separation). There is a slight hum when no music is playing, but once the music starts playing, it's indiscernible. I really only hear it between tracks and even when the song is reaching the end and losing volume, I cannot hear the hum until the song completely finishes since it take a second for my ear to adjust from music to no music to noticing hum. Might only be a problem if listening to classical tracks.

 

Which amp did you use?

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