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post #1156 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post



That happened to me.  They sent me a new one no questions asked.  I also picked up a Q cable.  It's not amazingly sturdy but I have little doubt that it will actually break since they use heatshrink on the connectors to reinforce them like a man with a real brain would do.  The only downside is that it's expensive.  The DIY route seems like it would work just fine though if you can do that.  Otherwise it seems like it's above 100 bucks for a cable.


Which is super ultra mega liquid BS.  I don't understand why they can't just offer a cable for a reasonable (sub $25 ) price to people that don't believe in the cable gods.  I totally understand why some one would want to spend $100+ on a cable, but I'm just not one of those people.  

 

I work at radio shack and most of cables here they let the emploies get at cost and I know for a fact that if they sold a copper cable for $25, 20+ of that cable would be streight profit counting the labor that it takes to make it.  

 

I just don't understand why they can't make both a sliver cable for people that think it matters and charge them $100+ for it and a normal cable for people who just want an extra or replacement cable and don't want to or can't sodder there own.  
 

 

post #1157 of 18011
If you haven't heard your 500s on a speaker amp, you aren't hearing what these planars are capable of. You want to hear dynamics and deathgrip control, put some power on them and you have 90+% of the HE-6. Put on a dynamic recording and be prepared for a treat. Yes the 500s will play well with powerful headphone amps but to hear what they are capable of, put about ten watts @ 50 ohms on them and tell me you've heard them like that on a headphone amp. When the 6s hit the market, we were scrambling to find something that would tighten the center focus and get the most of it's bass capabilities. What da ya know, power to the rescue.

I had to send my 6s in and they sent me 500s. I told them mine were 6s and that's the ones I wanted. They had to make a run so they told me to use the 500s until they were available. I got to use them for 3 weeks and then another week once the 6s arrived. I found that the hook up I used with the 6s (two monoblock speaker amps) made the 500s sound real close to the 6s. I was able to use them on a couple headphone tube amps, solid state headphone amps, a 40w speaker tube amp, a 70 watt SS speaker amp and the two 125 w monoblocks.

You don't need that much power if your amp has the power supply to handle the demands that planar technology presents. The HE suck power like a planar panel. Find an amp that can provide the current and speed for proper damping control and the realism of sound can't be beat by much. When you have a little over maximum, you can get some serious speaker like sound.
post #1158 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post



That happened to me.  They sent me a new one no questions asked.  I also picked up a Q cable.  It's not amazingly sturdy but I have little doubt that it will actually break since they use heatshrink on the connectors to reinforce them like a man with a real brain would do.  The only downside is that it's expensive.  The DIY route seems like it would work just fine though if you can do that.  Otherwise it seems like it's above 100 bucks for a cable.



Yeah that's a simple DIY fix if you can do it.

post #1159 of 18011

I've heard this from multiple sources... very curious. I was hoping the new Schiit balanced amp would put out at least 8 Watts into 50 ohms. Unfortunately it only does 5, which is just a tad better than the Lyr. I still have hope their statement stuff can be a poor man's Dark Star and really make my HE-500 sing.
 

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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

you have 90+% of the HE-6. Put on a dynamic recording and be prepared for a treat. Yes the 500s will play well with powerful headphone amps but to hear what they are capable of, put about ten watts @ 50 ohms.


 

 

post #1160 of 18011
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

I've heard this from multiple sources... very curious. I was hoping the new Schiit balanced amp would put out at least 8 Watts into 50 ohms. Unfortunately it only does 5, which is just a tad better than the Lyr. I still have hope their statement stuff can be a poor man's Dark Star and really make my HE-500 sing.
 


 

 


I was under the impression that the Lyr did 6 watts, or maybe that's not into 50 ohms.

 

post #1161 of 18011

I am currently deciding between the Audio gd C-2 SA or schiit lyr for powering my he-500.  Anyone with experience with both, or if you have experience with one pairing, how should I expect that amp to improve/affect the he-500?

post #1162 of 18011

Yup 6W into 32ohms and 4W into 50ohms. These are max values, since the number changes depending on the type of tube you have rolled in, but should be somewhere around those numbers.

