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Originally Posted by StanD View Post

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
post #12602 of 14586

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 #12603 of 14586
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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 #12604 of 14586

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

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

post #12606 of 14586
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Originally Posted by TooPoor View Post
 

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!

post #12607 of 14586

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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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post
 

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

post #12610 of 14586
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

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?

post #12611 of 14586
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post

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
post #12612 of 14586
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Originally Posted by Loquah View Post


Yay welcome to the club Lachlan!
It's nice to hear you like the HE 500 on your Bottleheads.
post #12613 of 14586

With the exception of a couple of small characteristics, I think I might even like them better than the T1s!!

post #12614 of 14586

Wow, that's huge!

post #12615 of 14586

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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