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HE-500, LCD2, D5000, DT770, SR80, on a speaker amp (Emotiva mini-X A-100) Project

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Heya,



Acquired all equipment; links to jump through entire thread listed below.
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Custom cable commissioned via BTG Audio for Hifiman HE series. *See speaker taps or banana plugs. Universal adapter for use with any XLR balanced cable to adapt any headphone to a speaker amp. (Information, pics)

Hifiman HE-500 with Emotiva Mini-X A100 speaker amp used. (Impressions, pics)

Maverick Audio TubeMagic D2 (Tube DAC), impressions & pics

Denon D5000 on the Emotiva. Also a 500ohm XLR resistor adapter used with the Emotiva.

Beyer DT770 600ohm with the Emotiva.

Grado SR80 Balanced with 500ohm resistor adapter.

Cheap & Easy speaker tap guide $20! READ THE WARNINGS!!

 

 

Very best,
Edited by MalVeauX - 12/29/13 at 6:48pm
post #2 of 3619

I would go with a cable that is male 4-pin XLR terminated, then use a pigtail that goes from female 4-pin xlr to bare/tinned/spaded speaker taps.  You can then have 4-pin female to 1/4"/Dual XLR/etc.

post #3 of 3619
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Originally Posted by Mr.Sneis View Post

I would go with a cable that is male 4-pin XLR terminated, then use a pigtail that goes from female 4-pin xlr to bare/tinned/spaded speaker taps.  You can then have 4-pin female to 1/4"/Dual XLR/etc.

 

Heya,

 

Any idea if those can be purchased or if they're simply custom made only?

 

Very best,

post #4 of 3619

Maybe better idea is to buy 2 microBNC connectors from ebay and solder canare starquad to it. Then youll have free wires on the other side to connect to speaker taps.

post #5 of 3619
Mal,
You can order a 6 cable and speaker leads adapter from HiFiMan. You can also have one made with more exotic wiring. You could order the 6 cable and have the 6.5 mm jack removed for spades or bananas. The 6 cable is $149. Let them know your desires and I'm thinking they will take care of you. If not, it would take a soldering iron and a half hour to make up.
Edited by Happy Camper - 9/27/12 at 12:46pm
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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Mal,
You can order a 6 cable and speaker leads adapter from HiFiMan. You can also have one made with more exotic wiring.

 

Heya,

 

Oh? I just browsed head-direct and didn't see a speaker leads adapter. Got a link maybe?

 

Very best,

post #7 of 3619

Wow, for the price of a new cable I'd seriously go the DIY route! 

post #8 of 3619
I called and they won't make the spade leads. Only their listed cable so either buy their cable and modify or commission.
post #9 of 3619

Here are a few.

 

This one is from Brian at BTG-Audio:  He can make it anyway you want.

 

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

 

 

 

 

 

This is the one I use - it's from Brian at http://www.zynsonix.com/

 

 


Edited by preproman - 9/27/12 at 2:24pm
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Here are a few.

 

This one is from Brian at BTG-Audio:  He can make it anyway you want.

 

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

 

 

Heya,

 

Perfect; that's what I was looking for. I've dealt with Brian on some other headphones, he's awesome. Didn't realize he had these. That's the simple fix I was looking for.

 

Very best,

post #11 of 3619
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Originally Posted by MalVeauX View Post

Heya,

Perfect; that's what I was looking for. I've dealt with Brian on some other headphones, he's awesome. Didn't realize he had these. That's the simple fix I was looking for.

Very best,

Please do give your impression after the project established.

I am thinking of doing the same thing with my HE 400, speaker-tapping to a Jolida FX10 tube amp.

I really appreciate your journey on this project.....and of course the impression.smily_headphones1.gif

Thank you Sir
Cheers
post #12 of 3619

I plan to do similar to op, my only question is, would it be ok to plug the phones directly into a tube amp or should I put a resistor in parallel to get it closer to 4/8ohm?

 

EDIT: nvm found my answer over here

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629239/can-my-set-tube-speaker-amp-power-he6-stax


Edited by t0wer - 9/27/12 at 5:20pm
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I also plan to order the HE-500s and do this as well. My main concern is ordering an under-powered amp for the HE-500's and not realizing their full potential. Would there be a problem with using the headphones > female 1/4 to male XLR adapter> female XLR then soldering decent guage speaker wire directly to the XLR pins? I'm just trying to save money. I figured this would work.

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I'm not sure if they'll work or not.  Seems kinda risky.  What amp are you looking at that you think it may not be enough power for the HE-500s?  The HE-500s are pretty efficient, not like the HE-6 or the HE-5LEs.  

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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

I'm not sure if they'll work or not.  Seems kinda risky.  What amp are you looking at that you think it may not be enough power for the HE-500s?  The HE-500s are pretty efficient, not like the HE-6 or the HE-5LEs.  

 

Thanks for the response. I was looking at the Matrix M-stage or the Bellari HA540. Something under 300 dollars hopefully. If i attempted the speaker tap option I would obviously insulate the solder points and exposed wire with heat-shrink tubing as well.

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