|I'm curious about those who ordered the HE-5 / EF5 combo if they received them together or in separate shipments.
I received my HE-5s today, but no amp!
Also, I haven't bothered to try the HE-5s on my Travagan's as I know it can't power it correctly, but would it be a good idea to hook them up to it for initiating burn-in or do I risk damaging something if continually under powering it? I understand dynamic headphones can take damage from underpowering, but not sure about orthos!
These things are great in terms of sound quality, comfort (much lighter and less clampy than my DT770s, but not quite as light and comfortable as my K601s) and design? Oh man, don't get me started about that one or I might have to cut off my ear and mail it Fang!
Sibilance is very very mildly present. And by mildly, I mean kind of like how a chicken is mildly like a cow... But not really... I don't know where I was going with that. Definitely the first thing I looked for given the numerous folks who pointed it out, but I was very surprised to find that off an amp, which I doubt can properly power it, is not displaying huge amounts of it where people like Sachu and Tim, who have much better components than I, were overwhelmed by it. I'm willing to bit that with the extra push the EF5 will be able to give it over my Travagan's, the sibilance will be nonexistent with this pair.
I just want to point out that I love what this headphone does with guitar and acoustic especially. I was impressed going from my DT770 to K601 in that same area of change, but this is a whole different level; listening to some Michael Hedges, it's just flabbergasting the way you're able to feel as if you're the one playing the guitar. Violin is very liquid sounding, but I'm not sure if I'm going to easily warm up to that as right now I prefer the sound of violins, fiddles, cellos and so on from K601.
With my current set up, these fellas are relatively forgiving with poor recordings or lossy audio.
Now for the part that erks me; the connectors to the headphone. I've read that I had to be gentle while connecting them and then fastening them, which I was and feel that they are on securely, but movements cause the cable to short out a little which results in crackling and channel loss. I'll be fooling around with this for the next little bit, but I have a bad feeling this might be something that will often get on my nerves and may ultimately require me purchasing new cables if not getting them internally wired to the drivers.
If this headphone was a woman, I'd bring her home to meet my parents and maybe after she left me, I'd carve a picture of her into my chest. But with all my romancing skills aside, I definitely feel off the bat that this one is a keeper and I can't wait for my EF5.