- Dec 14, 2010
So: Vali, Magni, or other similar priced amp for the HE-500? Best synergy/pairing, recommendations please if anyone has heard these combos.
While I think the Vali would do wonders for the rather flat (IMO) sound of the HE-500's, I don't think it will drive them to their potential. They are considerably less efficient than the LCD's. The Magni/HE-500 combo, while I have not heard them together, doesn't strike me as the most likely to sound fantastic either. I found the HE-500's to be very accurate, but a bit dry. The slight edginess of the Magni, I'm thinking, won't do much to improve that. Tho if I had to choose between the two, The Magni would be the way to go. If you don't need the mini size and can spare the extra change, the Asguard2 would be a better option from the Schiit line.