 

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Originally Posted by wdahm519 View Post


I was under the impression that the Lyr did 6 watts, or maybe that's not into 50 ohms.

 



 

post #1163 of 18011

Hi,

As you have probably seen, I've started a new thread here at Head-Fi, but not many answers have been written by the others, so I decided to ask my question here.

I have a DT880 now, but I find the highs very ear-piercing and offensive.

My budget is not far from the HE500s, so maybe I'm ready to give it a try.

There isn't any chance to audition Hifimans in my country, so it is very risky.

I've heard that the HE500s share similar tonality with the Sennhesier HD600s. Is it true?

Is it good for Rock and Metal, and some Jazz?

post #1164 of 18011
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Originally Posted by voyager123 View Post

Hi,

As you have probably seen, I've started a new thread here at Head-Fi, but not many answers have been written by the others, so I decided to ask my question here.

I have a DT880 now, but I find the highs very ear-piercing and offensive.

My budget is not far from the HE500s, so maybe I'm ready to give it a try.

There isn't any chance to audition Hifimans in my country, so it is very risky.

I've heard that the HE500s share similar tonality with the Sennhesier HD600s. Is it true?

Is it good for Rock and Metal, and some Jazz?


I find the he-500 to do everything very well.  It is the least fatiguing headphone I have yet to try.  I found it to be even less fatiguing than the sennheiser HD-650 which came as a suprise.  There may be a headphone or two that might have a beter sound for those genres, but I definately think the he-500 songs great with those genres.  just make sure you have a suitable amp 

 

the 600 has an open airy sound signature while the he500 has the planar magnetic sound.  its hard to compare the two.  I came from using the HD600 and HD650 and I think that If you liked those headphones you would like the he-500.

post #1165 of 18011

My Amp/Dac is Xonar Essence ONE, which I like very much, I compared it to the Apogee Mini Dac and the Essence One held its own very well, it was even better in a few aspects.

Didn't mention that the Essence One has a very capable AMP, that can drive almost any headphones what I've tried, including one of the hardest headphone to drive , the K701.

post #1166 of 18011
I just got a pair of the HE-500s and I have to say there isn't anything in my music that doesn't great - classic rock, mono Beatles, Clapton, Jeff Beck, country, Keb Mo, classical baroque, it handles all of them. I've got a Lyr driving them and I don't go past about 11:00 on the volume. The more I listen to them the better I like them.
post #1167 of 18011

Yes, once you get used to the HE-500 it really starts to impress.  I was expecting to be shocked by how nice it was, but instead I got something much better than being shocked.  It really broke out of its shell so to speak.  My new amp can't be built fast enough (still around 2 months to go :D ).  I'm still very satisfied with my current little dot mkII which does better than I thought it would, so well that I sold my asgard in favor of it for use with the HE-500.  I really am curious to see how much better it can get.  I can't believe it can scale up any more because it's already so good.

post #1168 of 18011

if anyone has an extra stock cable or can build me a cable for the he-500 I would be willing to buy it from you. shoot me a PM if you have one

post #1169 of 18011

I never bought a Headphone but I do like being able to slip it on and slide it off. I have demoed many but did not find the sound as good as my MG6Pro custom earphone. I am now wondering if the Hifiman 500 will sound better the the 900 or the Sony headphones?
 

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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post

With all of my portables, I have been waiting for the release of this headphone. I anticipate that it will be a high end phone that will go well with many resolving amps both portable and home. I love the sound the orthos are able to pull from decent amps and sources. 

 

I hope to hear one soon, maybe in a day or two..



 

post #1170 of 18011
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Originally Posted by bmiamihk View Post

I never bought a Headphone but I do like being able to slip it on and slide it off. I have demoed many but did not find the sound as good as my MG6Pro custom earphone. I am now wondering if the Hifiman 500 will sound better the the 900 or the Sony headphones?
 



 



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