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post #1576 of 1668
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Originally Posted by MikePio View Post
It is indeed very strange that people are experiencing "sibilance" on their HE-5's. I let my friend try the HE-5's out and he is super sensitive to sibilance, coming from the HD-650's, and he said it is not in the least sibilant... I am sure lots of people know the song "Paranoid Android", well I remember with my K701's the song was very uncomfortable, very edgy, metallic sounding and noticeable sibilance, though on the HE-5's, it was almost completely gone... That is why this baffles me so much...
Just to put my 2 cents in, I never heard sibilance (that wasn't on the recording) with mine.
post #1577 of 1668
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Originally Posted by tvrboy View Post
Just to put my 2 cents in, I never heard sibilance (that wasn't on the recording) with mine.
Well, I believe you, but it's weird that one pair can be vastly different from others. Many of my friends also own this combo (HE5+EF5), and some of them also reported no sibilance with their pair.

I don't know why but my one seems to have very aggressive treble, making it so painful listening to several records. I'm also sure it's not the CD, as I have many audiophile discs (most of which are XRCD) and most of them are almost unbearable.

I also tried the said records with K702 and HD650 and, as expected, didn't detect the issue.
post #1578 of 1668
Hey PrTv,

Sorry to hear your pair has excessive sibilance and hot treble, IMO I would immediately return them for another or $$ back. If you did not detect this problem with the K701's then this becomes a big issue. On my HE-5's these cans almost sound warm, but with excellent clarity and detail. I had to return my first HE-5-s due to wood cracking and pad tearing issues, but now it's been 2 months, and I have had no problems. If you like the sound sig of the phone, go through the hassle of exchanging them for new ones, since it is really worth it in the end, but if not, just get your money back... Best of luck! Cheers,
post #1579 of 1668
The more I listen to the HE-5, the more I feel like it isn't so much a sibilant phone by itself, but rather it makes sibilance on recordings much more pronounced, to the point where it may or may not distract the listener.

While I am getting used to this, I'm actually finding that the HE-5 doesn't seem to give an airy presentation it's design would imply...odd especially since it's the most open headphone I've ever owned.
post #1580 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Tadj View Post
Hey guys,

I have been watching this thread quietly for a while already, I am using my HE-5 with EF-5 and Burson HA-160 but the HA-160 at 12 O'clock and using the Low Impedance socket, the further hole from the volume knob if I am not wrong, it can drive the HE-5 with dignity but cannot push as much bass as the EF-5, on the good side, it's more sweet and less sharp sound to the ear than EF-5. I have my HE-5 with the star foam inner pad since early Jan-2010 and it's quite an experience the sound is getting better everyday for both Amps!
Definitely good news! Thanks for the post
post #1581 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Xan7hos View Post
The more I listen to the HE-5, the more I feel like it isn't so much a sibilant phone by itself, but rather it makes sibilance on recordings much more pronounced, to the point where it may or may not distract the listener.

While I am getting used to this, I'm actually finding that the HE-5 doesn't seem to give an airy presentation it's design would imply...odd especially since it's the most open headphone I've ever owned.
Well, to me the sound of 'airyness' around instruments is usually a function of high-frequency response (and other things) and can be found on open and closed cans. Where as the feeling of a wide and open soundstage comes from an open can, and is very difficult to acheive with a closed can. At least that is how I think of it.
post #1582 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Xan7hos View Post
The more I listen to the HE-5, the more I feel like it isn't so much a sibilant phone by itself, but rather it makes sibilance on recordings much more pronounced, to the point where it may or may not distract the listener.

While I am getting used to this, I'm actually finding that the HE-5 doesn't seem to give an airy presentation it's design would imply...odd especially since it's the most open headphone I've ever owned.
Although I think power requirements are exaggerated for this headphone, I do think you could do with a better amp. I got a very nice airy presentation out of the HE-5.
post #1583 of 1668
It's amazing how different that we all hear.

To me, the HE-5's give me one of the most "airyness" presentations out of all of my headphones. I am using a $2400 Luxman P-1, but also, a $399 EF-5.
I have one of the units from the first batch and I hear no sibilance whatsoever, no cracked wood (although I've seen pairs in person that have this unfortunate problem), and they are as comfortable as comfortable can be.

And yet, I bought and couldn't stand, the sound of the HF-2 while others swear by them.

What I get from this is, not only do we need to obtain synergy within the components that make up our system, but also need synergy between our hearing and our headphones.

Like I used to say in High School, "If every guy liked the same type of girl, and visa versa, there would be a lot of lonely people in the world (well, I mean more than we have now).

I'm hoping that the HE-5's will sprout a full lineup of HiFiMAN Orthos, and then people can buy to cater to their own taste. I think that dynamic headphones have run their course, and will only vary slightly in the higher end, like the HD800's, the T-1, and the 7000's.
Companies like B&W and JM Focal Lab have tried different materials in speaker technology like Diamond and Beryllium with mixed reviews.

To each his own!
post #1584 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Shahrose View Post
Although I think power requirements are exaggerated for this headphone, I do think you could do with a better amp. I got a very nice airy presentation out of the HE-5.
I definitely agree I can use a better amp, there is simply a lack of control with the HE-5 and my Caliente.

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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
It's amazing how different that we all hear.

To me, the HE-5's give me one of the most "airyness" presentations out of all of my headphones. I am using a $2400 Luxman P-1, but also, a $399 EF-5.
I have one of the units from the first batch and I hear no sibilance whatsoever, no cracked wood (although I've seen pairs in person that have this unfortunate problem), and they are as comfortable as comfortable can be.

And yet, I bought and couldn't stand, the sound of the HF-2 while others swear by them.

What I get from this is, not only do we need to obtain synergy within the components that make up our system, but also need synergy between our hearing and our headphones.

To each his own!
I do miss my HF-2. I think the thing about low impedance cans is that synergy is much easier to achieve due to the availability of amps that are able to drive them well. My first real headphones were Grados, and I think I will always be a Grado guy; case in point: while I always preferred an immersive soundstage, but after joining other headphone teams, I noticed that I prefer the forwardness of Grados.

While I don't necessarily want to purchase an amp tailored to one headphone, I might consider it given EF-5's relatively low cost
post #1585 of 1668
Hi,

Sorry if this has been mentioned/answered before, I was just wondering if the HE-5 can be plugged directly into my Darkvoice 332, if yes is there sufficent power to drive these phones adequately.

Thanks
post #1586 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Steph86 View Post
Hi,

Sorry if this has been mentioned/answered before, I was just wondering if the HE-5 can be plugged directly into my Darkvoice 332, if yes is there sufficent power to drive these phones adequately.

Thanks
My HE-5s don't sound good with my DV 337 at all. Probably due to their low impedance. I built a balanced cable for my HE-5s and I'm using them with my Little Dot DAC_1 and MK VII amplifier and they sound great. Much better than single ended with the LD.

I still love my 650s balanced with the LD but the HE-5s sound great as well.
post #1587 of 1668
whatever happened to the other orthodynamic that was supposed to come out pretty soon?
I forgot the name, but people were looking for sound comparison between that one and the HE-5
post #1588 of 1668
^ Audeze LCD2, i'm not really sure I believe they were aiming for a Dec release(?) ...but it's obviously March.

I've been playing around with my system, and I've found a nice balance with my Caliente set at max volume while modulating the volume from foobar. I am very happy with what I am hearing
post #1589 of 1668
The Nuforce HDP seems to be a nice match for the HE-5 with plenty of power. So there is another amp to add to the list.
post #1590 of 1668
Larry do you know how the HDP compares with the EF-5?
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