I have no doubt in my mind that it is, though I haven't tried the HE-5LE. The air and space on the HE-4 is what I really like about it. The other two HFM planars that I've tried with dual magnet arrays (HE-400 and HE-500) are both more closed in. Since the HE-5LE is simply the HE-4 with more magnets, I can't say I'm interested in it. More closed in, more weight, same FR (maybe).