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post #3136 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

 

Yep a friend ordered a NFB-3.1 which was not on stock. It took more than 1 month (almost 2 IIRC) to get it delivered :/

 

They don't seem to reflect all the taxes on Hifiman products (it should be 700€)?

 

For the record, I always ordered my Hifimans on Head-direct and never had to pay customs (HE-4, HE-400, HE-500) in France.


Guess you got lucky with French customs then! Out of curiosity, how much did it amount to for the HE-500 if you include shipping (in euros)?

post #3137 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Audiofanboy View Post


Guess you got lucky with French customs then! Out of curiosity, how much did it amount to for the HE-500 if you include shipping (in euros)?

 

I got lucky thrice then (with several month interval).

 

I think it was something like 570-580€ including shipping back in march of last year (HE-500).

I paid something like 335€ for the HE-400 and roughly 360€ for the HE-4 (the rate was much more interesting but the shipping cost were higher due to the bigger case they came with)

post #3138 of 16541

I just saw they're selling the HE-4 for 329€ when the HE-400 is 379€!

 

That's a really good deal for the HE-4! People should really consider this + Emotiva mini-x amp to experience the true planar sound!

post #3139 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Audiofanboy View Post


Guess you got lucky with French customs then! Out of curiosity, how much did it amount to for the HE-500 if you include shipping (in euros)?

I actually think Head-direct ships expensive orders with special notes to mitigate customs taxes (e.g. they might mark down the value of the package contents by a lot), when the products are shipped straight from their Hong Kong facilities.

post #3140 of 16541

Clemmaster, you said you were lucky with the customs. In which country are you located? From UK you wouldn't pay tax for an item from France as they are still in EU.

 

Agree with the experience of Clemmaster respective the customs from Head-Direct products.

post #3141 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Acapella11 View Post

Clemmaster, you said you were lucky with the customs. In which country are you located? From UK you wouldn't pay tax for an item from France as they are still in EU.

 

Agree with the experience of Clemmaster respective the customs from Head-Direct products.

Ur in luck then..here in holland ..the dutch bloodsucking customs even check internet to compare prices..i even found out that eventhough the seller had a. Much lower price on the package  i paid the full monty.. 30% over the unit price with postage. 

post #3142 of 16541

So Justin of Headamp's demo HE-500 set just got delivered to me a few hours ago and I've been listening since.  The only dynamic amps I have are the ones built in my Anedio D1 and D2 dac's.  My first impression is just WOW listening on my D2.  The clarity, weight, and slightly dark sound is delightful.  A great match for the slightly bright leaning D2.  The D2 also has no trouble powering the HE-500.  I'm listening anywhere between 40-50 on the volume control.  I'd be surprised if there are noticeably better amping options for the HE-500.  They mate brilliantly.

 

These are a better Senn HD580, coming from a unabashed HD580 fanboy.

 

Comparing to my main rig of the D2-KGSS-SR-007, my preliminary thought is that I can now understand why some may consider the SR-007 a little too laid back and/or polite.  The HE-500 kind of forcibly pulls you to the music.  I need to re-listen to the SR-007 rig to complete my thoughts.

 

But for now, I will be listening only to the HE-500 until my evaluation period is over.

 

I might be acquiring a set as a complement to the Stax rig.

post #3143 of 16541

For interested folks, just a small step up from the HE-500s

http://www.head-fi.org/t/650912/he-6-ultimate-review-write-up

post #3144 of 16541

how many revisions of the HE-500 are there? 

 

if there are more than one how do you tell which revision it is?

post #3145 of 16541

i dont believe there were any changes to the he500 except for different stock cables. The silver coated copper stock need IMO to be replaced as it bottlenecks the he500. Expect to buy an aftermarket copper cable to get the best out of the he500. Some people prefer all silver cables.

post #3146 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

i dont believe there were any changes to the he500 except for different stock cables. The silver coated copper stock need IMO to be replaced as it bottlenecks the he500. Expect to buy an aftermarket copper cable to get the best out of the he500. Some people prefer all silver cables.

Try the toxic cables Black Widow 22awg copper cable...i have one of those..love them !

post #3147 of 16541
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

Try the toxic cables Black Widow 22awg copper cable...i have one of those..love them !

the stock cable is poor and not good sounding at all IMO/. The toxic looks interesting but there is a 8 week wait. I have the Freedom Cable I am reviewing for the Cablepro on there now. Excellent sound. Not sure I am keeping the he500 though. I have the lcd 2.2 in here also. One is staying and one goes back.

post #3148 of 16541

The Toxic Cable Silver Poison is a massive improvement on the stock HE6 cable, I assume it would be over the HE500's cable as well.


Edited by nigeljames - 2/15/13 at 5:37am
post #3149 of 16541
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

i dont believe there were any changes to the he500 except for different stock cables. The silver coated copper stock need IMO to be replaced as it bottlenecks the he500. Expect to buy an aftermarket copper cable to get the best out of the he500. Some people prefer all silver cables.

The current silver coated copper stock cable is around since autumn of 2011. They had also changed the velour pads and the carrying bag at circa same time. I am not aware of any other changes since then.

I have found the current stock cable being fairly ok sonically, but microphonic and (more importantly) too fragile in the connections. Fortunately I had an aftermarket cable in place when the stock cable broke, after 6 months of usage. 

post #3150 of 16541

Like I said, there was definitely a change in paintjobs. Also a change in the wires they used to solder the drivers (used to be thick red wires, now thin silver wires).

 

 

Photos:

 

new glossy paintjob with silver internal wiring

 

 

 

1000

 

old matte paintjob with red internal wiring

 

1000

 

 

Both had/have my grill mod consequently you can see the inner workings of the wiring and drivers.

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