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post #8386 of 14550
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How about the Emotiva Mini-x-a-100 biggrin.gif
Pricey but it looks good. Is there a big difference between that amp and the $20 Lepai 2020A mini-amp?
post #8387 of 14550
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Pricey but it looks good. Is there a big difference between that amp and the $20 Lepai 2020A mini-amp?

 

Not sure how it would fare with headphones as I don't have the Lepia, although I can guarantee that the Emotiva is actually a decent headphone AND speaker amplifier. I've used Emotiva with bookshelfs and towers as well and the results are quite excellent, especially for the price. Don't know how the Lepai will do with speakers.

 

I have used the Emotiva with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3. All three of these sound really good with the Emotiva. This will drive the HE-6 easily as well with plenty of headroom to spare.

post #8388 of 14550
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Not sure how it would fare with headphones as I don't have the Lepia, although I can guarantee that the Emotiva is actually a decent headphone AND speaker amplifier. I've used Emotiva with bookshelfs and towers as well and the results are quite excellent, especially for the price. Don't know how the Lepai will do with speakers.

I have used the Emotiva with HE-500, LCD-2 and LCD-3. All three of these sound really good with the Emotiva. This will drive the HE-6 easily as well with plenty of headroom to spare.
The Lepai is a speaker amp for efficient speakers
post #8389 of 14550

The Emotiva is a very good bet, but I definitely don't consider it "mini". Its definitely the best and most powerful at this price range unless you can find a good condition vintage receiver. The Schiit Magni might be a good option if you are looking for something cheaper?

post #8390 of 14550
Can't hurt to try a Lepai for $20. Mine's in the mail
post #8391 of 14550

This:

 

$129 (nearly 75w channel with low distortion)

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-298

 

and this:

 

$20

http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-300

 

Both power the HE-500 easily, sound awesome, and can't be beaten on price/performance (There are $99 chinese OEM versions of the top one on ebay). They are much more compact than the Mini or a receiver as well.

 

I haven't heard the mini itself, but I can't see how it would be worth more than 2x-10x the value of these. The $20 Lepai is dead silent off my HifimeDIY Sabre DAC when no sound is playing. 


Edited by bhazard - 10/8/13 at 1:11pm
post #8392 of 14550
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This:

$129 (nearly 75w channel with low distortion)
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-298

and this:

$20
http://www.parts-express.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?partnumber=310-300

Both power the HE-500 easily, sound awesome, and can't be beaten on price/performance (There are $99 chinese OEM versions of the top one on ebay). They are much more compact than the Mini or a receiver as well.

I haven't heard the mini itself, but I can't see how it would be worth more than 2x-10x the value of these. The $20 Lepai is dead silent off my HifimeDIY Sabre DAC when no sound is playing. 
Thanks for the suggestions. If the $20 Lepai can push the HE-500 without issue and remain silent with no music playing, I'm sold! I hate buzzing and amp noise. When there's no music playing, I like to hear nothing at all going through the headphones.
post #8393 of 14550
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Thanks for the suggestions. If the $20 Lepai can push the HE-500 without issue and remain silent with no music playing, I'm sold! I hate buzzing and amp noise. When there's no music playing, I like to hear nothing at all going through the headphones.

 

It depends on your source. When using the tone controls on the Lepai, if I fed it my PC line-out, there was amp hiss. With the DAC, no hiss.

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It depends on your source. When using the tone controls on the Lepai, if I fed it my PC line-out, there was amp hiss. With the DAC, no hiss.
So if I purchase a Lepai 2020A along with a HifimeDIY Sabre DAC, it should push the HE-500 without issue and no hissing/buzzing at all?
post #8395 of 14550
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So if I purchase a Lepai 2020A along with a HifimeDIY Sabre DAC, it should push the HE-500 without issue and no hissing/buzzing at all?

 

That's what I'm using now. You can't crank the knob over halfway or you'll go deaf.

 

I'm using the new Sabre U2 DAC, bought from the US warehouse. The Lepai is on Amazon. $80 total for a dac/amp combo, and it sounds awesome. I prefer the $20 Lepai for its tone controls, as I can add some extra bass whenever I feel like it, and tame treble slightly. You can feed it without tone controls too, its push button selectable. The Mini-x can't do tone control. I also have the $129 one, which is powering speakers atm. Trying that later.


Edited by bhazard - 10/8/13 at 1:44pm
post #8396 of 14550

Remember you need a cable for it.

post #8397 of 14550
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Remember you need a cable for it.
What kind? 3.5mm?
post #8398 of 14550
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post
 
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Remember you need a cable for it.
What kind? 3.5mm?

no, banana plugs. You can make it yourself or buy such a cable elsewhere (custom made). Alternatively modify the stock cable.

post #8399 of 14550

How do you guys connect the Lepai to headphones? $20 is great, but all the Hifiman adaptors I've seen are considerably more expensive. Kind of defeats the point. Any recommendations for a cheap adapter cable? Could be something with a 1/4" to speaker adapter, or a cable that connects to the mini coaxials on the headphones, whatever's cheapest. I realize DIY would probably be cheapest, but I suck at that. 


Edited by manbear - 10/8/13 at 1:55pm
post #8400 of 14550

Does that lepai have shared ground? If so, it makes things a lot easier

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