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I am renting the HE-500 again from the Cable company. I have acquired two new DAC's I want to try with them (Schiit Gungnir and a Peachtree Dac-It, my amp is a Lyr with various tubes). Wish me luck. I liked them a lot with my other Dac (the one inside the Marantz SACD-8004, which is probably too warm), so I expect a step up in performance from them. More detail, hopefully.

 

Just as an aside, I tend to prefer the more neutral Siemens tubes in my Lyr. Amperex tubes have a more warm sound, but also tends to make the highs more harsh. I plan to test both (and my Voshkods) with the various DACs/headphones. So many variables...

post #9767 of 16115

Looks like I'm lucky enough to try the Liquid Gold, Liquid Glass, and the Dark Star in my own home for a while with my HE-500's. I'lll let you know how that goes. :D

post #9768 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

Looks like I'm lucky enough to try the Liquid Gold, Liquid Glass, and the Dark Star in my own home for a while with my HE-500's. I'lll let you know how that goes. :D

:eek: You have to send them to me first though, so I can verify they are operating properly :cool:

post #9769 of 16115
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

eek.gif  You have to send them to me first though, so I can verify they are operating properly cool.gif
Cavalli make one of the best headphone amps around..and as far i know the dark star is the most powerful of all heaphone amps..if i am not mistaken biggrin.gif
So this will be a real odeal for u..need any help? tongue.gif
post #9770 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

Looks like I'm lucky enough to try the Liquid Gold, Liquid Glass, and the Dark Star in my own home for a while with my HE-500's. I'lll let you know how that goes. :D


With pictures please :L3000:

post #9771 of 16115
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

Cavalli make one of the best headphone amps around..and as far i know the dark star is the most powerful of all heaphone amps..if i am not mistaken biggrin.gif
So this will be a real odeal for u..need any help? tongue.gif

Hahaha, if I could get them shipped around, I would. Here's the thing, they've been on my review list for a long time, and I was just blessed enough to give all three of them for a spin, a rare opportunity. smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Austin Morrow - 12/11/13 at 11:46am
post #9772 of 16115

I recently purchased HE500 and I'm using it with Sony STR DN840 AVR via special cable that I build. But it is temporary and I'm looking for amp with 500 USD budget. 

I've also Arcam irDAC so DAC is not mention I've already and I'm very happy with it.

I'm reading post all 2 days and I couldn't  decide

My options are : 

 - Schiit Lyr : Good reviews, very powerful, also it looks sexy. I'm really like it's visuality.

 - Hifiman EF5 : Some comments are very good but some of them is suffuring with it's power not ebnough to juice well to HE500. I read it that 1 W at 32 ohms so theoricaly it is not powerful enough to drive well to HE500. It needs at least 1W at 38 ohms. Separate power supply is very good idea so probably hum is not the case for EF5. I'm afraid to hear hum from Lyr. By the way it is not good looking enough as Lyr.

 - Burson HA 160 : I think it is not good match with HE500 but it is already in my list.

 

I wish I can buy directly Violectric V200 but it is out of my budget. Maybe next time ha.

 

Any suggestion or opinion will be appreciated.

post #9773 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Makaan View Post
 

I recently purchased HE500 and I'm using it with Sony STR DN840 AVR via special cable that I build. But it is temporary and I'm looking for amp with 500 USD budget. 

I've also Arcam irDAC so DAC is not mention I've already and I'm very happy with it.

I'm reading post all 2 days and I couldn't  decide

My options are : 

 - Schiit Lyr : Good reviews, very powerful, also it looks sexy. I'm really like it's visuality.

 - Hifiman EF5 : Some comments are very good but some of them is suffuring with it's power not ebnough to juice well to HE500. I read it that 1 W at 32 ohms so theoricaly it is not powerful enough to drive well to HE500. It needs at least 1W at 38 ohms. Separate power supply is very good idea so probably hum is not the case for EF5. I'm afraid to hear hum from Lyr. By the way it is not good looking enough as Lyr.

 - Burson HA 160 : I think it is not good match with HE500 but it is already in my list.

