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post #661 of 1668
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Originally Posted by tim3320070 View Post
I have an MP3 I converted from the original FLAC file that is sibilant all to hell. How would I post it so that people can download it and listen to test what I am hearing?
What size is the mp3 file and what is the bitrate. If it is less than 5M you can e-mail it to me, if it's larger, you can use a file hosting service like:

sendspace Send big files the easy way. Files too large for email attachments? No problem!

as that allows you to do most things if you register for free.

We are not allowed to share music here on Head-Fi, but if you want to post one song, and send out invitations so others can try to hear what you've been hearing, that should be OK.
post #662 of 1668
Only one thing to do now, one person who thinks theirs is sibilant sends it to someone who thinks theirs isn't, or vice versa, and then compare the two. Don't mix them up though.
post #663 of 1668
Yeah, it is odd that it sounds so different to us - especially since, as I mentioned, excessive sibilance was an issue for me with the HD800.
post #664 of 1668
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Originally Posted by immtbiker View Post
What size is the mp3 file and what is the bitrate. If it is less than 5M you can e-mail it to me, if it's larger, you can use a file hosting service like:

sendspace Send big files the easy way. Files too large for email attachments? No problem!

as that allows you to do most things if you register for free.

We are not allowed to share music here on Head-Fi, but if you want to post one song, and send out invitations so others can try to hear what you've been hearing, that should be OK.
It's 4.7mb 256kbs. Can you PM me and I'll get it to you?
Thanks
post #665 of 1668
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Originally Posted by tintin47 View Post
My HE-5s are finally out of "despatch" purgatory. They should be in hand tomorrow. Any updates from others still waiting?
I can't check my tracking number yet; shipping confirmation was sent Dec. 4.

On a side note, my MX560s have made me very sensitive to brightness and sibilance and I ordered my HE-5 with an EF5 so we'll see if I regret this purchase or not!
post #666 of 1668
^That seems like something is wrong. Have you asked head-direct about it?
post #667 of 1668
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Originally Posted by tintin47 View Post
^That seems like something is wrong. Have you asked head-direct about it?
Not yet, the email said it may take 4-5 days for the tracking to show up, so I'm waiting exactly that.

If nothing pops up tomorrow night when I get home from work, then an email shall indeed be sent!
post #668 of 1668
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Originally Posted by tintin47 View Post
^That seems like something is wrong. Have you asked head-direct about it?
Yes. I got a (not real helpful) response here on the forum but not directly yet. I haven't got any responses for the last 2 emails sent come to think of it.
Maybe I have been spoiled by Kingwa and expect too much.
post #669 of 1668
Email replied a while ago.
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post #670 of 1668
Tonight I listened to a few CDs that I had issues of sibilance in the past, Diana Krall's "The Look of Love" (1st track S'wonderful) and the Carpenters Gold "Top of the World" and a few other songs from that CD. I listened with my HE-5 (about 34 hrs of burn-in) and my HD800 (I'm guessing I have 800-1000 hrs, I burned these in for about 1 month 24/7 and then I stopped keeping track).

Well if Skylab considers the HD800 sibilant, something I disagree with, then the HE-5 is sibilant too. I heard virtually no more energy in Ssss(s) in Diana Krall's or Karen Carpenter's voice on the HD800 than I did with the HE-5. The HE-5 exhibits fuller body in the female voice than the HD800 no question about that. However when I listened carefully to the bits where sibilance would exhibit itself, if anything, the HE-5 had slightly more energy than the HD800, but the difference was very very small. I had to listen to the tracks several times to pick out the differences. IMO, neither one of these headphones are sibilant. I found both cans to be very engaging with the female voice. If I had done this comparison with my HD800s when they only had 200-300 hrs of burn-in, it would not have been close. The HD800s takes a long burn-in time to smooth out its highs. The HE-5 is a very balanced and musical headphone and a bargain at that.
post #671 of 1668
tim, am hearing sibilance with my reference T50 woodies..
I hear it faintly on even my darker unmodded Yamaha HP-3s..so i can easily imagine the HE-5 sounding sibilant on this track.
post #672 of 1668
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Originally Posted by Landis View Post
Not yet, the email said it may take 4-5 days for the tracking to show up, so I'm waiting exactly that.

If nothing pops up tomorrow night when I get home from work, then an email shall indeed be sent!
Oh. I was was confused because my tracking popped up on the 4th, but I got the confirmation on the 30th.
post #673 of 1668
okay..took my amplifier out of the power conditioner..and voila instant reduction in sibilance..

edit: hmm the bass seems to have lost some weight to it as well.
post #674 of 1668
Just a point of interest for those of us who heard that these cans are hard to drive - my TTVJ Portable Millett Hybrid seems to do just fine with them. iTunes > EMU 0404 > TTVJ > HE-5 and I'm really enjoying it. No problems and I'm at about 11:00 - 1:00 on the volume knob.
post #675 of 1668
Yeah, orthos are very simple, almost purely resistive loads to drive. The only possible reason I can think of that would make an amplifier have a hard time with the HE5 is if it had a high output impedance, ie OTLs with minimal or zero NFB. If you are hearing weird crackling noises, something is wrong.
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