I would like to extend my thanks to all who have posted within this thread. I have learned much about the HE-500, so much so that I have decided finally to upgrade my setup. As much as I enjoy my current Pico Amp/Dac & HD595 combination, I have been yearning for something more lush and immersive. I figure the HE-500 should satisfy my desire.
Now, I must decide on source components. I am leaning towards the Lyr and Bifrost as they seem to garner positive reviews and appear a good match with the HE-500--plus I prefer to support American business. Should I go ahead and pick up these bad boys as well, or perhaps are there other offerings that might provide a better listening experience? I do realize the inherent subjectivity regarding my question...
As an aside, I will be using my PC with onboard sound as my source. Will the onboard sound on my Asus Deluxe P6 motherboard suffice as a proper source? The card appears to have a digital output. I could upgrade the card, but I would rather not if upgrading is not necessary.