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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

I don't think that either the HD600 or HE-500 will disguise a poor recording. Neither of these cans are weak in the treble department.

 

Everything is relative.  I think they most certainly would directly compared with a HD800.


Edited by BobJS - 2/27/15 at 9:13am
post #15617 of 15625
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

Agreed on Grados if strictly interested in details/upper-mids/treble.

 

Agreed that the HE-500s won't mask poor recordings.  My Fidelio X2s are much better at that.

 

LMAO @ renaming the HE-500s to the HE-560s :darthsmile:

And little Photoshop job.

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I aquired a Marantz HD-DAC 1 a few days ago... It  matches brilliantly with HifiMan HE 500, reinforcing all of its qualities... very meaty, punchy and clear sound, having a aristocrat's finesse at the same time....its amp is of the highest quality, indeed... no wonder why marantz launches this primary as a hp amp, with a dac ...I very much enjoy the combination, being extremely satisfied with the sonic results. The build quality is unparalleled and the looks are of ''oh, my god'' status ... he's a really looker ...

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/529140/show-us-your-head-fi-station-at-its-current-state-no-old-pictures-please/19695#post_11362523


Edited by SpirosG - 2/27/15 at 11:44am
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Just went back to my bakoon amp after quite a while away from it, I may have had the bakoon sitting in a drawer for about 6 months while using the decware taboo for convenience of speaker + headphone use.  I have to say the bakoon takes the taboo (which I love) down in every aspect.  The taboo is maybe just a touch warmer/natural BUT the timbre/stage/depth/detail/decay/etc of the bakoon is really spot on in comparison I was shocked.

 

It might just be one of the best headphone amps out there.  I have not heard most of the other top end amps. It's easy to forget that the HE-500 scales to such incredible levels when pushed.  It's no joke why people still consider the 500 a world class headphone.  It's also no joke why the bakoon amps are so highly regarded.  I was taking for granted this wonderful thing as it sat in a drawer while I waited for the TH-900 to go on sale.  That was a mistake.

 

I've owned the bakoon for a while now and I had always thought it to be better than the taboo, but my taboo just got knocked back to being a speaker only amp.  Just a friendly reminder to myself and others: If you are thinking about selling/buying the HE-500, well it can probably get better than whatever you are hearing.  And know it can scale as well as they say.  I personally forgot it could get to this level.

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1W = 1W

if it's clean it's all the same.

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Originally Posted by bwmarrin View Post

Exact same thing here. I read everything saying how "Strong" the clamping force was and when I got mine I thought..  "This doesn't clamp at all".  Coming from my Senn HD280's where they feel like a pitbull holding my head in a clamp (okay not that bad, but they clamp down).  The HE-500 just kind of hangs on my head and gently rests against the side of my head.   It's comfortable but I wouldn't mind a slightly tighter feel.  Maybe some larger ear pads would help.

I also have the headband on the smallest setting.  These things must be made for some big heads smily_headphones1.gif  For reference, I'm 5'6, and have a 7 1/4 ish hat size.  So, to be fair, I'm not a big ol' boy.
Damn my head must be huge, mine are almost fully extended out haha!
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Damn my head must be huge, mine are almost fully extended out haha!

 

Must be!  :)

 

Or maybe I've just got a small head.

post #15623 of 15625
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

They are quite different, and focus on bass vs. focus on upper-mids/treble is probably a fair summation.  I'll add that my HE-500s dig pretty deep into sub-bass, whereas I find the X2s lacking in that area.  The X2s' emphasis on bass and overall warmth does not extend that low.  They still present a fair amount of detail, and I wouldn't say they're "veiled" like the HD 650s, if you find those Senns to be that way, but the HE-500s have more energy up there, and could be considered brighter.  My modded HE-500s have a wider sound stage, but I find the X2s to have marginally better imaging.  HE-500s have better separation.

 

That's what I hear, at least.  HTH.

The x2 indeed does not extend as low as the He-500 and is very slightly looser in comparison but for some music I prefer the x2s bass. X2's are pretty detailed they are on par with the He-500 just not as quick as them, I also find the x2 to sound smoother than HD 6xx although less smoother than the He-500, but sometimes the Treble on the He-500 can be a bit hot on some songs. 
I love them both, x2 has more head-time now because the bass sounds more speaker like (greater impact, while still being close to the HE-500) and much more comfortable. 

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Just received my focus pad to use with HE-500, I could not comment on the sound difference yet since I've only have a 15min brief listening section, but the comfort department is much improved compared to the old velour pads. Well done on that HiFiMan:beerchug:

 

But beside the improvement, the QC is really subpar for these new pads.. when I arrived the shop today to collect my long ordered pads, the first pair have one of the clips broken, then when the second pair was taken out to me, one of the pads at was having the pleather at the back which is glued onto the mount half detached. turn out I have to get the two usable ones on each pair and the shop need to return the bad ones. it's really frustrating if someone is ordering online and turn out one of the pads are less than perfect to be used.. hope Hifiman could correct this issue soon.

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Originally Posted by Chik0240 View Post
 

Just received my focus pad to use with HE-500, I could not comment on the sound difference yet since I've only have a 15min brief listening section, but the comfort department is much improved compared to the old velour pads. Well done on that HiFiMan:beerchug:

 

But beside the improvement, the QC is really subpar for these new pads.. when I arrived the shop today to collect my long ordered pads, the first pair have one of the clips broken, then when the second pair was taken out to me, one of the pads at was having the pleather at the back which is glued onto the mount half detached. turn out I have to get the two usable ones on each pair and the shop need to return the bad ones. it's really frustrating if someone is ordering online and turn out one of the pads are less than perfect to be used.. hope Hifiman could correct this issue soon.

 

It seems the QC woes continue.  Sorry to hear about your troubles, for you, of course, but also for HFM.

 

This is one reason I've either made my own or stuck some other company's pads on both my HFM cans.  And since the actual cans have no problems, I'm not inclined to sell either (HE-500s would be the ones to go), as I'd have to think long and hard about re-purchasing them, should I find myself missing them.

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