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post #1486 of 18030

I placed an order at HeadRoom. Hopefully they get them back in stock soon.

post #1487 of 18030

A heads up, HeadRoom has a pair of the HE-500s in the B Stock for $629. They are listed as "[LIKE-NEW/ Open Box]"

 

http://www.headphone.com/support/b-stock-outlet.php


Edited by sregor - 6/20/12 at 7:32am
post #1488 of 18030

$70 off?  That's not much -- used ones go for $500 here in (usually) great condition.

post #1489 of 18030
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$70 off?  That's not much -- used ones go for $500 here in (usually) great condition.

I bought mine off the B Stock from HeadRoom for $600 back around March/April. Came with everything as the retail would. I guess YMMV

post #1490 of 18030

A little update:

 

I sent Head-Direct an email asking if 56.5/61 ohms were normal for the HE-500, and this was the response:

 

 

 

Quote:

Dear Sir,
 

It is not normal.
Please forward your payment receipt email to me. Thank you.

Best,
WANG HONG


Your friends at Head-Direct (The HiFiMAN store)



http://www.head-direct.com

Customer Service E-mail:customerservice@head-direct.com
Shipping Manager E-mail:shipping@head-direct.com
Technical Support E-mail:technicalsupport@head-direct.com
Customer service Tel: 1-347-475-7673
Fax/Voicemail: 1-718-766-0560
MSN Messaging: head-direct@live.com

 

 

 

Seems like they probably want to give me a replacement.

post #1491 of 18030

Would be interesting to hear one with higher than normal impedances to determine if there are any advantages/disadvantages.  I guess you'll hear the difference when your new one arrives.  Regardless of numbers, have you been enjoying them? 

 

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Originally Posted by Rebel975 View Post

A little update:

 

I sent Head-Direct an email asking if 56.5/61 ohms were normal for the HE-500, and this was the response:

 

Seems like they probably want to give me a replacement.

post #1492 of 18030

Yeah, they sound good, but what if they're inferior? I'd never know. It's a weird spot to be in. 

post #1493 of 18030

Without a doubt send them in.  Tell them not to toss out the old pair if for any reason the new one sounds worse than old one.  Longshot right?

 

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Originally Posted by Rebel975 View Post

Yeah, they sound good, but what if they're inferior? I'd never know. It's a weird spot to be in. 

post #1494 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Rebel975 View Post

A little update:

 

I sent Head-Direct an email asking if 56.5/61 ohms were normal for the HE-500, and this was the response:

 

Seems like they probably want to give me a replacement.

 

 

This is a very good professional attitude expressed from HifiMan! Now, if they'd tell us about the limits of impedance that define 'normal', it would be great! 

 

Please, if you receive your replacement, inform us for any SQ changes.


Edited by plin - 6/20/12 at 12:09pm
post #1495 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Rebel975 View Post

Yeah, they sound good, but what if they're inferior? I'd never know. It's a weird spot to be in. 

 

If the difference will be anything like the pair I heard, it will be apparent. Not night and day of course, the 'character' of the HP remains the same, but the 'flawed' pair was less refined (more distorted maybe?) and probably had more energy in mid-high frequencies.

post #1496 of 18030

They've asked me to send the headphones in for replacement. I'll ship them out tomorrow and keep you guys posted.

 

I'm in Oregon... I wish the Head-Direct office wasn't in New York!


Edited by Rebel975 - 6/20/12 at 7:27pm
post #1497 of 18030
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Originally Posted by Rebel975 View Post

They've asked me to send the headphones in for replacement. I'll ship them out tomorrow and keep you guys posted.

 

I'm in Oregon... I wish the Head-Direct office wasn't in New York!

 

The whole process should take almost exactly 2 weeks if you try to keep in touch about updates about it via email. That's what happened with my HE400 replacement. 1 week to ship to them and get the replacement order processed, another week for new pair to ship all the way from China.

post #1498 of 18030

jerg: yeah, 2 weeks sounds about right.

 

Btw, I found this quote: "Got a reply from Fang. +/- 25% in impeance fine, sound quality will not change much." I'm +48.6% in the left driver and +60.5% in the right. Lol

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/594111/has-hifiman-upgraded-downgraded-the-he500-drivers/15

post #1499 of 18030

Got my HE500s today and I'm not sure if I like them..
Out of the box, they controlled sub-bass superbly.. and the mids were creamy... but the >~2kHz, the frequencies seemed a bit nasal and recessed to me.

After I applied an eq in Foobar, the sound is a fair bit better; less nasal and more highs... but I'm not convinced these are 5x better than the Shure SRH840s which are now only $149AU.

I will check the Impedance of the drivers with my friend's multimeter, will burn the HE500s in for at least 50 hours, then will take them to addicted to audio to compare them with the LCD3, SRH840s and grado RS1s with accompanying EQs..
I only committed myself to spending $700 knowing that I have 30 days to try them.
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Edited by floorpug - 6/21/12 at 1:17am
post #1500 of 18030
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Originally Posted by floorpug View Post

Got my HE500s today and I'm not sure if I like them..
Out of the box, they controlled sub-bass superbly.. and the mids were creamy... but the >~2kHz, the frequencies seemed a bit nasal and recessed to me.

After I applied an eq in Foobar, the sound is a fair bit better; less nasal and more highs... but I'm not convinced these are 5x better than the Shure SRH840s which are now only $149AU.

I will check the Impedance of the drivers with my friend's multimeter, will burn the HE500s in for at least 50 hours, then will take them to addicted to audio to compare them with the LCD3, SRH840s and grado RS1s with accompanying EQs..
I only committed myself to spending $700 knowing that I have 30 days to try them.
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That is the region I had problems with, but burn in did alleviate the problem. That and I got used to the new sound signature. BTW, interesting way to look at the FR graph to see what frequencies to EQ.


Edited by MaZa - 6/21/12 at 2:32am
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