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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

But as i said..listen to the phones who makes u smile..thats most important thing here..no matter high end, mid end or low end..important is that it makes u feel good.. biggrin.gif

 

 

^^^^This^^^^

post #2192 of 14628
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Originally Posted by OPrwtos View Post

ok thanks hifiman rookie.Its just £700 is a lot of money and i just want it to be worth it if i buy it.  I was thinking of buying studio monitors instead since i got headphones but not sure.
Maybe a tip..i saw on the personals for sale a he5le for sale for..if i am not mistaken 400 usd..this one is more neutral then the he500..and some consider the he5le superior to the he500..check it out..maybe its something for ur taste?
And another tip...why not buy it at www.madooma.de? There they are 699 eur! So much cheaper then on ur island..and they ship all over europe.i bought mine there..excellent service..they even put the velours pads on for me before shipping as i dont like the pleather ones..and that without additional costs! As the velours improves almost everything on the he500..
Edited by hifimanrookie - 12/13/12 at 5:18pm
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


Maybe a tip..i saw on the personals for sale a he5le for sale for..if i am not mistaken 400 usd..this one is more neutral then the he500..and some consider the he5le superior to the he500..check it out..maybe its something for ur taste?
And another tip...why not buy it at www.madooma.de? There they are 699 eur! So much cheaper then on ur island..and they ship all over europe.i bought mine there..excellent service..they even put the velours pads on for me before shipping as i dont like the pleather ones..and that without additional costs! As the velours improves almost everything on the he500..

The HE-5LE scales higher than the HE-500, however, I think its frequency response is not quite as nice as the HE500's. The HE500 is still more versatile and less peaky up high.

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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

The HE-5LE scales higher than the HE-500, however, I think its frequency response is not quite as nice as the HE500's. The HE500 is still more versatile and less peaky up high.
Thats why i have a he500 and not a He5le biggrin.gif but others like it. tongue.gif
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


Thats why i have a he500 and not a He5le biggrin.gif but others like it. tongue.gif

 

 

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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

The HE-5LE scales higher than the HE-500, however, I think its frequency response is not quite as nice as the HE500's. The HE500 is still more versatile and less peaky up high.

 

 

Not my findings at all.  I find the 5LEs having a better overall tonal balance.  The 500s are the one IMP that have peaky highs.

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Have never heard the 5LE but I don't find the 500 to be peaky
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Originally Posted by nc8000 View Post

Have never heard the 5LE but I don't find the 500 to be peaky

 

They're not peaky when compared to other peaky headphone.  But when compared to the 5LEs they are a bit hot up to.  This is in compassion to each other IMO.

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Originally Posted by OPrwtos View Post

ok thanks hifiman rookie.Its just £700 is a lot of money and i just want it to be worth it if i buy it.  I was thinking of buying studio monitors instead since i got headphones but not sure.

If you buy direct from head-direct you should pay about £450, thats all I paid and I live in Newcastle (upon tyne). Also, I used to own the K702's and did love the soundstage, but the novelty soon wears off when you hear what a headphone such as the HE500 can do in regards to definition, depth, real timbres etc. I couldn't listen to my AKG's anymore and sold them soon after. Going back after a week of listening to the hifimans the 702's sounded synthetic and grainy... And the soundstage sounded like a gimmick that you get free on cheap software to supposedly give you surround sound. The K701/2's are a truly great headphone if you don't hear anything better. Same with the 650's.   

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

If you buy direct from head-direct you should pay about £450, thats all I paid and I live in Newcastle (upon tyne). Also, I used to own the K702's and did love the soundstage, but the novelty soon wears off when you hear what a headphone such as the HE500 can do in regards to definition, depth, real timbres etc. I couldn't listen to my AKG's anymore and sold them soon after. Going back after a week of listening to the hifimans the 702's sounded synthetic and grainy... And the soundstage sounded like a gimmick that you get free on cheap software to supposedly give you surround sound. The K701/2's are a truly great headphone if you don't hear anything better. Same with the 650's.   
+1 i agree..the sound of the he500 is very addictive
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What are the impedences measuring for recently bought HE-500? I'm curious if they've changed or if the ranges are closer to nominal 38 ohms. Mine measure 33.9 on each side..


Edited by moshen - 12/15/12 at 2:11am
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Originally Posted by moshen View Post

What are the impedences measuring for recently bought HE-500? I'm curious if they've changed or if the ranges are closer to nominal 38 ohms. My recents ones measure 33.9 on each side..


I just measured 29 ohms with my multimeter (DC)

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I just measured 29 ohms with my multimeter (DC)

Interesting, that's close to mine. A half year or more ago when people were measuring theirs they were closer to 45-50 ohms. So I wonder if the drivers are slightly different these days but we'll never know unless other people who recently got theirs measure them too.


Edited by moshen - 12/14/12 at 4:37pm
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

If you buy direct from head-direct you should pay about £450, thats all I paid and I live in Newcastle (upon tyne). Also, I used to own the K702's and did love the soundstage, but the novelty soon wears off when you hear what a headphone such as the HE500 can do in regards to definition, depth, real timbres etc. I couldn't listen to my AKG's anymore and sold them soon after. Going back after a week of listening to the hifimans the 702's sounded synthetic and grainy... And the soundstage sounded like a gimmick that you get free on cheap software to supposedly give you surround sound. The K701/2's are a truly great headphone if you don't hear anything better. Same with the 650's.   
Brutal but true. We all took that route until the next reference came along. The big three of 5 years ago (AKG-701, HD-650, RS-1) are no longer reference.
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

They're not peaky when compared to other peaky headphone.  But when compared to the 5LEs they are a bit hot up to.  This is in compassion to each other IMO.

 

I wouldn't have thought as inanimate objects that headphones had much compassion. tongue.gif

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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

If you buy direct from head-direct you should pay about £450, thats all I paid and I live in Newcastle (upon tyne). Also, I used to own the K702's and did love the soundstage, but the novelty soon wears off when you hear what a headphone such as the HE500 can do in regards to definition, depth, real timbres etc. I couldn't listen to my AKG's anymore and sold them soon after. Going back after a week of listening to the hifimans the 702's sounded synthetic and grainy... And the soundstage sounded like a gimmick that you get free on cheap software to supposedly give you surround sound. The K701/2's are a truly great headphone if you don't hear anything better. Same with the 650's.   

£450?? didnt you pay for import duties? with import duties and shipping it should come to around £538.

 

I would love to pay £450 but i dont wana risk getting charged import duties :(

 

i used the ebay calculator and typed in the ID for the he-500 from head-direct ebay and this is what i get - 

Total customs value: £444.49
- Duty: £0.00
- VAT: £88.90
Total import duty & taxes due: £88.90
Total landed cost: £533.39

 

Can anyone else comment if they have made an order from head-direct that live in England and say if they had to pay import duties. Thanks.


Edited by OPrwtos - 12/14/12 at 6:34pm
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