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try out as many headphone setups as you can to get to know what you really like in a headphone, oh and you should definitely try the he-6 on a high-powered speaker amp based on how I understand your stated preferences :)

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Originally Posted by Espresto View Post

Spec-wise what would you guys say an ideal amp for the HE-500 would be? I live in China so I have the option of having one custom built for a surprisingly reasonable price. 
China is: darkvoice 337 and lafigaro339.. Ur in luck dude..u dont need to pay a fortune to get those heavy monsters to be shipped far! Try them locally and get some good tung sol tubes (5998 and sj7gt mesh plates)

U wont regret those! wink.gif
And they make u a very special custom if u have the budget. wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/26/14 at 9:50am
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To those that have tried both FocusPad and FocusPad-A on the HE-500:  Which would you consider the better pad if you prefer the stock Pleather to the Velours?

 

Personally, I prefer the stock pleather pads to the stock velour pads (in both sound and comfort).  Of the two new pads, which would be similar to the stock pleathers in terms of sound?

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I have a feeling focus A might do the best as it resembles the jerg pad mods the most.

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Finally got the Q701 pads installed on my HE-500.

 

 

The Q701 pads adds more air to the HE-500, sound stage is wider as expected and bass is tuned down a bit. Less V shape sounding compare with the HE-560 production Focus pads.

 

With the Q701 pads, I am not sure if I still want to do the open grill mod. The sound stage is wide enough for me now. But comfort wise I prefer the HE-560 production Focus pads a little bit more if the temperature is not high.

 

After listening with the Q701 pads for a few days, I decide to go back to the HE-560 production Focus pads. I realized the bigger sound stage given by the Q701 pads was actually "illusion" caused by reflection echo of the larger inner space of the Q701 pads. I find the echo will obscure bass details.

 

The Q701 pads mounting plate opening is actually a few mm smaller than the stock Hifiman pads mounting ring, thus it is causing additional reflection which offsets the benefits of my black pearl mod. If I have bigger ears then I may not have the echo problem with the Q701 pads

 

I may try sticking thin sound absorption foam to the Q701 mounting ring to see if it will cut down the reflection and echo. Until then I will keep using the HE-560 Focus pads.


Edited by borrego - 8/27/14 at 11:19am
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


China is: darkvoice 337 and lafigaro339.. Ur in luck dude..u dont need to pay a fortune to get those heavy monsters to be shipped far! Try them locally and get some good tung sol tubes (5998 and sj7gt mesh plates)

U wont regret those! wink.gif
And they make u a very special custom if u have the budget. wink.gif

I'm almost definitely going custom. I have some very nice DAC components lying around and I'm ordering a DAC/Amp combo. What kind of power output would be optimal? I hear that 1w is considered the minimum for good performance with the HE-500, but does it benefit from more power? 

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