They are indeed heavy. It took me awhile to get used to their weight and even then I had some days where it felt heavy. I'm really surprised that little amps like the Glacier and Leckerton can drive the HE-500. I do believe people who say the HE-500 can be driven sufficiently by them, but with such limited current I'm just confused how all that works out. I must be missing something about electronics.
I'm thinking about getting the Lekerton 6S MKII. Does anyone know if the Leckerton can drive the MD to potential? or near potential? I'm only hesistant because the Fiio E17 does offer more current at 32ohms, like four times more. So what am I missing?
From measurements I've seen of most Fiio products, they're so-so. I can't speak for the E17 and can't take the time to dig for this information right this moment (and will probably forget when I get home, haha). It could be an exception.
The Leckerton is a great DAC/amp. I would highly recommend it for the MD and even slightly prefer it to the ODAC/O2. For most modern recordings on the higher gain setting, it will drive the MD very well. On some lower gain albums the Leckerton might be just a notch below "loud" levels (generally well-recorded and mastered music...not subject to loudness wars...etc.).
Edited by hans030390 - 4/8/13 at 2:54pm