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post #106 of 294
Heyheyhey! 899usd with the EF-5? I want in on that!
post #107 of 294
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Originally Posted by Pyriel0 View Post
I hope they make an inexpensive balanced cable(4 pin xlr) for it soon. I would buy one just to compare against the K1000 but I don't want to modify the stock cable due to resale/refund. It would be interesting to see what they can do running off the F1.
Is the stock cable available as a separate item?
post #108 of 294
I just emailed them asking where to buy the connectors and which ones they are. I'll post back when I get a response. Idk if the stock cable is available separately.
post #109 of 294
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I just emailed them asking where to buy the connectors and which ones they are. I'll post back when I get a response. Idk if the stock cable is available separately.
Great, if the connectors are available then the options are limitless
post #110 of 294
2 days ago

the connection is still out of stock now, pls kindly wait for its release.

Best,

Customer Service Department, Head-Direct Corporation

could i buy a pair of the coaxial plugs from you for the headphones ?
post #111 of 294
Thread Starter 
1. Will ship HE-5 orders on Monday
2. Will include two connectors in the package from now on.
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post #112 of 294
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Originally Posted by Pyriel0 View Post
I hope they make an inexpensive balanced cable(4 pin xlr) for it soon. I would buy one just to compare against the K1000 but I don't want to modify the stock cable due to resale/refund. It would be interesting to see what they can do running off the F1.

If you're good with wires and soldering, then you can get any wiring that you want and use the existing terminations, no?

Modify away and teach us newbies what to do. I'm a techie, but i need instructions.
post #113 of 294

Question about HE-5 neutrality

After reading the complete thread and some others dealing with the HE-5 headphones, I am still somewhat confused:
Would you describe them as neutral (like the AKG K701 are supposed to be)?
Thank you very much in advance...
post #114 of 294
No, i personally would not compare them as being neutral at all. They give a neutral sound reproduction, but they are lively and aggressive.
My best comparison is using the Jades to Omega II MK2 comparison.

Another comparison that I would use, is the K701's compared to the HD800's.

The 701's and the Omegas and the LCD's have gobs of detail but are extremely laid back. The Jades and the HE-5's and the 800's have gobs of detail and head stage, but they are more aggressive and lively.

I would say that 60% the headphone world is going to prefer the HE-5's and 40% is going to prefer the LCD-2's.

I personally don't like a laidback headphone. That's me. I like one that brings a keg to the party. If you want to sip on a glass of Chardonnay and listen to music, the Omegas, the 701's and the LCD-2's would probably fit more of your preferences.
post #115 of 294
Aaron because of you and Skylab I have placed an order for the HE5! I am hoping to do a re-cable, have not decided if I should go SE or balanced (AKG plug). Will keep you posted to see if you would like to try the cable.
post #116 of 294
My only real reservation is their weight. I like to 'move' a bit when I listen (often to dance music) and I'm concerned that they'll feel a bit cumbersome. The 30-day refund option is great but with UK import duty/tax of around 25% and then return ship, it might end up a very expensive audition.
post #117 of 294
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
No, i personally would not compare them as being neutral at all. They give a neutral sound reproduction, but they are lively and aggressive.
My best comparison is using the Jades to Omega II MK2 comparison.

Another comparison that I would use, is the K701's compared to the HD800's.

The 701's and the Omegas and the LCD's have gobs of detail but are extremely laid back. The Jades and the HE-5's and the 800's have gobs of detail and head stage, but they are more aggressive and lively.

I would say that 60% the headphone world is going to prefer the HE-5's and 40% is going to prefer the LCD-2's.

I personally don't like a laidback headphone. That's me. I like one that brings a keg to the party. If you want to sip on a glass of Chardonnay and listen to music, the Omegas, the 701's and the LCD-2's would probably fit more of your preferences.
I like your comparison, but I will add that the HE-5 are still more laid back than the HD800 or even the Jade, and the HE-5 are the warmest of the three (Jade second and HD800 third). They have that sense of warmth that the O2 also give, which the K701 and HD800 don't offer as much unless you get exactly the right amp for them.

Next, didn't you think the O2 got more aggressive and lively off the WES and A-10 amps when compared to the GES?

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My only real reservation is their weight. I like to 'move' a bit when I listen (often to dance music) and I'm concerned that they'll feel a bit cumbersome. The 30-day refund option is great but with UK import duty/tax of around 25% and then return ship, it might end up a very expensive audition.
The weight does make them a poorer choice for the dancing and thrashing crowd. They have momentum and shift position a bit with big movements.
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post #119 of 294
When you are analyzing and truly enjoying the overall music experience (Are yo experienced) ?music, you are sitting n a chair listening to every nuance that music has to offer.
You are not thrashing and and not within the thrashing crowd.
There are plenty of headphones made for the this, DreDrebeats com to mind.

Th EH-5's are a headphone that has an incredible headstage and outputs at an incredible overall performance.
This is not a thrash and bash headphone.

@Brainfood, there are plenty of people on the waiting list, so I's sure you will have no problem selling yours if they are not they'er the right headphones for you.
post #120 of 294
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Next, didn't you think the O2 got more aggressive and lively off the WES and A-10 amps when compared to the GES?
Without a doubt, The WES, A-10 and Justin's Blue Hawaii (at the NYC Spring meet) completely turned the O2 MkII into a totally different headphone. It was the first time I really liked them.
Listening to the 0!'s on the Maxxed WES was equally impressive. Something about those 3 amps brought out the best in the Omegas and made them enjoyable to me. More dominant bass and a more aggressive sound stage. I could definitely live with those combos. The GES and 007t don't do the Omegas and justice whatsoever, but the GES/Jade/SR Lambda Pros combos are still terrific.
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