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post #8476 of 14529
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

Why doesn't anyone have a NAD amp...


Nicholars, have you seen this one ? (Retail £400 converts to $635.)

 

NAD D3020 (right side). 30 watts from taps into 8 ohms, Bluetooth AptX, DAC - USB/optical in, sub output.

Still trying to dig up the front-side headphone output wattage and the DAC brand they use, as it was not in the spec. sheet. It would be a Swiss army knife if the watts at the front were powerful enough for planars. Could hook up desktop speakers for a desktop computing 2.1 set-up as well if the taps were free and its a headphone stand to-boot !

 

 

 


Edited by Lohb - 10/13/13 at 3:20am
post #8477 of 14529
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

$2,000?

 

I'm running my HE-500 off a $20 Lepai 2020a+, and it is leaps and bounds better than any headphone amp I've tried under $1,000. $20 is extremely cheap.

 

It is actually better than the $129 200W Lepai amp I have. I can't get that to work with the HE-500 yet, despite the stronger than Emotiva Mini-X power.


What's your setup look like with the Lepai? How are you connecting the HE-500 to it? Also, does the 200W amp just not work with the headphones or just sound bad?

post #8478 of 14529
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 


What's your setup look like with the Lepai? How are you connecting the HE-500 to it? Also, does the 200W amp just not work with the headphones or just sound bad?

HifimeDIY Sabre U2 DAC > Lepai 2020a+ > Modded stock cable

 

200W just isn't working with it ATM. The 2020 uses bare wire, and the 200W uses banana plug type twists. My ends are soldered, so I can't really throw them into banana plugs. They don't seem to be catching good, and I barely get any sound out of it.

post #8479 of 14529
You can't use the 2020 with banana plugs?
post #8480 of 14529

If your banana plugs fit then yes

post #8481 of 14529

Why does it say on the hifiman website that the speaker balanced adapter is not for the HE-500?

post #8482 of 14529
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

Why does it say on the hifiman website that the speaker balanced adapter is not for the HE-500?

i wondered the same thing

post #8483 of 14529
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

Why does it say on the hifiman website that the speaker balanced adapter is not for the HE-500?

Probably because they are trying to make a point of the fact that the HE500 is easier to drive than the 5/5le/he6.

post #8484 of 14529
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Originally Posted by DanPluck View Post
 

Probably because they are trying to make a point of the fact that the HE500 is easier to drive than the 5/5le/he6.

i disagree about the he-5le.

i tried in balanced mode the he-500 and the he-5le and this last is not hard to drive like the he-6 but needs same power requirements of the he-500

post #8485 of 14529
I just picked these up at Hong Kong. I went into an audio equipment store looking for an amp for my Denon D2000 cans and/or Westone 4s, but ended up picking these up with the amp. I honestly didn't even think about putting these on, because quite honestly, I could not recall hearing or reading about the brand of headphones. The guys at the store hooked the HE-400 up to the amp they recommended as I wanted to see what kind of an effect the amp might have (as I head never previously owned a headphone amplifier). Listening to just a bit of Adele's '21' on their Mac, withthe amp in the middle, I was quite stunned by the difference between what I was listening to at home on my PC and what I was presently demoing. They thought they would be on quite par with my Denons in terms of what I might expect to hear at home, but I begged to differ: the Denons are great, but these were incredible.
After a little bit of haggling and demoing the step-down model from the HE-400 (which I found lacking compared to my cans at home) and a cheaper Pro-Ject amp just for the sake of trying them out, we settled at a price somewhere in the 5400 HKD range for the HE-400 headphones and an Audinst HUD-MX2 Amp.
Just before sealing the deal on that package though, I thought I'd ask what the HE-500s would run me. I gave them a brief listen, without an in-depth comparison between the two, and in the spur of a moment, grabbed onto them. Haggling ensued, and I finally ended up paying a mere 6600 HKD or roughly 640€ for both items (Audinst amp & HE-500 headphones). I think I got pretty good deal, considering these weren't used demo pieces either. I went ahead and checked prices for the headphones alone in Finland, and it turns out those would've run me 699€ plus shipping alone - so the amp was practically free.
Speaking of which I did Google and try to make sense if the amp was sufficient enough (even though the guys at the store were knowledgeable, and assured me it'd be powerful enough to drive them). From what I gathered, it should give me the sound expected from the cans, if not the best that they can produce - which for me, at this point, should do very well. Especially at the given price point.

