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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:

Yeah, but again I could definitely see someone liking the HE-400 combo more. Is about taste. If I only listened to EDM, I'd see no reason to go for the HE-500 over HE-400 for example. Or one might just like the signature HE-400 has. Not that I do :D

post #11837 of 14250
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Yeah, but again I could definitely see someone liking the HE-400 combo more. Is about taste. If I only listened to EDM, I'd see no reason to go for the HE-500 over HE-400 for example. Or one might just like the signature HE-400 has. Not that I do :D

Me too. :D I listen to a wide range of music, which is why I like my HE-500's and HD600's.

post #11838 of 14250
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+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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Yeah, but again I could definitely see someone liking the HE-400 combo more. Is about taste. If I only listened to EDM, I'd see no reason to go for the HE-500 over HE-400 for example. Or one might just like the signature HE-400 has. Not that I do :D

 

 

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Me too. :D I listen to a wide range of music, which is why I like my HE-500's and HD600's.

Everyone sees this a bit different. To me, the HE-500's are my EDM cans as after getting them I really cant see a place for the HE-400's anywhere in my collection. I use the HE-500's for EDM, the HD-650's for vocal, jazz, instrumental, etc., and the AH-D5000's for hip hop, rap, or anything with heavy bass. I have found that I need different cans to better enjoy different genres of music. The HE-400's have since day one been way too fatiguing for my ears and the highs almost to the point of harsh.

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Everyone sees this a bit different. To me, the HE-500's are my EDM cans as after getting them I really cant see a place for the HE-400's anywhere in my collection. I use the HE-500's for EDM, the HD-650's for vocal, jazz, instrumental, etc., and the AH-D5000's for hip hop, rap, or anything with heavy bass. I have found that I need different cans to better enjoy different genres of music. The HE-400's have since day one been way too fatiguing for my ears and the highs almost to the point of harsh.

In the brief listen to the HE-400's that I had, my feelings were the same, harsh trebles. That was the basis of what why I said what I did about the HE-400's.

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As you might imagine one gets used to the he-400 treble. I did when having it for a couple of weeks.

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As you might imagine one gets used to the he-400 treble. I did when having it for a couple of weeks.
Seems like the tizzy fatiguing treble of the HE400's is not natural- perhaps even an unhealthy way of listening to music. After getting Jergpads (and before getting HE500) I spent considerable time each day listening to the 400's- in spite of the treble. After a few days, I noticed my ears becoming very sensitive to loud sounds. Wasn't long after I bought the HE500 and haven't looked back since. FWIW, I don't listen to electronic music and most of my music is not audiophile level recordings.
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As you might imagine one gets used to the he-400 treble. I did when having it for a couple of weeks.

I don't think I would adjust to it. Not a problem, got me a pair of HE-500's. :)

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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.
I think I would wait a couple months and go for the 400i if I were in your shoes. That saves you $100 over the HE500 so you can get the Vali. The 400i is supposed to sound like the 500 with much better comfort and less power needed to drive it. And this is from someone who has owned the 400 and is in love with 500 wink.gif
post #11844 of 14250
I bit the bullet and ordered the HE-500's which will be here on the 18th. Even though the HE-560's are around the corner, who knows what they'll sound like whereas the HE-500's are available now and considered a great phone.

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post #11845 of 14250
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I bit the bullet and ordered the HE-500's which will be here on the 18th. Even though the HE-560's are around the corner, who knows what they'll sound like whereas the HE-500's are available now and considered a great phone.

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Welcome to the club :)

You won't be disappointed

post #11846 of 14250
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Welcome to the club :)

You won't be disappointed

+1

Any possible sonic improvements over the HE-500 won't be Earth shattering, It might not even be as good as what we have today.

post #11847 of 14250
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+1

Any possible sonic improvements over the HE-500 won't be Earth shattering, It might not even be as good as what we have today.


Smart statement.

post #11848 of 14250
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+1

Any possible sonic improvements over the HE-500 won't be Earth shattering, It might not even be as good as what we have today.

 

 

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Smart statement.

My wife calls me a smartarse, maybe she knows something I don't.

post #11849 of 14250
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My wife calls me a smartarse, maybe she knows something I don't.

 

Oh, I think that's a given.  At least you married "up" ;)

post #11850 of 14250
Yo hifimanrookie it looks like someone is bringing a 339 to the meet I'm going to in April. I'll get to A/B with my Emotiva. biggrin.gif
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