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Quick question guys - do I need to do any mods to get the HE-500 to work in balanced mode?   Or is it merely a matter of getting a balanced cable and plug-n-play?

 

Thanks!

post #11822 of 14527
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

 Anyone throw on some Denon D2k pads? I had some laying around and I immediately prefer them to the velours (EDIT: Comfort wise). Maybe I'll try some of my old D2k pad mods ... aka stuffing cotton balls in the pads. They don't seem to sound as good though. More veiled, but much better bass.

That's because the pad slots cover up much of the driver. Its like trading airiness for bass extension. In theory Audeze leather pads should be the best fit for the He-500's, they have large pad slots.

post #11823 of 14527
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Originally Posted by vkalia View Post
 

Quick question guys - do I need to do any mods to get the HE-500 to work in balanced mode?   Or is it merely a matter of getting a balanced cable and plug-n-play?

 

Thanks!

You may reterminate to xlr the standard cable (you may term it a mod, if you like) or buy a cable already xlr terminated (the plug-n-play "balanced" cable you mention)

post #11824 of 14527
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Originally Posted by i019791 View Post
 

You may reterminate to xlr the standard cable (you may term it a mod, if you like) or buy a cable already xlr terminated (the plug-n-play "balanced" cable you mention)

 

Thanks for that - so i dont need to do anything to the headphone, right?

post #11825 of 14527
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Thanks for that - so i dont need to do anything to the headphone, right?

right

post #11826 of 14527

Grazie!

post #11827 of 14527

I guess because they are coming out with new models of the 400 and 500, the current stock is on sale at a pretty good price. Question for those who have heard or better yet, owned both. Is the 500 worth the extra $200. My dilemma is this, if I buy the 500 that will be my whole budget gone, if I get the 400 I will have enough left to get an amp (thinking about the Schiit Vali). I do have an amp so it isn't like I wont have one at all, but it is pretty old and may not be at its best any more.

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I guess because they are coming out with new models of the 400 and 500, the current stock is on sale at a pretty good price. Question for those who have heard or better yet, owned both. Is the 500 worth the extra $200. My dilemma is this, if I buy the 500 that will be my whole budget gone, if I get the 400 I will have enough left to get an amp (thinking about the Schiit Vali). I do have an amp so it isn't like I wont have one at all, but it is pretty old and may not be at its best any more.

What amp you got?

post #11829 of 14527
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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

I guess because they are coming out with new models of the 400 and 500, the current stock is on sale at a pretty good price. Question for those who have heard or better yet, owned both. Is the 500 worth the extra $200. My dilemma is this, if I buy the 500 that will be my whole budget gone, if I get the 400 I will have enough left to get an amp (thinking about the Schiit Vali). I do have an amp so it isn't like I wont have one at all, but it is pretty old and may not be at its best any more.

 

 

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What amp you got?

+1

Yeah, what amp you got?

Keep in mind, if you get a can that doesn't cut the mustard, no amp is going to fix that problem.


Edited by StanD - 2/9/14 at 3:40pm
post #11830 of 14527
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

What amp you got?


I got it used, it is an old (I assume) Headroom Home. It is solid state, don't know much about it. Seems real well built and sounds pretty good with my Grado's (225i).

post #11831 of 14527
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I got it used, it is an old (I assume) Headroom Home. It is solid state, don't know much about it. Seems real well built and sounds pretty good with my Grado's (225i).

If I remember correctly Headroom had a good reputation. Find out if that model has enough power at 32 (38) Ohms to drive the HE-500's. One Watt will work just fine, but you can skate by with less (650 mW or so) until you can buy something with more muscle. Your Grado's are much more sensitive than the HE-500's.

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If I remember correctly Headroom had a good reputation. Find out if that model has enough power at 32 (38) Ohms to drive the HE-500's. One Watt will work just fine, but you can skate by with less (650 mW or so) until you can buy something with more muscle. Your Grado's are much more sensitive than the HE-500's.

Headroom amps are incredible sounding. I have owned a HUDA for a couple of years and to this day it is still one of my (if not my) favorite SS amps. The cross fade feature is worth the price of admission. The HUDA sounds fine with the HE-500, I know nothing about  the home amp.

post #11833 of 14527
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

Headroom amps are incredible sounding. I have owned a HUDA for a couple of years and to this day it is still one of my (if not my) favorite SS amps. The cross fade feature is worth the price of admission. The HUDA sounds fine with the HE-500, I know nothing about  the home amp.

Now that's a good testimonial and a test of time. HPiper likes the sound of his Headroom as well. If the Home Amp has the juice he may be a happy camper with what he already has. I'd rather sink more money on the cans whenever possible.

post #11834 of 14527

http://www.headphone.com/pdfs/HomeAmpManual.pdf says nothing about the output power.

 

Well, guess I'd go for the HE-500 as you have what must be considered a decent amp. I could see someone be more happy with HE-400 and a beefier amp on the same budget depending on taste, though.. But in the long run I think you'll be happy that you bought the HE-500.

post #11835 of 14527
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

http://www.headphone.com/pdfs/HomeAmpManual.pdf says nothing about the output power.

 

Well, guess I'd go for the HE-500 as you have what must be considered a decent amp. I could see someone be more happy with HE-400 and a beefier amp on the same budget depending on taste, though.. But in the long run I think you'll be happy that you bought the HE-500.

+1

IMO the HE-500 has much better sound profile than the HE-400's which I think has the kind that an amp can't fix. Of course I just pissed off the HE-400 contingent. :eek:

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