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post #2416 of 18022
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

^ What others said above and just try switching to pleathers to see if that makes any difference.


i agree the pleather will make the he500 less bright (allthough i dont call the he500 bright at all) but it wont take away that backgrond noise he is talking about..no matter what pads u use..i think the amp is the one causing it..or else he has a faulty pair of he500,thats possible also.. IMHO ofcourse.

post #2417 of 18022

I'm using a musical fidelity M1 HPA attached to a Wyred4sound DAC. 

 

I'm having the same static straight out of my Logitech Touch DAC.

 

The noise is not noticeable on very high quality recordings (e.g., Chesky binaural recordings such as Wycliffe Gordon...)  but it seems much more noticeable than with other headphones on medium to high quality recordings (even hi-res files).

post #2418 of 18022
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Originally Posted by Jfkervan View Post

I'm using a musical fidelity M1 HPA attached to a Wyred4sound DAC. 

 

I'm having the same static straight out of my Logitech Touch DAC.

 

The noise is not noticeable on very high quality recordings (e.g., Chesky binaural recordings such as Wycliffe Gordon...)  but it seems much more noticeable than with other headphones on medium to high quality recordings (even hi-res files).


thats weird...i tried my he500 with many amps (lower and higher end) by now..and not one had the noise u both are talking about. but then again i never use my headphone on a level as high enough that ur drums can do pop.wink.gif

post #2419 of 18022

I bought the HE-500 late august 2012. I've listened, for comparison/ alternatives to the sennheiser HD800, the BeijerDynamic T-1 and a stax. The sound of the HE500 is comparable to the sound of magnepan speakers.And i have had those speakers in the past. The next comparison was with the audeze LCD-2. But the get the real potential out of the LCD-2 i needed to go waay over my budget. So i bought the HE500 in combination with harmony design ear90 amplifier. 

 

The sound is amazing and i love it. Lately i dont have time (daytime) to listen to my main system (rogue audio tempest2 amp, Audio analogue meastro CDP and hyperion HPS938 speakers). So i listen in the evening with the hifiman. Very addictive sound. Smooth, nice stage, way down deep and so on. On of the best purchases i've done in a long time.

post #2420 of 18022
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Originally Posted by marcelvdk View Post

I bought the HE-500 late august 2012. I've listened, for comparison/ alternatives to the sennheiser HD800, the BeijerDynamic T-1 and a stax. The sound of the HE500 is comparable to the sound of magnepan speakers.And i have had those speakers in the past. The next comparison was with the audeze LCD-2. But the get the real potential out of the LCD-2 i needed to go waay over my budget. So i bought the HE500 in combination with harmony design ear90 amplifier. 

 

The sound is amazing and i love it. Lately i dont have time (daytime) to listen to my main system (rogue audio tempest2 amp, Audio analogue meastro CDP and hyperion HPS938 speakers). So i listen in the evening with the hifiman. Very addictive sound. Smooth, nice stage, way down deep and so on. On of the best purchases i've done in a long time.


i have the same experience with my pair wink.gif

post #2421 of 18022

Hmmm...

I did a quick change test between the two pads just so that I know more the difference.

The pleather pads makes the sound a touch darker, bassier. It also changes the tonality of the midrange by a tiny bit but still retains the smoothness and forwardness, soundstage seems to be smaller, treble is also reduced.

The velour pads makes the sound a touch brighter, less sub-bass but the midrange tone seems to be more correct, soundstage is much improved and much more natural

The pleather works well with modern music but the velour works better with jazz, classical and well recorded music.

I'm kinda torn a bit between the two because I do listen to a broad range of music. The pleather is more fun but the velour is more accurate... Which one to choose?

post #2422 of 18022
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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post

Hmmm...

I did a quick change test between the two pads just so that I know more the difference.

The pleather pads makes the sound a touch darker, bassier. It also changes the tonality of the midrange by a tiny bit but still retains the smoothness and forwardness, soundstage seems to be smaller, treble is also reduced.

The velour pads makes the sound a touch brighter, less sub-bass but the midrange tone seems to be more correct, soundstage is much improved and much more natural

The pleather works well with modern music but the velour works better with jazz, classical and well recorded music.

