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post #1756 of 1779
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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post

I intend to rewire my stock HE-500 cable (silver) to XLR and build a "pigtail" for connection to a speaker amp (like the HE-6 cable). Does anyone know the correct pin allocations for the XLR? Am I correct in assuming that the conductor connected to the central pin in the earcup connector is positive, and should be connected to the red speaker output?

Finally, I assume that I should use the 8 Ohm taps rather than the 4 Ohm ones......

The speaker amp in question is an 18W PSE 300B Opera Consonance Reference 5.5 Mk.II (see avatar!)

I did the same thing - re-wiring the stock cable to XLR. Pinout is:

L+ pin 1
L- pin 2
R+ pin 3
R- pin 4

I just cut the 1/4" plug off then used a DMM to ID each wire. Yes, the central pin is positive on the earcup side.

Your amp has separate outputs for 4 vs 8 ohm? If so, I guess the higher one is more appropriate since the 500's are >> than 8 ohms.
post #1757 of 1779
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Originally Posted by WNBC 

Would people agree that bass control or tightness comes from both the headphone design and the amp driving the headphone? And if so, some amps might produce a tighter bass than others?

  
That is absolutely true
post #1758 of 1779

In my experience, perception of bass control and tightness is more greatly affected by the fit/seal of the headphones to your head than it is from one amp to another. Just swap from velour to leather pads on the HE-500's and see what happens to the bass.

post #1759 of 1779
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Originally Posted by palmfish View Post

In my experience, perception of bass control and tightness is more greatly affected by the fit/seal of the headphones to your head than it is from one amp to another. Just swap from velour to leather pads on the HE-500's and see what happens to the bass.

 

 

Well,  If you swap amps with the same headphone you will see a difference if there is one.  I can say thin in my case:

 

LCD-2.2, HD650, and the Denon D7000.  these are the only so called bass heavy headphones I have.  My M^3 surly does give out more bass quantity.  However, My B22 surly does give out a better bass quality.  Meaning with the B22 I hear the bass being more tight and with more attack.  With the M^3 the bass sometimes bleeds over into the mids on these headphones and is less tight with a little more rumble.

post #1760 of 1779
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

Well,  If you swap amps with the same headphone you will see a difference if there is one.  I can say thin in my case:

 

LCD-2.2, HD650, and the Denon D7000.  these are the only so called bass heavy headphones I have.  My M^3 surly does give out more bass quantity.  However, My B22 surly does give out a better bass quality.  Meaning with the B22 I hear the bass being more tight and with more attack.  With the M^3 the bass sometimes bleeds over into the mids on these headphones and is less tight with a little more rumble.

 

If you didn't do this under controlled conditions (blind, instant swtiching, level matched, etc.), then your experience, while valid for you, is inconclusive.

 

I do appreciate what you're saying and I'm glad you have found a subjective listening experience that sounds good to you though...

post #1761 of 1779

Blind is always better - I agree 100% on that.  However, when you live with the amps the opinion then becomes un biased.  I'm not really sure it's inconclusive opposed to obvious.

 

I never do an instant switch.  IMHO you have to live with a sound before going to the next.  Then the different sounds become evident. 

post #1762 of 1779
Hi,

Anyone tried the musical fidelity m1 hpa - hifiman he-500 combo? Comparisons to other he-500 combos (e.g. Lyr, fiio 9k, matrix m-stage,...)
post #1763 of 1779
Some edits: here are the 4 combos I'm still considering for the hifiman he-500

1. With musical fidelity m1 hpa
2. With schiit lyr
3. With violectric v100 or v200
4. With lake people g109

Anyone? (especially intrigued in 1.)
post #1764 of 1779
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Originally Posted by Jfkervan View Post

Some edits: here are the 4 combos I'm still considering for the hifiman he-500
1. With musical fidelity m1 hpa
2. With schiit lyr
3. With violectric v100 or v200
4. With lake people g109
Anyone? (especially intrigued in 1.)

Pairing with Bifrost + Lyr, love everything about it. + you can do tube rolling, with aftermarket cables, HE-500 just sing and bling~

 

Or, and that's what i am planning to do as well---> http://www.head-fi.org/t/629352/hifiman-he-500-on-a-speaker-amp-emotiva-mini-x-a-100-project

 

He-500 love the speaker amp~

 

Enjoy!

post #1765 of 1779

Got a question here!

I am the somewhat new owner of the HE-500, and I am wondering about whether I play them too loud or not... Anyways!

With the 'phone lying next to you, playing music, how loud is it to you?? Is it like laptop speakers or a slight whisper?

Thank youbasshead.gif

post #1766 of 1779
Laptop speaker
post #1767 of 1779

Yup ... these are speakerphones biggrin.gif! except you wear them on your head ...

post #1768 of 1779

That seems loudbasshead.gif

Usually I don't listen that loud, 10 'oclock on my 1.1 watt amp will do, 12 is like MAX, and that is speaker loud...

post #1769 of 1779
I go to about 10-11 on my RPX-100 and that is laptop speaker loud
post #1770 of 1779

Based on your description, likely not too loud for shorter periods of time, but probably a bit too loud for extended listening.

 

IMO, the BIGGEST way to improve audio quality is to eliminated background noise.

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