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post #451 of 1668
So, ive kinda stayed away from these forums now for quite a while, in the interest of my wallet of course :P but now i come back to find out theres a magneplanar headphone?!?! maggies are my favorite speakers ever...love them, though i dont have the room. but now im thinking of getting these. But i dont use a headphone amp. im actually using a old school yamaha integrated amplifier, that i use for surround duty, i use its headphone out. which sounds pretty damn good. So what im wondering if, since its a speaker amp, and since its old, it weighs like 75 lbs, and can easily put in 100x5 watts for reals, not like new recievers, that it will power these beasts ok? or how would i run it off the speaker connections in the back?

thanks
post #452 of 1668
I'm curious if anyone could directly compare the soundstage/headstage on these to another headphone as many reviews make it sound like these fellas have next to no soundstage!

So far HeadphoneAddict was the most helpful with saying that their soundstage was greater than Grados, but would someone be able to compare them a K601, SRH840 or DT770?
post #453 of 1668
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Originally Posted by SoupRKnowva View Post
S........ i come back to find out theres a magneplanar headphone?!?!..........im actually using a old school yamaha integrated amplifier, that i use for surround duty, i use its headphone out. which sounds pretty damn good. ......


Neat amp

Not maggies exactly - these are planar but of the orthodynamic flavour.

Your fondness of old yamaha amplifiers is not lost on the ortho followers. You can get more specific advice from Wualta who has an unspeakable collection of vintage amplifiers. Some of these old favourites used simple networks to feed the headphone output directly from the mosfet or vfet taps - - hence the sound and ability to drive difficult headphones.

..dB
post #454 of 1668
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Originally Posted by dBel84 View Post


Neat amp

Not maggies exactly - these are planar but of the orthodynamic flavour.

Your fondness of old yamaha amplifiers is not lost on the ortho followers. You can get more specific advice from Wualta who has an unspeakable collection of vintage amplifiers. Some of these old favourites used simple networks to feed the headphone output directly from the mosfet or vfet taps - - hence the sound and ability to drive difficult headphones.

..dB
yeah other than the fact that it doesnt do HDMI or the new codecs for blu ray, this is probably one of the best DTS/DD only amps that ever came out, cost my dad 3500 bucks, and i got the lucky hand me down when he decided to "upgrade" and then i found out how awesome my headphones sounded out of it, though ive never compared it to a dedicated HP amp...
post #455 of 1668
and as a side note/complaint...has the price of this set gone up since it first came out?? its 599 now?! damn popularity and price and demand system...
post #456 of 1668
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and as a side note/complaint...has the price of this set gone up since it first came out?? its 599 now?! damn popularity and price and demand system...
Nope, same price since its debut.
post #457 of 1668
it went down 1 $ lol
post #458 of 1668
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it went down 1 $ lol
haha, oh, for some reason i thought it was 500 before..
post #459 of 1668
because it was insane to drive the HE-5 with the Krell monoblocks i have now hooked them up with the great Moth si 2a3 amp.I run the He-5 from the speaker output terminals and the sound result is just phenomenal and the HE-5 is also great with tube amps.Hooking it up with the Moth i didnt loose anything what the Krell combo offered.Somehow i find the HE-5 sounds better on speaker terminals-i dont know why.Guess what- i sold my Sennheiser HD-800 phones yesterday.
post #460 of 1668
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Guess what- i sold my Sennheiser HD-800 phones yesterday.
I think there's gonna be a lot of used 800's in the marketplace. I've returned mine a while back. I'm expecting the HE5/EF5 combo this week. I'll also be powering these phones off the speaker terminals from an integrated tube amp to compare.

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post #461 of 1668
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
The HD800 upper mids reach out and grab you by the throat and say, "HEY look at all this detail, LOOK, isn't it wonderful!" And the HE-5 to me just seem to do it without making a big deal about it. The Mustard guys just eat it and enjoy it, but don't talk about it; the Grey Poupon guy wants you to know that's he's special enough to use it.
Agree 100% - well said. And on my pair anyway, the HE-5 have a sweeter treble, meaning less "aggressive" in that respect as well. The HE-5's also have more bass weight, as has been indicated above.

However, I think the HD800's universally have better soundstaging. The HE-5's are excellent, but I have never heard a headphone image like the HD800. I hope that the new Beyer T1 will be in the same league, but so far, in this one area, the HD800 are truly in a class by themselves, IMO.

Nonetheless, I would still choose the HE-5 over the HD800, even at the same price.
post #462 of 1668
The new batch of HE-5s is shipping! I got an email confirmation that mine went out by "EMS express" yesterday. Woohooo!!!
post #463 of 1668
Skylab, how would you compare the soundstage from the HE-5 to your Beyers or, if it's still fresh in your memory, your SRH-840?
post #464 of 1668
Superior to both in every respect.
post #465 of 1668
The question is, for those of you who already own your hd800s and find them to be amazing headphones (not too much criticism for them), do the he5's surpass them to you?
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