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The mac has a wolfson dac which are far superior to a burr browm dac. Why do you think iPod classics are still selling for so much? It is because they have that wolfson dac in it where as apples newer MP3s either have a burr brown dac or some other crappy thing in it.

I REALLY recommend that you go for the HE-500. The HE-400 is good, but it simply can't touch the 500, and the HD 600 and 650s are too different sounding than some lower cost solutions. The HE-500s are going to be the headphones that actually proves to be a significant enough change in sound signature to justify an upgrade.

Does it fit my music preferences, though? EDM, Hardcore, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, and the like? I'm becoming more interested in the HD 650 as well...I've just found out I can get them for $399 brand new...worth it possibly?

Also, do the Macbook Airs still have the Wolfson DACs? I've been trying to find that info out for the life of me...
 
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If they have a brick and mortar store then typically yes. Otherwise, I would inquire about restocking fees and as well as ask if those could be waived, because you are unable to audition them first.

I looked up where the shop is and it looks like some back road inside a neighborhood
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Since we are on the topic...is there a reasonable sized speaker amp that I can look for to run from my Asgard 2, and output it to my speakers (Cerwin-Vega D-3/kinda vintage)?

You mean using your A2 as a pre-amp????

What speakers do you have? They have to be REALLY low sensitivity to need a pre-amp. If anything I say get a jolida fx 10 amp and make a speaker amp to headphone amp resistor box and sell your A2.

If your speakers are high sensitivity, I have heard that you can even get away with using RCA to banana plug adapters and run your speakers right from your A2. I am not so sure that it would work, but if you save a couple hundred bucks, then it might be worth it.
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I looked up where the shop is and it looks like some back road inside a neighborhood

I suggest calling the vendor or shooting them an email and asking then. Will probably be the quickest way for you to find out. Just say something like "I am highly interested in potentially purchasing a HiFiMAN HE-500 from you if available. Do you have an actual storefront I can walk in to audition them first? If not, what are your restocking fees if I decide the sound is not for me?"

If they reply back and say they do have a store and a demo unit for you to audition, then fantastic! If not and they don't have restocking fees, order one and return it if you don't like them. Otherwise, if they don't have a storefront/demo unit AND they have restocking fees, see if they are willing to waive it for you.
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You mean using your A2 as a pre-amp????

What speakers do you have? They have to be REALLY low sensitivity to need a pre-amp. If anything I say get a jolida fx 10 amp and make a speaker amp to headphone amp resistor box and sell your A2.

If your speakers are high sensitivity, I have heard that you can even get away with using RCA to banana plug adapters and run your speakers right from your A2. I am not so sure that it would work, but if you save a couple hundred bucks, then it might be worth it.

Yeah, sorry for the terrible wording redface.gif. They are a 'vintage' pair of Cerwin-Vega D-3s. Nice speakers, and currently running them off of an old cheap '3-Disc Changer Stereo' kinda thing. Not ideal, but does pretty well for its current purpose. And I've thought about that, but don't know much about speakers, and as far as I can tell (from researching) Cerwin-Vega is pretty much non-cooperative with the specs of speakers from their D-(X) line of speakers from then. Needless to say, the speakers are older than I am, but have had the woofer surround replaced and sound great to my ears.
 
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Does it fit my music preferences, though? EDM, Hardcore, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, and the like? I'm becoming more interested in the HD 650 as well...I've just found out I can get them for $399 brand new...worth it possibly?

Also, do the Macbook Airs still have the Wolfson DACs? I've been trying to find that info out for the life of me...

As for musical preference.......probably. Honestly I am not the one to answer that question. The most I have to judge that music style with would be Lindsey Stirling and Tool.

I will make you an offer though. If you give me a laundry list of music that you like, I will load it up on my laptop and test them all out on saturday.

I will give you a list of headphones that did well and try to give you as many options to contemplate as possible. This event is really shaping up to be an interesting one. Everything from the cmoy amp up to my friends custom western electric tube amp. I am sure I can find you a perfect fit thumb.gif
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Does it fit my music preferences, though? EDM, Hardcore, Metal, Hip Hop, Rap, and the like? I'm becoming more interested in the HD 650 as well...I've just found out I can get them for $399 brand new...worth it possibly?

Also, do the Macbook Airs still have the Wolfson DACs? I've been trying to find that info out for the life of me...

HE500 has great bass and good everything else so I would say yes. I got my HD650 for $485 new so I would say yes here as well. tongue.gif
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Yeah, sorry for the terrible wording redface.gif. They are a 'vintage' pair of Cerwin-Vega D-3s. Nice speakers, and currently running them off of an old cheap '3-Disc Changer Stereo' kinda thing. Not ideal, but does pretty well for its current purpose. And I've thought about that, but don't know much about speakers, and as far as I can tell (from researching) Cerwin-Vega is pretty much non-cooperative with the specs of speakers from their D-(X) line of speakers from then. Needless to say, the speakers are older than I am, but have had the woofer surround replaced and sound great to my ears.

yeah I am seeing that they have a sensitivity of 94db (correct me if I am wrong). That is pretty high, so you won't need a crap ton of power like mine. Changing out the woofers could have changed that rating a bit, but even still, it should be pretty efficient.

