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post #1876 of 1927
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

The HE adapter really isn't needed with SS speaker amps opposed to tube speaker amps.  Also the Emotiva is a good low cost solution for the HE-5LE.

Only $169 at the moment:

http://shop.emotiva.com/collections/amplifiers/products/a100

A steal for $170!!! Wow I just sold mine to a friends dad for $180 so I feel really bad now.
post #1877 of 1927
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

Yeah Clem,

The 5LEs are a little better 5.  This is going from audio memory not side by side.  I should send you the 5s so you can do a side by side.  This is a used pair of course so the clamp is not as tight as I would like it to be.   Let me know..

I appreciate the offer but I'm still struggling to having my current setup working at its best.
It's way better than in France in terms if of harshness, glare and all these nasty stuff but I'm still having issues with the soundstage. It's too much in my head and the center stage is fuzzy (as in no imaging) because of that. Depth is clearly missing here.
Funny consequence: I actually prefer the smaller sounding 5LEs to the 6s because the latter are even more distant on the sides (but not in depth) - they sound bigger than all the other Hifiman - and the center is even more fuzzy as a result.
I'm almost there, but not quite there yet!

Still, I can appreciate all the other aspects that make a headphone (voicing, details retrieval, extension...) different than the one next to it, but I really would like to hear the 5 in good conditions.

Do you think it is brighter than the 6s?

I recently got a SA-1 DAC which helps with brighter headphones ( I love it's tonality).
post #1878 of 1927
I managed to find a pair of NEW "open box" HE-5LE's!!

Arrived Friday; I have done a bit of casual listening from the headphone output of my Marantz SA8004. The Marantz can drive them to moderate levels - but no more (not knocking the SA8004, it's not intended to be a 'phone amp). Even with less than satisfactory amplification the 5LE's sound very, very good, the tonal balance and speed are where I expected them to be.

I'll need to DIY an impedance matching box; will run them off of the 16 ohm tap of my tube amps, likely with a 30 ohm resistor paralleled. Hoping that I won't have to chase hum, I use AC heating on the DHT filaments (DIY push-pull 6B4G amps; 6B4G = 6.3v filament 2A3).

I was seriously disappointed when the 5LE's were disco'd, my finances had more important priorities at the time. I would imagine its sales were cannibalized from both ends, the mid-budget folks moving down to the easier to drive HE-500 while the folks with the financial wherewithal to drive them went up to the HE-6. Too bad, kind of left a mid-budget hole for DIY types.

Glad I was able to score a pair "new"!
post #1879 of 1927

Try them off the speaker post on the Marantz if you haven't.

post #1880 of 1927

Would if I could, the Marantz SA8004 is an SACD player & DAC, no amp.  Just a "convenience" headphone amp and 1/4" output jack.

post #1881 of 1927
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Originally Posted by beancounter0 View Post
 

Would if I could, the Marantz SA8004 is an SACD player & DAC, no amp.  Just a "convenience" headphone amp and 1/4" output jack.

 

Oh damn..  I thought is was a amp..  My bad.

post #1882 of 1927
no biggie... wish I would have picked up a vintage Superscope era Marantz solid state receiver or integrated a few years ago when they were cheap. now they're "collectible"
post #1883 of 1927
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post
 

I rate the this line like this.. HE-6 --> HE-5LE --> HE-5 --> HE-500 --> HE-4  All so close.  Did not like the HE400s at all.  I just might try to get the HE-5LEs back.

I have now LCD-2.2, which is driven by Lyr with Telefunken and BDP-105.

In the same set-up, HE-5LE sounds better.

He-5les have more air with extension to slightly higher region.

They have more textured base than LCD-2.2.

 

Is it due to the amp and source of mine not matched well to LCD-2 or is there any other reason?

What is the ranking of LCD-2.2 among your rate in above?


Edited by Joong - 12/7/13 at 4:19pm
post #1884 of 1927
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Originally Posted by Joong View Post
 

I have now LCD-2.2, which is driven by Lyr with Telefunken and BDP-105.

In the same set-up, HE-5LE sounds better.

He-5les have more air with extension to slightly higher region.

They have more textured base than LCD-2.2.

 

Is it due to the amp and source of mine not matched well to LCD-2 or is there any other reason?

What is the ranking of LCD-2.2 among your rate in above?

 

Prep hates the LCD-2. He actually broke it open to get the cups and made two luxurious wood bracelet! That's how cruel he really is... :D

 

I read the Lyr is a very warm amp so it pairs better with the "leaner" (less warm) of the two: in this case the HE-5LE.

With a Gugnir/Mjolnir stack, the LCD-2 would probably be the preferred one.

 

Audeze and Hifiman give an alternative for both the thick/dark/bass-heavy (think HD-650) and the bright/open/fast (think K-702/DT-880) headphone lovers, respectively.

The unfortunate consequence is that the furthest from neutral you are (think LCD-2 for the dark/warm side, HE-4 for the bright/airy side), the less neutral the rest of the setup will be (lean or warm DAC & amp) to compensate for this aspect. As a result, I can't imaging many people liking both headphones on the very same setup, with the same music.

 

This gap gets closer with the more neutral LCD-3 (now X) and HE-6 though.


Edited by Clemmaster - 12/7/13 at 4:36pm
post #1885 of 1927

How expensive bracelets are they !!!! :deadhorse:

Thanks

post #1886 of 1927
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Originally Posted by Joong View Post
 

I have now LCD-2.2, which is driven by Lyr with Telefunken and BDP-105.

In the same set-up, HE-5LE sounds better.

He-5les have more air with extension to slightly higher region.

They have more textured base than LCD-2.2.

 

Is it due to the amp and source of mine not matched well to LCD-2 or is there any other reason?

What is the ranking of LCD-2.2 among your rate in above?

 

 

Ha ha ha  what Clem said..  I rank them low.  I like air, space around the instruments and stuff like that.  I would rather not feel like i'm in a closed in closet with a pair of open headphones.  The best I've heard the LCD-2.2 was on the Mojo.  The Mojo can really open them up.  Put a Benchmark DAC or a Mytek DAC they might open up more.

 

Those LCDs sure does have good bass though...

post #1887 of 1927
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Originally Posted by Joong View Post
 

How expensive bracelets are they !!!! :deadhorse:

Thanks

They're not even that great because of the weight...

post #1888 of 1927

How is the SQ of He-5Le with Mojo?

post #1889 of 1927

The Mojo is a good amp for LCDs IMO.  I think it may be to bright for the HE-5LEs .. I'm just guessing here.

post #1890 of 1927
This is pure advertisement:
Is anyone interested by a pair of 5LEs with wonderful hardwired Norse Audio balanced cable (4-pins XLR, ~6ft / 2m)?

This is probably a mistake but these don't get much head time nowadays with the 6s around... I might get a HE-500 back or the LCD-X for my more romantic sessions biggrin.gif
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