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How do these play with planars?
Specifically the he500
I can't speak to the He500 but I tried with the 4XX. I thought it sounded excellent, although I preferred the Senn 6XX and Beyerdynamic T1.2. For reasons that are not super clear to me, the consensus seems to be that solid-state amps are a better match for planars. That said, I cannot imagine being dismayed with the sound of the 4XX through this, it was really enjoyable.
These are a tube amp, so they won't work amazingly with planars. The 500's have low impedance as well so as the output impedance on the Darkvoice is quite high (like 30 or 50 ish) it will cause distortion and lower the quality of the sound. You can still listen to them through it, but it'd be taking away most of what the 500's are good for and boosting what they're not, as well as adding distortion.
Yeah my vali 2 on high gain makes my He500 sound bloated and lacking in detail - I think because the output impedance gets much higher.
Thanks for that, I didn’t know the output impedance. That’d be way too high.