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post #1591 of 18018
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Originally Posted by plin View Post

Mine is surely metal (it is magnetic). So, probably, there are two, or more, versions of this grill! 

 

You do mean the external grill that's secured by the plastic ring, not the grill that's part of the driver assembly, right?

post #1592 of 18018
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You do mean the external grill that's secured by the plastic ring, not the grill that's part of the driver assembly, right?

Yes. The back external black grill. The one that is replaced with tulle net on my avatar.

post #1593 of 18018
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Yes. The back external black grill. The one that is replaced with tulle net on my avatar.

Curious. I don't think they have variations of material for the HE500 grills, just for the HE400s they used plastic instead - decreasing the weight in exchange for possibly a bit less structural damping I guess.

post #1594 of 18018

Anyone want to recommend me their favorite closed phone and/or favorite IEM/custom akin to the HE-500.  I saw someone suggest the akg k550 for a closed phone.  I'm looking for something to use on the go for the most part.  Extreme portability or driving the phone isn't a big deal to me, I can pick up whatever accessories that I may or may not need.  I was thinking of grabbing a westone custom iem.

post #1595 of 18018

Not quite the same but to a certain extent similar: Fostex t50rp Paradox. They'll definitely sound better than the HE500's out of ipods, and portable set-ups. Also much more linear sound.

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Anyone want to recommend me their favorite closed phone and/or favorite IEM/custom akin to the HE-500.  I saw someone suggest the akg k550 for a closed phone.  I'm looking for something to use on the go for the most part.  Extreme portability or driving the phone isn't a big deal to me, I can pick up whatever accessories that I may or may not need.  I was thinking of grabbing a westone custom iem.

post #1596 of 18018
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

Not quite the same but to a certain extent similar: Fostex t50rp Paradox. They'll definitely sound better than the HE500's out of ipods, and portable set-ups. Also much more linear sound.

 

I've heard great things about the paradox, and I would definitely like to check one out based on what I've heard lff describe them as.  How does one go about obtaining the paradox mod?  Do I just have to send a PM to LFF?

post #1597 of 18018
One of the best synergies I've heard with the HE-500 is with the Project Sunrise II on a V800 DAC. Hands down.
Edited by Loevhagen - 6/29/12 at 10:02am
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

One of the best synergies I've heard with the HE-500 is with the Project Sunrise II on a V800 DAC. Hands down.

 

In what ways better than Vioelectric V200 that you already have and praised?

post #1599 of 18018

After having tried the HE-500 on both the V200 and the Phoenix i have to say my vote goes out to the Phoenix. The biggest differences are the more neutral and less forward sound which give the impression of a better soundstage. I think power wise they are quite similair so the difference isn't a question of driving them. But in the end i could live with both... well if the V200 had a remote and a pre-amp function biggrin.gif

post #1600 of 18018
Powerwise the V200 knock-outs the PSii, but the latter portrays a significant larger soundstage and a better "presence" of the music. I.e. power is just one parameter of the HE-500-equation.

If the perceived SQ is due to the valve or the constructuon - I do not know. But I know this: The HE-500 is from now on driven by the tiny PSii by default.

The German is still better for the LCD-2, though.

When it comes to the LCD-3 - my preliminary vote goes to the DIY amplifer. THAT is one thing I would not have guessed 1 week ago...

Lossless -> Violectric V800 -> Project Sunrise II -> HE-500 = Nirvana*. smily_headphones1.gif

* jazz, vocals, instrumental, country, pop.

I do not understand why the PSii is not vacuum cleaned by this forum...
Edited by Loevhagen - 6/29/12 at 3:57pm
post #1601 of 18018
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

Powerwise the V200 knock-outs the PSii, but the latter portrays a significant larger soundstage and a better "presence" of the music. I.e. power is just one parameter of the HE-500-equation.
If the perceived SQ is due to the valve or the constructuon - I do not know. But I know this: The HE-500 is from now on driven by the tiny PSii by default.
The German is still better for the LCD-2, though.
When it comes to the LCD-3 - my preliminary vote goes to the DIY amplifer. THAT is one thing I would not have guessed 1 week ago...
Lossless -> Violectric V800 -> Project Sunrise II -> HE-500 = Nirvana*. smily_headphones1.gif
* jazz, vocals, instrumental, country, pop.
I do not understand why the PSii is not vacuum cleaned by this forum...

 

Thank you for your answer, sharing your experience is always valuable!
Please, can you clarify what do you mean with better "presence" of the music?
post #1602 of 18018
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

One of the best synergies I've heard with the HE-500 is with the Project Sunrise II on a V800 DAC. Hands down.

How much does the DAC vs the amp "make" the synergy you're hearing? Have you tried the Sunrise with another DAC to see if you lose much? I could see spending $200-300 for the Sunrise, but wouldn't consider spending $1000 for a DAC.

I've seen the Sunrise referred to as OTL which I associate being better with high impedance cans (as Crack is), so surprised that it's good with power hungry orthos. But also seen reference to it as a hybrid - does it use opamp for output stage or a discrete approach?
post #1603 of 18018
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Originally Posted by captouch View Post

I've seen the Sunrise referred to as OTL which I associate being better with high impedance cans (as Crack is), so surprised that it's good with power hungry orthos. But also seen reference to it as a hybrid - does it use opamp for output stage or a discrete approach?

There is extensive info for the Project Sunrise on the web. As seen here, there is no op amp.

post #1604 of 18018

Yes, different amps sound different which can sound better or worse to different peoples ears on varying systems.

 

No reason to speak in terms of "synergy"

post #1605 of 18018
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synergy - it defines pretty good what I mean.
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