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post #1 of 13
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My budget is 200-350 euro, for a box that has both things.

 

I'd like one that is praised by many users, as to not buy something that might not suit my tastes.

 

I listen 80% classical music, 20% metal.


Edited by GlennGulda - 1/26/13 at 7:48am
post #2 of 13

I'm happy with the Schiit Asgard and the he500's. I listen to Classical and Jazz. You get a lot of amp for the money, very clean and refined and it gives out over 1 watt which is adequate for the 500's.

post #3 of 13
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Originally Posted by GlennGulda View Post

My budget is 150-300 euro. 

 

I'd like one that is praised by many users, as to not buy something that might not suit my tastes.

 

I listen 90% classical music, 10% metal.

 

I usually spend more on the source (amp/dacs) than on the headphone itself tongue.gif well thats just me. 

post #4 of 13
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It can be up to 400 euro then, haha.

post #5 of 13

http://www.thomann.de/gb/lake_people_g109_s_highend_phoneam_b_stock.htm

 

The more expensive G109-P also has XLR inputs.

post #6 of 13

The Lyr with some vintage tubes just does the HE-500 justice to my ears.

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http://www.thomann.de/gb/lake_people_g109_s_highend_phoneam_b_stock.htm

 

The more expensive G109-P also has XLR inputs.

 

Hehe, I just got one of the two b-stock G109-S that were available.. built like a tank with plenty of power, what could I hope more for the 375€. Worthy replacement for the bad ergonomics of my O2. But yeah if you have something against neutral well built amps, don't consider it. And instead of cheap EQing get some expensive "colored" amp. biggrin.gif (Or just get the O2, worked just fine with my HE-500)


Edited by hekeli - 7/18/12 at 12:46pm
post #8 of 13
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It can be up to 400 euro then, haha.

 

Probably you can find a HA-160 for around that budget. 

 

Does a nice job with low and high impedance phones. 

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Bump, changed info in OP.
 

post #10 of 13

O2+ODAC game over. Superb combo for the HE-500s 2.5x gain will drive them easily.

post #11 of 13
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O2+ODAC game over. Superb combo for the HE-500s 2.5x gain will drive them easily.

Still with a lot more headroom??? Cool

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by FrederikS|TPU View Post

O2+ODAC game over. Superb combo for the HE-500s 2.5x gain will drive them easily.

 



Sounds good, I'll do it unless there are any objections :)

post #13 of 13

How about the Audio-gd Compass 2 DAC / Amp combo? 

- Can drive over 2w into the the HE-500 (38 Ohm)

- Sabre ES9018 DAC

- Can customize sound with many different Op-Amps if desired

http://www.audio-gd.com/Pro/Headphoneamp/Compass%202/Compass2EN.htm

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