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Originally Posted by Limniscate View Post

So you don't like the Emotiva with the HE500? 

 

 

Yes I do - but it's wasn't my favorite.  I like it with the other HiFimans better - excluding the HE-400

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Can the K/Q701 be used on the emotiva mini-X without a resistor?
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I just got mine.  The first thing I notice is noticeable noise floor compared to my O2.  Is there anyway to get rid of the hiss?  I'm using a really cheap 3.5mm to RCA.  Could that be the problem?


Edited by Limniscate - 6/21/13 at 2:23pm
post #1279 of 3613
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Originally Posted by Limniscate View Post

I just got mine.  The first thing I notice is noticeable noise floor compared to my O2.  Is there anyway to get rid of the hiss?  I'm using a really cheap 3.5mm to RCA.  Could that be the problem?

 

 

Maybe a resister somewhere.

 

Remember - this is a speaker amp so the gain is high.  All your sensitive headphones may have a hiss.  Need to read some of MalVeauX post on hiss and resisters.  This is another reason I only like it with hard to drive (Power Hungry) headphones.  

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Maybe a resister somewhere.

 

Remember - this is a speaker amp so the gain is high.  All your sensitive headphones may have a hiss.  Need to read some of MalVeauX post on hiss and resisters.  This is another reason I only like it with hard to drive (Power Hungry) headphones.  

It's not really noticeable while music is playing, but it's definitely not dead-silent like the O2.

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It's not really noticeable while music is playing, but it's definitely not dead-silent like the O2.

 

What headphones?  The O2 isn't a speaker amp also.  Most headphones amps will be dead silent - compared to speaker amps using sensitive headphones.

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HE500, I don't have any other power hungry headphones at the moment.

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My impression is that the amp is neutral. And surprisingly transparent for its price. Good extension in both ends. I disagree strongly that it's got recessed mids. But then this is just my opinion formed from gears I've owned. For what it's worth I hate heapdhones/amp/dacs with v-shaped frequency response curves. Just can't stand hot treble or recessed mids. If the Emotiva was like this in anyway I would have said it flat out and returned it to Emotiva within the return period.

 

For what it's worth I think it's the best bang/buck amp I've ever owned. Including all the Schiit stuff I had in the past. I would have been happy to pay twice the asking price for them and wonder how in the world this amp isn't more popular.


Edited by M-13 - 6/21/13 at 3:06pm
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I see.  Others have had the same issue with that combo.  That's not there on the HE-4, HE-5LE or the HE-6,  Heck not even there with the MAd Dogs..

 

I think it's a fix for it.  You have to dig back in the thread.  I don't have a need to use any resisters with mine.  

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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

My impression is that the amp is neutral. And surprisingly transparent for its price. Good extension in both ends. I disagree strongly that it's got recessed mids. But then this is just my opinion formed from gears I've owned. For what it's worth I hate heapdhones/amp/dacs with v-shaped frequency response curves. Just can't stand hot treble or recessed mids. If the Emotiva was like this in anyway I would have said it flat out and returned it to Emotiva within the return period.

 

For what it's worth I think it's the best bang/buck amp I've ever owned. Including all the Schiit stuff I had in the past. I would have been happy to pay twice the asking price for them and wonder how in the world this amp isn't more popular.

 

Are you getting the hisss with your HE-500s?

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Are you getting the hisss with your HE-500s?

Yes, is the Emotiva supposed to be as dead-silent as the O2 with the HE500?

post #1287 of 3613
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Originally Posted by Limniscate View Post

Yes, is the Emotiva supposed to be as dead-silent as the O2 with the HE500?

 

 

I know you are - I was asking M-13..  I never got the hiss with my 500s - unless I would not play music, have the amp on and turn the volume all the way up - I'll get the hiss then

post #1288 of 3613
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Are you getting the hisss with your HE-500s?

Are you talking about the noise floor? A very small/tiny noise floor. I mean really small. Which lets me know the Emotiva has as much power as the HE-500 can handle. Not as bad as when I had Denons plugged into the Lyr. I would consider the noise floor close to nill, near zero, but have to admit there is a tiny audible amount. I can hear the noise floor much more clearly when I have the volume turned all the way, but below 12 a clock (I usually listen around 10~11) I can barely hear it.


Edited by M-13 - 6/21/13 at 3:25pm
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

Are you talking about the noise floor? A very small/tiny noise floor. I mean really small. Which lets me know the Emotiva has as much power as the HE-500 can handle. Not as bad as when I had Denons plugged into the Lyr. I would consider the noise floor close to nill, near zero, but have to admit there is a tiny audible amount. I can hear the noise floor much more clearly when I have the volume turned all the way, but below 12 a clock (I usually listen around 10~11) I can barely hear it.

I would probably characterize my noise floor the same.

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Yeah the noise floor is pretty much a non-issue for me; if it was loud enough to be annoying I would definitely say so. I've heard MUCH worse when I owned the Lyr and plugged in sensitive cans. With the HE-500 I would consider the noise floor of the Emotiva "near-zero" but not absolute silence.

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