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Thanks, I usually take a few months from listening for gaming around november.

post #152 of 161

Could anyone give me a description of the sound signature on the HE-500.  And is there anything anyone doesn't like about this headphone? 

 

Any recommendations on DAC/amp which work well with them.  I am probably going to get an audio gd NFB-12.  Anyone with firsthand experience with this combo or any other recommendations?

post #153 of 161
Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

Is there anything anyone doesn't like about this headphone? 


It doesn't cut the crust off my PB&J sammich.  WTF, HiFiMan?  This better be addressed in Rev. 2.

 

 

Originally Posted by mac336 View Post 

 

Any recommendations on DAC/amp which work well with them.

 

That's a loaded question.. they like tubes.. but the low impedance relegates you to a hybrid or TC tube amp (not the most affordable for a HQ one).  I've got a tube buffered DAC w/ a solid state amp up the chain (i.e. like the Arrow or O2).. basically a hybrid amp setup.. to get around the impedance issue.. and they absolutely SING.  I wouldn't recommend an amp that's bright though cause these have plenty of gorgeous treble.


Edited by FlySweep - 3/22/12 at 1:40pm
post #154 of 161

Frank, I enjoyed your review very much.

I am a newbie, and I have a pair of them coming my way (replacement program for he400), and don't know if my Audioengine D1 will suffice for driving them.

 

Any comment will be appreciated 

post #155 of 161

What is the best solid state amp to pair with the HE-500

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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

What is the best solid state amp to pair with the HE-500


Personally, I loved the Burson HA160.  Excellent synergy.

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Originally Posted by lramirez1959 View Post

Frank, I enjoyed your review very much.

I am a newbie, and I have a pair of them coming my way (replacement program for he400), and don't know if my Audioengine D1 will suffice for driving them.

 

Any comment will be appreciated 



Thanks for the nice comments. I an not sure  if your audioengine will work as I think The HE500 still likes power but it does work off my MaranTz SA8004 SACD player

post #158 of 161

Frank, or anyone else, any thoughts on a vintage 22xx Marantz having nice synergy with the HE-500?

 

post #159 of 161

A little rough it seems, need some human shaping to become a diamod seeing the threads about QC and channel imbalance

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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

What is the best solid state amp to pair with the HE-500



I recently received my HE-500's so it has been a short relationship, but my feeling is so long has they get sufficient juice they are not particularly picky. Sounded equally good from the Meier Concerto and Channel Islands VHP1/VAC1.  Also sounded very good with tubes --  Opera Audio Consonance Cyber 20 with re-issued Genalex Gold Lion EL84's and NOS Tung-Sol 12AU7. 

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A little rough it seems, need some human shaping to become a diamod seeing the threads about QC and channel imbalance



 

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