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post #1576 of 1911

I torn between these and the HE-6 to compliment/replace the 500s.

 

I read the 500s and 5LE are pretty similar so I'm not sure it is worth keeping both.

post #1577 of 1911
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

I torn between these and the HE-6 to compliment/replace the 500s.

 

I read the 500s and 5LE are pretty similar so I'm not sure it is worth keeping both.

 

Well, HE5LE are discontinued now so you'd have a hard time getting them.

I can recommend the HE-6 though. My setup isn't particularly flashy but they deliver.

Review coming later today or 2mor.

post #1578 of 1911

The 5LEs are still available if you ask for it by mail (Head-direct customer service).

 

Same price as before ;)

 

They don't have many units left though.

post #1579 of 1911

Go with the 6s.  If you want a different sounding headphone.

post #1580 of 1911
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

 

Well, HE5LE are discontinued now so you'd have a hard time getting them.

I can recommend the HE-6 though. My setup isn't particularly flashy but they deliver.

Review coming later today or 2mor.

 

Currently, Moon-Audio lists these as being in stock.  They have them priced @ $599 for a new pair.

 

The HE-5LE is the headphone that got me hooked on the orthodynamic technology.  From the 5LE, I moved to the HE-500 and then the HE-400.  I had all three at one time.  For some reason, I sold the HE-5LE and the HE-500, but kept the HE-400s.  I guess at the time, I was interested in the HE-400 sound, which may not have always respected the music as honestly as the HE-5LE and the HE-6 might have.  But, I might be coming back to the HE-5LE family soon.

 

I wanted to find out from the owners here a brief question.  I realize that the HE-5LE originally had the horrible ear pads with those clear plastic backs that had to be turned so they would fit into grooves to hold the pads on.  Now, HifiMAN has the newer ear pads with the 4 black tabs.  Are these newer pads compatible with the HE-5LEs that had the older style of pad?  Or, is some modification necessary to get the new pads to work with an older pair of HE-5LE headphones.

 

Thank you,

post #1581 of 1911

Welcome back Wayne,,,,

 

You know what pads I use.  Yes, the use the new black ring with the tabs.

 

What didn't you like about the 500s?

post #1582 of 1911
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Welcome back Wayne,,,,

 

You know what pads I use.  Yes, the use the new black ring with the tabs.

 

What didn't you like about the 500s?

 

It wasn't that I didn't like the HE-500s, but rather, I felt that I couldn't or shouldn't keep more than one HifiMAN headphone at a time.  I could only listen to one, and I felt bad when the others were sitting around.

 

So, your pair originally had the old style of connectors (clear plastic) that would break?  Then, you switched over to the newer ones with the black tabs and they attached without issue?

 

The older pads with the clear plastic backs were a nightmare.  It was awfully easy to snap the clear plastic and then you would be down to just 3 tabs holding the pads on.

post #1583 of 1911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

It wasn't that I didn't like the HE-500s, but rather, I felt that I couldn't or shouldn't keep more than one HifiMAN headphone at a time.  I could only listen to one, and I felt bad when the others were sitting around.

 

So, your pair originally had the old style of connectors (clear plastic) that would break?  Then, you switched over to the newer ones with the black tabs and they attached without issue?

 

The older pads with the clear plastic backs were a nightmare.  It was awfully easy to snap the clear plastic and then you would be down to just 3 tabs holding the pads on.

 

 

No I never had the older style connectors.  Just going by your description.  I just say I go the new ones.

post #1584 of 1911

Late I know but thank you very much for your replies! Just out of interest, does anyone in this thread have an idea as to how the T1s fare against the HE5LEs? 

post #1585 of 1911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

 

 

So, your pair originally had the old style of connectors (clear plastic) that would break?  Then, you switched over to the newer ones with the black tabs and they attached without issue?

 

 

Yes. this is my understanding.  When the pads were introduced I recall that the new pads would fit in the headphones that came with the old style pads, and that would leave you not worrying about the old style connectors.

 

See this thread, seems clear that some users removed pad with the "old style connectors" and went with the new.  http://www.head-fi.org/t/570510/leather-earpads-purchase-link/30#post_7742192

 

When I contacted HiFiman when they came out I also confirmed I could buy a set of velour pads with the new connectors in case I broke the originals when I changed them out for the leather.  As it turned out, after the research I never went ahead with purchasing or changing the pads.


Edited by shipsupt - 2/12/13 at 2:56pm
post #1586 of 1911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

Currently, Moon-Audio lists these as being in stock.  They have them priced @ $599 for a new pair.

 

The HE-5LE is the headphone that got me hooked on the orthodynamic technology.  From the 5LE, I moved to the HE-500 and then the HE-400.  I had all three at one time.  For some reason, I sold the HE-5LE and the HE-500, but kept the HE-400s.  I guess at the time, I was interested in the HE-400 sound, which may not have always respected the music as honestly as the HE-5LE and the HE-6 might have.  But, I might be coming back to the HE-5LE family soon.

 

I wanted to find out from the owners here a brief question.  I realize that the HE-5LE originally had the horrible ear pads with those clear plastic backs that had to be turned so they would fit into grooves to hold the pads on.  Now, HifiMAN has the newer ear pads with the 4 black tabs.  Are these newer pads compatible with the HE-5LEs that had the older style of pad?  Or, is some modification necessary to get the new pads to work with an older pair of HE-5LE headphones.

 

Thank you,

I have the 5LE and 400,  the pads are interchangeable.

post #1587 of 1911
Thanks for the response on the pads. Now, just to decide on the 5LE or the HE4. Bueller? Oops. ... I mean Darryl. Your thoughts?

Thanks,

Edit: I had to make a command decision. Going for the HE-5LE headphones. I hope I still love myself in the morning for it. eek.gif Just kidding redface.gif
Edited by wje - 2/12/13 at 7:39pm
post #1588 of 1911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

Thanks for the response on the pads. Now, just to decide on the 5LE or the HE4. Bueller? Oops. ... I mean Darryl. Your thoughts?

Thanks,

Edit: I had to make a command decision. Going for the HE-5LE headphones. I hope I still love myself in the morning for it. eek.gif Just kidding redface.gif

 

 

Go for the HE-6biggrin.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650912/he-6-ultimate-review-write-up#post_9156905

post #1589 of 1911
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Go for the HE-6biggrin.gif

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650912/he-6-ultimate-review-write-up#post_9156905

 

I know.  I know.  I could give 'em enough juice.  However, I have a feeling that I'd just be so guilty about getting any marks on a $1,300 pair of cans, that I wouldn't use them.

 

I was down listening to my audio system tonight.  I've been so deep into the headphones, that rig has gone by the wayside.  It was pleasant to get reconnected with it, though.

post #1590 of 1911
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Originally Posted by wje View Post

 

I know.  I know.  I could give 'em enough juice.  However, I have a feeling that I'd just be so guilty about getting any marks on a $1,300 pair of cans, that I wouldn't use them.

 

I was down listening to my audio system tonight.  I've been so deep into the headphones, that rig has gone by the wayside.  It was pleasant to get reconnected with it, though.

 

 

Would love to see you in the HE-6 campwink_face.gif

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