Originally Posted by money4me247
amazingg! i heard the he-560 is pretty efficient. just wondering if you have nicer amps couldja do a side-by-side comparison and see how big of a sound quality difference more expensive amps provide.
can you hear the difference between dac & no dac? =P what dac do you have?
The HE-560 is actually very efficient, it's quite easy to get it to a listenable sound level. Personally, I can run it straight from my iPhone if I wanted to (5/8 total volume output).
Right now, the only DAC I have with me is the V-Moda VAMP Verza (running with the Verza at full volume) which I've actually tested with the Bravo. It adds a slight touch of warmth due to the treble control, which is something that is definitely quite nice to have. This is in comparison of driving it straight out of my Macbook. It's also a little louder with the Vamp Verza.
OK, that's a little OT :p With that said, the Bravo V3 pairs very well with a lot of things, whether they are good or bad, something that is definitely a good thing. Now I just have to learn not to touch the heat sinks while I'm plugging stuff in :p
The only other amp I have with me right now is the Silverstone EB-03 which has more of a v-shaped signature coming out of my Macbook straight. Straight out of the Macbook, the Bravo is steps ahead of it (with or without the help of the V-Moda Vamp Verza). (From here on out, I've paired both with the Verza and will be doing comparisons like that.) However, when you pair the Silverstone with the Vamp Verza, it balances out very nicely and controls the bass and gives a very smooth bass response (most likely due to the 10 ohm output impedance of the Verza?) that the Bravo doesn't have. The Bravo offers stronger detail retrieval and slight aggression to it in contrast. I have to say, they are really on par with each other. Though I wish the Bravo was magnetically shielded :p It doesn't mix too well when my iPhone is lying around.
The rest of my arsenal is about 50 miles away from me right now... So I may have more time to compare it to the likes of the NAD D 1050 and pair it with the NuForce uDAC-3. I should have a HiFiMan EF-2A in house soon as well. With that said, I can definitely start pairing it with different DACs and testing it against others as well.
*Notes: although I purchased the Bravo V3 (at a discounted price from a site that shall remain nameless), the V-Moda VAMP Verza, Silverstone EB-03, and NAD D 1050 were both review samples (the D 1050 is a loan model that I eventually will have to return). The HiFiMan EF-2A will be coming from HiFiMan for me to test (and purchase if I feel that it pairs well).
Edited by tinyman392 - 8/9/14 at 11:30pm