Originally Posted by gnarlsagan
I heard the HE-500 at a meet but I don't remember it very well. How comparable is its FR to the ER4S?
Oh, HE-500 sounds very different from the ER4. The former are a lot less dry and a lot less aggressive and while ER4 has a boost in the presence region, HE-500 has a bit of a dip there. As a result, guitars and saxophones, for example, sound quite a bit more upfront and lively on the ER4, which usually sounds more natural, but sometimes unnaturally aggressive IMO. Bass performance is similar - both are extremely articulate and resolving in the low end - although down in the sub bass, HE-500 takes the lead with better extension and a more visceral feel due to the much larger drivers and over the ear design. I think HE-500 does have more potential and scales better with higher quality sources and amps. I believe that HE-500's huge, powerful planar driver is a naturally superior design to ER4's tiny, closed armature drivers with limited bandwidth. In direct AB comparison with HE-500, I can't help but get the feeling that while ER4 sounds great, it also really tries hard to reproduce the lows and highs properly, compressing the dynamics a bit and producing unnecessary aggression, whereas HE-500 easily reproduces the full range without breaking a sweat - smoothly, calmly and with full dynamics.
Originally Posted by luisdent
Excellent. This is the sort of thing I love the etys for too. Listen to the slaps on the guitar and how they sound like they're in the room. It's awesome. Good song too.
I really liked that last track you posted too, although that kind of bass is really meant to be heard through high end speakers with subs that are flat down to 20 Hz IMO.
Edited by Pianist - 6/13/13 at 7:47pm