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Originally Posted by inertianinja View Post
 

So this may be of some interest:

 

I am the only one I know (family, friends, co-workers) who gives a crap about their audio setup. Most people I know are fine with their Apple earbuds and don't care to try anything else. I'm sure many of you can relate. The real shame is that almost everyone in my family is either a musician or really into music - they just don't care to get into the tech of higher-quality listening.

 

I had my family and a few friends over my apartment last night, I took the opportunity to demo my HE-500 / Lyr setup. I made sure that I had some FLAC files of each person's favorite music beforehand. Everyone was blown away...but the best was my father. He used to be a total music nerd, but in the past 30 years he's become the kind of guy who has replaced all his hobbies with work.

 

I let him listen to the Beatles, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, and a few others. It was amazing - it's the first time I have ever seen him concentrate on something that's not work related since I was a kid. He even listened to a new band (to him)-  Radiohead's OK Computer - and liked it. He was like "wow, these guys really have a lot going on in their music."

 

So, fun little anecdote I guess. Quality audio is worth sharing.  

+1 This is one of my favorite things to do with my hobbies.

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Hello all

I'm having a problem with my HE 500: I don't want to stop listening music atsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gif
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Hello all

I'm having a problem with my HE 500: I don't want to stop listening music atsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gifatsmile.gif

They're a pretty addicting headphone, I've gone an entire day with them on my head.

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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

They're a pretty addicting headphone, I've gone an entire day with them on my head.


+100 that used to be a daily thing for me, and still would be if i had all day haha

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Oh man I used to do that with the HE-6. But that was the only headphone I ever wanted to.listen to for that long.
Hopefully the 560 will fix it.
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post
 

+1 This is one of my favorite things to do with my hobbies.

 

I have also been doing this with my Oculus Rift. It's great to give people an experience they would never have on their own.

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I have also been doing this with my Oculus Rift. It's great to give people an experience they would never have on their own.

 

Rift is pretty amazing!  I love mine.

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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

Oh man I used to do that with the HE-6. But that was the only headphone I ever wanted to.listen to for that long.
Hopefully the 560 will fix it.

It's a night and day difference, trust me on that. You'd hardly recognize the (lack of dis)comfort as being a Hifiman headphone!

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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

It's a night and day difference, trust me on that. You'd hardly recognize the (lack of dis)comfort as being a Hifiman headphone!

Yep the HE-6 liked to extort pressure on the top of my head... Maybe I'll be finally able to fully concentrate on the sound! eek.gif
Can't be here soon enough wink.gif
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Funny how this is an individual thing, I often wear my HE-500 or HE-6 for hours on end (the benefits of having a private office) and have no issues with pressure on the top of my head, it's a wide headband that seems to distribute the weight well in my case.  Occasionally I feel some discomfort on my cheekbones (pressure) but that's mainly when I'm busy with running training and very skinny.

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Originally Posted by Xenophon View Post
 

Funny how this is an individual thing, I often wear my HE-500 or HE-6 for hours on end (the benefits of having a private office) and have no issues with pressure on the top of my head, it's a wide headband that seems to distribute the weight well in my case.  Occasionally I feel some discomfort on my cheekbones (pressure) but that's mainly when I'm busy with running training and very skinny.

The individual thing is more about tolerances. Different people, different tolerances for discomfort. I have been wearing my HE500s for sometimes 10 hours a day for the past year too, but that doesn't mean the drastic comfort improvement with HE560 has not been extremely welcome.

 

I really wish the new headband would be backward-compatible...that plus the new earpads would probably do it for me for HE500 even without the reduced weight.

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Originally Posted by inertianinja View Post
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So this may be of some interest:

 

I am the only one I know (family, friends, co-workers) who gives a crap about their audio setup. Most people I know are fine with their Apple earbuds and don't care to try anything else. I'm sure many of you can relate. The real shame is that almost everyone in my family is either a musician or really into music - they just don't care to get into the tech of higher-quality listening.

 

I had my family and a few friends over my apartment last night, I took the opportunity to demo my HE-500 / Lyr setup. I made sure that I had some FLAC files of each person's favorite music beforehand. Everyone was blown away...

but the best was my father. He used to be a total music nerd, but in the past 30 years he's become the kind of guy who has replaced all his hobbies with work.

 

I let him listen to the Beatles, Neil Young, Jethro Tull, and a few others. It was amazing - it's the first time I have ever seen him concentrate on something that's not work related since I was a kid. He even listened to a new band (to him)-  Radiohead's OK Computer - and liked it. He was like "wow, these guys really have a lot going on in their music."

 

So, fun little anecdote I guess. Quality audio is worth sharing.  

 

My dad was the same the first time he listened to my Grado RS1i. I've recently got both my parents more into audio and it quite fun seeing them starting to buy CDs etc. They also travel a lot they've realised the importance of having nice headphones for air travel. My dad also purchased my HE-500s in Beijing which I received as a X-mas gift and he was hugely impressed by them, except the weight! I think he listened to them on some very fancy tube setup in the store and he didn't have a clue what half of the stuff in the shop was.:p 

 

Last year they purchased a B&W Panorama 2 soundbar and they seem very happy with it. My parents were quite annoyed and confused by the complexity of modern sound systems. The Panorama soundbar is just plug 'n play, whether the set-top box is hooked up or the CD-player. It plays decent stereo music, makes the flat screen TV sound better and decodes movie soundtracks.

 

I'm still trying to convince some of our musician friends, one who is busy with a music PhD (organ) and her husband is a very gifted player of the violin and has played in a couple of orchestras. They just have a Samsung HT setup in their home! She listened to my HE-500s and thought they were pretty terrific, but they haven't rushed out to buy a pair! There is definitely a huge difference in interest between playing and listening to music. They are visiting again later this month and I can't wait to hear what they think of the KEF LS50 speakers.

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FWIW,

time to depart with my mint HE-500 and like-new jergpads.

in the For Sale forum at a good price if anyone is interested.

post #13349 of 15244
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

Balanced obviously adds to the power. I hear a little larger soundscape, and placement of instruments and voices are very solid. 

 

I am also using balanced right now with the new HE560 and get the same results. Very open, dynamic pinpoint imaging. The 500 and 560 do sound different but feel the 500 is a great phone to go with, just a little different sound, with the 560 having a little more extension and speed. Like venues either at a recording or live, sound changes and so with headphones, nothing being totally better, just a different view of the music. 

 

The 560 are a review sample. 

 

I found that the key to using the WA22 is to ONLY use the balanced input.  Doing so will make the balanced output and the 1/4" jack both sound much better, and both will perform much closer to each other in all areas except power.  

 

But if all I had was a single ended DAC I would not bother with the WA22 - I compared it side by side with my single ended ZDT for 2 weeks, and with a single ended DAC the ZDT was a noticeable step ahead of the WA22.  In single ended mode the WA22 felt more like my WA6, with less dynamics, depth of stage, and width of stage.  But with a balanced DAC the WA22 could come within a few percentage points of my ZDT (with RS-1 and HD800, while with D7000 the ZDT still ran away).

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HeadphoneAddict, how is the WA6 w/ the HE-500 in your opinion? I'm still looking for a 'near' end game amp for the HE-500 without breaking $1500... I'd be using my Bushmaster MKII for a DAC.

 

Also, if you've (or anyone) heard the WA6-SE, is it twice as good (considering it's 2x the price)?

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