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Page 900 by the way :D

 

HE-500 has now become part of my bed rig, does that really well, very very smooth and coherent sound with my tube hybrid.

 

I'm contemplating a similar setup. How do you find the HE-500s go when lying down - are they still comfy?

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Page 900 by the way :D

 

HE-500 has now become part of my bed rig, does that really well, very very smooth and coherent sound with my tube hybrid.

 

I'm contemplating a similar setup. How do you find the HE-500s go when lying down - are they still comfy?

Decent, though my pillow has a tendency towards blocking the sound leaking out to the sides making the sound more closed in.

Works well comfort wise with a good pillow to support.

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Decent, though my pillow has a tendency towards blocking the sound leaking out to the sides making the sound more closed in.

Works well comfort wise with a good pillow to support.

If I'd try that with any of my Hifiman cans my wife 'd brain me with them, she wants a quiet room AND dislikes classical music.  In bed I listen to my Zik bluetooth phones.

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If I'd try that with any of my Hifiman cans my wife 'd brain me with them, she wants a quiet room AND dislikes classical music.  In bed I listen to my Zik bluetooth phones.

 

I agree. I'd be very sorry the HE-500s weigh that much if I listened to them in bed. At 510g they could do dangerous damage when wielded by an upset wife! Might as well listen to bookshelf speakers, the HE-500s leak just as much sound. Have listened to them while lying down on a couch and they aren't particularly comfortable that way as the headband continuously wants to slide off my head.

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Wow. What were you driving them with?

At the time I had a Bottlehead Crack and a vintage Kenwood receiver. Even though I'm not a believer in differing sounds from different amps, I tried them both and the extreme highs didn't change. Other than not having enough power to get very loud, the headphones can't tell the difference between 100 milliwatts and 100 watts. Electricity is simply volts and amps but that's a discussion for a different thread.

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Hello all. This is crazy but today I would prefer to listen my AKG Q350 in my Ipad than my HE 500.

Can you believe this? It sounds more vivid. ksc75smile.gif
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At the time I had a Bottlehead Crack and a vintage Kenwood receiver. Even though I'm not a believer in differing sounds from different amps, I tried them both and the extreme highs didn't change. Other than not having enough power to get very loud, the headphones can't tell the difference between 100 milliwatts and 100 watts. Electricity is simply volts and amps but that's a discussion for a different thread.

 

Wow. Crack pairs well with the T1 so it's probably either a matter of personal taste or product variance between earlier T1s (depending on when you tried them). Either way, I don't mean to be a T1 fan boy because they're not the only great headphone out there and I tend to split time between them and the HE-500s because I like them both for different reasons. We all have different tastes.

 

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Hello all. This is crazy but today I would prefer to listen my AKG Q350 in my Ipad than my HE 500.

Can you believe this? It sounds more vivid. ksc75smile.gif

 

I can believe it because the iPad wouldn't have the juice to drive the HE-500s so you're getting a fraction of their capabilities compared to getting much closer to fill potential from the Q350s. I personally use some foldable AKG portables (K240/420?) or Alessandro MS1s with my tablets, etc. for the same reasons.

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Wow. Crack pairs well with the T1 so it's probably either a matter of personal taste or product variance between earlier T1s (depending on when you tried them). Either way, I don't mean to be a T1 fan boy because they're not the only great headphone out there and I tend to split time between them and the HE-500s because I like them both for different reasons. We all have different tastes.

 

Exactly correct. That's why I take with a grain of salt the personal reviews I read here and even the frequency response graphs aren't necessarily a good determination of what a headphone will sound like.

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Has anyone tried the NAD D1050 dac/amp with the HE-500? 

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Has anyone tried the NAD D1050 dac/amp with the HE-500? 

I find it unlikely that the NAD would do them justice. Who knows?

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Hello.

I have discovered a new HE 500 as speakers with my NAD 3020. WOW amazing!!! L3000.gif

I got it from Terja in other thread.

Thanks atsmile.gif



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Originally Posted by eddiek997

What did you use as adaptor for the speaker terminals to the HE500's ?



I am using a 3.5mm female to 2 RCA cable (see here) (use a longer one than the one displayed). I cut off the RCA ends to make 2 channel wires (+ plus -). The negative ground wire is the one that wraps around the shielded wire as shown here / image.

I couldn't find info on whether the SX-650 shares a common ground wire at the speaker terminals. Judging from the fact that this works I would say it does - I doubt that this is a balanced amp from the 70s. The safe approach is to use a balanced cable, that way it wouldn't matter whether an amp shares a common ground wiring for the speakers or not. Haven't gotten around to it but I will eventually convert my HE-500 cable to discrete wiring using 4-pin xlr connectors.


Update edit:

I have since converted my HE-500 silver cable to XLR. So glad I did. Sonically the separated channels (without the common ground) sound much cleaner. I'm noticing much finer details and also greater extension in the sound. Here is a pic of the converted cable - this is really worth doing especially if using the HE-500 via speaker terminals:



Edited by Terja - 7/29/12 at 9:28pm
Edited by HeavenNotes - 5/4/14 at 9:05pm
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I don't see any pictures HeavenNotes. So the headphone jack is inferior to speaker terminals with HE-500? I am currently looking at a 3225 NAD for my HE-500s.
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I don't see any pictures HeavenNotes. So the headphone jack is inferior to speaker terminals with HE-500? I am currently looking at a 3225 NAD for my HE-500s.

Hi. Check it http://www.head-fi.org/t/600685/need-a-headphone-amp-for-he-500s/60
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Hi. Check it http://www.head-fi.org/t/600685/need-a-headphone-amp-for-he-500s/60

Hi. Somebody would explain me why HE 500 sounds better in this way? Thanks L3000.gif
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Hi. Somebody would explain me why HE 500 sounds better in this way? Thanks L3000.gif

It doesn't but some people equate more power with better sound. I guess those people have never heard a "flea watt" SET amplifier driving a pair of highly sensitive home speakers. Some amps as little as 2-3 watts per channel can very effectively drive speakers like many early Klipsch models. 

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