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Alright, it's definitely the cable that's faulty on my HE500.

 

Are there any good cables under $100? I'd hate to pay $60 on a crappy factory replacement that will just die again in under 2 more years.

 

Preferably one that's shorter?

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They ARE super confy. Much more than stock velour or pleather pads. Also, the sound improved a lot. Much more intimate, detailed and fuller.

 

And those are a rather unknown bookshelfs, but are pretty good for the price (around USD$130):

 

http://www.thonet-vander.com/kurbis.html

 

They bear a striking resemblance to the Rokits. Glad to hear they're comfy! 

 

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Originally Posted by Johnson184 View Post
 

Alright, it's definitely the cable that's faulty on my HE500.

 

Are there any good cables under $100? I'd hate to pay $60 on a crappy factory replacement that will just die again in under 2 more years.

 

Preferably one that's shorter?

 

Whew! Glad to hear it's just the cable!

 

I bought one from this guy:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Foot-Custom-HifiMan-Headphone-Cable-1-4-TRS-Plug-/111335850390?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item19ec224196

 

 

He's also a member here on head-fi. The cable is really well built. Lots of details in the cable to ensure it doesn't fall apart later. The kind of details you won't find from most cable manufacturer's that are charging more than the headphones.

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I recently got the Toxic Cables Silver Poison cable from the For Sale forum, given the many great reviews for it. I was quite disappointed with it however, as there is a microphonics issue. 

 

I'm considering putting it for sale but I don't want other head-fiers to be as disappointed as me, so I might be stuck with it for the time being. I am however thinking of another cable, this time with a proper sleeve. I've had my eye out on Norne Cables for that reason.


Edited by intlsubband - 7/8/14 at 6:52pm
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Originally Posted by intlsubband View Post

I recently the Toxic Cables Silver Poison cable from the For Sale forum, given the many great reviews for it. I was quite disappointed with it however, as there is a microphonics issue. 

I'm considering putting it for sale but I don't want other head-fiers to be as disappointed as me, so I might be stuck with it for the time being. I am however thinking of another cable, this time with a proper sleeve. I've had my eye out on Norne Cables for that reason.
Am sorry to hear that..but its weird though..i had 3 toxic cables until,now and two adapter cables..and not one had the issues ur talking about..but i have to admit..i didnt had the silver poison..my cables were (and still is) all black widows..

.i do know he improves his cables regularey..so i dont know how old the cable is u bought second hand..maybe its an older revision? and are u sure it was built by toxic cables itself? If i am not mistaken i understand some people buying the raw wires from toxic cables and then making the cables (sleeving etc) themselves....

Oh well..i do hope u will find the right cable for u....as microphobics is something i cant stand also..thats why i asked toxic cables to sleeve my last cable with tough black nylon sleeving, instead of any other flashy sleeve. wink.gif
BTW norse cables is also a brand i know make excellent cables. tongue.gif
post #14075 of 14162
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Am sorry to hear that..but its weird though..i had 3 toxic cables until,now and two adapter cables..and not one had the issues ur talking about..but i have to admit..i didnt had the silver poison..my cables were (and still is) all black widows..

.i do know he improves his cables regularey..so i dont know how old the cable is u bought second hand..maybe its an older revision? and are u sure it was built by toxic cables itself? If i am not mistaken i understand some people buying the raw wires from toxic cables and then making the cables (sleeving etc) themselves....

Oh well..i do hope u will find the right cable for u....as microphobics is something i cant stand also..thats why i asked toxic cables to sleeve my last cable with tough black nylon sleeving, instead of any other flashy sleeve. wink.gif
BTW norse cables is also a brand i know make excellent cables. tongue.gif

 

The seller is very trustworthy and all the signs point to an original Toxic Cable Silver Poison, including the branding on the cable itself. It is the "unsleeved" version so perhaps this is the cause of the problem? I have no qualms about the sounds, but when head movements rub the cable on my shirt/chair is clearly audible while playing music, it's a problem... which is why I am indeed looking for a much better isolated cable, and I love the look of the Norne cables...

