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recommendation for amp and dac for HIFIMAN HE-500

post #1 of 10
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i need a recommendation for an amp and dac for the cans, budget 800-900$ max.

i've heard that dv337\9 is a combo "from heaven" but in another community they says this cans need alot of power and these amps cant run them because of the low ohm.

 

btw the music i listen to is extreme metal.

post #2 of 10

I know some guys here recommend using speaker amps for Hifiman, but there are also very capable headphone amps that will drive them. Any preference, tube/solid state? 

post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by jackwess View Post

I know some guys here recommend using speaker amps for Hifiman, but there are also very capable headphone amps that will drive them. Any preference, tube/solid state? 

 


since i never had amp, i have no idea.

but i Really like the concept of tubes customize the sound.

post #4 of 10

The Schiit Lyr might be just what you are looking for. After reading the HE-500 thread in the Headphones forum, I get the impression that it's one of the most popular choices for the HE-500. Also it responds very well to tube rolling.

 

I have the HE-500 and use it with Audio GD SA-31, which could be an option if you want solid state amp that has a little bit of tube-like warmth and musicality (at the risk of spreading stereotypical nonsense.. rolleyes.gif ) The SA-31 was designed with planars in mind, like the Lyr, and can drive the HE-500 easily .

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The Schiit Lyr might be just what you are looking for. After reading the HE-500 thread in the Headphones forum, I get the impression that it's one of the most popular choices for the HE-500. Also it responds very well to tube rolling.

 

I have the HE-500 and use it with Audio GD SA-31, which could be an option if you want solid state amp that has a little bit of tube-like warmth and musicality (at the risk of spreading stereotypical nonsense.. rolleyes.gif ) The SA-31 was designed with planars in mind, like the Lyr, and can drive the HE-500 easily .

i'll read about these two, any suggestion for dac?

post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by Utopia View Post

The Schiit Lyr might be just what you are looking for. After reading the HE-500 thread in the Headphones forum, I get the impression that it's one of the most popular choices for the HE-500. Also it responds very well to tube rolling.

 

I have the HE-500 and use it with Audio GD SA-31, which could be an option if you want solid state amp that has a little bit of tube-like warmth and musicality (at the risk of spreading stereotypical nonsense.. rolleyes.gif ) The SA-31 was designed with planars in mind, like the Lyr, and can drive the HE-500 easily .

 

Can't go wrong with the lyr and a nice set of tubes...

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i'll read about these two, any suggestion for dac?

 

On a budget...odac. Got three bills...bifrost

post #7 of 10
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btw i'm looking for bright-natural sound.

the audio gd and brifost in this category?
 

post #8 of 10

check matrix m-stage, they are pretty good as entry level amp for he500

post #9 of 10

its only about $240 compare the lehmann linear which is $1000

post #10 of 10

Hey all,

I have the same question.  I email Schiit Audio and they recommend for tube "be looking at Lyr 2, or if you want to stay solid-state, Asgard 2".  With their Bifrost, of course.  I tried them with my main system's Creek Destiny 2 and Wavelength Brick and the sound was underwhelming, but the Destiny wasn't built for headphones, plus, I'm not going to keep $4-5K tied up in a headphone amp/DAC setup.

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