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post #2041 of 2643

It was the same with my M-DAC, 50 hours burn in was necessary. Before that it sounded thin and unimpressive. 

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I have also opportunity to sell my HD800 and buy Hifiman HE-500 for good price. Which headphones do you prefer with V200 AMP?

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I have also opportunity to sell my HD800 and buy Hifiman HE-500 for good price. Which headphones do you prefer with V200 AMP?

They are both excellent with the V200 the preference would be which one you like better. I preferred the hd800 but do like the HE500 I sold and who know it may also find a palace again in my setup.

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Agreed. Both are very good headphones, and both pair well with the V200. 

 

It comes down to - do you like a more dry, neutral, analytical approach with big holographic soundstage? That's the HD800. Or do you like a slightly more musical sound that can dig deeper in the bass but isn't as open and expansive? That's the HE-500. 

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Agreed. Both are very good headphones, and both pair well with the V200. 

 

It comes down to - do you like a more dry, neutral, analytical approach with big holographic soundstage? That's the HD800. Or do you like a slightly more musical sound that can dig deeper in the bass but isn't as open and expansive? That's the HE-500. 

From your description I would chose HE-500. Or keep both, but I am afraid that one of them would lay on the shelf... 


Edited by mentt - 2/2/13 at 1:39am
post #2046 of 2643

Try both out - and move the one you don´t fancy anymore (after quite some time) over to the FS domain. :)


Edited by Loevhagen - 2/2/13 at 6:38am
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Try both out - and move the one you after quite some time over to the FS domain. :)

 

This.

 

If you buy from the FS forum, then later sell the one you don't use as often, you'll probably break even. 

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What do you think about LCD2 in comparison to He-500 and HE-500 on V200 AMP?

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What do you think about LCD2 in comparison to He-500 and HE-500 on V200 AMP?


 Fried actually recommended the LCD2 with the V200, but lately I've read some not so complimentary things about them.  People seem to like the LCD3 much better.  As for the HD800 and HE500, I found the HE500 was heavy and not very comfortable to wear.  All planar magnet types are about 200 grams heavier than the HD800.  The HD800 is the ultimate headphone for classical and orchestral music because of the phenomenal sound stage.  The HE500 has strong tight bass that would be better for rock and other types of music that are bass intensive.  The Beyer T1 is no slouch on bass either and has a nice balance sound.  It is light weight and probably the most comfortable of all the above to wear.  Here is a good review of several headphones. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/612250/headphone-comparison-sennheiser-hd-600-hd-700-hd-800-hd-25-1-and-the-amperior-audio-technica-ath-m50s-audeze-lcd-2-rev-2-and-the-lcd-3

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 Fried actually recommended the LCD2 with the V200, but lately I've read some not so complimentary things about them.  People seem to like the LCD3 much better.  As for the HD800 and HE500, I found the HE500 was heavy and not very comfortable to wear.  All planar magnet types are about 200 grams heavier than the HD800.  The HD800 is the ultimate headphone for classical and orchestral music because of the phenomenal sound stage.  The HE500 has strong tight bass that would be better for rock and other types of music that are bass intensive.  The Beyer T1 is no slouch on bass either and has a nice balance sound.  It is light weight and probably the most comfortable of all the above to wear.  Here is a good review of several headphones. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/612250/headphone-comparison-sennheiser-hd-600-hd-700-hd-800-hd-25-1-and-the-amperior-audio-technica-ath-m50s-audeze-lcd-2-rev-2-and-the-lcd-3

 

 

I absolutely love the LCD-2 (latest version in bamboo) from the V200. HE-500 is good as well but I prefer LCD-2 in this situation. If I were to make an arbitrary ranking where 10 is perfect I'd rank the V200 with LCD-2 a 9/10, the HE-500 an 8/10, and HD800 9/10. That means HE-500 still does great but I've heard better from other (expensive) amps. 

 

As you mentioned, comfort is a key aspect. I thought the original LCD-2 in rosewood with the foam headband was decent but only for short periods. The newest model fits me way better and I could wear it indefinitely.

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I absolutely love the LCD-2 (latest version in bamboo) from the V200. HE-500 is good as well but I prefer LCD-2 in this situation. If I were to make an arbitrary ranking where 10 is perfect I'd rank the V200 with LCD-2 a 9/10, the HE-500 an 8/10, and HD800 9/10. That means HE-500 still does great but I've heard better from other (expensive) amps. 

 

As you mentioned, comfort is a key aspect. I thought the original LCD-2 in rosewood with the foam headband was decent but only for short periods. The newest model fits me way better and I could wear it indefinitely.


I never wore the LCD's.  Although they are about the same weight as the HE500 they must be more comfortable with a warmer feel (wood vs steel). 

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I never wore the LCD's.  Although they are about the same weight as the HE500 they must be more comfortable with a warmer feel (wood vs steel). 

 

 

Not sure about "warmer" but they do have a different weight distribution. The HE series feels like it is sort of "sitting" on my ears, with a bit of support from the headband. It's not bad at all, and I guess is more like a "traditional" headphone (Sennheiser, Ultrasone, etc) fit with less clamping. 

 

The LCD-2 has a seemingly weird system where the cups end up spread farther out than the headband width. It's kind of goofy looking but it works well for me. More of my head touches the headband which means better distribution. 

post #2053 of 2643

What about T1 and V200? Is it good match? 

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What about T1 and V200? Is it good match? 

 

Yep, very nice combo. IMO the T1 needs a bit of help to sound its best - a cold, neutral amp with the T1 doesn't do much for me. I like T1 with tubes, or a warmish solid state. Not major coloration - just a bit of help. 

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Would you recommend T1 over HD800 and he-500 on V200? I listen to indie, alternative slower rock music. Today i auditioned LCD2, but it was not ideal sound for me. Is there something in between HD800 and LCD2 sound? T1 or he-500? What is you favorite headphones for this kind of music?

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