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post #31 of 86
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

This amp is not under $600 but:

I just had a long listing session (3 hours) with the HE-500s and my Balanced M^3.  This combo is really great together.  The bass the M^3 provides really works very well with the HE-500s.  The hot treble on these headphone became non existent and there is no sibilant sounds at all.  The Midas became even more lush.  Overall I'll say this is the best amp I have thus far to pair with the HE-500s.



Thanks fo that tip prep!

But I cant go over 600 for now. The Sa-31 is the very limit smily_headphones1.gif Id rather stay single ended for now... Balanced for my unbalanced sources would be overkill for now
post #32 of 86

La Figaro 339.  Not a popular amp yet, but it does wonders for the HE500 and it also makes the HA-160D sound pitiful in comparison.

 

If only people understood it for its true value...

post #33 of 86
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La Figaro 339.  Not a popular amp yet, but it does wonders for the HE500 and it also makes the HA-160D sound pitiful in comparison.

 

If only people understood it for its true value...


can you even buy this amp?

 

just asking - it's not on the manufactures website.

post #34 of 86
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can you even buy this amp?

 

just asking - it's not on the manufactures website.

Sure it is.

 

yuking09.com

 

Run it with TS 5998s and RCA 5693s to reveal the true potential of the HE-500.  

 

I sold my HA-160D a day after I got this amp, just for reference of how impressed I was with its performance on all of my headphones.


Edited by vc1187 - 10/24/12 at 12:29pm
post #35 of 86
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Sure it is.

 

yuking09.com

 

Run it with TS 5998s and RCA 5693s to reveal the true potential of the HE-500.  

 

I sold my HA-160D a day after I got this amp, just for reference of how impressed I was with its performance on all of my headphones.

 

Ah - there it is.

 

was looking at the wrong site apparently.

post #36 of 86
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Sure it is.

 

yuking09.com

 

Run it with TS 5998s and RCA 5693s to reveal the true potential of the HE-500.  

 

I sold my HA-160D a day after I got this amp, just for reference of how impressed I was with its performance on all of my headphones.

 

I simply refuse to pay "eight district" price... What kind of grading/shipping is that?

 

Do they really think I will pay 150 extra in shipping?

 

Like what the hell? Are they out of their minds?

 

Im sure it doesnt even include tax/VAT, so its 695+tax+VAT...

 

Unless they do something about these "districts" ( its funny that the "sixth district" is one country above mine... it just makes no sense whatsoever...)

 

I will probably get the SA-31... It can power anything, sounds musical and a little tubey... What else would I want? :)

 

EDIT: Audio GD also has a bonus in form of lower declared values for customs, which makes this amp even sweeter for my wallet :D


Edited by conquerator2 - 10/24/12 at 1:30pm
post #37 of 86

There are also a couple of La Figaro 339s up for sale on ebay, including one from a reputable seller...looks like international shipping is free too!

post #38 of 86
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I simply refuse to pay "eight district" price... What kind of grading/shipping is that?

 

Do they really think I will pay 150 extra in shipping?

 

Like what the hell? Are they out of their minds?

 

Im sure it doesnt even include tax/VAT, so its 695+tax+VAT...

 

Unless they do something about these "districts" ( its funny that the "sixth district" is one country above mine... it just makes no sense whatsoever...)

 

I will probably get the SA-31... It can power anything, sounds musical and a little tubey... What else would I want? :)

 

EDIT: Audio GD also has a bonus in form of lower declared values for customs, which makes this amp even sweeter for my wallet :D

Won't lie... their shipping price and time to ship was utterly horrendous.  Communication is also terrible as well.  

The amplifier quality definitely made up for it.

post #39 of 86
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Won't lie... their shipping price and time to ship was utterly horrendous.  Communication is also terrible as well.  

The amplifier quality definitely made up for it.

 

 

By the way how do you like the Violectric V200?

 

And how would you compare the LCD2 and HE-500, seeing as you own both, which one do you prefer and why?

 

Additionally which amp do you prefer with them?

 

Which DACs do you use with these?

 

Thanks!

 

Sorry for all the questions but I was also looking at the V200 and such (like HA-160 or the Soloist) and LCD-2s, but my budget simply doesnt allow me to get either of these :/ (for now that is)

 

Well knowledge wont hurt, would it? :D

 

Best regards, Luke

post #40 of 86
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

 

 

By the way how do you like the Violectric V200?