I'm kinda torn a bit between the two because I do listen to a broad range of music. The pleather is more fun but the velour is more accurate... Which one to choose?


what u stated is completely correct!biggrin.gif and i choose the velours pads..for my ears it sounded that bit better..but as many says..its ur personal taste that has to decide what u like most..u cant ask anybody else to do that for u...so dig deep inside u...listen very carefully to both pads and then decide and stick with that then... L3000.gif

post #2423 of 18022
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


what u stated is completely correct!biggrin.gif and i choose the velours pads..for my ears it sounded that bit better..but as many says..its ur personal taste that has to decide what u like most..u cant ask anybody else to do that for u...so dig deep inside u...listen very carefully to both pads and then decide and stick with that then... L3000.gif

 

I think I'll stick with pleather for a while then I'll go with velour for some time. After that, it's decision time.

I do like a fun sound though.

post #2424 of 18022
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Originally Posted by marcelvdk View Post

I bought the HE-500 late august 2012. I've listened, for comparison/ alternatives to the sennheiser HD800, the BeijerDynamic T-1 and a stax. The sound of the HE500 is comparable to the sound of magnepan speakers.And i have had those speakers in the past. The next comparison was with the audeze LCD-2. But the get the real potential out of the LCD-2 i needed to go waay over my budget. So i bought the HE500 in combination with harmony design ear90 amplifier. 

 

The sound is amazing and i love it. Lately i dont have time (daytime) to listen to my main system (rogue audio tempest2 amp, Audio analogue meastro CDP and hyperion HPS938 speakers). So i listen in the evening with the hifiman. Very addictive sound. Smooth, nice stage, way down deep and so on. On of the best purchases i've done in a long time.


I think HE500 really nails it in the sea of polarizing headphones on the High End region ( like HD800, T1, LCD2 etc ). Warm, smooth, musical, good bass makes many peoples love it

post #2425 of 18022
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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post


I think HE500 really nails it in the sea of polarizing headphones on the High End region ( like HD800, T1, LCD2 etc ). Warm, smooth, musical, good bass makes many peoples love it

 

Hi Hafiz, have you decide which one are you going to take between the HE-500 or the HD650?

post #2426 of 18022
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Originally Posted by zeinharis View Post

 

Hi Hafiz, have you decide which one are you going to take between the HE-500 or the HD650?

I think i would go for HD650, re-listened them again and the superior soundstage imaging and laidback/thick sound won me over. Personal preferences though wink.gif

post #2427 of 18022
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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post


I think HE500 really nails it in the sea of polarizing headphones on the High End region ( like HD800, T1, LCD2 etc ). Warm, smooth, musical, good bass makes many peoples love it

 

Don't forget one of the best valued headphone currently on the market.

I think that for $699, it's almost a bargain considering the performance it delivers.

post #2428 of 18022
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Originally Posted by punks15 View Post

I think i would go for HD650, re-listened them again and the superior soundstage imaging and laidback/thick sound won me over. Personal preferences though wink.gif


really? the laidback i can understand..but soundstage? may i ask what amp ur using to compare the two? as the sounstage on the he500 is much better then on the hd650 and i listened to both on several amps. only on one the hd650 sounded better..that was on a bottlehead crack. to my ears anyway.

post #2429 of 18022
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


really? the laidback i can understand..but soundstage? may i ask what amp ur using to compare the two? as the sounstage on the he500 is much better then on the hd650 and i listened to both on several amps. only on one the hd650 sounded better..that was on a bottlehead crack. to my ears anyway.

 

I think once you get used to the HifiMAN signature house sound, you wouldnt wanna have it any other way wink_face.gif IMO of course

post #2430 of 18022
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

I think once you get used to the HifiMAN signature house sound, you wouldnt wanna have it any other way wink_face.gif  IMO of course
House sound? Does that exist..i owned the he300, a very dark sounding phone, a he400 very bright and agressive treble and now the he500.. very balanced and i heard the he5le..very neutral and the he6 bright and neutral and very low bass...all very different! So i cant say there is a hifiman sound.. Not one had something in common..maybe the he300 with the he500 for a bit dark signature and the he400 and he500 for the velvetly mids or msybe the he6 and the he500 for the soft treble...yes all have something in common with another one..but there is not one common thing among them all except being excellent value for money. biggrin.gif
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