.....I know how this forum feels about tube audio. I have heard it a million times. All I am going to ask is would you be open minded to a tube amp?

If tube audio is not your cup of tea, then I suggest you head out to a thrift store before you look at buy a new one. Sometimes you can find dynaco, Knight, sansui, RCA, heathkit, or a quad amp for dirt cheap. As long as they work, they sound amazing. I found an old sansui receiver for 45 bucks, and it sounds better than some of the 300+ speaker amps. Vintage=Win smile.gif
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As for musical preference.......probably. Honestly I am not the one to answer that question. The most I have to judge that music style with would be Lindsey Stirling and Tool.

I will make you an offer though. If you give me a laundry list of music that you like, I will load it up on my laptop and test them all out on saturday.

I will give you a list of headphones that did well and try to give you as many options to contemplate as possible. This event is really shaping up to be an interesting one. Everything from the cmoy amp up to my friends custom western electric tube amp. I am sure I can find you a perfect fit thumb.gif

I am actually a big Tool fan, so that could be part of the list. I'll try and keep this short and compact, and let me know if any of the artists are just plain unacceptable. I know many don't like explicit lyrics, and not sure the rules on this at meets.

I'll name some songs that are fairly well produced (considering their respective generes)

Metal/Rock/Hardcore/etc.
August Burns Red - Empire
After the Burial - Aspiration
Between the Buried and Me - Alaska, Autodidact, (B) The Decade of Statues (top priority tongue.gif...think priority of clean underwear wink.gif)
Veil of Maya - We Bow In Its Aura (Hardcore/Metal)
Jukebox the Ghost - Good Day
Dance Gavin Dance - And I Told Them I Invented Times New Roman (what I consider to be an amazing voice, and want emphasized).

Dubstep/House/Electronic/etc.
Nero
Zedd - Spectrum, Clarity
Zomboy - City 2 City (ft. Belle Humble), Pump It Up
Major Lazer - You're No Good, Jai No Partai
Skrillex (yes...Skrillex) - First of the Year (Equinox), Kill EVERYBODY, Bangarang

Rap/Hip hop/etc.
A$AP Rocky - Hell, Wild for the Night, Suddenly
Kendrick Lamar - Poetic Justice, Swimming Pools (Drank)
Tech N9ne - He's a Mental Giant, I Love Music

Let me know if that list is too long, or if I need to shorten it in someway, I definitely can. I legally own the CDs for all of these songs, so getting the tracks to you is a matter of a simple Dropbox link smile.gif. I thank you highly once again smile.gif.
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HE500 has great bass and good everything else so I would say yes. I got my HD650 for $485 new so I would say yes here as well. tongue.gif

Hmm interesting...and yeah, RazerDog Audio sent me an email for a coupon code to use on the Senn's and it chopped off $100. Free shipping, too. Very tempted, but trying to be patient. I live in a very small town, but work in a larger one, and still, headphone audio isn't a big market there, making it extremely hard to test anything out.
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yeah I am seeing that they have a sensitivity of 94db (correct me if I am wrong). That is pretty high, so you won't need a crap ton of power like mine. Changing out the woofers could have changed that rating a bit, but even still, it should be pretty efficient.

.....I know how this forum feels about tube audio. I have heard it a million times. All I am going to ask is would you be open minded to a tube amp?

If tube audio is not your cup of tea, then I suggest you head out to a thrift store before you look at buy a new one. Sometimes you can find dynaco, Knight, sansui, RCA, heathkit, or a quad amp for dirt cheap. As long as they work, they sound amazing. I found an old sansui receiver for 45 bucks, and it sounds better than some of the 300+ speaker amps. Vintage=Win smile.gif

Like I said, I'm not terribly sure, but I just replaced the rotting woofers with direct replacements. Nothing fancy, and a great DIY project that I thoroughly enjoyed--even if it was simply tongue.gif. Also, where is this receiver? I was looking at an Onkyo one on Amazon that has pretty great reviews and is ~$142...just haven't had the need to pull the trigger yet, though.
 
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yeah I am seeing that they have a sensitivity of 94db (correct me if I am wrong). That is pretty high, so you won't need a crap ton of power like mine. Changing out the woofers could have changed that rating a bit, but even still, it should be pretty efficient.

.....I know how this forum feels about tube audio. I have heard it a million times. All I am going to ask is would you be open minded to a tube amp?

If tube audio is not your cup of tea, then I suggest you head out to a thrift store before you look at buy a new one. Sometimes you can find dynaco, Knight, sansui, RCA, heathkit, or a quad amp for dirt cheap. As long as they work, they sound amazing. I found an old sansui receiver for 45 bucks, and it sounds better than some of the 300+ speaker amps. Vintage=Win smile.gif

I hope you tested for dc offset before hooking up your speakers/headphones?
    
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