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New to HE-500 club, but now do I need an amp?

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Greetings everyone,

 

I have been scouring this wonderful (and dangerous) place for the past many months to overwhelm myself with more information than I can digest.  But I have just recently joined the HE-500 club, and I simply love this pair of cans.  Currently my set up is the following:

 

iphone (flac) --> NuForce iDo --> HE-500

 

In general listen to jazz/vocal/acoustic, instrumental (piano, classical), and occasionally some pop.  To me this setup already sounds very good, but I am wondering if the iDo is driving the HE-500 properly.  I don't listen to my music loud, and have never need to go up to the upper end of the iDo's volume control.  

 

One of my many noob question is, if amp is only needed if more gain is needed?  Or if it's needed even in low volumes to properly drive the headphone (i.e. low-end/bass).

 

If amp is needed, I am also wondering if I should start with an entry level amp like the Magni or Asgard (would they be much different than the iDo)?  Or just save the money and just live with the iDo for a few months/year and go straight to something like the Mjolnir?  By the way, I am not fixed on Schiit gear, but it's just one of the company that constantly comes up in my search and have a product in different price point that is easy to use for reference.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 7
You should look into the schiit lyr. Though I've never heard the combo, it seems to be the most popular amp pairing for the he500
post #3 of 7

As mentioned above the lyr works very well with this hp. If you need to spend less money, this look at the Vali which is a real bargain at $130. 

post #4 of 7

ITT: People saying get a speaker amp.

 

Lyr is definitely a popular choice. I've read (but not heard personally) the Mjolnir is a bit harsh with the HE-500. I've heard the Violectric has great synergy with them. I've used the Project Ember, Beresford MKII, and M-Stage thus far and the Ember was by far the best of the three, but still enjoyable out of the M-Stage. Also, check out this thread: http://www.head-fi.org/t/551345/hifiman-he-500-he-as-in-high-end-proving-to-be-an-enjoyable-experience-in-listening/13500#post_10522077

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Thanks for the advice so far.  I am very good at convincing myself to spend money... and you guys have not been very "helpful" in steering me the other way.  :smile:

But, I guess before I try to figure out what amp I _want_ to get, my question is if I _need_ to get one?  As I have mentioned, I already have the NuForce icon iDo that is driving the HE-500, and in terms of volume, I am content (for my listening in general, I don't need it any louder, and I am only at 50%).  I am especially interested to know if I would benefit from some of these entry level (sub $250) amps.

post #6 of 7

Less than $250? Speaker amp: Emotiva MiniX and have a cable made that terminates into speaker taps. BTG Audio is a popular choice for this. Most other cable makers should be able to supply as well (Moon Audio, Norne, Toxic, etc). Just always be careful with your volume! Others can go far more in depth.

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Originally Posted by hp-noob View Post
 

Thanks for the advice so far.  I am very good at convincing myself to spend money... and you guys have not been very "helpful" in steering me the other way.  :smile:

But, I guess before I try to figure out what amp I _want_ to get, my question is if I _need_ to get one?  As I have mentioned, I already have the NuForce icon iDo that is driving the HE-500, and in terms of volume, I am content (for my listening in general, I don't need it any louder, and I am only at 50%).  I am especially interested to know if I would benefit from some of these entry level (sub $250) amps.

If you are content in how your current set-up performs and meets all your needs for a listening rig, then you are pretty much done and won't need extra equipment such an amp.

 

My current rig has been the same for a year now and I still find it hard to upgrade my DAC and AMP. The only thing I would consider to buy are different headphones as that is what affects what you hear the most.

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