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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

Hanks, I'm actually wondering if I should upgrade to the HE 5 LE, considering the amount of work I've dumped into my HE 4 I could get a HE 5 LE for like $75cash + the sale of my He 4.

A local headfier recently re-acquired a HE-5LE. He had to sell the original for financial reasons but couldn't live without it, so he repurchased one a couple weeks ago. He hasn't listened to the HE-4, but we're planning on getting together soon to compare. I can let you know then, but it probably won't be for a few weeks...


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post #2042 of 3917
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Originally Posted by mrscotchguy View Post


A local headfier recently re-acquired a HE-5LE. He had to sell the original for financial reasons but couldn't live without it, so he repurchased one a couple weeks ago. He hasn't listened to the HE-4, but we're planning on getting together soon to compare. I can let you know then, but it probably won't be for a few weeks...


*Edit - holy crap, typos eek.gif

please do I hear the HE 5 LE is the upgrade to the HE 4 but well it's tough to make that comment without hearing one or both! 

post #2043 of 3917
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post

please do I hear the HE 5 LE is the upgrade to the HE 4 but well it's tough to make that comment without hearing one or both! 

Not truly an upgrade considering it took how many years for the HE-4 to climb out of the wood work (sorry for the delayed pun...)

The HE-5LE is essentially the same HP but with magnents on both sides of the diaphragm. Ultimately, what you like about the HE-4 might not translate...

Or maybe the HE-5LE is.... evil_smiley.gif <---- insert evil and tempting thoughts
post #2044 of 3917

Back when it first came out there was a thread where there were people claiming it was better than the HD800 so there's that.

post #2045 of 3917

The HE-5LE will be more closed in, less airy. It should have the same signature though.

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post

The HE-5LE will be more closed in, less airy. It should have the same signature though.
So, HE-4 is better?
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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post

Back when it first came out there was a thread where there were people claiming it was better than the HD800 so there's that.

Well, Owning both the HD800 and the HE-4, I can always throw those three in a battle royal incase we need a less subjective view...

That said, I think the he-4 gives the hd800 a run for it's money at 1/3 to 1/5 the price. Had I got the HE-4 first, there's a good chance I would never have bought any headphone higher up the food chain... a bit if subjectivity there smily_headphones1.gif
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Originally Posted by rodweb View Post


So, HE-4 is better?

 

I have no doubt in my mind that it is, though I haven't tried the HE-5LE. The air and space on the HE-4 is what I really like about it. The other two HFM planars that I've tried with dual magnet arrays (HE-400 and HE-500) are both more closed in. Since the HE-5LE is simply the HE-4 with more magnets, I can't say I'm interested in it. More closed in, more weight, same FR (maybe).

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

 

I have no doubt in my mind that it is, though I haven't tried the HE-5LE. The air and space on the HE-4 is what I really like about it. The other two HFM planars that I've tried with dual magnet arrays (HE-400 and HE-500) are both more closed in. Since the HE-5LE is simply the HE-4 with more magnets, I can't say I'm interested in it. More closed in, more weight, same FR (maybe).

yea eww no 

post #2050 of 3917
I would imagine the 5LE would have less distortion/more control of the drivers, with a snappier response. So I could see it still being better. HFM seems to think so, considering the 5LE remains the pricier headphone.
post #2051 of 3917

Yeah pretty much it is trading acoustics for better control of the driver.

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Originally Posted by Rinx7 View Post

Yeah pretty much it is trading acoustics for better control of the driver.

I never liked the HE-500 since it sounded too thick and intimate to my liking... if the HE-5LE is anything like that, I would have no interest.

My guess is the 400i or the 560 would the next logical direction...
post #2053 of 3917

True, theoretically you'll have less distortion.

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Originally Posted by Thujone View Post
 

True, theoretically you'll have less distortion.

 

 

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Originally Posted by mrscotchguy View Post


I never liked the HE-500 since it sounded too thick and intimate to my liking... if the HE-5LE is anything like that, I would have no interest.

My guess is the 400i or the 560 would the next logical direction...

I wonder about the HE 560, It has teak cups which for me puts it in the WOODIE club, which I'd like to stay in. I didn't actually mind the mids of the HE 400, it was the upper mids and I didn't like, or the lack there of. So I could take a thicker sound signiture maybe... either way I need to hear em 

post #2055 of 3917
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Originally Posted by Mshenay View Post
 

 

 

I wonder about the HE 560, It has teak cups which for me puts it in the WOODIE club, which I'd like to stay in. I didn't actually mind the mids of the HE 400, it was the upper mids and I didn't like, or the lack there of. So I could take a thicker sound signiture maybe... either way I need to hear em 


Get a B-Stock HE400 from Razor Dog Audio for $239 and have Modulor make you a Jergpad for $70. At $310 you'll have a HE400 without the high mid dip (this was measured and charted).

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