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I encourage everyone here (even if you're into trance) to check out Cryptex's Isolated Incidents in FLAC, specifically the song Ambient Sounds. Best mixed electronic music I've heard and the HE-500 pulls every last bit of Cryptex's mixes, with room to spare.
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

yeah, its a $5500 amp. not many reviews out there though, i don't think many people have it, mostly price + the fact that its pretty new and no1's really heard of it yet. 

its the best i've ever heard with he-500 though, they sounded so romantic and tubey, alot of emotion in the sound, very euphonic and transparent as well. it would of fooled me into thinking the he-500 cost more like 2-3k$.

I'm curious about the sound you're describing, but I think my next step up will be the HE-6 running off a speaker amp. Did you buy the Emotiva?
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................Did you buy the Emotiva?[/quote]

I don't know about him but I did 😄
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Just bought a HE-500 from a member on the forums so I'll be joining the clique very soon. Can't wait to hear them and compare them with my HE-400. Will be using them with Burson Soloist SL and Schiit Bifrost Uber.

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Just bought a HE-500 from a member on the forums so I'll be joining the clique very soon. Can't wait to hear them and compare them with my HE-400. Will be using them with Burson Soloist SL and Schiit Bifrost Uber.

Congrats! they should sound great off of that set-up.

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Congrats Textfeud!! 

 

I will be very eager to hear your thoughts on the Soloist SL/Bifrost/HE-500 pairing. I am looking for something solid state and this is on my radar, along with the regular Soloist. 

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I'm curious about the sound you're describing, but I think my next step up will be the HE-6 running off a speaker amp. Did you buy the Emotiva?

 

i heard the emotiva and it sounded great but a little lacking in resolution, not sure if putting it with my dac would of helped. anyway its more than capable but u might be better off just getting he-500.

 

anyways umm i ended up buying a forte 1a speaker amp (its the same as the threshold t50 basically, so musicman59 recommended it to me). it should arrive tomorrow or friday..

 

 

if i don't like it, i'll simply sell it back since i do have to pay for some major car repairs 

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Thanks guys! I will put my impressions on here when I have them. Unfortunately I can't compare the Burson Soloist SL vs a other Amp (except for the Aune T1 and Fiio E10 which are different leagues). Wish I could listen to them with the Lyr to compare :wink:

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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

I encourage everyone here (even if you're into trance) to check out Cryptex's Isolated Incidents in FLAC, specifically the song Ambient Sounds. Best mixed electronic music I've heard and the HE-500 pulls every last bit of Cryptex's mixes, with room to spare.

It was bouncing around in my head like a ping pong ball lol :D

 

Great track! 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

i heard the emotiva and it sounded great but a little lacking in resolution, not sure if putting it with my dac would of helped. anyway its more than capable but u might be better off just getting he-500.

 

anyways umm i ended up buying a forte 1a speaker amp (its the same as the threshold t50 basically, so musicman59 recommended it to me). it should arrive tomorrow or friday..

 

 

if i don't like it, i'll simply sell it back since i do have to pay for some major car repairs 

DG, I found that DAC does make a huge difference in both resolution and smoothness for the Emotiva.  I had the little Fiio E17 DAC before.  When I went to the TEAC DSD 501 DAC, the SQ was beyond in all terms.  The new/hot idea is to put a tube amp/preamp in front of the Emotiva (double amping) has gotten very positive feedback as well.  I haven't tried putting my WA22 => Emotiva just yet but I will.  If I like what I hear, I will probably send the WA22 back to Jack to put in a preamp out if possible.

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^ I think the WA2 is the preamp one. Purists would say preamps don't use output transformers. It only adds unnecessary color to the signal path. If you can get them to mod your WA22 to bypass the transformer for the preamp then that would be cool.
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

DG, I found that DAC does make a huge difference in both resolution and smoothness for the Emotiva.  I had the little Fiio E17 DAC before.  When I went to the TEAC DSD 501 DAC, the SQ was beyond in all terms.  The new/hot idea is to put a tube amp/preamp in front of the Emotiva (double amping) has gotten very positive feedback as well.  I haven't tried putting my WA22 => Emotiva just yet but I will.  If I like what I hear, I will probably send the WA22 back to Jack to put in a preamp out if possible.

I think you will like what you hear. I have a tube amp in the chain (that has a line out) to the Emotiva and it sounds fantastic as compared to DAC--Emotiva. The tubes add some warm coloration and low end.

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Hello all;

Received my HE-500's today and plugged them into what I have at the moment- Asgard/Bifrost and the big thing to hit me is the bass, the rest... hmmm. I guess I need to let her burn in for a few days and try again. Maybe the 1w out of the Asgard is lacking as well. While I squirrel away my spare shekels for a WA6 SE, or Taboo, or F3 I may need to acquire a Lyr as a stop gap measure? I may be just getting old and the hearing is fading quicker than I want to admit.

(sigh)

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Originally Posted by jamc View Post
 

Hello all;

Received my HE-500's today and plugged them into what I have at the moment- Asgard/Bifrost and the big thing to hit me is the bass, the rest... hmmm. I guess I need to let her burn in for a few days and try again. Maybe the 1w out of the Asgard is lacking as well. While I squirrel away my spare shekels for a WA6 SE, or Taboo, or F3 I may need to acquire a Lyr as a stop gap measure? I may be just getting old and the hearing is fading quicker than I want to admit.

(sigh)

If you have to have tube then yes, Lyr.  If you don't, another excellent stop gap option would be Emotiva.

Personally for me, I don't even look at my Emotiva as a stop gap at all.  To me and my opinion, it's that good (even after having the WA22).  Your standards/ears might vary.

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Has anyone here ever experienced driver failure on the HE-500? I could swear that my right side sounds louder than the left and I did some left right tests and it definitely seems like the left side is a bit quieter. Is it even possible for one driver to be only "semi" failing and just producing a bit less sound than the other side?

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