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post #1531 of 1668
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Originally Posted by monsieurguzel View Post

I guess I might be tainted from when I first unboxed my headphones. I know that everybody says they are a real bargain at $600, but they look like $100-150 homemade headphones when inspecting them. The way the headphone band stitching isn't straight, the metal grate doesn't meet the wood in a flush manner, the cable might be high quality but it looks like a joke with the shrinkwrap around the connectors, etc, etc. In retrospect, my HD600 or D5000 were a lot cheaper headphones (half price almost) and definately felt like luxury products that were solidly engineered. Part of my guess is that they are more mass produced than the HE-5s, but it feels like too many corners were cut, resulting in a headphone that doesn't feel anywhere near a $600 (luxury priced) headphone. I know that many are comparing this to the new trend of $1000+ headphones and see them as a bargain, but on their own, they just don't seem impressive.
The build quality may be...variable, but the materials used are way better than other headphones. You get real metal and lots of real wood. And it's wood that looks like it came from a tree, not the plasti-wood found in automotive interiors and denons. There is a reason wood furniture doesn't have that plastic covering...it looks god-awful.
post #1532 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Asr View Post
... the Stax OII MKI (amped by the HeadAmp BHSE) on one side ...
The Stax O2 MkII and the BHSE, is one of the best sounding stat combos I've ever heard, but that's nearly $8-9K worth of equipment. I have never really enjoyed the output of the O2's until I heard them at a NYC Meet where Justin brought his BH. I had a line up behind me, waiting to hear them.
(I've owned 2 pairs of them, but only used an Aristaeus and an 007t)
post #1533 of 1668
I'm now the proud owner of a pair of HE-5s! I bought them from a fellow Head-fier. I like the appearance of them and IMO they look like a high-end headphone. The wood cups are gorgeous, nice leather headband with hand-made quality stitching!

I first listened to them single-ended from my Little Dot MK VII amplifier and they sounded very good, however, the balanced output of the LD amp. is its stronger suit, so I built a balanced cable last night using Mogami 2534 wire and the spare connectors that came with the headphones. Yikes, those little connectors are difficult to solder!

They sound much better balanced. Again, this may be attributable to the stronger performance of the balanced output of the LD amp. vs. its single-ended output, as well as the improved cable.

I don't find the HE-5s bright or harsh in the treble and I'm very sensitive to bright treble. Having said that, they are on the brighter side, but in a good way. The mids and treble are smooth with great detail.

I'm somewhat of a bass head, so I like my headphones to have solid bass response and these don't disappoint in that area. The bass is quite deep but is nice and tight without any bloom to it.
post #1534 of 1668
Congrats on your HE-5's Canuck57, they really are special headphones, for sure a keeper. Have fun and enjoy the music!
post #1535 of 1668
Enjoy your new toy!
post #1536 of 1668
Canuck57: Glad you like them! How do they compare to your other cans?
post #1537 of 1668
ugh why did the make the the circular things that say "HIFIMAN" protrude so much? Is there any logical reason for this?
post #1538 of 1668
hmmm, new condition big driver ortho without the need for tweeking....

still on the fence though. The main concern is weight, I tried YH-100 (Footemps') before and it was a little too heavy for all-day wear.

would anybody be kind enough to post a closed-up picture of the cable/earcup connction area (where it plugs into the ear cup)?

By the way, these phones are supposedly better than many electrostatics and some like them more than the HD800, doesn't that qualify them for the "hi-end" status?
post #1539 of 1668
Has anyone compared the HE-5 to the Denon D5000 or D7000? For my next purchase, I'm considering one of those three. And how is He-5's sub-bass (20~40Hz) reproduction? Is it as solid and prominent as the Denon's?

I might even considering buying both the He-5 and one of the Denon's, provided that they don't sound too similar.
post #1540 of 1668
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Originally Posted by AudioCats View Post
would anybody be kind enough to post a closed-up picture of the cable/earcup connction area (where it plugs into the ear cup)?
http://www.head-fi.org/forums/f4/hifiman-db-5-a-472593/
See the google translated link.
post #1541 of 1668
In the end, I decided to sell my HE-5s. It was a hard decision, but it was up against some serious competition for my listening time -- the HD-800s, Symphones Magnums and Stax Lambda Nova Signatures. What amazed me though that for the price it was almost as good for me as the others. It only lost out on ultimate speed with fast music and my other headphones having better synergy with my gear. As well I gathered that in the future better models would be made. Other than that, I'm fairly sure that if I'd been able to buy them first, I might well have not bothered with the HD-800s or Stax at all, except maybe to set up an O2-based rig. They remind me quite a lot of my Stax SR-5NB in that they sound all-round great even if they aren't the most resolving headphones I own.
post #1542 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Lunatique View Post
Has anyone compared the HE-5 to the Denon D5000 or D7000? For my next purchase, I'm considering one of those three. And how is He-5's sub-bass (20~40Hz) reproduction? Is it as solid and prominent as the Denon's?

I might even considering buying both the He-5 and one of the Denon's, provided that they don't sound too similar.
I don't think the D7000 and HE-5 sound much alike. Both are excellent - so you should get both

The HE-5 are a little forward in the mids, where the Denon are a little recessed. The Denon had the deeper and more prominent bass, although the HE-5 are satisfying in the bass department. The HE-5 also have that "planar" sound which has something to it, although it's a bit hard to fully describe.
post #1543 of 1668
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Originally Posted by AudioCats View Post
By the way, these phones are supposedly better than many electrostatics and some like them more than the HD800, doesn't that qualify them for the "hi-end" status?
Who said they weren't?
post #1544 of 1668
then why is this thread not in the hi-end forum
post #1545 of 1668
So it's not high-end unless it's in the high-end forum? That's a definition worth dying by.
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