Originally Posted by Menkau-ra
I am planning to get a HE-400 or HE-500 and use it with my 801 with balanced amp card. How will it sound? I've read that balanced amp card should be enough for HE-400/500. Which should I choose?
IMO, if you can afford the HE-500, purchase that first and worry about amping requirements after. It seems that the
Max Output: 440 mw for the 801. If you decide to go for the HE-500 you won't be getting the most out of the headphone and will eventually need a more powerful amp (recommend the Emotiva Mini-x a-100). If you decide the HE-400, I'm unsure as to how much it will power the headphone and if it would be reaching is maximum potential in terms of amping power. From my experience so far, after purchasing the HE-500 from the help of others through this thread I created, I have not been disappointed and I am glad to have much more room for improvement either through mods or with proper amping and sourcing. Even without proper amping or source I still enjoy these headphones to the point that I know I do not want to get rid of them. They will most likely be end-game for me once I get the proper rig to run them. The HE-400 I've heard is much more fun and has better bass texture, but the fun factor of the headphone for many doesn't satisfy their long term desire for a headphone. I think you'd be happy with the HE-500 whether its properly amped to begin with or not, but remember that when they are properly amped, they will be comparable to summit-fi headphones in terms of enjoy-ability and musicality.