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post #14491 of 14628
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

Quick question for everyone,

 

I need a new replacement cable since my old one broke. Does this look any good, I'm on a budget

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-300-HE-400-HE-500-Headphone-Cable-Furutech-Upgrade-Cable-/121176877296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c36b468f0

 

D.I.Y.

 

That said, I've always been curious about that cable, so if you get it, do post some impressions.  Being SPC, it's a direct replacement for the stock cable.

post #14492 of 14628
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

Quick question for everyone,

 

I need a new replacement cable since my old one broke. Does this look any good, I'm on a budget

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-300-HE-400-HE-500-Headphone-Cable-Furutech-Upgrade-Cable-/121176877296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c36b468f0

It looks like pretty decent cable and I like that they give you options for the connector and colors. With a 99.8% approval rating I'd say gofer it.

post #14493 of 14628
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post
 

regarding the amplification of the he-500/560/6, what kind of difference can I expect by moving from a budget amp like an o2 for example to a budget speaker amp like the emotiva mini-x ? I'd like to keep amp expenses to a minimum and focus instead on the dac and headphones themselves(leaning more towards getting a used he-6 with the emotiva but I can be convinced otherwise :D ).

Get the Topping TP60 w/ 

http://www.parts-express.com/harrison-labs-12-db-rca-line-level-audio-attenuator-pair--266-244

 

@ThurstonX and Roadckyler

Thanks, I'm gonna get one and tell how it is.

post #14494 of 14628
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

Quick question for everyone,

 

I need a new replacement cable since my old one broke. Does this look any good, I'm on a budget

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-300-HE-400-HE-500-Headphone-Cable-Furutech-Upgrade-Cable-/121176877296?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item1c36b468f0

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Foot-Custom-HifiMan-Headphone-Cable-Soft-Version-1-4-TRS-Plug-/111434967796?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item19f20aaaf4

 

I purchased that cable and have been very happy with it. It's made by our own wje. Really solid cable with 0 microphonics. 

post #14495 of 14628
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Originally Posted by headphonatic View Post
 

Get the Topping TP60 w/ 

http://www.parts-express.com/harrison-labs-12-db-rca-line-level-audio-attenuator-pair--266-244

 

@ThurstonX and Roadckyler

Thanks, I'm gonna get one and tell how it is.

would the topping with the line level attenuator also work with more sensitive headphones or are they a one trick pony for hifiman cans ?
more sensitive ie. in the 95-102db range at 32ohms, noise issues? would the headphone drivers blow up ? would they at least become toasty after a few minutes of listening ?:o

post #14496 of 14628
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post
 

would the topping with the line level attenuator also work with more sensitive headphones or are they a one trick pony for hifiman cans ?
more sensitive ie. in the 95-102db range at 32ohms, noise issues? would the headphone drivers blow up ? would they at least become toasty after a few minutes of listening ?:o

I'd only use it with the HE series; with the exception of the 300. Be it science, religion, or voodoo, its sound with the HE-500 is cult inducing. 

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post
 

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-Foot-Custom-HifiMan-Headphone-Cable-Soft-Version-1-4-TRS-Plug-/111434967796?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item19f20aaaf4

 

I purchased that cable and have been very happy with it. It's made by our own wje. Really solid cable with 0 microphonics. 

Sounds good, OFC sounds like a nice change

post #14497 of 14628

Finally got my hands on the coveted HE-500 and I have to say, I am very impressed. You know you have a great headphone in your hands when you feel like you are rediscovering music all over again :) The huge wall of sound it can convey is amazing and I know this has probably been said thousands of times but the bass, mid range and extension on the treble are amazing to my ears. I spent the night going through my playlist and hearing it excel at everything: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Electronic, Vocals. The sound feel BIG and FULL. 

 

Obviously I have a serious case of New Toy Syndrome but The last time I was this blown away was when I had the HD 650. I still can't believe I sold it but the journey Head-FI has taken me on has been a mind opening (blowing) experience. I've even slowly been converting my friends or at east showing them that components make a difference. I'm not sure that I can convince them to drop the cash for something like a HE-500 but i'd be happy with something like V-moda or Sennheiser Momentums and the like. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the one. Next stop HD 800 (My Dream Headphone). 

 

post #14498 of 14628
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post
 

Finally got my hands on the coveted HE-500 and I have to say, I am very impressed. You know you have a great headphone in your hands when you feel like you are rediscovering music all over again :) The huge wall of sound it can convey is amazing and I know this has probably been said thousands of times but the bass, mid range and extension on the treble are amazing to my ears. I spent the night going through my playlist and hearing it excel at everything: Classical, Jazz, Rock, Electronic, Vocals. The sound feel BIG and FULL. 

