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post #10486 of 14897
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Wouldn't be opposed to that!

Sent him and Amos a PM.
post #10487 of 14897

Can't wait to see people reaction.  This will be an interesting one.  

 

Verdict :  "You are too cheap!  You are not qualified to be in summit fi"

 

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post #10488 of 14897
I wish there was a way to make everyone forget what the top costs of high-end headphones are, sit them down with every single one of them, and have them guess the price of each one after they A/B them. wink.gif
post #10489 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

I wish there was a way to make everyone forget what the top costs of high-end headphones are, sit them down with every single one of them, and have them guess the price of each one after they A/B them. wink.gif

All the headphones I've owned: Grado SR325, PS-500, Beyerdynamic T1, Audeze LCD-2, Fostex TH-600, Hifiman HE-500, Audeze LCD-XC.

On SQ preference alone, I'd rank the HE-500 in second place behind the XC, but in no way does the considerable gulf in price between the two reflect the extent of the XC's superiority. It's better, but it should be considering it cost nearly a grand more. It's not 1k better.

I think the HE-500 is a better all round headphone than the LCD-2 and I think it's a much better headphone than the T1 which cost a lot more.

If performance alone is the criteria by which "summit Hi-Fi" is judged, then the HE-500 definitely belong in the upper etchelons of headphones. They punch way above their weight.

Let's face it, if they were made in Europe or America and not China they'd probably cost much, much more
post #10490 of 14897
Yep, he500 with the right set-up is pretty epic to listen to. One of my favourite songs is 'One of these nights' by The Eagles. I decided to try out the hd800 plugged into a v200 and listen to this song and it sounded terrible! The hd800s were doing what they are suppose to do which is showing the quality of the recording with a microscope. But on the he500, it sounded spectacular. And that's what good about these headphones, you don't have to sacrifice listening to crappy recordings with them.
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Originally Posted by Contrails View Post

Yep, he500 with the right set-up is pretty epic to listen to. One of my favourite songs is 'One of these nights' by The Eagles. I decided to try out the hd800 plugged into a v200 and listen to this song and it sounded terrible! The hd800s were doing what they are suppose to do which is showing the quality of the recording with a microscope. But on the he500, it sounded spectacular. And that's what good about these headphones, you don't have to sacrifice listening to crappy recordings with them.

The HD-800 never appealed to me. No doubt they're excellent at what they do, but I see no point in spending a small fortune on headphones which are so accurate and so revealing that they don't actually allow you to enjoy music. Then there's the matter of how picky they are with regards to ancillary equipment and their reputedly narrow (extremely narrow) genre bandwidth.

If I only listened to well recorded classical music and had the time, money and patience to assemble the right setup for them I may have felt differently about the HD-800.
post #10492 of 14897
I don't think he-500 belongs in summit-fi. More for practical reasons than performance
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I don't think he-500 belongs in summit-fi. More for practical reasons than performance

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Why is there some much concern that these headphones be put in summit fi?  What will it change about the headphones?  These headphones are good period, being in summit fi won't make them better.

post #10495 of 14897
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

I don't think he-500 belongs in summit-fi. More for practical reasons than performance

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Many people buy these to get a taste of hi-fi, mostly coming from what we call mid-fi. Some progress to bigger models, some find out they'd rather want to stay with mid-fi. Then there are some happy campers of course. Yet, fairly few seem to build a summit-fi rig around these headphones as I see it. We don't want to restrict/lose new owners wanting their first taste of hi-fi by moving this thread to summit-fi, right? Moving it to summit-fi will result in more focus on expensive dacs/amps and more serious discussions, I suppose. Not as many budget solutions and layman's terms, not as accesible to newcomers.

post #10496 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Contrails View Post

Yep, he500 with the right set-up is pretty epic to listen to. One of my favourite songs is 'One of these nights' by The Eagles. I decided to try out the hd800 plugged into a v200 and listen to this song and it sounded terrible! The hd800s were doing what they are suppose to do which is showing the quality of the recording with a microscope. But on the he500, it sounded spectacular. And that's what good about these headphones, you don't have to sacrifice listening to crappy recordings with them.

How does a headphone that has excellent FR, low distortion and sound great change the sound of a crappy recording and make it sound good? I don't think that the HE-500 colors sound, if it did I don't think it wouldn't be so popular.

post #10497 of 14897

I agree with David and prepoman. I don't give a **** if people consider HE-500 summit-fi or not. You guys should stop worrying about this stupid "labeling"

post #10498 of 14897
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Originally Posted by Okamoto View Post

I agree with David and prepoman. I don't give a **** if people consider HE-500 summit-fi or not. You guys should stop worrying about this stupid "labeling"
+1 i agree
post #10499 of 14897
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 How does a headphone that has excellent FR, low distortion and sound great change the sound of a crappy recording and make it sound good? I don't think that the HE-500 colors sound, if it did I don't think it wouldn't be so popular

 

 

Yes, but it's not a detail extracting freak like the HD800.  Average recordings will sound bad on the Hd800, average recordings with a good amp will sound good on the He500.  

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+1 i agree

+2 I agree. :D

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