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post #3421 of 3790
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

I am using stock cable and find it just fine.  Though, it's fair to clearly state that I am not a cable believer.  Later on, when I have a chance to try out other cables, my belief might change.  The treble stays the same IME within the last couple years.  Before that, I am not sure.  Before i bought mine, I use a friend's HD800 for about 2, 3 weeks.  His is a little older.  When I got mine, I thought mine was not as bright as his.  Sonido thought the same thing about his HD800.  Then, I got the friend's HD800 back to compare directly.  The 2 were identical.  :)

Bias affects your hearing so much just like other placebo effects.  I personally find that between HE500 and HD800, my preferences are fully covered for all music genres to which I listen.

I am a happy man as far as HPs:p

 

Glad to hear. I was totally not planning to buy headphones anytime soon (even though I have been glued to the HE-560 threads). After getting my main monitors, I was planning to save up for smaller desktop monitors. The HD800 is really, really making it hard. BTW this was in loud meet conditions, so I wonder how it will sound in a quiet room. Probably gonna pick up a used down the road. Not shelling out $1600 for retail (unless Colorware). I remember seeing used ones go for $1000 a year ago. Is is still around that much?

 

This has the potential to actually be end game HPs for me. I never felt that with either of the 3 planars.

post #3422 of 3790

^ set your price to buy it.  I did.  I was not willing to pay more than $1100.  I got lucky with a %99.9 new one!  There are a few like new HD800 popping up here and there for around $1000 lately too.  I know what u mean about monitors.  Near field monitors still rock.  HPs are super convenient late at nite though.

post #3423 of 3790
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

^ set your price to buy it.  I did.  I was not willing to pay more than $1100.  I got lucky with a %99.9 new one!  There are a few like new HD800 popping up here and there for around $1000 lately too.  I know what u mean about monitors.  Near field monitors still rock.  HPs are super convenient late at nite though.
I got lucky in India last month buying a brand new 800 from a dealer at ~ $ 950. He had a sale going on 😄
post #3424 of 3790

Just want to chime in about my recent finding. The mini-X a-100 also makes the old legacy AKG K340s sing. I've recently acquired this set up and got that 'wow' right away. 

The 340s used to be amped by my Audio-gd 10SE, which has enough power to drive them easily. But the Emotiva just brings it to a higher level. I guess that makes sense since these 'phones were probably designed with speaker amps in mind. 

post #3425 of 3790

So did anyone try the Topping T60 with the He-500's? I can't decide on the A-100s or the T60

post #3426 of 3790

So I've been wanting to do it for a while and finally did :) Here is my new Mini-X!!!

 

I had to move the silver faceplates 1/4 inch outwards as the large plugs did not fit but it doesnt change the look at all :)

post #3427 of 3790
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So did anyone try the Topping T60 with the He-500's? I can't decide on the A-100s or the T60


There was some discussion about that a few pages back (or maybe another thread). The owner of the TP60 was generally happy with it, and noted it had a lower noisefloor than the Emotiva.

post #3428 of 3790
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There was some discussion about that a few pages back (or maybe another thread). The owner of the TP60 was generally happy with it, and noted it had a lower noisefloor than the Emotiva.

I recently got the Topping T60 and the noisefloor is very audible. I can hear it when I am watching shows and listening to music on low volume. Not sure what I did wrong but it's starting to annoy me but I'll get used to it in a few days. However, they have opened up a lot more compared to the E17 I was running it off of before.


Edited by IwasDerp - 4/2/14 at 9:00pm
post #3429 of 3790
My topping TP60 doesn't have any noise floor issues. My mini-x has a higher noise floor than my topping. Might be just your unit
post #3430 of 3790
It might be the cables also I'm not sure why but I heard hissing when i was using a crude speaker tap. When I went to a more professionally made one by BTG I stopped hearing it
post #3431 of 3790
So try a different speaker tap
post #3432 of 3790
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Originally Posted by marshallmole View Post
 

Just want to chime in about my recent finding. The mini-X a-100 also makes the old legacy AKG K340s sing. I've recently acquired this set up and got that 'wow' right away. 

The 340s used to be amped by my Audio-gd 10SE, which has enough power to drive them easily. But the Emotiva just brings it to a higher level. I guess that makes sense since these 'phones were probably designed with speaker amps in mind. 

 

Awesome! I was trying to track down a pair with this exact idea in mind! I can only imagine how much they open up with some serious amplification.

 

 

On a side note, as a Civil Engie, gotta love your location :D

post #3433 of 3790
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Originally Posted by spurxiii View Post

It might be the cables also I'm not sure why but I heard hissing when i was using a crude speaker tap. When I went to a more professionally made one by BTG I stopped hearing it

Could be. I am currently using this pair for the speaker taps: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lot-of-2-PYLE-PRO-PCBL34-12-Gauge-1-4-Female-Connector-to-Dual-Banana-Plugs-/191091480487 into this adapter: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000068O5D/.

post #3434 of 3790
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Originally Posted by IwasDerp View Post

Could be. I am currently using this pair for the speaker taps: http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Lot-of-2-PYLE-PRO-PCBL34-12-Gauge-1-4-Female-Connector-to-Dual-Banana-Plugs-/191091480487 into this adapter: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B000068O5D/.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong but I believe the TP60 does not have a common ground and the way you're connecting it merged the ground together. To make it work right I've recabled the HE500 so it terminates into a 4 pin XLR male, then connect that into my speaker taps which terminate into a 4 pin XLR female.

The cheapest way to do it right would be to cut the stock cable and just hook it up to the amp terminals
post #3435 of 3790
You can use that setup with the mini-x but not the topping. I did a similar thing to you with the topping and the circuit protection cut in so it doesn't even work at all for me. I'm surprised you get sound
Edited by spurxiii - 4/3/14 at 2:28am
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