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post #3256 of 18029

Well, I traded in my HE-400 for the HE-500 just today. I've been meaning to get the HE-500 for a LONG time, but with the launch of the HE-400, I just couldn't resist to side-track the HE-500. My main concerns with the HE-400 were the mids. I'm very familiar with the HE-500 as i've heard it many times, and because of this knowledge, the HE-400 just seemed under-performing for my tastes. The mids in the HE-500 are just that much more engaging and as an avid Jazz listener, it's hard not to choose the HE-500 over the 400.

 

Here's what I lost/won with the trade.

 

+ (because I prefer good news over bad news first): Mids and treble. Simple.

-: Well, bass. The 500 extends deeper and has a more linear response, but the 400 hits harder, and that I like more. Most importantly, $

Neutral: I'm not a huge fan of the cables, but I have new copper hybrids coming on the way so I guess it doesn't matter.

 

But with that said, the HE-500 is my all-time favorite headphone. The mids are just addicting and it's sheer speed is incredible. Finally, I'm home.

 

(for the people wondering, I use the Hifiman EF-5 amp with the HE-500 and used it with the HE-400 as well)


Edited by planx - 2/20/13 at 10:13pm
post #3257 of 18029

Where did you trade your HE-400s? I'm interested in doing that...

post #3258 of 18029
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Originally Posted by jiggahwhat View Post

Where did you trade your HE-400s? I'm interested in doing that...

 

My local store took in my HE-400 for me and I just had to pay the difference. He's a friend to me, you could say that it's a special offer.

post #3259 of 18029

post #3260 of 18029

Which cables do you guys prefer? Stock cable or canare cable?

post #3261 of 18029
Quote:
Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

Which cables do you guys prefer? Stock cable or canare cable?

I can honestly say, even without hearing the canare cable, that the stock/silver cable is rubbish. It tangles in unimaginable ways, it's too microphonic and it's too long.

I have tried 2 ALO cables and they were very good. They did make the sound overall thicker and more punchier.

post #3262 of 18029

Awwww man, my stock HE500 copper cable has started to oxidize around the connector segments.

post #3263 of 18029
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Originally Posted by Katun View Post

 

Cue epic movie music

 

Narrator: In this town, Headfi... Were the pricier headphones get pricier, and were artist endorsed headphones rule the streets. There is one headphone destinied to bring back the balance between cost and sound quality...

 

SR-009: "I don't know who this (hifi)man is, but I want him and his frequency graph, DEAD!"

 

Narrator: Every flagship wants a bite of him...

 

TH-900: "How can such a lowlife touch us, the expensives?"

 

T1: "He is never gonna replace me! NEVER!"

 

HD800: "No one leaves here without a treble-spike...."

 

Narrator: He is...  HE-500!

 

*Explosion*

 

HE-500: "I didn't choose this... I didn't want to be a hero..."

 

Cue soft piano music

 

Modded T50RP: "HE-500 this place need you. I need you. Before I met you I was a lowlife ortho, but you showed me, you showed all of Headfi, that this place can be something different."

 

*Explosion, HE-500 walking away*

 

Dramatic high paced movie music

 

???: "He is no match for me... Don't worry SR-009, I've dealt with his kind before..."

 

Modded T50RP: "No! Don't touch me! Leave me alone!"

 

Empty streets. HE-500 walks in front of a building.

 

HE-500: "Set her free! It's me you want! Come out you coward!"

 

Voice from building: "So, you've come at last, HE-500...."

 

HE-500: "I know this frequency response... You are..."

 

LCD-2 walks out of the building

 

HE-500: "My nemesis..."

 

Evil laughter from LCD-2

 

Narrator: THIS SUMMER, a headphone world you have never experienced. HE-500, with help from his brothers HE-400....

 

HE-400: YEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAA, did someone drop the BASS on this place or what!?"

 

...and HE-6...

 

HE-6: "Aren't there any bar in this god forsaken place with power enough to drive me...?"

 

Narrator: ...will he be the one headphone to save Headfi?

 

Epic fighting between HE-500 and LCD-2

 

LCD-2: "You'll never kill my bass!"

 

HE-500: "You're just angry because you can never get any ladies without a mild treble-spike"

 

LCD-2 and HE-500 running against eachother

 

LCD-2: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!"

 

HE-500: "HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

 

                  *BOOM*

 

                      HE-500

 

         Coming out on cinemas in June...


Edited by BleaK - 2/21/13 at 4:27am
post #3264 of 18029
Quote:
Originally Posted by BleaK View Post

 

Cue epic movie music

 

Narrator: In this town, Headfi... Were the pricier headphones get pricier, and were artist endorsed headphones rule the streets. There is one headphone destinied to bring back the balance between cost and sound quality...

 

SR-009: "I don't know who this (hifi)man is, but I want him and his frequency graph, DEAD!"

 

Narrator: Every flagship wants a bite of him...

 

TH-900: "How can such a lowlife touch us, the expensives?"

 

T1: "He is never gonna replace me! NEVER!"

