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Amp upgrade for HE-500

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

Previously I owned HD-650 + Meier Concerto. HD650 - was upgraded to HE-500.

Now I`m considering amp upgrade to properly drive these cans.

My current choice is Burson Soloist.

And now the question - how much benefits such change can bring? Is it really worth spending 1k$ for Soloist? 

Unfortunately, I don`t have any preview option and choice will be blind, so any of your comments will be really helpful!  

post #2 of 14

The HE-500 scale up with better amplification, the Soloist not only is more powerful amp but more transparent and able to drive from the most demanding headphones to the most sensitive ones with low noise floor.

Build quality wise is built to last for years. 

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

I have no doubts the Soloist is a good amp. But the angle of my question was a bit different.

Is difference that HE-500 will show after upgrade from Concerto to Soloist will be justified by price anyhow?

post #4 of 14

well, do you have an audio shop nearby which can audition the soloist so that you can test your HE 500 personally?

or if you have doubt about the $1000 spending, I've been using and heard that the soloist SL powers the HE 500 well also (from the figures Hifiman seemed to suggest 1W for HE500 to shine, where the SL puts out a bit over 1.2W at 38Ohms as confirmed by burson to some fellow headfi members in the SL thread) so you might want to get a shot if you don't need the extra pre-amp function and the stepped attenuator?

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Originally Posted by kenz0 View Post
 

 

Is difference that HE-500 will show after upgrade from Concerto to Soloist will be justified by price anyhow?

 

Absolutely. 

post #6 of 14

It also depends if you want an amp that can be used with multiple headphones, or an amp specifically for the HE-500. The Soloist would be great for headphones other than HE-500 also, but if you only care about getting great sound out of the HE-500, I recommend a cheaper speaker amp like the Lepai LP-2020A+ or Emotiva a-100 miniX. http://www.head-fi.org/t/686531/speaker-amp-comparisons-for-he-500

post #7 of 14

Had a soloist with the HE-500 and wasn't impressed with the pairing.  The HE-500 really opens up and becomes a much faster headphone with speaker amplifiers.

post #8 of 14

I've only heard the HE-500 with one amp, the Audio GD SA-31, but that was a great pairing IMHO. Enough power to drive them properly, a very neutral sound and a great sense of space that worked perfectly with the headphones.

post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Had a soloist with the HE-500 and wasn't impressed with the pairing.  The HE-500 really opens up and becomes a much faster headphone with speaker amplifiers.
What kind of speaker amp would be a good pairing?
post #10 of 14

I recently got a HE-500 and a WA6-SE (the latter arrived today). And I have to say it powers the HE-500 very well. I haven't heard enough to give you a good review and opinion about it yet though (so far it's kickass though :))

 

But tube is probably not what you are looking for?

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

Had a soloist with the HE-500 and wasn't impressed with the pairing.  The HE-500 really opens up and becomes a much faster headphone with speaker amplifiers.
What kind of speaker amp would be a good pairing?

 

I used a handful of speakers with planars and right now the Emotiva A-100 is really a great amplifier for the HE-500. Someone just got a Woo Audio 22 and they prefer the Emotiva to the WA22 with the HE500

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

I used a handful of speakers with planars and right now the Emotiva A-100 is really a great amplifier for the HE-500. Someone just got a Woo Audio 22 and they prefer the Emotiva to the WA22 with the HE500

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

I'm currently using the Emotiva with the HE-400, and it's great. It's easy to make an adapter too, even if you can't solder. Just get a Switchcraft model 1230 TRS female and some wire. This female jack has screw terminals, so all you is screw on the wire. Super easy and no soldering needed. You'd save a bundle of money with this amp.
post #13 of 14
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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post
 

 

I used a handful of speakers with planars and right now the Emotiva A-100 is really a great amplifier for the HE-500. Someone just got a Woo Audio 22 and they prefer the Emotiva to the WA22 with the HE500

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/he-500-lcd2-d5000-dt770-sr80-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

My ears got tickled.  You must have been talking about me. ;)

post #14 of 14

hifiman ef-6. it drives the he 500 beautifuly, and is ready to drive the he-6 properly if you want to upgrade. it is also great with hd 800.

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