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post #421 of 1779

the cable is the my only complaint of HE-500. too stiff and too long since you can't easily loop them together. They should have done something to the Canare Speaker cable. It just looks too DIY to me.

The good thing is that HifiMan uses the same connector for all their headphones, so you don't have to invest into another headphone cable.

I have switched to my moon-audio Silver Dragon. 

post #422 of 1779


 

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EDIT 2: These things are monsters. The bass is excellent. Not sure why I ever worried. Sure, the raw slam the D7000 has isn't there, but they sound great. And it's so cleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeean. Hate to say that I think the D7000 would be out the door if I didn't need 2 pair. Then again, the raw power the D7000 shakes your head with is nice, too.


I own the Denon AH-D5000 and I see you have the D7000. I would be very interested in further comparison between your D7000 and the HT-500.

post #423 of 1779

Congrats on your HE-500! Mine is still stranded in Alaska, although I faxed in my customs yesterday...

 

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the cable is the my only complaint of HE-500. too stiff and too long since you can't easily loop them together. They should have done something to the Canare Speaker cable. It just looks too DIY to me.

The good thing is that HifiMan uses the same connector for all their headphones, so you don't have to invest into another headphone cable.

I have switched to my moon-audio Silver Dragon. 

 


How's the Silver Dragon working out for you? Any improvements you are noticing?

 

post #424 of 1779

The review I'm doing right now will focus quite a bit on the D7000 vs the HE 500. Very different, but both great headphones.
 

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I own the Denon AH-D5000 and I see you have the D7000. I would be very interested in further comparison between your D7000 and the HT-500.



 

 

post #425 of 1779

So when are you upgrading to the HE-6 ;) muahahaha

 

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The review I'm doing right now will focus quite a bit on the D7000 vs the HE 500. Very different, but both great headphones.
 



 

 



 

post #426 of 1779

 

I was lucky enough to be included in the HE-500 loaner program and wanted to post my impressions of the headphones.  I am a bit of a headphone pleb and do not own any orthodynamic headphones, so will not be able to say how they rate among the very best headphones.  But I did want to compare their sound to the best features of a few good headphones that I own, including HD600, RS-1, D7000 and Edition 8.
 
I'm not a fan of 'x feature is amazing, y is transcendent' reviews because everything sounds great until you hear something that sounds better.  And without a common reference, nobody knows what you're talking about.  So instead I will compare the HE-500 to the very best features of my merely good headphones.
 
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Let me begin by saying that these are these are by far the best headphones I have ever heard (see how meaningless that is?).  But are they better than every headphone I own in every regard?  Let's see.
 
Bass: Comparing D7000 & HE-500, it is clear that D7000 have more bass depth, impact & quantity.  However, the emphasis seems to be especially focused on the sub-bass, whereas HE-500 sound like they present the the whole range of bass.  The result is that HE-500 sound much more natural, integrated and realistic, whereas D7000 sound more like a subwoofer.  Edition 8 actually manage to beat out HE-500 bass.  When bass hits (and only when), the Edition 8 have more impact and definition.  Here I could see where people could find limitations with the clarity of HE-500's bass.  Though they do beat all my headphones but one in this department. 
 
Soundstage: HE-500 have great soundstage.  Instruments sound like they occupy a large stage with me in the middle.  In comparison, D7000 seem to get their sense of space from the treble,  and have a feeling of spatial imbalance, where bass is more in the middle and treble is on the fringes.  Likewise, HD600, sound more congested and restrained.  And because they emphasize upper mids a bit more, they almost sound nasal in comparison.  As much as I like their soundstage, they sound smaller and more 'in my head' than the HE-500.  Edition 8 do rival their soundstage.  They have angled drivers that reflect sound off the pinna, and though the soundstage is smaller, it does sound a bit more realistic and more spatially defined.
 
Treble: I was surprised by the softness of their treble.  I'm not a fan of strong treble (and soon will be selling my D7000 for that reason), but listening to Blue Train, the cymbals on HE-500 seemed pretty quiet and not nearly as present as RS-1 and Edition 8.  This is one feature I didn't really have enough time to form an opinion as to whether I liked it more than all of my other headphones (I think I did), as I literally had to pack them up in the middle of this test.  But here too, I could understand if someone finds a lack of emphasis in the treble.
 
Mids:  Oh the mids.  They were rich, realistic and extremely satisfying.  They made my other headphones sound rough and unrefined.  Nothing else came close.
 
Overall, they absolutely murder all my other headphones in sound quality and the ability to convey the sheer pleasure of music.  But are they better than all the other headphones in every way?  Almost.  So there is a tiny bit of room for improvement and I will (very slightly) understand when people quibble about limits in their bass, treble and soundstage.

Edited by eucariote - 5/20/11 at 8:46pm
post #427 of 1779

"oh the mids"..... :-) Awesome Review, eucariote. i almost think that HE-500 is THE headphone for female vocal jazz. It makes the song so engaging and intimate...very addictive i have to say.

 

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Mids:  Oh the mids.  They were rich, realistic and extremely satisfying.  They made my other headphones sound rough and unrefined.  Nothing else came close.
 


 

post #428 of 1779

Subscribed! I cannot wait to try out the Canadian trial pair. I have a very strong feeling that I will be hearing rather magical things out of my WA6!

post #429 of 1779

Tell me how that goes. I'm interested in a WA 6, but I'm skeptical of it being able to properly power the HE 500.
 

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Subscribed! I cannot wait to try out the Canadian trial pair. I have a very strong feeling that I will be hearing rather magical things out of my WA6!



 

 

post #430 of 1779

Skeptical? But haven't a few Head-fi'ers already commented here that the WA6 does the trick and does it well? If these cans work reasonably well with a portable amp, I am sure the WA6 will breathe some life into them on the high-impedance setting. (At least that is what I hope. Depending on how the demo goes, I may just have to save up for these. I loved the HE-5 LE and adore my HD600's. If these are much better, I'll be hooked.)

post #431 of 1779

I always worry about powering things well. It's on my watch list because I've heard a few people enjoying the pairing. Just trying to decide I guess, rather than being a skeptic. 
 

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Skeptical? But haven't a few Head-fi'ers already commented here that the WA6 does the trick and does it well? If these cans work reasonably well with a portable amp, I am sure the WA6 will breathe some life into them on the high-impedance setting. (At least that is what I hope. Depending on how the demo goes, I may just have to save up for these. I loved the HE-5 LE and adore my HD600's. If these are much better, I'll be hooked.)



 

 

post #432 of 1779
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Tell me how that goes. I'm interested in a WA 6, but I'm skeptical of it being able to properly power the HE 500.
 



 

 


They were driven well with my Extreme. Volume was about 10 where 9 is where I listen to the 701s.
post #433 of 1779

LOL! Looking at the WA6 aswell ;) DACmini, WA6... What else :P

 

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I always worry about powering things well. It's on my watch list because I've heard a few people enjoying the pairing. Just trying to decide I guess, rather than being a skeptic. 
 



 

 



 

post #434 of 1779
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LOL! Looking at the WA6 aswell wink.gif DACmini, WA6... What else :P

 



 

I'm thinking DACmini, Mac Mini, WA6/EF5...and then just sitting back and enjoying stuff. Along with a retro receiver for powering speakers.
post #435 of 1779

I had a WA6 with the new Teflon adaptors and 7N7 tubes...it was a very nice match for the HE-500's.

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