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post #12586 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Ultramus View Post
 

 

Can you tell me what pads you used for your He-500's? They look interesting.

post #12587 of 18030
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Yea, a lot of people do. Personally I cant stand the wood look. I like machined, modern, refined and solid look of black colored metals.

If there's anything I don't like it's those glossy white 'modern' looking speakers.. Seems cheap and without character to me. Personally, I like wood the best generally speaking.

post #12588 of 18030

If anyone interested in aftermarket cable for their beloved HE-500, i have one as new Norse Audio Skuld 8 series for sale:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/707377/8-ft-norse-audio-skuld-8x-25awg-24-conductors-for-he-500-with-4pin-xlr-termination

 

:beerchug: 

post #12589 of 18030
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I like this headphoneholder a lot biggrin.gif

http://www.thomann.de/gb/rooms_audio_typ_fs_s_headphone_stand.htm
Very stylish. Are you getting one?
post #12590 of 18030
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

If there's anything I don't like it's those glossy white 'modern' looking speakers.. Seems cheap and without character to me. Personally, I like wood the best generally speaking.


URGH! Who said anything about WHITE?! Looks like cheap plastic to me:

 

 

Nope, only black for me, no white and no wood. The only except would be very dark wood.

post #12591 of 18030
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post

Can you tell me what pads you used for your He-500's? They look interesting.
Lawton audio pads
post #12592 of 18030
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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

Very stylish. Are you getting one?
yep..my wife gives one to me as a belated valentine present..she said it would look good with the black furniture we have..women!!!tongue.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/25/14 at 6:00pm
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yep..my wife gives one to me as a belated valentine present..she said it would look good with the black furniture we have..women!!!tongue.gif

And you're getting her that sportscar. Don't forget. A black Maserati would match the furniture.

post #12594 of 18030
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And you're getting her that sportscar. Don't forget. A black Maserati would match the furniture.
She hates loud cars..lolz..thats why she doesnt like the cooper s..but just the regular cooper... So no maserati or any other exotic italian stuff..oh well..i dont have the money anyway.. But i can get her a very quiet 1/18 scale pagani... Or a super quiet dolce & gabanna bag..or something like that.. I am so lucky she is not into designer watches!!! biggrin.gif
But for the record..i am just a regular guy..like u guys..i can even bet most of u guys have more money on the bank then me... biggrin.gif

Nooooo no bets..as i always loose bets...i am famous among my friends in losing bets or never ever win anything on lotteries etc..so forget that bet!!!wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/25/14 at 6:24pm
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She hates loud cars..lolz..thats why she doesnt like the cooper s..but just the regular cooper... So no maserati or any other exotic italian stuff..oh well..i dont have the money anyway.. But i can get her a very quiet 1/18 scale pagani... Or a super quiet dolce & gabanna bag..or something like that.. I am so lucky she is not into designer watches!!! biggrin.gif
But for the record..i am just a regular guy..like u guys..i can even bet most of u guys have more money on the bank then me... biggrin.gif

Nooooo no bets..as i always loose bets...i am famous among my friends in losing bets or never ever win anything on lotteries etc..so forget that bet!!!wink.gif

Aren't you slated to win the Blue Circle Lottery, very soon? You paid enough for the ticket. Is this like waiting for your firstborn to arrive?


Edited by StanD - 2/25/14 at 6:32pm
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Aren't you slated to win the Blue Circle Lottery, very soon? You paid enough for the ticket. Is this like waiting for your firstborn to arrive?
Nope no lottery its all earned by hard work..

and yeah..it feels like it...firstborn..only my amp takes longer to arrive....already heard from some guys in the know about bc amps that this amp with its heritage of the NSL coupled to that huge powersupply could make this rig sound pretty good...and those are the guys having multi thousends of dollars of speaker audio shiit in their homes.. We will see when it arrives..friday is sent off day..my code-x took 1.5weeks to arrive here from new york..UNTOUCHED! A miracle! I didnt even have to pay for extra customs or taxes!!!! so i am guessing this all in one box stuff will arrive a little longer..and will be opened for sure with all the smelly sillicone inside my components... redface.gif
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I've been rolling op amps lately

 

Here are my impressions on a couple of op amps that I have tried with the HE-500's; tested through an SMSL SD-1955 DAC and stock O2 amp

