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post #1906 of 1911

I like the rubberized material, though. And the weight is just fine as well, the HE-500 is borderline too heavy.

post #1907 of 1911

Got 5LE 1.5 years which I found extraordinary in world of headfi. Im using pads from Brainwavz hm5 and removed damping from outer side of headhones (thinking of getting grill with big holes - DIY) Sound is more coherent with more realistic and proiminent mids and nice tonality to my ears. Of course differences are subtle but noticeable. I would also wait for new hifiman pads to try. Audeze suede are too expensive for me and not easy to get to EU (shiping cost) to try.

Tried some amps like headpone amp from my friend called Black Pearl (EarStream company) hich was already very good and had plenty of power for 5LE. Tried some speakers amp like tube Yaqin from speaker taps and harman kardon pm655vxi. Yaqin was worst for highs - unnatural sound and quite harsh, Black PEarl was very nice sounding, little on soft side but great highs and overall tonality. harman was most warm sounding but also quite nice but little lack of resolution - not for critical listening but just for everyday.

Finally I found old tube amp Dynaco ST35 which is my end game for headphones and not only. Its great amp and got everyting that good tube construction should have - air, resolution, mids, overall tonality, musicalioty without added warmth or sweetness typical for worst tube construction. You could easily hear what kind instrument is playing is it wood brass or something differenty, etc.

As for the source I ahe tube dac made by my friend whih is now dead and Audio GD 1.32  - very nice Sabre DAC. I would test other USB converter and clock for Sabre chip and then I make decision. Dont feel source is weak in chain though.

Listening is pure satisfaction and I could live with it very long.

post #1908 of 1911
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Got 5LE 1.5 years which I found extraordinary in world of headfi. Im using pads from Brainwavz hm5 and removed damping from outer side of headhones (thinking of getting grill with big holes - DIY) Sound is more coherent with more realistic and proiminent mids and nice tonality to my ears. Of course differences are subtle but noticeable. I would also wait for new hifiman pads to try. Audeze suede are too expensive for me and not easy to get to EU (shiping cost) to try.
Tried some amps like headpone amp from my friend called Black Pearl (EarStream company) hich was already very good and had plenty of power for 5LE. Tried some speakers amp like tube Yaqin from speaker taps and harman kardon pm655vxi. Yaqin was worst for highs - unnatural sound and quite harsh, Black PEarl was very nice sounding, little on soft side but great highs and overall tonality. harman was most warm sounding but also quite nice but little lack of resolution - not for critical listening but just for everyday.
Finally I found old tube amp Dynaco ST35 which is my end game for headphones and not only. Its great amp and got everyting that good tube construction should have - air, resolution, mids, overall tonality, musicalioty without added warmth or sweetness typical for worst tube construction. You could easily hear what kind instrument is playing is it wood brass or something differenty, etc.
As for the source I ahe tube dac made by my friend whih is now dead and Audio GD 1.32  - very nice Sabre DAC. I would test other USB converter and clock for Sabre chip and then I make decision. Dont feel source is weak in chain though.
Listening is pure satisfaction and I could live with it very long.

Yeah, I think a tube amp would go very well with the 5LE's. So you're using the speaker outputs to drive the 5LE's? Don't think the ST35 has a headphone jack, does it?
post #1909 of 1911
Thats right. Dynaco is vintage tube amp and generally it needs restoration but after that irs almost totally silent from speaker outputs.
post #1910 of 1911
I'm restoring a Fisher KX-100 integrated tube amp now, which has a headphone jack. Will try my 5LE's off both and see what sounds better. smily_headphones1.gif
post #1911 of 1911
I started a club for all owners of HiFiMan High-End series headphones, come on over and join!
http://www.head-fi.org/t/704528
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