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Originally Posted by daerron View Post
 

I still find the velour pads more comfortable than the focus pads, because they are more spacious and less scratchy. The focus pads does sound more balanced and "focussed" so to speak. I'm still waiting to see whether my copper upgrade cable tames a bit of the high end along with a warmer SS amp. If not, some darker sounding pads would be welcome as long as it doesn't sound like the pleathers.

 

See my previous post (last on the previous page).  Sounds like what you're going for sound-wise.

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I think that the HE500s have some sort of metallic sound on vocals. Can't really explain it, but it was not warm and full sounding on the vocals.

 

It was the only thing along with the huge weight that drove me away from those headphones. Otherwise I think they are amazon for their money.

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Originally Posted by marios_mar View Post

I think that the HE500s have some sort of metallic sound on vocals. Can't really explain it, but it was not warm and full sounding on the vocals.

It was the only thing along with the huge weight that drove me away from those headphones. Otherwise I think they are amazon for their money.
Thats a new one for me..the he500 sounding thing and not warm with vocals..as that phone was imho one of the best sounding can for vocals...not cold at all...probably to do with the amp ur using: O2 maybe, or another colder sounding powerlacking more affordable SS amp?
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Originally Posted by marios_mar View Post
 

I think that the HE500s have some sort of metallic sound on vocals. Can't really explain it, but it was not warm and full sounding on the vocals.

 

It was the only thing along with the huge weight that drove me away from those headphones. Otherwise I think they are amazon for their money.


The most metallic cans I've heard for vocals were the Audio Technica M50s and the Sennheiser HD700s? That is like adding raw iron to your diet. I imagine the HD700 would fair better with a valve amp. I can only imagine that your experience with the HE-500 must have been an system mismatch somewhere? The mids and vocals are what motivates me to deliberately keep my neck muscles in shape so I can wear these happily for long periods of time. I've listened to the Focal Spirit Pro's this week and far prefer the comfort of the HE-500. Now there is an excellent headphone marred marred by poor ergonomics and build.


Edited by daerron - Today at 10:02 am
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They were driven by a Fiio Mont Blanc mostly. 

 

My comparison was based on the SR404 and SR313 as well as HD600s and HD650s which were lush with mids and the RS1 that I was using a lot lately.

 

Not trying to stir up a debate, but IMO the kids were metallic compared to the aforementioned pairs of headphones.  But maybe it was my system or my ears.


Edited by marios_mar - Today at 10:22 am
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

I think it's worth looking at the new memory foam HM5 pads for the HE-500s.  The velours are fantastic, FME (that's like IMO; For MEars ;-)  and outclass the FocusPads by a long way.  YMMV, of course, but they're about half the price of either FocusPad.  Oh, and they are very comfortable FME.

 

The only caveat is that you need the mounting rings, but if you have the HE-500s, you should have at least one pair of HFM pads, and probably two.  That takes care of that.

 

How do you find the imaging of the HM5 pads? I think they are not angled like the Focus pads?

 

I always think the Hifiman phones could use some more extreme angled pad to bring the sound stage forward. I am already using the angled pads, plus the crossfeed function of my Corda Classic amp to bring the sound stage forward of my head. But with most music I still have this weird sound stage feeling of having the singer/guitarist on stage in front of me, but with the drummer playing beside/behind me. I think this is because of the relatively large hifiman drivers which makes a large amount of sound behind ears.

 

My Sony SA3000, and the newly acquired SR325e (being on-ears) both have their drivers placed in front of ears to have the correct bass image.

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