 

And how would you compare the LCD2 and HE-500, seeing as you own both, which one do you prefer and why?

 

Additionally which amp do you prefer with them?

 

Which DACs do you use with these?

 

Thanks!

 

Sorry for all the questions but I was also looking at the V200 and such (like HA-160 or the Soloist) and LCD-2s, but my budget simply doesnt allow me to get either of these :/ (for now that is)

 

Well knowledge wont hurt, would it? :D

 

Best regards, Luke

No problem Luke, I understand.

I own the 3 headphones that I own for a reason.  I like each and every one of them depending on the mood I'm in.  

On a late night, where I want my music to be slow and seductive, yet still hit a deep bass, I listen to the HD650 with the La Figaro setup listed above (TS 5998 & RCA 5693)

On a normal day, where I'm not overly excited, but not looking to fall asleep any time soon, I listen to the HE-500 with the same La Figaro setup.  This also happens to be my favorite combination, due to its versatile nature as well as the type of music I prefer.

When I'm getting ready to go to the gym and I need to get pumped up, I listen to fast paced music, which works best with the LCD-2 and V200 combo.  The LCD-2 with the La Figaro setup did not sound good to my ears.  It was listenable with the stock tubes that the La Figaro came with, but it's just so good with the V200.

 

The HD650 and HE-500 are pretty awesome with the V200 as well, but I prefer the smoother presentation that the La Figaro has to offer for these two headphones, as they are already super smooth by nature.

 

I've stated this before on another headphone site, but I always see the headphones I own like this:

LCD-2: The Crowd Pleaser headphones.  Anyone that comes to your place will most likely be amused by the sound these provide (as well as the unique looks).

HE-500: The typical 'hi-fi' sound.  Warm, smooth, with a deep, strong bass.  Easy to listen to for countless amounts of hours, though it make take a while for these to feel comfortable to you.

HD650: The HD650 is like that ex-gf that you have fond memories of, and on somedays want to hook up with, but on others you fantasize about someone more exciting. 

 

Long ago, I paired the HD650 with the Burson HA-160D.  It was very musical to my ears, though the decay of notes seemed unnaturally short due to the articulation and clarity of the amplifier.  I got the LCD-2 next.  Within a week paired with the HA-160D... I sold them.  I felt like the LCD-2 was overhyped, as I preferred the sound of my HD650 over it when paired with the Burson.  Later, I got the HE-500, which sounded more dreadful than the LCD-2 did on the Burson.   I felt like voices were overly harsh, and instruments sounded unnaturally sharp, to the point it was ear-piercing even at mid-volume settings.  At this point I thought maybe I just wasn't cut out for planar magnetic headphones.  This is when I decided to give them another try and switch amps, and hence got the LF339.  After this, I absolutely loved the HE-500.  I also decided to give the LCD-2s another chance and I'm glad I did. 

 

I use the HRT MSII+ with both of my setups.  I find that it is leaps and bounds better than the HA-160D DAC.   Not only is it more resolving, but everything just sounds less flat. I did some testing before I sold the HA-160D.

 

I hope you can draw some conclusions about the headphone and amp pairing that would work best with your preferred sound signature from this post!


Edited by vc1187 - 10/24/12 at 8:18pm
post #41 of 86

Helpful post vc1187, I have the 650 and the 500 and was looking for something that play well with both. The La Figaro 339 is something I would like to have, considering that I have been loving my (comparatively puny) Little dot III but I guess go for something closer regionally,the V200.

post #42 of 86
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By the way how do you like the Violectric V200?

 

You might consider Lake People G109P/S (P for Professional, S for Standard). Some weeks ago I had Violectric V200 on loan and sonically I prefered my Lake People G100 with Hifiman HE-300 using an Audio-Gd NFB-17.2 DAC. HE-500 which is going to be my future headphone sounds very good on my setup too (heard it at a meet in the weekend).

 

http://www.thomann.de/cz/search_dir.html?xsid=245e239252accc6c0af29222def8d848&sw=g109&x=0&y=0

post #43 of 86

Luke,

 

This amp may be just what the doctor ordered:

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

post #44 of 86
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Luke,

 

This amp may be just what the doctor ordered:

 

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

Are we talking HE-500 here or HE-6?  

 

I bet that fan gets insanely loud, lol.

post #45 of 86
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Not really sure myself.... Wouldnt it be too much for the HE-500? It would cook em up

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