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    New release - the AKG K553 Pro - featuring a killer Massdrop deal

    Just got mine today. I like them! No nasty glare, and the fit and isolation are sufficient for my purposes (huge, noisy fan in my room).
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    mandrake50, money4me247: thanks for clearing that up. I guess the fact that Project Garage amps are all hybrids (and one SS) lends credence to the rule of thumb that hybrids are good for the 560.   Quote:   Yeah, afaik I'm the only person with a stated real-world example of a tube amp...
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      I guess... I'm woefully inadequate at the real science of the stuff, but my layman's thought at the moment is that: 1) I've heard from more knowledgeable folks that full tube is generally bad for HE-560 2) I've tried my 560 out of a tube amp and there was actually distortion aplenty (it's a...
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    That's a hybrid though. To my understanding pure tube (OTL) with 560 is a bad idea, although there are probably exceptions.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Tried them with a Pico DAC/amp. Wasn't really impressed.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      What amp do you have?  In lieu of a new thread, it might be faster to just search this one for models you're eyeing, or ask with your budget in mind.  Heaps of consensus on Lyr 2 (but which tubes, I dunno).  Lots of people also like the Ember and its ilk. TMRaven and I both have Asgard 2...
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    LFF's Enigma (new from the maker of the Paradox)

    Whoa, why are you selling?
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Oh I think I see what you mean now: HA-1 has DSD, and you're saying it is a DAC/amp combo, so it really is an all-in-one device. If you end up adding a tube amp to it, I think that defeats the purpose of an all-in-one, and I'd go with Sonic Defender's suggestion: get a pure DAC like Gungnir, add...
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

        Do you consider DSD important? Because these 2 posts seem to contradict each other. And if DSD is important, Schiit has the Loki. 
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      Ah. It was a bit confusing when you referred to the HE-400's bass one moment, then to the HE-400i's bass the next, and closed with a recommendation on the 400i although you began by saying you own the 400.     Hear hear!
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    money4me247, I thought you had the old HE-400? But at various points in your post, you refer to the new 400i?
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      If we're talking about power on a budget, why Vali? Magni pushes out twice the power.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Asgard 2.  Beat out the pricier-but-portable Pico, and the cheaper-and-still-good-but-less-versatile Vali (it is of course useless for IEMs and sensitive headphones).
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Thanks for all the responses everyone. I really don't want to splurge on anything more expensive than the Asgard 2, so that leaves Lyr out. If I had the cash that is absolutely the amp I'd want. Dislike the Project amps; I'm uncomfortable with the open design. Thus, it's really Asgard 2 or I...
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    What's this thread think of amping the HE-560 with Vali vs Asgard 2?
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      A lot of false dichotomies and straw man fallacies here. Just addressing (sequentially) with the phrases in bold. 1. Nobody said anybody should or does base purchases on graphs. Graphs are additional data (just as subjective write-ups are data on the same product in question). 2. Fanboys...
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Soundsgoodtome has tried them with both, and posted his thoughts on the Ember. Just search within thread, you'll find the posts.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Vali and Lyr are both hybrid amps. Says so on the product pages. For a full tube amp by Schiit, you'd have to get a Valhalla.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    I'm having trouble telling the difference, tbh.
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    [REVIEW]: Future Sonics MG5Pro 10mm Dynamic Driver Custom Fit In-Ear Monitor

    +1 on JH16 vs MG5Pro! I've got a 13, so that comparison would be useful.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    I quite enjoy the "technobabble". I'm learning quite a bit, and it helps me better choose gear.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    FWIW Justin_Time's review (pg 1 of thread) covers some of the effects he found when using different cables. He tried some silver cables and copper cables, and compared it to the stock cable. The 6moons review says stock cable = silver + copper.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

      Probably not since the last time you asked, which was less than a week ago.  I'm sure anyone who posts here will state what amp they're using for the 560.
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    [REVIEW]: Future Sonics MG5Pro 10mm Dynamic Driver Custom Fit In-Ear Monitor

    Great review + background explanation! Wouldn't have appreciated dynamic drivers so much without it.
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    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Thanks everyone for weighing in on the amp pairing comment, very helpful as I expect to be a happy secondhand HE-560 in time to come. FWIW I'll be trying out the Vali and Pico (DAC/amp, not the Slim or the Power) first and report back. 
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