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Seemed like the headphone is optimzed for high-impedance headphones like HD-650. If I just purchased a HE 500, how good would the bottlehead crack + speedball upgrade work with the HE 500?
@Influrenza This particular model is not ideal for Hifiman cans, for exactly the reasons you note. I hear rumors that if this buy is successful (oh wait, yeah, that already happened) there's a chance the Bottlehead S.E.X. might be in the cards for the future.<br /><br />In your particular case, you might want to sit tight and watch for that one - the S.E.X. will handle your HE-500s with ease.<br /><br />As for me? I'm in for both.
Thanks for the heads up. I don't really have any high impedance headphones (yet), so I think I'll hold off on this. Hopefully we can see the S.E.X. up on massdrop soon though ;)
Same situation as you but I can barely resist.. This is an amazing, fun kit too, but I don't have any high impedance. <br />Might just buy it, build it, store it until I get the HD 650 and possibly HD 800.<br /><br />Funny note: one month ago, I had the exact setup. What a fool I was...
Do it! I don't even have cans or a DAC yet!
HE-500 won't work properly with Crack+Speedball due to the low 38 Ohm impedance. The crack only works with headphone with 150 ohm or higher. I used to test Crack with my AKG Q701, which is 68 ohm; consequently, it did not drive my headphone appropriately. If you wanted to buy Crack, I would highly recommend go for HD 600/650/800, Beyer Dt 880/990 pro version or 250/600 ohm. The results with these headphone will be far exceed the cost you invested.