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

whoa yah, I'm planning the same in about 30days.  so your findings with it will be very helpful.

also hoping to roll in some decent 12V tubes (longplates recommended for sound stage?).

 

Best of listening to ya once Ember arrives!

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And ordered the Jergpads. Now just need to do the grill mod and replace the stock cable (I'm not a fan of it).

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Hi all, just received a pair of secondhand HE-500s and loving them already!!
 
The previous owner had modified the grill and I prefer the sound with the more open mesh he chose. Just wondering your thoughts on pleather versus velour pads (with/without the hard foam insert) until such time as I make or buy some jergpads. What sounds best of the stock pads with an open grill on the back?
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Velour pads for a more open, clean, bright sound; pleathers for a more intimate, wet and dark sound.

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Velour pads for a more open, clean, bright sound; pleathers for a more intimate, wet and dark sound.

 

Thanks Jerg! Best to remove the hard foam from the pleathers?

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Thanks Jerg! Best to remove the hard foam from the pleathers?
Perhaps best to visit the Jergpad thread, where the design of the pads on the new HFM series are born from.
Edited by Zuckfun - 2/26/14 at 9:26pm
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Yay welcome to the club Lachlan!
It's nice to hear you like the HE 500 on your Bottleheads.
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With the exception of a couple of small characteristics, I think I might even like them better than the T1s!!

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Wow, that's huge!

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Yeah. I'm not suggesting they are necessarily better in all areas, but they are very enjoyable headphones. The T1s would still be my go to cans if I really want to analyse gear in the chain, etc. but the HE-500s could very easily earn more headtime overall I think...

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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

Yeah. I'm not suggesting they are necessarily better in all areas, but they are very enjoyable headphones. The T1s would still be my go to cans if I really want to analyse gear in the chain, etc. but the HE-500s could very easily earn more headtime overall I think...

 

I'd say those 2 get most of my home office head-time (where open headphones are OK), followed by the HD800 and HD600.   When I need isolation, I use the the SE846 (really a nice piece of work) and the W3s.

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I'd say those 2 get most of my home office head-time (where open headphones are OK), followed by the HD800 and HD600.   When I need isolation, I use the the SE846 (really a nice piece of work) and the W3s.

 

How would you describe the SE846 sound signature compared to your full size phones? Which is it most similar to?

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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post

Yeah. I'm not suggesting they are necessarily better in all areas, but they are very enjoyable headphones. The T1s would still be my go to cans if I really want to analyse gear in the chain, etc. but the HE-500s could very easily earn more headtime overall I think...

I feel the same way.
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How would you describe the SE846 sound signature compared to your full size phones? Which is it most similar to?

 

That's such a difficult question for me.   I think the SE846 is the best sounding IEM I've owned (out of EX1000, W4, W3, SE530, GR07).  Sound stage is incredible, nice, deep subwoofer-like extension to the lows without being boomy or overly "bass-head", and nice shimmering highs without being sibilant. Extremely well balanced.  It handles poorer recordings well.  I guess I might actually compare it to the HE-500 in that the HE-500 is my go-to headphone where I know I'll be listening to recordings that might have harsh highs with my T1 or HD800.

 

We'll see how it goes some months from now when I can be sure I'm not suffering from new toy syndrome.

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Hey dudes..i have a question for the usb audio specialist..and i am guessing the shiit guys are on top of that..so pls i hope one of u guys can answer this:

Tonight i had huge problems with my usb audio drivers...when i tried to play tracks trhough j river 19 it said it was used by another thingie..i almost made me install windows 7all over again....
BUT..just before i wanted to do that i tried one last google seach..and i came across some audio crazy dudes who were talking about some asio something drivers (standard provided by terratec soundcards..or something..as driver according to them) and that it was better then the OLD wasapi drivers windows provides...so i installed those asio something drivers dated nov. 2013.. And damn... The sound was so much more fuller then with wasapi.. I had put everything on zero..latency also almost on Zero..as i had hardware buffering enabled..and acording to their manual i could use minimal latency, buffers..etc.
But guys...the sound!!!

...but now i am doubting my ears for the first time..as i always believed that between two digital (usb) drivers there could be no soundquality difference...am i wrong? Or is this a HUGe placebo effect because i was so fed up with the beeeeeep wasapi usb driver issue???

Any of u can explain if what i hear is just in my head or actually a change in soundquality because these new asio (something) drivers are better then the regular old (from 2011 if i am not mistaken) usb wasapi drivers crappy windows 7 provided?

Thanks guys! its important to me as i want best drivers for my new amp ofcourse... tongue.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 2/27/14 at 7:46pm
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