I landed a Musical Paradise MP-301 MK2 tube amplifier for the HE-500s. Listening to it right now and can attest it does music with the Hifimans beautifully - and it does it effortlessly. Beautiful detail and incredible extension. I remember reading some of the early posts when the HE-500s started showing up that this was one of the amps that could drive the HPs at a fairly affordable penny. According to the manufacturer it puts 1.28 watts (max) into the HE-500s 38ohms. It's not overkill power (cracking that peanut with a sledgehammer!!), but more than required for the HPs. I'm somewhere between 11 and 12 on the dial and that's my loud limit. Bass is fantastic, so are drums. I will compare this amp with the Schiit Lyr and Schiit Asgard which I finally get to try next week. Will post my impressions then. In the meantime here is a product pic of the MP-301 MK2 - looks really uhmm .. what's the word ..
Edited by Terja - 5/17/12 at 11:31am