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Absolute cheapest amp for HE-500

post #1 of 12
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Without getting into the details, I'm looking to buy the Hifiman HE-500, but my current amp (a DIY cmoy) is clearly insufficient.  I'm looking for an amp or DAC/amp for under $200 that can at least passably serve to power the HE-500 until I can afford a better setup.  I actually preordered the FiiO E17 for unrelated reasons, but I suppose that won't be nearly sufficient, either.  Right now I'm looking at the Audio-GD NFB-12, but I figured it'd be a good idea to get others' opinions.

post #2 of 12

I suppose your cheapest option would be from HiFiMan himself.

 

http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=HMEF2A

 

Hybrid amps push planars very well.

post #3 of 12

i have the e17 and am thinking of the HE-500. are they at least decent with them?

post #4 of 12
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Originally Posted by antikryst View Post
 

i have the e17 and am thinking of the HE-500. are they at least decent with them?

 

Not even close. sorry. 

post #5 of 12

NFB-12 is an good choice, as it has more than 2w at 32ohm (if i remember correctly) and also come with good dac section. 

post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by conheo View Post
 

NFB-12 is an good choice, as it has more than 2w at 32ohm (if i remember correctly) and also come with good dac section. 

 

The amp section have good amount of power, but the Dac its very basic. 

post #7 of 12
Amp only? There is only 1 answer. Emotiva mini x for $150 right now. Not sure there's any left wink.gif
post #8 of 12
Get a used EF5.
post #9 of 12

Schiit Magni, it's noted for being a decent pair with sensitive headphones like the HE-500.

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Destroysall View Post
 

Schiit Magni, it's noted for being a decent pair with sensitive headphones like the HE-500.

How does it pair with insensitive HE500s ?

Very few headphones are less sensitive compared to HE500


Edited by i019791 - 10/24/13 at 10:57am
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

Amp only? There is only 1 answer. Emotiva mini x for $150 right now. Not sure there's any left wink.gif

Imo this will be superior to anything else at that price cause of all the power it has, just get a speaker cable adapter thingy
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post


Imo this will be superior to anything else at that price cause of all the power it has, just get a speaker cable adapter thingy


+1.  After my recent amp purchase and initial sound comparison, I still stick to my previous Emotiva recommendation. 

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