 

I wish I can buy directly Violectric V200 but it is out of my budget. Maybe next time ha.

 

Any suggestion or opinion will be appreciated.

A proper class A big and heavy speaker amp has always been my dream with the HE-500.

post #9774 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Makaan View Post

I recently purchased HE500 and I'm using it with Sony STR DN840 AVR via special cable that I build. But it is temporary and I'm looking for amp with 500 USD budget. 
I've also Arcam irDAC so DAC is not mention I've already and I'm very happy with it.
I'm reading post all 2 days and I couldn't  decide
My options are : 
 - Schiit Lyr : Good reviews, very powerful, also it looks sexy. I'm really like it's visuality.
 - Hifiman EF5 : Some comments are very good but some of them is suffuring with it's power not ebnough to juice well to HE500. I read it that 1 W at 32 ohms so theoricaly it is not powerful enough to drive well to HE500. It needs at least 1W at 38 ohms. Separate power supply is very good idea so probably hum is not the case for EF5. I'm afraid to hear hum from Lyr. By the way it is not good looking enough as Lyr.
 - Burson HA 160 : I think it is not good match with HE500 but it is already in my list.

I wish I can buy directly Violectric V200 but it is out of my budget. Maybe next time ha.

Any suggestion or opinion will be appreciated.

Since you've been reading posts, do you have anything against the Emotiva?
post #9775 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post

Since you've been reading posts, do you have anything against the Emotiva?
Maybe he specifically wants a headphone amp so he doesnt need to fuss about any adapters for speaker connectors or resistors? Lolz biggrin.gif
post #9776 of 16115
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Originally Posted by Makaan View Post
 

I recently purchased HE500 and I'm using it with Sony STR DN840 AVR via special cable that I build. But it is temporary and I'm looking for amp with 500 USD budget. 

I've also Arcam irDAC so DAC is not mention I've already and I'm very happy with it.

I'm reading post all 2 days and I couldn't  decide

My options are : 

 - Schiit Lyr : Good reviews, very powerful, also it looks sexy. I'm really like it's visuality.

 - Hifiman EF5 : Some comments are very good but some of them is suffuring with it's power not ebnough to juice well to HE500. I read it that 1 W at 32 ohms so theoricaly it is not powerful enough to drive well to HE500. It needs at least 1W at 38 ohms. Separate power supply is very good idea so probably hum is not the case for EF5. I'm afraid to hear hum from Lyr. By the way it is not good looking enough as Lyr.

 - Burson HA 160 : I think it is not good match with HE500 but it is already in my list.

 

I wish I can buy directly Violectric V200 but it is out of my budget. Maybe next time ha.

 

Any suggestion or opinion will be appreciated.


I actually own all three amps you list, I love the EF-5 it has a fantastic sound signature it is a hidden gem with an OPA swap and a tube upgrade, but the Lyr is better(to my ears) with the HE-500 (tube rolling is expensive), the Burson is not even in the conversation, but you are talking to a guy who loves tubes:wink_face: .

 

There is no hum with the Lyr if your power is clean. That being said, with your budget I would look to the Emotiva.

post #9777 of 16115
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


Maybe he specifically wants a headphone amp so he doesnt need to fuss about any adapters for speaker connectors or resistors? Lolz biggrin.gif


Its not rocket surgery, I suck at soldering and I built a cable in about ten minutes to run the Emotiva.

post #9778 of 16115
Plus I find it a great way into the world of speakers. As for adapters, there's an easy way through some Hosa cables for about $20 on Amazon if you don't want to solder.
post #9779 of 16115

Never quite understood how you avoid components shorting when (for example) building a speaker adapter in say, an aluminium box or any other build that doesn't involve a pcb.

post #9780 of 16115
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Never quite understood how you avoid components shorting when (for example) building a speaker adapter in say, an aluminium box or any other build that doesn't involve a pcb.


 



You use insulated binding posts for a metal box. That can mean plastic rings for both in and outside, or it can be completely insulated so you avoid shorting wires to the wrong terminals on the back.
Edited by brunk - 12/11/13 at 2:59pm
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