HE-500 and SEX or Mainline?

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Offline JAMC

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on: December 07, 2013, 12:26:52 PM
I have a Quickie on the way to try with my current Asgard/Bifrost and Emotive Mini-x setups but am looking down the road a bit and getting a SEX or Mainline to work with the He-500 (or maybe HE6 in the future). Is one any better sounding with the HE-500? I find that while the Asgard/Bifrost works it is thin sounding to me- disappointing. I would like to warm up the sound a bit.



Offline Paul Birkeland

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Reply #1 on: December 08, 2013, 07:32:58 AM
The HE-500 are advertised as working out of "normal headphone amplifiers", and the Mainline has about double the power into 32 Ohms as other solid state amps that I see being evaluated in a thread over at Headfi.

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Reply #2 on: December 09, 2013, 02:01:55 AM
The HE-500 are advertised as working out of "normal headphone amplifiers", and the Mainline has about double the power into 32 Ohms as other solid state amps that I see being evaluated in a thread over at Headfi.

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How do the SEX and Mainline compare in output at 38 Ohms (HiFIMan's spec for HE-500) though. I am trying to decide between the two.



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Reply #3 on: December 09, 2013, 08:42:52 AM
The Mainline will make 600mW at 38 Ohms.

The SEX will make something like 800-1000mW at 38 Ohms on the 16 Ohm taps.

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Reply #4 on: December 09, 2013, 09:52:33 AM
The Mainline will make 600mW at 38 Ohms.

The SEX will make something like 800-1000mW at 38 Ohms on the 16 Ohm taps.

The Mainline outputs the same whether in single ended or balanced mode?
Thanks.



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Reply #5 on: December 09, 2013, 10:10:53 AM
The Mainline outputs the same whether in single ended or balanced mode?
Thanks.
Yes.

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