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Well, just received my HE500, paid 450$, open box new.

 

They sound really well, but tbh I'm still waiting for my Geek Pulse Sfi to arrive to have something super powerful for these.

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Originally Posted by Zoide View Post
 

What are the best pads for the HE-500? Focus, Focus-A, or HM5?

 

Thanks

 

(I searched the thread and found a million posts but 1000 pages is just unmanageable, sorry!)

 

I can recommend the standard Focus Pads. Initially I didn't like them, but they have since broken in a bit and lost a bit of their itchiness. I like them better than the velours now.

post #15183 of 15190

i do have them for over a month now ... I surely prefer the velour ones, smoother presentation and more comfy feeling ... the pleather ones make me sweat all the time, even in winter ...

post #15184 of 15190

+1 Focus pad A. I've had them for over a month and they're the best sounding out of the HM5, velours, pleathers 

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Originally Posted by JoeDoe View Post
 

More killer deals on this bad boy in the AMZ warehouse:

 

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B007ZSYHYU/ref=sr_1_1_olp?ie=UTF8&qid=1416454449&sr=8-1&keywords=he500&condition=used

 

The best one might be the Prime deal that "may" use the travel case rather than the box.  Something practical rather than... what?  I use my two HFM boxes as a base for my headphone stand ;)

post #15187 of 15190

Hi, my configuration is currently composed of a NAS synology DS213J -> SOTM SMS 100 -> Asus Essence STU -> Hifiman HE-500. I plan to upgrade my dac/heaphone amplifier, the Asus Essence STU, and after reading a lot of forums, 4 names came in :

  • Benchmark DAC2 HGC
  • Oppo HA-1
  • Mytek 192 DSD
  • Fostex HP-A8C

 

And now, i'm a little bit confused with the power needed to drive the HE-500 (can they do the job), any advice is welcome :)

post #15188 of 15190
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Originally Posted by microspock View Post
 

Hi, my configuration is currently composed of a NAS synology DS213J -> SOTM SMS 100 -> Asus Essence STU -> Hifiman HE-500. I plan to upgrade my dac/heaphone amplifier, the Asus Essence STU, and after reading a lot of forums, 4 names came in :

  • Benchmark DAC2 HGC
  • Oppo HA-1
  • Mytek 192 DSD
  • Fostex HP-A8C

 

And now, i'm a little bit confused with the power needed to drive the HE-500 (can they do the job), any advice is welcome :)

these are all excellent units, but mainly as dac ... they don't have the power needed to properly drive the 500s ... For mine, I finally picked an Audio-Gd product... fantastic sound and enough power at a low price ... however, there is no such a thing as a free meal ... Audio-gd has buggy as hell  (I mean the drivers) usb input ... if you can play with spdif you should go ahead ...  

post #15189 of 15190
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Originally Posted by microspock View Post
 

Hi, my configuration is currently composed of a NAS synology DS213J -> SOTM SMS 100 -> Asus Essence STU -> Hifiman HE-500. I plan to upgrade my dac/heaphone amplifier, the Asus Essence STU, and after reading a lot of forums, 4 names came in :

  • Benchmark DAC2 HGC
  • Oppo HA-1
  • Mytek 192 DSD
  • Fostex HP-A8C

 

And now, i'm a little bit confused with the power needed to drive the HE-500 (can they do the job), any advice is welcome :)

Do not forget the B.M.C. Puredac!!

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/657108/new-b-m-c-puredac-digital-to-analog-converter-balanced-headphone-amp-preamp-1690-and-free-ground-shipping-in-the-u-s/30#post_11063648

post #15190 of 15190

hmmmm, this should be an excellent dac/amp, however, I noticed some reports about  usb anomalies ...

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