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Solid state that can feed 3~5 watts into a low impedance headphone?

post #1 of 38
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

 

Looking for something like the Lyr for my HE-500, but solid state. Any ideas? No real budget. Just getting an idea of what's out there. Would like to find something that can push more than 1watt, something more in the range of 3~5 watts even. The Lyr was doing that, but I'm more interested in solid state these days.

 

Look forward to any ideas.

 

Very best,

post #2 of 38

I think the Ray Samuels "Dark Star" is in that power range. 

post #3 of 38
Thread Starter 

Heya,

 

Nice, thanks. Not terribly excited about a $3000 amp for a $700 headphone though. tongue_smile.gif

 

Very best,

post #4 of 38

Hah. I agree. Just the first one I remembered with that kind of output. I'm sure there are others.

 

I think the violectric v100 and 200 throw around nearly 2 watts into 32-50 ohm cans. 


Edited by liamstrain - 11/15/11 at 2:33pm
post #5 of 38

Here's what I heard over the weekend at the NY meet. It drove my HE-6 adequately & should be able to handle the HE-500. Has a built in DAC as a bonus. I am contemplating one myself.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB-10.1/NFB10.1EN.htm

 

Reviews are in the Dedicated Source forum http://www.head-fi.org/t/519166/audio-gd-nfb-10

post #6 of 38
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Originally Posted by glc View Post

Here's what I heard over the weekend at the NY meet. It drove my HE-6 adequately & should be able to handle the HE-500. Has a built in DAC as a bonus. I am contemplating one myself.

 

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/NFB-10.1/NFB10.1EN.htm

 



Whoa:

9950MW /  25 ohm 
5950MW /  50 ohm 
3300MW  /  100 ohm

post #7 of 38

By the way I'm running my HE-6 balanced.

post #8 of 38

The Violectric V200 pushes my HE-6 more than adequately. I don't have the HE-500 anymore, but there's no reason to suspect that the V200 couldn't do them justice.

 

For the HE-500, I think the Dark Star is overkill, as well as the new (and long-rumored) EF-6.

post #9 of 38

Mal,

 

Any reason you're giving up your Lyr? 

 

I've been looking into this lately as well and I've narrowed it down to the Violectric V200 and Audio-GD NFB-10SE. Both will take USB inputs, and have tons of power. The Violectric costs twice as much, but the Audio-GD is twice as ugly. I figure if I'm buying this for the long haul, I might as well enjoy it's looks. 

 

 

post #10 of 38

PsAudio GCHA - good prices lately, and it already feels like a classic.

post #11 of 38

Balanced Beta 22?

post #12 of 38
if you want to go crazy just hook them up to speaker outputs of a power amp or integrated amp. they'll feed them as much power as you want.
post #13 of 38
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Questhate View Post

Mal,

 

Any reason you're giving up your Lyr? 

 

I've been looking into this lately as well and I've narrowed it down to the Violectric V200 and Audio-GD NFB-10SE. Both will take USB inputs, and have tons of power. The Violectric costs twice as much, but the Audio-GD is twice as ugly. I figure if I'm buying this for the long haul, I might as well enjoy it's looks. 

 

 


Heya,

 

Sold the Lyr off because I'm done with Tubes. I like the sound, but it's not different enough to me and I don't like that tubes sound different from tube to tube (you can mix/match and have channels not sounding right if you screw up, etc). Also, when one tube goes out before another, it's a pain, and you might as well replace both tubes at the same time. I had other tube amps as well. I'm just not into rolling tubes. I simply liked the tube look, tube sound was nice enough but I think I prefer the solid state sound. So looking to go more solid state right now. I'm currently just using an Asgard I picked up to hold me over while I figure it out after having sold the Lyr. So looking at this NFB10SE for $500, that's far and it's a DAC/AMP that outputs a ton of power to low impedance headphones, might fit the bill. I don't mind it being a little ugly, at the cost compared to spending twice as much for a nicer "look." I would prefer it it look nice (I love schiit's design for example). But they unfortunately didn't make a more powerful asgard, which I hope they do.

 

Very best,

 

post #14 of 38
Quote:
Originally Posted by Questhate View Post

Mal,

 

Any reason you're giving up your Lyr? 

 

I've been looking into this lately as well and I've narrowed it down to the Violectric V200 and Audio-GD NFB-10SE. Both will take USB inputs, and have tons of power. The Violectric costs twice as much, but the Audio-GD is twice as ugly. I figure if I'm buying this for the long haul, I might as well enjoy it's looks. 

 

 

well the nfb-10SE puts 6Watts into 50ohms and 19volts. the v200 puts 11.6v and 2.7watts......i suggest u take the nfb-10SE and i also think it doesnt even look ugly...
 

 

post #15 of 38

the funny thing is, i ordered my nfb-10SE 2 months ago and LOL im still waiting for it. 

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