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post #91 of 96

The HE-500 tends to be midcentric.  Driving them with the LYR in combination with a midcentric tube, such as the Gold Lions or Mullards, will get you more of the same.  Try selecting a tube that accentuates higher and lower frequencies.

post #92 of 96

Not very much talk about DIY amps with the HE-500s.  All my DIY amps are balanced so they all have enough power.  While the 500s sound pretty good with the B22 it can get a little sharp or hot or sparkly up top but with the balanced M^3 it's great.  The treble is noticably smoothed out and no signes of hot treble.  I much prefer the balanced M^3 with the 500s almost a tube-ish type sound (but not).  

 

Also tried them on my 200wpc mono block.  Although I didn't get any distortion I had no room to adjust the voulme.  It was either to low or to loud.  Not a good match at all.

post #93 of 96
Recently acquired a pair of HE-500s and after hearing all the rave about using speaker taps with Hifiman high-end planars, I've decided I want to give it a shot as well. Just wondering if anyone has heard the NuForce Dia integrated amp? Built-in 24/192 DAC and 24watts into 4ohms, 18 watts into 8ohms. Sub-$300 price point.

http://www.nuforce.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=9:amp-product-3&Itemid=192
post #94 of 96

there are 100 different b22, they all sounds different

post #95 of 96
Quote:
Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

Not very much talk about DIY amps with the HE-500s.  All my DIY amps are balanced so they all have enough power.  While the 500s sound pretty good with the B22 it can get a little sharp or hot or sparkly up top but with the balanced M^3 it's great.  The treble is noticably smoothed out and no signes of hot treble.  I much prefer the balanced M^3 with the 500s almost a tube-ish type sound (but not).  

 

Also tried them on my 200wpc mono block.  Although I didn't get any distortion I had no room to adjust the voulme.  It was either to low or to loud.  Not a good match at all.

 

Did you DIY a B22?!

post #96 of 96
Hi guys
I am considering to build a Millet MiniMax or Cavalli Audio EHHA for my HE500
Do any of you have any opinion about which one I should go with?
Thanks
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