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post #8536 of 14640

One middle ground between spending $100-200 and snipping off your only cable is buy a replacement cable and snip the end off it. That way you still have your cable with TRS plug and a cable that works with Lepai. Still the cheapest replacement cable I could find runs $69:

 

http://head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=163

 

Honestly though, spending more than 3 times the price on cables than your amp sounds retarded.

 

Edit: Found this to be more reasonable: http://btg-audio.com/webstore.htm#!/~/product/category=2609074&id=11498572

 

You could ask them to customize to 4 pin XLR. That way you got flexibility in the future (ie. use with HE-Adapter to connect to tube speaker amps).


Edited by Sonido - 10/16/13 at 5:55pm
post #8537 of 14640

I will just buy a Viablue or Cardas TRS 6.3mm connector on the day I get tired of using speaker amps and resolder the wires. It should be tons better than the stock 3.5mm jack. I had a Silver Poison Toxic Cable on order, but I got seriously tired of waiting for my cable after 5 months and had some small debts to settle so I got a refund on my cable I had on order. Hope I don't regret it, but the chance that I will use another amp other than the Emotiva has rapidly diminished during that waiting period.


Edited by daerron - 10/16/13 at 11:25pm
post #8538 of 14640

What is the cheapest method of getting a cable to hook the HE500 to speaker amp such as the Emotiva miniX? What I have read so far is a cable costs around £100? This sort of messes up the value of the Emotiva... Is it possible to get something cheaper?

post #8539 of 14640
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


sorry my friend..but thats absolutely not true... power is not holy with the he500... i heard lots of amps expensive and more budget m9dels with my he500 and most drove the he500 well if they were around the 1watt into 50ohm..BUT that doesnt mean they all sound good wi5h the he500.. on contrary.. only a few i heard i would consider right pair with the he500... and most of them are above 1000usd..but as some of u know..i want best that the he500 can provide..am not looking in how cheap a he500 CAN be driven... i want best sound..period... and so should u if ur willing to spend 699usd/699eur/699gbp.. i always learned a amp has to be at least same price as ur speakers/headphones at least..but i know i am of a dying race here on headfi..reading bout using 20usd worth of amps on such a wonderful headphone.believe me i also started with a budget amp..but found out investing in ur amp does improve ur overal satisfsction in listening....but as i said..lately i only hear bout how u can drive ur cans with the cheapest amps u can get ur hands on... back in the days it was normal to drive a 900 headphone with a 2000usd amp..nowadays people who do that are afraid to post thst with the fear being cruzified by peeps here who swear on budget speakeramps... no respect sometimes.. oh well..everyone is allowed to their own opinion..am so glad that in a few months am not active on this thread anymore..lolz


Ok mate, whatever makes you happy!

post #8540 of 14640
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

What is the cheapest method of getting a cable to hook the HE500 to speaker amp such as the Emotiva miniX? What I have read so far is a cable costs around £100? This sort of messes up the value of the Emotiva... Is it possible to get something cheaper?


Cut the TRS connector off the stock cable and continunity test the strands/plugs to establish what is left/right/ground/live.

post #8541 of 14640
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Cut the TRS connector off the stock cable and continunity test the strands/plugs to establish what is left/right/ground/live.

 

left/right/ground/ground =P but that is the cheapest way to hook up to speaker taps =P

post #8542 of 14640
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post

What is the cheapest method of getting a cable to hook the HE500 to speaker amp such as the Emotiva miniX? What I have read so far is a cable costs around £100? This sort of messes up the value of the Emotiva... Is it possible to get something cheaper?
I thought you could just use this
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010CEIH8
post #8543 of 14640
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I thought you could just use this
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010CEIH8

 

Interesting... Does that work then?

 

Why are people buying £100 cables if you can use that?

 

Because the Emotiva looks like a great option.... But the cables I have seen almost double the price... If you can get a cable for about £20 on top of the emotiva minix then that has to be the best headphone amp available for the money..... But if you are spending £100 on a cable for it then I you may as well get a Schiit or Yulong or similar.


Edited by nicholars - 10/17/13 at 6:47am
post #8544 of 14640
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

Interesting... Does that work then?

 

Why are people buying £100 cables if you can use that?

 

Because the Emotiva looks like a great option.... But the cables I have seen almost double the price... If you can get a cable for about £20 on top of the emotiva minix then that has to be the best headphone amp available for the money..... But if you are spending £100 on a cable for it then I you may as well get a Schiit or Yulong or similar.

 

I personally bought the custom cables for HE-500 because the stock ones were complete garbage in terms of durability. My intention with them was to get something lighter and yet stronger. Also, they claimed to make a difference in sound. With Emotiva and HE-500/LCD-2, I was never fully sure of any sound benefits as it was too close to call it for me. Although with the LCD-3, I can definitely tell. Same silver material used on all three headphones from Headphone Lounge. Just my experience.

 

If you can make decent cables yourself, then that's the way to go for sure.

post #8545 of 14640
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

 

I personally bought the custom cables for HE-500 because the stock ones were complete garbage in terms of durability. My intention with them was to get something lighter and yet stronger. Also, they claimed to make a difference in sound. With Emotiva and HE-500/LCD-2, I was never fully sure of any sound benefits as it was too close to call it for me. Although with the LCD-3, I can definitely tell. Same silver material used on all three headphones from Headphone Lounge. Just my experience.

 

If you can make decent cables yourself, then that's the way to go for sure.

I agree. I don't care for the stalk cables of the HE-500 either. they are also noisy and crease easily. 

post #8546 of 14640
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I thought you could just use this
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0010CEIH8
So, can I use this cable to connect it to the Lepai 2020a+ speaker amp?
post #8547 of 14640

Have you tried it and confirmed it to work? I don't see how it would work because the HE500 cable terminates with a single jack and that adapter only goes to 2 of the speaker posts.... there is a + and - for each speaker so it would need to have 4 connections not 2?

 

HE500 + Emotiva + £20 adapter would be OK but HE500 + Emotiva + £100 for a cable is no good because out of principle I refuse to pay £100 for a cable.... Also for that £100 may as well just buy a more expensive headphone amp with a standard headphone jack such as Yulong, Schiit, AudioGD etc....

 

Also if you DIY separated the stock cable to connect to Emotiva speaker jacks, how do you tell which wire is which? Is it difficult?


Edited by nicholars - 10/17/13 at 8:39am
post #8548 of 14640
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Originally Posted by nicholars View Post
 

 

Interesting... Does that work then?

 

Why are people buying £100 cables if you can use that?

 

Because the Emotiva looks like a great option.... But the cables I have seen almost double the price... If you can get a cable for about £20 on top of the emotiva minix then that has to be the best headphone amp available for the money..... But if you are spending £100 on a cable for it then I you may as well get a Schiit or Yulong or similar.

Don't know if it works for sure, I'm just going by Sonido's comment:

 

"you might as well get the Emotiva ($169 right now) and spend another $10-20 for conversion cables from TRS-female to banana plugs."

post #8549 of 14640

I'm considering getting the HE-500 as my endgame headphone. I understand that Lyr+Bifrost are an excellent combo for these cans, but since I move continents very often I would need something much smaller to move around.

 

Right now, my plan is to get Modi+Magni/Vali, but I just wanted to check in and see if anyone thinks there's a better option out there, with similar dimensions.

post #8550 of 14640
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post


So, can I use this cable to connect it to the Lepai 2020a+ speaker amp?

I don't see how this could work as it only connects to one channel (mono). it would need 2 sets of banana plugs to be connected to a stereo amp.

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