 

I also wonder if it's easy to sleeve a cable myself? that can definitely help my issue, but I am hopeless with any DIY stuff...

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Originally Posted by intlsubband View Post
 

I recently got the Toxic Cables Silver Poison cable from the For Sale forum, given the many great reviews for it. I was quite disappointed with it however, as there is a microphonics issue. 

 

I'm considering putting it for sale but I don't want other head-fiers to be as disappointed as me, so I might be stuck with it for the time being. I am however thinking of another cable, this time with a proper sleeve. I've had my eye out on Norne Cables for that reason.

 

I'm considering getting a CablePro Freedom cable due to its shielding. Construction looks very solid as well.

 

Btw, measured the inner diameter of the pads here as well, old velour pads 60mm, new hybrid pads are around 53/54mm so the inner diameter is definitely a little bit smaller.


Edited by daerron - 7/9/14 at 1:46am
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I'm considering getting a CablePro Freedom cable due to its shielding. Construction looks very solid as well.

 

Btw, measured the inner diameter of the pads here as well, old velour pads 60mm, new hybrid pads are around 53/54mm so the inner diameter is definitely a little bit smaller.

Bad news for Ross Perot.

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Originally Posted by Johnson184 View Post
 

Alright, it's definitely the cable that's faulty on my HE500.

 

Are there any good cables under $100? I'd hate to pay $60 on a crappy factory replacement that will just die again in under 2 more years.

 

Preferably one that's shorter?

 

Have not tried this guy myself, but he has several happy customers on Reddit: http://www.bestintheversecables.com/

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Have not tried this guy myself, but he has several happy customers on Reddit: http://www.bestintheversecables.com/

They are certainly very reasonably priced!

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Have not tried this guy myself, but he has several happy customers on Reddit: http://www.bestintheversecables.com/

 

Nice price, pity they ship to so few countries...

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Nice price, pity they ship to so few countries...

I think Zach does ship internationally, try mailing him.

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Ima ask this question in a thread that needs a bump and isn't as crowded as the HE-560 thread.

 

It seems to me that many of the planars varies quite a bit in impedance and even sensitivity/effectivity within the same model. Any ideas why that is so, at least the thing with impedance?

 

My HE-500 measures 27 and 38 ohms, 5LE measures 41 on both channels and 560 measures 50 on both. All of them out of spec, seen others that measured weird values too. Opinions?

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Ima ask this question in a thread that needs a bump and isn't as crowded as the HE-560 thread.

 

It seems to me that many of the planars varies quite a bit in impedance and even sensitivity/effectivity within the same model. Any ideas why that is so, at least the thing with impedance?

 

My HE-500 measures 27 and 38 ohms, 5LE measures 41 on both channels and 560 measures 50 on both. All of them out of spec, seen others that measured weird values too. Opinions?

 

I was just thinking about this, and googled about how to measure the impedance, but all I have is a multi-meter, and didn't see a (fail-)safe way to measure my HE-500s.  Any tips?  Not interested in frying them (duuuuuuhhhhhh).

post #14084 of 14162
Frying Them with a multi-meter? Good luck with that.
Just measure resistance on the connector between ring+ sleeve and tip+sleeve, very straight forward.
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Frying Them with a multi-meter? Good luck with that.
Just measure resistance on the connector between ring+ sleeve and tip+sleeve, very straight forward.

 

Yeah, I thought those warnings seemed a little strange, but what do I know.  So, it's as simple as probes on the TRS, eh?  Let's see...

 

Tip ~ 27.6

Ring ~ 34.5

 

with my shorter DIY cable and a never-before-attached stock cable (so stock I had to use pliers to loosen the SMC ends; marginally higher with my longer DIY cable: 27.9 & 34.7

 

Interesting.  MY Grado SR-225s measure ~ 33.0 & 32.9; AKG Q701s ~ 62.0 & 62.2 (custom cable)


Edited by ThurstonX - 7/12/14 at 6:21pm
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