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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 - Today at 9:13 am
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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


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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.

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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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