 

Obviously I have a serious case of New Toy Syndrome but The last time I was this blown away was when I had the HD 650. I still can't believe I sold it but the journey Head-FI has taken me on has been a mind opening (blowing) experience. I've even slowly been converting my friends or at east showing them that components make a difference. I'm not sure that I can convince them to drop the cash for something like a HE-500 but i'd be happy with something like V-moda or Sennheiser Momentums and the like. 

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the one. Next stop HD 800 (My Dream Headphone). 

 

have you heard the HD800s ?

post #14499 of 14628

@johnman1116

 

Wall-of-sound.... thank you!  I was driving myself a little crazy trying to differentiate the HE-500s from the HE-560s.  It's been fun to listen to the HE-500s for the past few days, having been forced to abandon them when my second pair went wonky.  The wall-of-sound factor kind of equates to a more spread out sound, which can become a beautiful wash of sound, but details are still there.  Quite different from the detail-oriented HE-560s.  The latter do have a better bass response, IMO, as the HE-500s can be a little rolled off or set back a bit in that gorgeous wash of sound.  But when there's sub-bass present (I always like to test the response with "Stoney Street" by Amon Tobin), the HE-500s can rumble nearly as well as the HE-560s.  The difference is a small thing.

 

Of course, the mods I did are affecting the sound from the stock configuration.

 

Anyway, nice score, glad you're digging them :beerchug:

post #14500 of 14628
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Originally Posted by shayson1357 View Post
 

have you heard the HD800s ?


Have you? The HE-500 and HD800 both have their strengths, the HD800 is amazing with synergetic gear. 


Edited by Fearless1 - 8/17/14 at 11:52am
post #14501 of 14628
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Originally Posted by johnman1116 View Post
 

The sound feel BIG and FULL. 

 

 

 

 

Thats what impressed me also from the first minute, the grand and full sound. About 6 months later i still get blown away by them.

My HP before the he-500 were the AKG K501 which were good but unfortunately almost no bass. Anyway the K501 are outclassed by the Hifiman in about every aspect. I just miss the small weight of the AKG Headphones

 

I can say that the biggest improvement in soundquality i got from the HE-500, then the DAC.


Edited by amigastar - 8/17/14 at 2:26pm
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Hey guys is this a good cable to buy for the HE-6/HE-500 at an affordable price? I am looking for a beater cable that has very good value for the quality I am receiving. I already have high grade xlr cables so I'm not looking for endgame sound/quality. So is this a good beater cable option:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2m-HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-400-HE-500-Headphone-Cable-Furutech-Upgrade-Cable-/111179732394?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19e2d415aa

 

If not, where else can I get cheap but durable and good cables? 

 

I posted this in the HE-6 thread but would like to see what HE-500 fans recommend as well. Thanks. 

post #14503 of 14628
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Originally Posted by goldenSHK View Post
 

Hey guys is this a good cable to buy for the HE-6/HE-500 at an affordable price? I am looking for a beater cable that has very good value for the quality I am receiving. I already have high grade xlr cables so I'm not looking for endgame sound/quality. So is this a good beater cable option:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1-2m-HIFIMAN-HE-5-HE-6-HE-400-HE-500-Headphone-Cable-Furutech-Upgrade-Cable-/111179732394?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item19e2d415aa

 

If not, where else can I get cheap but durable and good cables? 

 

I posted this in the HE-6 thread but would like to see what HE-500 fans recommend as well. Thanks. 

Here's what I posted to another guy up the page looking at the exact cable, "It looks like pretty decent cable and I like that they give you options for the connector and colors. With a 99.8% approval rating I'd say gofer it."

post #14504 of 14628
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Originally Posted by borrego View Post

I found Jerg's review of 400i and 560 a bit overly enthusiastic on the new models. Many reviewers in the Chinese forums think the HE400i is a definite improvement over the HE400 but not quite at the HE500 level. The single side magnet drivers of the 400i still cannot match the precise control of the HE500 dual side magnet drivers for intrument separation and layering.

Many Chinese reviewers think the HE500 and HE560 are about equal in sound quality, just having different sound signature like the DT880 comparing to the DT990.

I agree. I heard both the 400i and 560 at the HK AV Show and both running off the EF-6.

To say that the 400i exceeds the 500 is a statement of hope rather than fact. And I'm not quite sure why there are some suggestions that the 560 is on the same level as the HE-6... except that the HE-6 wasn't being driven properly. smily_headphones1.gif
post #14505 of 14628
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Originally Posted by Kiats View Post


I agree. I heard both the 400i and 560 at the HK AV Show and both running off the EF-6.

To say that the 400i exceeds the 500 is a statement of hope rather than fact. And I'm not quite sure why there are some suggestions that the 560 is on the same level as the HE-6... except that the HE-6 wasn't being driven properly. smily_headphones1.gif

he-6 and "driven properly" in the same sentence....the end is nigh I tell you :evil:

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