HiFiMan EF5 Vacuum Tube Headphone Amp
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I am using the HiFiMan EF5 with my HiFiMan HE500 headphones. I bought the unit without a listening test based upon the reviews it had received. Since I am using the HE500's it made sense to add another HiFiMan product to the sound chain. I am delighted with my purchase. This amp gives out a sound that I have only heard with amps priced at the $1500-$2500 level. I am using it with the Meridian Explorer DAC with upgraded connectors by audioquest. I am intending to upgrade the power cable and my speaker headphone cable as well. I cannot even imagine the quality I will get out of this set up once I do that. Of course I know that sound is only as good as the weakest component in the chain, and the EF5 is clearly NOT a weak component. At the price, this amp is an audiophile bargain! I wanted a good headphone amp without spending 4 figures and WOW did I get one!
Pros: quality sound, price, amp/pre-amp separation
Cons: portability, amp/pre amp separation