Edited by Andolink - 12/11/13 at 3:19pm
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.
Damn, it's good to be you next year. Personally, I would not spend $5k on amp for some HPs cuz my ears are not that well trained but then we are all crazy in our own ways, right?
Heh, touché. My HD-800s have been especially lonely too, but that will change with "The Wire" boards arriving soon
I managed to grab a pair of TS 5998 off ebay and they are awesome. For my taste/preference, the Ken rad VT231s black glass for drivers work great in this combo. Rectifier is still Sophia princess.
I am watching out for a WE 422a but the price has gone kind of insane so I don't think I will shell out $400+ for it.
I just got my home theatre room done and that came to a screeching halt with the birth of our children (they like sleep...darn kids).
I fire up the MA7000 every time I am alone in the house (which isn't often) and it makes me smile from ear to ear, there is nothing like good speaker positioning to get the blood pumping.
I tried soundproofing the room and that did not even come close to working so headphones it is ....for now!
Ok so according to that calculator earlier, it calculated out about -12 dB attenuation with the HE-Adapter. That's about half the perceived volume, so does that mean it gives me about twice the control on the volume knob? Or does it essentially cut the hiss volume in half at any given volume level?
I asked a friend today who's a EE major, and there's no way to really calculate the power the HE-500 is getting since we don't know how much power is put out on a 33 ohm load from the MiniX. It's obviously not linear otherwise the power at 4 ohms would have to be 100W (or only 40W at 8 ohms), but they have listed 50W @ 8 ohms and 80W @ 4 ohms. For that matter, none of us really knows how much power the HE-500 would get plugged directly through the speaker taps since there's no power metric for the MiniX at 38 ohms, unless someone used a tool to measure it.
We can only use our ears to judge difference in sound between amps of various power. I ordered parts to hook the HE-500 directly to the MiniX, so I'll be able to compare. The only thing I'm worried about is that without the HE-Adapter there would be noise problems, especially when pairing with the Quickie. The Quickie already lowers the volume of when I begin to really hear the hiss from 12 o'clock to 10 o'clock with the HE-Adapter, and I listen with the MiniX at 9 o'clock. If not using the HE-Adapter causes too much noise issues to get any enjoyment with the Quickie pairing, then I apologize in advance touting up the Quickie pairing. That's another reason I'm gonna try to run it direct to the amp. It would be a real shame to require the HE-Adapter to use with the Quickie, and really takes away on some of the value, especially if you consider the $100 HE-Adapter and a 4-pin XLR cable for the HE-500. Still, what I'm hearing with the Quickie+Emotiva and HE-Adapter sounds amazing, and I never feel I'm lacking power. I know what that sounded like coming from other amps. Weak bass impact and poor tactility. Thin sounding at time too.
Also I've read that orthos need current, where dynamics need voltage. Power is voltage times current, so if you have low voltage, but high current, you may be okay getting by on low wattage?
For those connecting your HE-500 directly to the MiniX, how far can you turn up the volume with before you hear a hiss?
By the way I got the HE-Adapter cuz I was using the HE-500 with a tube speaker amp at first before I switched over to Emotiva, so it needed the resistances to prevent damaging the amp.
Have any of guys heard the Fosgate Signature Tube Headphone Amplifier? I'm supposed to be getting one after CES, just want to know if anyone in here has heard it or not...