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post #211 of 18028

I have the hE500 loaner in the house. I am waiting for my tube amps to get back from service and been playing them on the SX650. Early impression is favorable but I will say right off the bat the HE6 is more transparent has better deep bass   and more detail but it a bear to drive. The HE500 has the same signature tone and sound very good. I will be doing a full blown review in a few weeks. I will say I thought enough of them to order a pair. I like the fact that these are very easy to drive and since I use low powered tube amps as my primary setup these should be a better match for my Decware amps and less stress on my amps and tubes. The HE6 also has more extension in the treble but the BIG drawback of the HE6 is it need a powerful speaker amp the HE500 does not. Tradeoff but the HE500 is excellent.

post #212 of 18028

Frank, any chance you could compare them using the same cable? I find that some of the difference goes away making the decision a bit easier specially for those with a "normal" headphone amp.

post #213 of 18028
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Frank, any chance you could compare them using the same cable? I find that some of the difference goes away making the decision a bit easier specially for those with a "normal" headphone amp.



Yes,I can do that. The loaner I have has the HE6 cable which I love.  I am not sure why Fang went with the canary cabke but they are good as well but this is light and that is how the review will be done..

post #214 of 18028

Apparently the stock Canare is smoother and warmer. You should give it a shot Frank.

post #215 of 18028
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Apparently the stock Canare is smoother and warmer. You should give it a shot Frank.



I will see when my pair arrives but I do like light over stiff and this sounds great on the loaner I have. I am still waiting for my tracking information to see if I will have both but my tube amps are on their way back and should be here for my audition by Monday or Tuesday then i am out of town for a few days.

post #216 of 18028
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I will see when my pair arrives but I do like light over stiff and this sounds great on the loaner I have. I am still waiting for my tracking information to see if I will have both but my tube amps are on their way back and should be here for my audition by Monday or Tuesday then i am out of town for a few days.

 

 

Looking forward to your thoughts. BTW, are these more comfortable than the HE-6? That's what Mike told me but I haven't seen anyone verify it.

 

post #217 of 18028

The ear pads are squishier, but that's the only difference assuming you can stretch the headband.

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The ear pads are squishier, but that's the only difference assuming you can stretch the headband.



 I agree.

post #219 of 18028

OK. That's what Mike said as well. Good to see a semi-comfortable high-end ortho in the market finally.

 

I'll be getting mine in a few days.

post #220 of 18028

Have had the HE-500 since last friday and while from the off I have thought this to be a good headphone, it is only after listening to them tonight ( after 150 hours of burn-in ) that they are starting to show what they are really capable of.

In the beginning I thought they sounded airy but the sound stage sounded confused, bass very mid-centric and sometimes being very aware that sounds were coming from somewhere very close to my ear. This gave me the feeling that music was directly left and right and middle of my head.

Now it's as if everything has stopped trying to vie for my attention and the whole spectrum is playing as a team, the sound stage is now around  and infront of me. Sound stage is very wide as it has been from the start but layering of sounds has shown up, as has stage depth and a well balanced lower bass.

In short they have opened up beautifully and with more burn in there could well be more improvements, good stuff.

 

 

post #221 of 18028
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Looking forward to your thoughts. BTW, are these more comfortable than the HE-6? That's what Mike told me but I haven't seen anyone verify it.

 


the cable does not dig into my shoulders like the six. It appears the pads are also different so yes I woulds say so but same weight

 

post #222 of 18028
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the cable does not dig into my shoulders like the six. It appears the pads are also different so yes I woulds say so but same weight

 


It's not the HE-6 stock cable itself, just the protective PVC sleeving around the RF HP connectors sticking out way longer than it needs to be, although I have personally experienced no issues with it.  Listeners with sorter necks would.  But it's an easy fix with some precision surgery with a box cutter. 

 

post #223 of 18028
Precision surgery and box cutter in the same sentence? Stand back and give the guy some room.
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Precision surgery and box cutter in the same sentence? Stand back and give the guy some room.


LOL, sometimes you have to take risks as an audiophile

 

post #225 of 18028

Just for your info, you can get a q-audio cable for your he500. He is reasonably priced and the cable is light as a feather. 

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