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Originally Posted by Crispy808 View Post




There are pad change problems? 

Nope the current revision is okay.
I believe he meant the older models but this has been solved a few months ago.
They made the plastic attachments more durable so they wouldn't break easily
post #2402 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Crispy808 View Post




There are pad change problems? 
There wERE problems! The past ..the plastic lockers could break on the plastic ring on ver. 1 pads..but the rev 2 pads connectors are much stronger now..check for pad problems in the past on the hifiman lineup on headfi..but still..u have to be carefull when changing pads always with the hifiman's biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 12/31/12 at 4:49am
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Hello everyone! Recently received the HE-500 and they're pretty awesome compared to the HD650...but I don't really want to post impressions because I haven't used them for too long. I wanted to share something else that might have been suggested already....but I'm not certain because I have not read all the pages of this thread. This is my approach to the head cushion problem. I took a spare HD650 head cushion i had laying around and used hair ties to wrap it around the headband, securing the hair ties with bobby pins. It's pretty comfortable, and it offers another alternative to the Beyer pads.

 

Link to headband cushion: http://www.sennheiserusa.com/serviceandsupport_part-finder_headbands_052715

 

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As you can see, it is pretty tight on the headband and will probably wrinkle it

 

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This is how I tied it to the headband

 

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For reference, this is how it looks like on my head

 

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Close up shot. As you can see, it does provide ample cushioning

 

Hope this helps someone~


Edited by Meloncoly - 1/3/13 at 7:46pm
post #2404 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Meloncoly View Post

Hello everyone! Recently received the HE-500 and they're pretty awesome compared to the HD650...but I don't really want to post impressions because I haven't used them for too long. I wanted to share something else that might have been suggested already....but I'm not certain because I have not read all the pages of this thread. This is my approach to the head cushion problem. I took a spare HD650 head cushion i had laying around and used hair ties to wrap it around the headband, securing the hair ties with bobby pins. It's pretty comfortable, and it offers another alternative to the Beyer pads.

I dunno bro, the beyer/hifiman/grado ebay headband clipon pads are a lot nicer-looking and protect the stock headband more:

 

 

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They also "wear in" in that after a week or two, the center foam will flatten a bit and the whole thing will shape to your head snuggily.

post #2405 of 18011

I really have no problems with comfort with the headband. I always found it comfortable, then again I'm a guy who finds nothing wrong in comfort with the Fostex T50RP headband.

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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post

I really have no problems with comfort with the headband. I always found it comfortable, then again I'm a guy who finds nothing wrong in comfort with the Fostex T50RP headband.

 

I also have the T50RP, but when I load the thing with plasticine, all that weight is on one point of my head. Because my head is a bit pointy on top, the headband cushion just helps to spread the weight evenly across my head. I actually had the HD650 cushion on the T50RP and transferred it over to the HE-500 because they feel similar on the head, at least with all the weight on one point thing.

post #2407 of 18011

I found bending the headband to the shape of your head is usually enough. 

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I'm with Jerg on this one..

 

 

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post #2409 of 18011

@preproman: Those pads look really nice. I finally ordered the HE-500s but have to wait for the seller to come back from holiday vacation. Already have the Jaycar/Fischer/Brainwavz pads for my HE-300 and got the Ebay headband ready too. Just don't wan't to wait any longer smily_headphones1.gif

 

Edit: Great work on the recabling. IMO using that type of connector was a bad choice. Something like the ones on HD 800 would be nice.


Edited by Anda - 1/4/13 at 8:53am
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What connector?  They're hardwired..  

 

The best connector = no connector..biggrin.gif

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Sorry for not being clear. I meant the connectors used on the HE-series :-)

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ok. bought the he-500 about a month ago, burned it in for well over 200h  and really wanted to be overwhelmed...i came from a grado sr-80 so it should have been easy.

 

And while it is clearly better, i'm a bit disappointed. The disappointment comes from the higher than expected background noise level at high volume listening levels. So much so that it distracts from the music

 

I went back to the innerfidelity measurement charts and noticed indeed a higher THD-Noise level (at 100db) than its direct competitors. The LCD-2 comes close but better.

 

Am i the only one noticing this? 

 

Any ways to mitigate this?

 

thx

post #2413 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Jfkervan View Post

ok. bought the he-500 about a month ago, burned it in for well over 200h  and really wanted to be overwhelmed...i came from a grado sr-80 so it should have been easy.

 

And while it is clearly better, i'm a bit disappointed. The disappointment comes from the higher than expected background noise level at high volume listening levels. So much so that it distracts from the music

 

I went back to the innerfidelity measurement charts and noticed indeed a higher THD-Noise level (at 100db) than its direct competitors. The LCD-2 comes close but better.

 

Am i the only one noticing this? 

 

Any ways to mitigate this?

 

thx

Nope, I don't notice any dirty noise floor with my pair. You sure it's not just background static with your particular tracks?

post #2414 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Jfkervan View Post

ok. bought the he-500 about a month ago, burned it in for well over 200h  and really wanted to be overwhelmed...i came from a grado sr-80 so it should have been easy.

 

And while it is clearly better, i'm a bit disappointed. The disappointment comes from the higher than expected background noise level at high volume listening levels. So much so that it distracts from the music

 

I went back to the innerfidelity measurement charts and noticed indeed a higher THD-Noise level (at 100db) than its direct competitors. The LCD-2 comes close but better.

 

Am i the only one noticing this? 

 

Any ways to mitigate this?

 

thx


i am sorry to hear that...BUT..once again i have to quote myself wink.gif: the he500 is very dependent on which amp u use..WHAT AMP UR USING NOW? it sounds like ur amp is on his last feet trying to drive the he500! check the forums and google..or just go (or try at least) for the (not so expensive)  amp i did (check my profile)..or try at least (or violectric v200/181, the yulong a18 sabre, the shiit mjolnir or the 339)...and u will see ur disapointment will be gone like snow in the sun biggrin.gif IMHO ofcourse..but many agree with me beerchug.gif


Edited by hifimanrookie - 1/4/13 at 11:52pm
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^ What others said above and just try switching to pleathers to see if that makes any difference.

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