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I am looking for the most cost efficient amp for HE-500 that is not underpowered. Any suggestions?

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I am looking for the most cost efficient amp for HE-500 that is not underpowered. Any suggestions?

I vote the Lyr.

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Project Sunrise II(2) Alot of good reviews with the he-500 and about half the price of the lyr. Although they are both really good options
 

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Project Sunrise II(2) Alot of good reviews with the he-500 and about half the price of the lyr. Although they are both really good options
 

Thanks. How funny. I hardly read any reviews. Just had a great gut feeling and already ordered one!

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Project Sunrise II(2) Alot of good reviews with the he-500 and about half the price of the lyr. Although they are both really good options
 

 

 

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Thanks. How funny. I hardly read any reviews. Just had a great gut feeling and already ordered one!

Oh and what about DAC? :)

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Try Bifrost or ODAC for cost efficiency.

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To the OP.  How are you liking the PSII with the HE-500s?
 

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To the OP.  How are you liking the PSII with the HE-500s?
 

Unfortunately they have not arrived yet! They seem to be stuck in LA (final destination Finland). Not manufacturers problem but delivery company (USPS). Very irritating as I will on travels without the amp for the next month. Will do a write-up in this thread once I eventually get them.

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Looking forward to reading your impressions as there aren't many reviews on this amp or combination. 

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O2 and ODAC is probs the best COST EFFECTIVE combo, but I am curious about the new Schiits out... The HE-500 sounds fabulous with the EF-5, very mellow, midly warm, and awesome synergy. I like it the best together than any other Amp under $1000. I use a Calyx Coffee DAC. I don't exactly recommend high-end DACs as something like the ODAC and Calyx Coffee is more than enough while something like the Bifrost at something around $400~ doesn't really separate much from the price difference.

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waiting your impression on Sunrise II? 

 

anyway, NFB-15.32 is really a good deal for $260 for amp/dac. Powerful enough, almost 3 watt at ohm level of the HE-500. it drives it with ease. it improves soundstage a lot compared with ef-5, which i returned after 2 weeks of use. i like the optical input in NFB-15.32. it helps to use many headphone features out of my Xonar ST including dolby headphone without the use of the card's headphone jack. 


Edited by nassq8 - 12/25/12 at 4:26pm
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waiting your impression on Sunrise II? 

 

anyway, NFB-15.32 is a really a good deal for $260 for amp/dac. Powerful enough, almost 3 watt at ohm level of the HE-500. it drives it with ease. it improves soundstage a lot compared with ef-5, which i returned after 2 weeks of use. i like the optical input in NFB-15.32. it helps to use many features out of my Xonar ST including dolby headphone.  


Yes, I am taking about the Sunrise II. It's interesting to me because there is the option for DIY at only $200.

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Just build my Sunrise II ,  this thing with a nice 12v tube kicks.

I feel depending on tubes you  have in the Lyr (sub 200$ tubes)

the Sunrise is just as good and drives my T50rp Maddogs beautifully.

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Any final reviews? I just built and have been listening to my PSii for several days. I'm feeding it right off of a laptop soundcard, so I'd love to hear what you think of it with a DAC as well as which DAC you'd recommend.

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