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HE-500 Amp/Dac Combo?

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Hey guys,

 

Is there an amp/dac integrated combination you would recommend for the HE-500? Does anyone have any experience with these headphones and the O2+ODAC combo? Any recommendations are appreciated. Price range is around $400 but I can be flexible if it is worth it. I would prefer a 2 in 1 combo because I don't want 2 separate items.

 

I am not too well versed in Amps/Dacs so I appreciate any input. If it has to be a separate amp and dac which one should the larger range of the funds go towards?

 

I have also read the Schiit Asgard and Lyr are good amps with the HE-500 but then I would need a separate DAC. I would prefer the 2 in 1 combo but if there is no good option I will consider this.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 3

I asked the same question a few days back, hope you'll get more responses then I did.

I'm also not too familiar with DAC/Amps but here's some suggestions around 400.


Matrix Mini-I:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Matrix-mini-i-24-192-Balanced-DAC-Headphone-Amp-/350235725907

 

NuForce Icon HDP:

http://www.nuforce.com/hp/products/iconhdp/index.ph

 

Currently I'm using Fubar IV Plus with my HE500, and it seems decent, although admittedly, I don't have anything to compare it with.
http://www.firestone-audio.eu/shop/products/allproductslisted/fubar4-plus.php

post #3 of 3

Mad Lust Envy is selling his NFB-5 for $300 over in the sale forums. A brand new one is $425+ direct from Audio-GD. Might be worth checking out. The amp has gobs of power and the dac is a very well respected dual Wolfson setup with filters for oversampling.

 

I used to own the NFB-12 back in the day and was quite impressed with it's feature set and SQ. This is the step up version with a better power supply, nicer casework, and digital buttons in place of the analogue switches.

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