Now I'm 2 weeks from departure and heading back home, and I'm already driven mad staring at this box - I don't have any means to listen to them as I didn't take a laptop with me.

/blog

I just can't wait to get home and retire my Denons!
Also, my first post here - wohoo.
post #8486 of 14529
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Originally Posted by JARRRNO View Post

I just picked these up at Hong Kong. I went into an audio equipment store looking for an amp for my Denon D2000 cans and/or Westone 4s, but ended up picking these up with the amp. I honestly didn't even think about putting these on, because quite honestly, I could not recall hearing or reading about the brand of headphones. The guys at the store hooked the HE-400 up to the amp they recommended as I wanted to see what kind of an effect the amp might have (as I head never previously owned a headphone amplifier). Listening to just a bit of Adele's '21' on their Mac, withthe amp in the middle, I was quite stunned by the difference between what I was listening to at home on my PC and what I was presently demoing. They thought they would be on quite par with my Denons in terms of what I might expect to hear at home, but I begged to differ: the Denons are great, but these were incredible.
After a little bit of haggling and demoing the step-down model from the HE-400 (which I found lacking compared to my cans at home) and a cheaper Pro-Ject amp just for the sake of trying them out, we settled at a price somewhere in the 5400 HKD range for the HE-400 headphones and an Audinst HUD-MX2 Amp.
Just before sealing the deal on that package though, I thought I'd ask what the HE-500s would run me. I gave them a brief listen, without an in-depth comparison between the two, and in the spur of a moment, grabbed onto them. Haggling ensued, and I finally ended up paying a mere 6600 HKD or roughly 640€ for both items (Audinst amp & HE-500 headphones). I think I got pretty good deal, considering these weren't used demo pieces either. I went ahead and checked prices for the headphones alone in Finland, and it turns out those would've run me 699€ plus shipping alone - so the amp was practically free.
Speaking of which I did Google and try to make sense if the amp was sufficient enough (even though the guys at the store were knowledgeable, and assured me it'd be powerful enough to drive them). From what I gathered, it should give me the sound expected from the cans, if not the best that they can produce - which for me, at this point, should do very well. Especially at the given price point.

Now I'm 2 weeks from departure and heading back home, and I'm already driven mad staring at this box - I don't have any means to listen to them as I didn't take a laptop with me.

/blog

I just can't wait to get home and retire my Denons!
Also, my first post here - wohoo.

640 euros is about $900 USD, which means the vendor sold you the amp for a bit over $200 (since HE500's price in NA and Asia are about $700, maybe a bit under if you can haggle). Overall yeah you definitely saved big compared to if you bought any of these in Europe, but it's closer to $50 in savings from the perspective of the vendor. There's also the question of whether or not you would want to replace the DAC/Amp down the line to really push HE500's performance (in which case all the savings become null :D

post #8487 of 14529
Good for the both us then! I'll probably consider upgrading the amp down the line, but as mentioned before, the MX2 will likely do well for an appertizer. This is, after all, my first experience with high-end headgear.

I think I might consider buying my stuff while abroad from now on to be honest. I bought my Westones while I was visiting Miami last year. I bought their demo piece for maybe 230 USD, which is pretty ridiculous. Granted, they didn't have a box and I had go settle for some rather harshs foam tips for the way back, but ~200€ plus a bag of Shure's olive tips for maybe 25 pounds off Amazon was still the best deal I could imagine getting on sais package. Plus, I don't think I ever could've demoed the Shure SE535s and Westones side-by-side in my hometown.
post #8488 of 14529
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Originally Posted by bhazard View Post
 

$2,000?

 

I'm running my HE-500 off a $20 Lepai 2020a+, and it is leaps and bounds better than any headphone amp I've tried under $1,000. $20 is extremely cheap.

 

It is actually better than the $129 200W Lepai amp I have. I can't get that to work with the HE-500 yet, despite the stronger than Emotiva Mini-X power.

Hi,

 

I had the Emotiva Mini X and could hear a background hiss at low volumes, and a Hum after 50%.  It had a grounding issue so I had to send it back.  Now I'm contemplating giving the Mini another go but would cost me at least £260.  Have you tried both Amps, if so is there a difference? 

post #8489 of 14529

^No, he hasn't tried the emotiva. I am wondering which speaker amp to get when you are in eu too.

post #8490 of 14529
The Topping TP60 is also good with the HE500s. I get no hiss unless the volume pot is at near maximum
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