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post #1801 of 18030

Nope, keep them until there is an audible problem.

 

How large is the impedance difference?  

 

 

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Do you think, should I send or not?

post #1802 of 18030

I should also mention that it will take a full month to get a replacement if you do it directly through Hifiman.

post #1803 of 18030

I only measured the impedances when I first got them. It was 28 and 38 ohms. I am using them for about 5 months and havent measured till then. (Using with HE-Adapter)

 

I have a HE6 and LCD2 on the way, so time wont be a problem for me if I send them to Head-Direct.


Edited by hasanyuceer - 8/21/12 at 1:00pm
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Originally Posted by hasanyuceer View Post

I have impedance difference between drivers, but I really dont hear any sound imbalance.

And I am really afraid of sending for replacement because I am very pleased with its sound right now.


Do you think, should I send or not?
What is the difference?
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What is the difference?


28 and 38 ohms

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Originally Posted by hasanyuceer View Post


28 and 38 ohms
That sounds a lot. If you could send only one driver back... Have you tried contacting Hifiman what they have to say?
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That sounds a lot. If you could send only one driver back... Have you tried contacting Hifiman what they have to say?


I contacted back then, Mr. Fang suggested something to try. It didnt solve that. Then I didnt think about the difference and enjoyed :)

post #1808 of 18030

I currently have a pair of HE-500s on loan, along with the HE-6 and HD700s.  As much as I am liking the sound of both the HE-500 and HE-6, as a person who wears glasses, I don't think I could ever buy these headphones simply due to the horrible comfort.  This is very disappointing. I'm trying ways to jerry rig my glasses (move the ear pieces up so they're above the ear cups, etc.), but it's just not working.  Has anyone else had this problem who wears glasses?

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I currently have a pair of HE-500s on loan, along with the HE-6 and HD700s.  As much as I am liking the sound of both the HE-500 and HE-6, as a person who wears glasses, I don't think I could ever buy these headphones simply due to the horrible comfort.  This is very disappointing. I'm trying ways to jerry rig my glasses (move the ear pieces up so they're above the ear cups, etc.), but it's just not working.  Has anyone else had this problem who wears glasses?

 

As a person who has been wearing glasses for a long time and have tried many headphones with over the years, the HE-500 isn't that bad. Is is heavy, sure it is, but I still manage to wear it for couple of hours. I take breaks periodically, as I do with all my other headphones to avoid ear problems and rest my neck. Also I used to own of the older HE-500 and I also have a 2 week old HE-500. The newer one has a more comfortable headband which made it noticeably better for myself and other family members. My mom still does't like it due to the weight. So your pair could be the older version. Also the velour pads make the clamping force go up and is definitely less comfortable in terms of the pressure. The leather pads get hotter after a while but definitely help ease the pressure by quite a margin. If you could different pads, try that as well.

 

Also try to swivel each ear cup. When I got the newer HE-500, at first I was really confused with how it sat on my head and took me a while to get it right. With my previous one, I never moved it and so I was used to that. In fact I never even noticed that it since it's quite rigid and you actually need to apply physical force from hands to move it. Also move your headband all the way up to max setting and then bring it down to a point you feel is secure.

 

In terms of glasses, my dad has one of those glasses where the stick/leg is somewhat thin. He has no problem with that. I have one of the thicker designer frames and also am fine with it. Although one thing about the HE-500 is that when you try to adjust/swivel the headphone while on your head, it can get really uncomfortable really fast. Just take it completely off your head and then reset after each modification....who knows it might help.

 

 

 
post #1810 of 18030

One of the most satisfying things I did to improve the comfort of my HE-500 was to get a Sennheiser HD580/600 headband cushion & attached to my HE-500 with some tough, double sided tape.  Not only did this relieve the pressure the phones place on the crown of your head, it distributed the weight of the phones better, too.

 

The headband isn't cheap (and I'm sure you might be able to fashion something similar, perhaps DIY by taking a trip to the craft store), but if you use the HE-500 as often as I do.. I found the investment worth it.

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Thanks for al the suggestions; very interesting stuff.  I actually dug up an old pair of glasses I had (who the heck saves glasses from 8 years ago?), and thank god I saved them.  The ones I wear every day are thick plastic frames, and those are an absolute no-go with either the HE-500 or HE-6.  However, these older wireframe ones aren't that bad at all.  But still, the sheer weight of the HE-500s is hard to forget as they sit on your head.  I see it as a definite "ok this sound is fantastic, I have to just learn to live with the comfort downsides".  I will say one thing, these HD700s are fantastic for comfort.  Between these 3 headphones, considering all factors between all three (price, comfort, sound, etc.), it's a VERY hard choice to say which is the best.  I don't even know that I can ever come to that conclusion.

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Zoom, I tried your suggestion about rotating the cup, and that combined with digging up my old wireframe glasses has definitely made them more wearable.  I'm just slowly learning how important comfort is to me.  Having worn the HD650s every day for a long time, I took their comfort for granted I guess (and they aren't even the most comfortable ones on the block).  

 

As for comparisons with the HE-500 against the HE-6, I concur with most comments I've read about this comparison.  The HE-6 is more extended on both ends, has a more natural bass, but to my ears is a tad sibilant in certain situations.  It's a bit of a love/hate relationship when comparing the HE-6 and HE-500, because the HE-6 are a bit more nuanced, extended, and detailed, but that extra bit of sibilance partially negates the aforementioned improvements to some degree.  Not to lay day any hate in the HE-500 appreciation thread, but I find myself going back to the HD700s in many cases.  The bass in the HE-500s sounds a bit bloated to my ears, as does the bass in my HD650s.

post #1813 of 18030

Headband Pad for My HE500

 

I have been trying anything I could to improve the comfort level of my HE500 as the weight can be very difficult for long listening sessions. I had my wife make a makeshift pad which looked horrible but did relieve the weight to some extent. Then after months of fighting this problem I noticed a headband pad for sale on Ebay that was made for Beyerdynamics. The price was so reasonable that I thought it was worth a shot so I went ahead and ordered one. I will state at the outset I am in no way affiliated with the seller. Here are some very poor photos ( I am a terrible photographer)

 

                               

 

                               

 

I find this headband pad to fit the HE500 perfectly and provide much added comfort. At last I can enjoy my HE500's for more than an hour without the weight crushing into my head. I ordered this from http://www.ebay.com/itm/Headband-Cushion-Pad-fit-BEYER-HiFiMAN-DENON-SONY-KOSS-BOSE-BEATS-DRE-Headphones-/200799150982?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item2ec08fe386#ht_836wt_906 . In spite of my poor photography, this really looks nice on the HE500's. My wife commented that it looked like it was made for them and I have to agree. I believe this would work for any of the HiFiman products, but I have only the HE500 to try. As far as I know all of the HiFiman headbands for the various models are the same.  For the very modest price this solved a big comfort problem for me. The headband pad simply snaps on over top of the existing headband. Makes this a literal snap to use (sorry for the disgusting pun)

 

This is a late edit but please take note. My HE500's are the new version with the silver cable. There was a headband change from the early version and I do not believe this pad will fit the early version. Please only order this if you have the latest version of the HE500.


Edited by Chodi - 8/24/12 at 9:26pm
post #1814 of 18030

Very cool, I will snap one of these up at some point.

 

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For the very modest price this solved a big comfort problem for me. The headband pad simply snaps on over top of the existing headband. Make this a literal snap to use (sorry for the disgusting pun)

post #1815 of 18030

Nice tip Chodi! cool.gif

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