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At $899 Fang Bian's latest planar-magnetic headphone design slots between his present $699 HE-5LE and $1.199 HE-6 flagship. "It uses bigger and more complicated magnets to increase sensitivity over the HE-5LE plus a different diaphragm to improve the midrange. Sensitivity is 89dB, impedance 38 ohms. Our portable players can drive it well. The magnets are actually the same as on the HE-6. The diaphragm was modified however to provide better vocals and bass. The voice coil traces are coiled aluminum and we apply a different treatment to the surface of the HE-500's diaphragm, making it different from any of our other headphones including the HE-5, HE-5LE and HE-4."

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I don't see anything mentioned on head-direct's website regarding these beauties.  I'm guessing it's coming out very soon?  Someone mentioned that these have the best mid-range ever -- even beating out the LCD-2 & R10.  Now that's got to be very interesting indeed. 

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http://www.ultrahighendforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=5140&p=15070&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+UltraHigh-EndAudioAndHomeTheaterForum+(Ultra+High-End+Audio+and+Home+Theater+Forum) The magnets are actually the same as on the HE-6. The diaphragm was modified however to provide better vocals and bass. The voice coil traces are coiled aluminum and we apply a different treatment to the surface of the HE-500's diaphragm, making it different from any of our other headphones including the HE-5, HE-5LE and HE-4."



 Stay tuned. Next month they will be releasing the HE-600 which will be an improvement on the HE-500 and cost $999. And the month after that...

 

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Ahhhh you got me all excited!! I thought i could place an order for these!

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Is it power hungry like HE-6 ?

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Dude... It's ment for portable use. So no, you can run them from a small portable amp.

 

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Is it power hungry like HE-6 ?



 

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Dude... It's ment for portable use. So no, you can run them from a small portable amp.

 



 

 

It's not meant for portable, they just say their portables can drive it.
 

 

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You can use any headphone as a portable if you really want to. So..... Who cares..??

 

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It's not meant for portable, they just say their portables can drive it.
 

 



 

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You can use any headphone as a portable if you really want to. So..... Who cares..??

 



 


Yeah, good luck using the HE 6 as a portable. lol
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At $899 Fang Bian's latest planar-magnetic headphone design slots between his present $699 HE-5LE and $1.199 HE-6 flagship. "It uses bigger and more complicated magnets to increase sensitivity over the HE-5LE plus a different diaphragm to improve the midrange. Sensitivity is 89dB, impedance 38 ohms. Our portable players can drive it well. The magnets are actually the same as on the HE-6. The diaphragm was modified however to provide better vocals and bass. The voice coil traces are coiled aluminum and we apply a different treatment to the surface of the HE-500's diaphragm, making it different from any of our other headphones including the HE-5, HE-5LE and HE-4."


This just in, the sexiest headphone line ever now has a portable version.
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Im pretty sure the SR-71B and PB2 drives the HE-6 quite well from what Jamato and a few others have said... So yep you can use it as a portable.

 

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You can use any headphone as a portable if you really want to. So..... Who cares..??

 



 




Yeah, good luck using the HE 6 as a portable. lol


 


Edited by Townyj - 4/21/11 at 6:54pm
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Im pretty sure the SR-71B and PB2 drives the HE-6 quite well from what Jamato and a few others have said... So yep you can use it as a portable.


The Headstage Arrow actually drives the HE-6 quite well and even far beyond high listening levels.

So - yes, I sometimes use the Arrow with the HE-6. I actually am thinking of making a short cable with 3,5mm plug for the Arrow ...

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HE500 is out in a week :D A little birdie dropped me an email! Well here's to hoping the info was correct!

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HE500 is out in a week :D A little birdie dropped me an email! Well here's to hoping the info was correct!


Will there be a special intro price? biggrin.gif
 

 

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From what I gather, my assumptions are...

HE-4: Bass and Treble emphasized, slight mid recession (fun, slightly v shaped)

HE-5LE/HE-6: balanced, slight treble emphasis (balanced)

HE-500: Bass and Mid emphasized compared to the treble (I assume it'll be like a higher end HD650)

Are my assumptions close to the mark?
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