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Originally Posted by Liu Junyuan View Post

Sorry, I remember you saying that. I have never experienced that amp/dac but have only read good things. My suggestion woukd be to stick with them for a week or so. Play all types of music through them and use good recordings. You will then be in a better pslosition to evaluate thr purchase. I have always prepared myself for dissapointment when buying new headphones ever since I was underwhelmed with the venerable HD-650s, which I have learned to love over many headphones I have tried subsequent to my adaptation to them.

It may still be you are disappointed, but it is worth it to give them at least a few days' chance. I absolutely love my HE-500s for what they do.

Best,
Cheers mate i get what you're saying. Will reevaluate in a week or so smily_headphones1.gif
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Krismas in only 5 days now, soon I'll be buying the HE-500! Since I'll have three cans at that point, I'll be able to post my first review, which maybe absolutely terrible, but it'll be a review nonetheless. I'm not sure what to expect, so I'll try and remain neutral 'till I hear them.
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Cheers mate i get what you're saying. Will reevaluate in a week or so smily_headphones1.gif

I now have the HE 500's while i previously owned the HD 560's ...

 

Mate, I don't know about your preferences, but in my case I absolutely love the 500s,  while i was never really excited about the 650s ... 

 

Perhaps, it is just your taste, however the 500's are clearly a winner ... compared with almost the 95 % of the existing cans out-there ..

 

I drive them with someting similar, the NFB 11 (2014) ... I don't know,  if the character you' re hearing has to do wtih the WM 8741 compared to the ESS 9018 ....  so. perhaps you should try an alternative listening with a friend's dac before finally deciding about your next moves ... 

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Originally Posted by spirosgon View Post
 

I now have the HE 500's while i previously owned the HD 560's ...

 

Mate, I don't know about your preferences, but in my case I absolutely love the 500s,  while i was never really excited about the 650s ... 

 

Perhaps, it is just your taste, however the 500's are clearly a winner ... compared with almost the 95 % of the existing cans out-there ..

 

I drive them with someting similar, the NFB 11 (2014) ... I don't know,  if the character you' re hearing has to do wtih the WM 8741 compared to the ESS 9018 ....  so. perhaps you should try an alternative listening with a friend's dac before finally deciding about your next moves ... 

I have heard both and can easily understand why people would like each better. Technically the HE-560 is probably a step up, but the warmth of the HE-500 is gone. 

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I just got a new pair of he500s and coming from AT a900x, the he500 sounds soft and veiled. The great mid range I've been led to believe these cans are supposed to have is simply not there, sounding distant and recessed. This is about 8-10hrs in. I'm driving them via a audio gd nfb15

 

Hey there! 

 

I've owned both these headphones. I'm not super surprised you're finding the HE500 a little bit 'veiled' in comparison to the A900x. If you found them 'veiled' in comparison to the Sennheiser HD650 it would be a bit more interesting. The HE500 are closer to neutral sounding headphone than the A900x. The A900x is a bass light headphone that sounds very clear to the point of being 'bright'. So in comparison the HE500's might sound a bit 'muffled'. 

 

Give your ears some time to adjust to the HE500. Find some really high quality "reference" recordings so you can really hear what they are capable of. 

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Hey there! 

 

I've owned both these headphones. I'm not super surprised you're finding the HE500 a little bit 'veiled' in comparison to the A900x. If you found them 'veiled' in comparison to the Sennheiser HD650 it would be a bit more interesting. The HE500 are closer to neutral sounding headphone than the A900x. The A900x is a bass light headphone that sounds very clear to the point of being 'bright'. So in comparison the HE500's might sound a bit 'muffled'. 

 

Give your ears some time to adjust to the HE500. Find some really high quality "reference" recordings so you can really hear what they are capable of. 

Wow that's ideal you've had the same headphones as me. May i ask what cans got you into this journey and how did you get to the a900x and then the he500? Also what were your first impressions of the 500 coming from the AT's?

 

I will say that i listened to them for about 7 hours straight as soon as i hooked everything up. Every time i put them on its for at least 2-3 hours. Must mean something eh haha. 

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