Maybe... but... I think the HE-500's are likely beyond even the B22 - I'm skeptical that even the B22 could clear them up sufficiently... and... I don't have the patience to experiment a lot more, when my other phones and set ups sound better. I'm guessing the HiFiMan sound signature is towards a thick, rich, warm sound in the bass and lower mids, which is difficult to "tune out," via rolling amps, cables, tubes, opamps, etc. Perhaps... but... I don't have the patience, and am too skeptical.
This got me worried a bit. The B22 will probably be as far as i want to go with SS amps. With tubes it will be something like the woo 6 maxed or raptor, maybe a Zana.
How much i love cans; once funds and space allow it(within a year i hope) i know i will be getting speakers.
And like you i dont feel much for rolling components for ages.
Makes me think i should reconsider the RS1 above the ortho's as option next to the T1.
Edited by Stitch - 8/4/11 at 5:42pm