ALO Pan Am desktop/portable headphone amp/DAC: Impressions and Reviews
Jul 21, 2015 at 11:06 PM Post #1,036 of 1,147

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The TH600 is a V-shaped sounding (semi) closed back HP with some of the best low end you will hear in any headphones around.
 
Jul 30, 2015 at 8:33 AM Post #1,037 of 1,147

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Any of you Pan Am owners use the Fidelio X2 as your primary? I'm thinking about picking one up!
 
Jul 30, 2015 at 9:34 AM Post #1,038 of 1,147

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I auditioned the X2, he 500 and he 560 and I thought the X2 and he 500 performed very well with the pan am. It was a pretty close call between them but I did prefer the he 500. I did not think the pan am played well with the he 560. Maybe it was the particular pair of he 560s that I had but they sounded thin, very bass shy and seemed underpowered. The pan am should have had enough power took handle them,so I don't know what the story was but they were easily my least favorite out of the three with the pan am. To my ears the x2 was the best bang for your buck out of the 3 though the he 500 is dropping in price and is also an excellent value and better headphone though I wouldn't say drastically so. If you're diligent you can find them new for $500 or less and used for less than $400. X2 can be had used on Amazon for $225.
 
Aug 1, 2015 at 12:16 PM Post #1,039 of 1,147

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Thanks for your thoughts! I've actually got an audition pair coming in next week so maybe I'll drop a few impressions!
 
 
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Aug 15, 2015 at 2:48 AM Post #1,042 of 1,147

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I may get a HE 500 instead of my HE 400

What do you think of the synergy ???
 
Aug 15, 2015 at 2:52 AM Post #1,043 of 1,147

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I also tried the new Audeze El8 with it and beside a little improvement compare to solid state amp like the oppo I wasn't that impressed
 
Aug 15, 2015 at 8:41 AM Post #1,044 of 1,147

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I may get a HE 500 instead of my HE 400

What do you think of the synergy ???

I think the 500 works beautifully with the Pan. Nice thick but clean low end, rich mids, and crystal upper end. With Russian tubes, this is a killer setup!
 
Aug 15, 2015 at 3:12 PM Post #1,045 of 1,147

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sounds good, I'll look for a pair around my place :wink:
 
Aug 15, 2015 at 5:28 PM Post #1,046 of 1,147

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No problem! Please report back with you're impressions.


Well here are my thoughts:

The x2 is basically a diet he-500. Very similar sound signature. Slightly warm tilt but still very resolving. The x2 is lighter on the head and it's stock pads are softer than the stock 500 pads.

So I'd recommend the x2 to someone wanting to try that type of sig without spending an arm and a leg.
 
Aug 15, 2015 at 5:34 PM Post #1,048 of 1,147

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I agree! In my A B comparisons I thought they were very, very similar in signature and I was surprised by how close the X2 was to the 500 in sound quality and it is definitely more comfortable. . It really is an amazing value.
 
Aug 16, 2015 at 3:35 AM Post #1,049 of 1,147

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interesting

Do I get more low end and thickness with the Philips ?? I guess It will have less mediums and details than Sennheiser what is not a issue with Minimal house and electro house,

I'm looking for a pair for listening exclusively E.D.M, I have the 800's for the rest
 
Aug 16, 2015 at 3:37 AM Post #1,050 of 1,147

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I can find some cheap X1 around X2 are coming closed to 2 hands HE 500
 

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