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post #721 of 846

Okay thanks for the insight :)

post #722 of 846
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Originally Posted by leadbythemelody View Post

O2 amp + HE-500 = good synergy?

I've been trying to figure this out too.  I can say that I can't really tell the difference between the O2/ODAC and the ASUS Essence One with my HE500s.  However, I don't have the WAU16-1000 or WAU16-2400 wall wart for the O2/ODAC.

post #723 of 846

Really if you are going to get the HE-500, you got to budget for another 500 bucks for an amp. And a little cheaper if you want a DAC.

 

The cost of both my amp and DAC alone were more than the headphones themselves.

 

O2 amp just doesn't have the power to drive them. Then again I sort of swear by tube amps.
 

Maybe you can budget for cheaper, but I think the Lyr is a great bang for the buck and pairs very nicely with these cans.

post #724 of 846
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Originally Posted by leadbythemelody View Post

O2 amp + HE-500 = good synergy?
Not even once.
post #725 of 846
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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post

Really if you are going to get the HE-500, you got to budget for another 500 bucks for an amp. And a little cheaper if you want a DAC.

The cost of both my amp and DAC alone were more than the headphones themselves.


I found that out myself also..and now upgraditus really got me...and my wallet is bleeding more then u can imagine..but that new amp someone is building me will be out of this world and one of a kind and specificly built to drive a he6 (my phone for next year).

.its completely basic..built to only give best sound quality no flashy lights,switches or displays (amp will have dac included also)..no on-off switch, only 1 input (usb), only two outputs in front (dual 3pin xlr & 1/4), transformer will be in seperate housing to make room for the 5watts into 50ohm which is connected to the main housing by 4 pin xlr...in front only 1 knob (for volume..black oak).. It will be my endgame amp...if my wife knew how much i spent on this amp i would be talking with a high pitched voice for the rest of my life tongue.gif

Oops...just wanted to make a point that i started out last year with a humble matrix mstage and a he300! And now see what happened..a life threatening situation biggrin.gif headfi-itus is so deadly cool.gif

So i beg u..stay with ur o2 and ur he300.... If u go up the audio ladder..u will only find pain and misery biggrin.gif

Or am i missing the point? Is it really possible that spending a lot of money on ur rig could give u a smile u take with u until u die? Mmmmmmm hard dilema..biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 6/7/13 at 5:12am
post #726 of 846
For under $200 you can get an amp that will take the bass and soundstage to another level for the 500s. It would require a speaker taps cable to XLR.
post #727 of 846
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

For under $200 you can get an amp that will take the bass and soundstage to another level for the 500s. It would require a speaker taps cable to XLR.

 

Yup - it's on sale now for $189.  A steal..

post #728 of 846

What amp are you guys talking bout'? haha

post #729 of 846
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Originally Posted by leadbythemelody View Post

What amp are you guys talking bout'? haha

 

Emotiva mini-X a-100

post #730 of 846

Oh okay, thanks!

post #731 of 846
Glad i saw this thread as im also a happy HE500 owner... I will post my feedback soon on how HE500 behaves with Lyr, EF5 and M&M...
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Originally Posted by knights View Post

Glad i saw this thread as im also a happy HE500 owner... I will post my feedback soon on how HE500 behaves with Lyr, EF5 and M&M...

 

I'll be interested to hear your impressions.

post #733 of 846
Me too, I'm really close to pulling the trigger. So the mm stack and lyr would be helpful.
post #734 of 846
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Originally Posted by soundeffect View Post

Me too, I'm really close to pulling the trigger. So the mm stack and lyr would be helpful.

 

I have both the Lyr and Magni (no Modi though). The HE-500 retains the same character and tonality with both amps. However, the Lyr has obvious improvements to soundstage imaging/separation and bass performance. With the Magni I felt as though all the individual components of a song were massed into one with little to no separation. It was very difficult to differentiate locations of individual instruments or sounds. The Lyr was a huge improvement in this regard; immediately I noticed that each instrument seemed physically separated from the others making it very easy to pick out a single one and follow it through the track. Directional imaging improved greatly, especially the center stage, which was all but nonexistent with the Magni. Bass performance was also greatly improved, giving the HE-500 that visceral punch that the Magni just wasn't able to provide. And you can't forget the smooth tube sound the Lyr brings to the table, added to the HE-500's already silky character, it just makes it wonderfully musical without sacrificing any detail. Lyr is an improvement in every regard over the Magni. IMO, of course. Whether it's worth the extra $$, that's for you to decide.

post #735 of 846
That's quite a difference. The most important to me with everything you describe would be imaging and separation of instrument. I might have to stick with the he500 with the magni and modi until I have enough to buy the lyr. I just hope that it would sound good enough for me to judge it against the he400 to make a sound decision if I like them more. this is getting tricky for me. Boo! mad.gif

Thanks for the input at least I know what I'm up against.
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