 

HD800: "No one leaves here without a treble-spike...."

 

Narrator: He is...  HE-500!

 

*Explosion*

 

HE-500: "I didn't choose this... I didn't want to be a hero..."

 

Cue soft piano music

 

Modded T50RP: "HE-500 this place need you. I need you. Before I met you I was a lowlife ortho, but you showed me, you showed all of Headfi, that this place can be something different."

 

*Explosion, HE-500 walking away*

 

Dramatic high paced movie music

 

???: "He is no match for me... Don't worry SR-009, I've dealt with his kind before..."

 

Modded T50RP: "No! Don't touch me! Leave me alone!"

 

Empty streets. HE-500 walks in front of a building.

 

HE-500: "Set her free! It's me you want! Come out you coward!"

 

Voice from building: "So, you've come at last, HE-500...."

 

HE-500: "I know this frequency response... You are..."

 

LCD-2 walks out of the building

 

HE-500: "My nemesis..."

 

Evil laughter from LCD-2

 

Narrator: THIS SUMMER, a headphone world you have never experienced. HE-500, with help from his brothers HE-400....

 

HE-400: YEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAA, did someone drop the BASS on this place or what!?"

 

...and HE-6...

 

HE-6: "Aren't there any bar in this god forsaken place with power enough to drive me...?"

 

Narrator: ...will he be the one headphone to save Headfi?

 

Epic fighting between HE-500 and LCD-2

 

LCD-2: "You'll never kill my bass!"

 

HE-500: "You're just angry because you can never get any ladies without a mild treble-spike"

 

LCD-2 and HE-500 running against eachother

 

LCD-2: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!"

 

HE-500: "HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

 

                  *BOOM*

 

                      HE-500

 

         Coming out on cinemas in June...


You sir, just made my day (Y)

post #3265 of 18029
Quote:
Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

Which cables do you guys prefer? Stock cable or canare cable?


I really love the Norse Norn OCC cable with the HE500.

 

Sounds great and I love the flexibility of it.

 

YMMV.

post #3266 of 18029

Epic!

post #3267 of 18029
Quote:
Originally Posted by BleaK View Post

 

Cue epic movie music

 

Narrator: In this town, Headfi... Were the pricier headphones get pricier, and were artist endorsed headphones rule the streets. There is one headphone destinied to bring back the balance between cost and sound quality...

 

SR-009: "I don't know who this (hifi)man is, but I want him and his frequency graph, DEAD!"

 

Narrator: Every flagship wants a bite of him...

 

TH-900: "How can such a lowlife touch us, the expensives?"

 

T1: "He is never gonna replace me! NEVER!"

 

HD800: "No one leaves here without a treble-spike...."

 

Narrator: He is...  HE-500!

 

*Explosion*

 

HE-500: "I didn't choose this... I didn't want to be a hero..."

 

Cue soft piano music

 

Modded T50RP: "HE-500 this place need you. I need you. Before I met you I was a lowlife ortho, but you showed me, you showed all of Headfi, that this place can be something different."

 

*Explosion, HE-500 walking away*

 

Dramatic high paced movie music

 

???: "He is no match for me... Don't worry SR-009, I've dealt with his kind before..."

 

Modded T50RP: "No! Don't touch me! Leave me alone!"

 

Empty streets. HE-500 walks in front of a building.

 

HE-500: "Set her free! It's me you want! Come out you coward!"

 

Voice from building: "So, you've come at last, HE-500...."

 

HE-500: "I know this frequency response... You are..."

 

LCD-2 walks out of the building

 

HE-500: "My nemesis..."

 

Evil laughter from LCD-2

 

Narrator: THIS SUMMER, a headphone world you have never experienced. HE-500, with help from his brothers HE-400....

 

HE-400: YEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAAAAAAA, did someone drop the BASS on this place or what!?"

 

...and HE-6...

 

HE-6: "Aren't there any bar in this god forsaken place with power enough to drive me...?"

 

Narrator: ...will he be the one headphone to save Headfi?

 

Epic fighting between HE-500 and LCD-2

 

LCD-2: "You'll never kill my bass!"

 

HE-500: "You're just angry because you can never get any ladies without a mild treble-spike"

 

LCD-2 and HE-500 running against eachother

 

LCD-2: "AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!"

 

HE-500: "HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

 

                  *BOOM*

 

                      HE-500

 

         Coming out on cinemas in June...

 

I would totally watch that.

post #3268 of 18029
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Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post


I really love the Norse Norn OCC cable with the HE500.

 

Sounds great and I love the flexibility of it.

 

YMMV.

How much did it cost you?

post #3269 of 18029
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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post

 

I would totally watch that.

 

+1

post #3270 of 18029
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldSkool View Post


I really love the Norse Norn OCC cable with the HE500.

 

Sounds great and I love the flexibility of it.

 

YMMV.


The tangling of the stock cable really annoys me. I feel it easier to break also. I will think about all those cable recs (if my budget permits). Btw, Which tubes you use for Lyr? I am using either Schiit 6N1Ps or stock 6B27 tubes.

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