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 I forgot to mention that even with shipping + supercharge option, it's still cheaper than the Lyr. And the one tube will definitely be great. Agree 100% about finding matching tubes (or having to pay a premium for them). The Ember is great with my IEMs as well... but that's for the Project Ember thread :). I'll probably get the 560's to compare them to the 500's. Hoping I like one more than the other so I don't end up with a situation like in my profile pic (HD800, LCD2.2, Sig Pros at once).

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A bit oftopic but so funny..especially the last part..virgins..lolz

http://www.tnt-audio.com/clinica/intere.html

And yeah..am still listening to my ampie..sound is smoothing out more and more and opening up more and more! But WTF..is there a hidden tube in it somewhere, as the warmth i hear in voices cant be coming from a Opamp based SS amp..NO way!! Its unnatural..completely against all known rules of amp'ism..i will open up the amp again to check if Gil-Butt sneeked in a little tube somewhere without saying..the sneaky evil basterd.. biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 3/13/14 at 10:33am
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Not really an impression, as I've never had the chance to try them, but I got a question:

 

Are they really that power-hungry and tough to drive properly? Would be good to know if I happen to decide to switch sometime in the future.

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Originally Posted by GeorgeVes View Post

Not really an impression, as I've never had the chance to try them, but I got a question:

Are they really that power-hungry and tough to drive properly? Would be good to know if I happen to decide to switch sometime in the future.
Around 1w into 32ohm minimum would be best..but better invest in quality power then in cheap raw HUGE power..as the he500 improves bigtime with better quality amping..in my personal experience.
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+1, HE-500 are driven well with a reasonably powerful headphone amp, much easier than the He-6. 1 W in 32 ohm looks like the minimum requirement to me though.
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So I am guessing a Burson Soloist SL with 2w per channel would do the job with a little overhead.

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No sweat, soloist would be ample and is good quality. Or if you already have one that's not too powerful and has a low noise floor, run them from a speaker amp with some resistors attached to bring down the power. But be careful with that volume dial.
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This thread is dying down... RIP


Edited by Nimzerz - 3/13/14 at 6:28pm
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How does the sound of the HE-500 compare to the HD650, would it be a true upgrade or more of a sidegrade if you know what I mean. Or just tell me which you liked better and why for those of you who have owned both or currently own both.

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Originally Posted by HPiper View Post
 

How does the sound of the HE-500 compare to the HD650, would it be a true upgrade or more of a sidegrade if you know what I mean. Or just tell me which you liked better and why for those of you who have owned both or currently own both.

 

I briefly owned the HD 650s, and for my money they couldn't touch the HE-500s.  Just my opinion, of course, and I must be one of a distinct minority who finds the Senn pads really uncomfortable.

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I briefly owned the HD 650s, and for my money they couldn't touch the HE-500s.  Just my opinion, of course, and I must be one of a distinct minority who finds the Senn pads really uncomfortable.

I'd have to agree with the 500s and arguably the 400s besting the Senn HD6XX line across the board. Both Hifimans have an effortless quality to their sound that is simply unmatched. 

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I own both the HE-500 and the HD-650 and just take a look in the long running HD-650 thread for all that people love about the HD-650s: LINK

 

IMO for vocals, jazz and classical, Ill pick the HD-650 every time. BUT I only use my HD-650 with a Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball as the HD-650 really shines with the warmth and naturalness that comes from it when driven by a good tube amp. And IMO the HD-650 is WORLDS more pleasurable to wear. I pretty much dislike everything about the HE-500's except their sound. The weight is too much, the cord is terrible, the headband is horrible, the fit and way it sits on the head feels awkward, etc. None of these issue plague the HD-650. They are also around $200 cheaper either new or used and that alone is very impressive.

 

For an all around headphone, the HE-500 is a better choice. I learned a long time ago however that just one set of headphones could never cover my extremely wide range of music genres.


Edited by ben_r_ - 3/13/14 at 9:11pm
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I own both the HE-500 and the HD-650 and just take a look in the long running HD-650 thread for all that people love about the HD-650s: LINK

 

IMO for vocals, jazz and classical, Ill pick the HD-650 every time. BUT I only use my HD-650 with a Bottlehead Crack w/ Speedball as the HD-650 really shines with the warmth and naturalness that comes from it when driven by a good tube amp.

 

For an all around headphone, the HE-500 is a better choice. I learned a long time ago however that just one set of headphones could never cover my extremely wide range of music genres.

 

While I found the HD 650s a bit too laid back for my tastes, they do excel at vocals.  I'd almost forgotten.  They have a way of bringing them forward a bit while sounding perfectly natural.  They also took some pretty ragged indie rock (I'm talkin' things actually recorded in a home studio and basically self-produced) and made it sound far better than any other cans I've tried.  The Audezes would probably be good for that stuff.  With the HD 650s, I attribute that to the enhanced low end (seemed enhanced to me).  I'd love to hear them on a BHC, even if the comfort issue would probably creep in.  I drove them with my Lyr and still couldn't justify keeping them.  But I agree that one pair of cans is never enough!

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Originally Posted by RebelRising View Post
 

I'd have to agree with the 500s and arguably the 400s besting the Senn HD6XX line across the board. Both Hifimans have an effortless quality to their sound that is simply unmatched. 


HD600 are in the market for decades even though with the influx of orthodynamic cans

i wonder how iong HE500 going to last

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Originally Posted by RebelRising View Post
 

I'd have to agree with the 500s and arguably the 400s besting the Senn HD6XX line across the board. Both Hifimans have an effortless quality to their sound that is simply unmatched. 


Could I ask, what amp you were using with them?

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