 

NE5532P- Very neutral, natural, and relaxed sounding. The NE5532 also displays good transparency; excluding a bit of warmth towards lower mid-range, causing vocals to have a little extra "meat" underneath. The NE5532 also manages to create a great sense of air surrounding the entirety of the sound, like a concert hall sound; basically meaning that all the instruments are gathered within the vicinity of the listener but surrounding everything is massive empty space, causing the background to feel very airy and open). The overall sound is soft and laid back. Overall detail retrieval is below average compared to everything else on the list, micro detail is pretty bad (you really have to listen for it on the instruments). Overall, the NE5532 doesn't pair well with the HE-500; a little too warm and relaxed for my tastes, vocals feel a bit recessed, and high end roll off (lack of micro-detail).

 

OPA2132P- Coming soon

 

LME49860- Smallest sound stage out of the selection yet instruments keep their distance and don't sound claustrophobic, or converging (intimate but not aggressive sounding). Due to their optimal timbre and decay, they also have the best imaging amongst the selection. Tonality is perfect, and everything sounds right on key (this is pretty hard to accomplish in the lower treble). However, the selling point of the LME49860 is their treble; displaying the best treble detail and high end extension I've ever heard on any system, yet the highs are well maintained and never sound harsh. The LME49860 displays the best overall detail retrieval out of the selection, and bests the OPA2132 in term of micro-detail retrieval. The sound is also a lot less colored than the OPA2132, and ranks supreme in transparency. Though the OPA2132 is a bit warmer sound than the LME49860's, I find the LME49860's to have a much more engaging signature. The mid-range also displays a very good sense of tactility; vocals sound very spacious. I find these to be the best match with the HE-500's, since they seem to lift the mid-treble veil off the HE-500's, yet maintain musicality and the HE-500's laid back signature. Heck, they hit the key every time, and just sound right. 

 

More to come


Edited by headphonatic - 2/25/14 at 7:56pm
post #12598 of 18030
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

I've been rolling op amps lately

 

Here are my impressions on a couple of op amps that I have tried with the HE-500's; tested through an SMSL SD-1955 DAC and stock O2 amp

 

NE5532P- Very neutral, natural, and relaxed sounding. The NE5532 also displays good transparency; excluding a bit of warmth towards lower mid-range, causing vocals to have a little extra "meat" underneath. The NE5532 also manages to create a great sense of air surrounding the entirety of the sound, like a concert hall sound; basically meaning that all the instruments are gathered within the vicinity of the listener but surrounding everything is massive empty space, causing the background to feel very airy and open). The overall sound is soft and laid back. Overall detail retrieval is below average compared to everything else on the list, micro detail is pretty bad (you really have to listen for it on the instruments). Overall, the NE5532 doesn't pair well with the HE-500; a little too warm and relaxed for my tastes, vocals feel a bit recessed, and high end roll off (lack of micro-detail).

 

OPA2132P- Coming soon

 

LME49860- Smallest sound stage out of the selection yet instruments keep their distance and don't sound claustrophobic, or converging (intimate but not aggressive sounding). Due to their optimal timbre and decay, they also have the best imaging amongst the selection. Tonality is perfect, and everything sounds right on key (this is pretty hard to accomplish in the lower treble). However, the selling point of the LME49860 is their treble; displaying the best treble detail and high end extension I've ever heard on any system, yet the highs are well maintained and never sound harsh. The LME49860 displays the best overall detail retrieval out of the selection, and bests the OPA2132 in term of micro-detail retrieval. The sound is also a lot less colored than the OPA2132, and ranks supreme in transparency. Though the OPA2132 is a bit warmer sound than the LME49860's, I find the LME49860's to have a much more engaging signature. The mid-range also displays a very good sense of tactility; vocals sound very spacious. I find these to be the best match with the HE-500's, since they seem to lift the mid-treble veil off the HE-500's, yet maintain musicality and the HE-500's laid back signature. Heck, they hit the key every time, and just sound right. 

 

More to come


on my m-stage i liked the opa627 the most ;)

post #12599 of 18030

Just ordered a Project Ember w/ Supercharger option. Will report back with impressions.

post #12600 of 18030

Yay! Really curious as to how it sounds on the HE-500 :)

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