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Originally Posted by LifeAspect View Post

Now I can't decide between the he500 and the audeze lcd-2 for a more fun headphone next to my hd800 :(

 

Read lots of good stuff about both...

Both are equally enjoyable but the HE500 is more fun, the notes sound sharper around the edges, and vocals are more emotive than the dryer sounding but still good vocals on the LCD2s.  I always felt LCD2 excelled w/male vocals.  The LCD2 reigns supreme when it comes to texture/timbre and is a bit warmer/natural sounding to me.  They both have a clean, crisp sound, with the HE500 having a touch more clarity b/c of the treble emphasis and lesser bass.  Having heard both it's hard to choose one over the other.  But if there's anything that would make me choose the LCD2 over the HE500 it would be the timbre/texture, which is more important to me than other aspects. LCD2's timbre sounds more fleshed out and better articulated.  I feel like I'm extracting more out of the music.  And if there's anything that would have me choose the HE500 over the LCD2 it would be the overall sound/notes being more sharply focused/defined and the ability to portray emotion in the singer's voice for a "wetter" presentation.

 

People say the LCD2s bass is way better and it probably is.  I don't feel like I'm missing much with the HE500 in that area because it can still bring that low rumble when it's called for.

post #3602 of 14947

x2 on all points.  Now that I have the HE500 & HD700 with the Schiit Stack.. my upgraditis has been severely tamed.. Love both of them! (but then again, there's that Woo WA7)..

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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post

Yep.  I had the same dilemma a few months back.  In the end decided to start with the HE-500 for the simple reason that it was cheaper.  Haven't looked back since.  Actually haven't had even the slightest bit of upgraditis since then, been completely happy with the Hifimans.  But one day I'll probably get the urge to hear the LCD-2 as well.  :)


Edited by MickeyVee - 3/9/13 at 3:22pm
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The WA7 does indeed look nice.

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A bit of a cross post as I put this up on the HD700 thread.. I have a playlist of about 17 songs that I'm using to compare but for now, have been spending 90% of my time with the HE500.  Here's my initial impressions between the two though it might change in another couple of weeks.

Just one major caveat as I'm thinking about the two: The Amperex Orange Globes I'm using do tame the highs on the HD700 and make them silky and a joy to listen to. I really need to try the Mullards or Matsu's with the HE500 (which are too bright with the HD700). Might bring more life to the HiFiMAN's.

 

Just picked up a pair of HiFiMAN HE500's two weeks ago.  The HD700 really holds its own against them.  If I had to pick between the two, I think it would be the HD700.  They really compliment each other. Greater detail, tighter, but less bass, a little more exciting, awesome for vocals and jazzy music and of course, much more comfortable.  The HE500 are silky smooth across the range, especially the mids and are incredible for club type music.  I think the HE500 still need a little more break in, they have about 150 hours, but for now, the Senns have the edge for me. YMMV.

On the other hand, If I was asked for a recommendation, it would be the HE500. They would sound better across more sources/amps.

For the first time, I have two pairs of headphones that I really, really love.

post #3605 of 14947
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Originally Posted by xd00bx View Post

Ok so i just pulled the trigger on the he-500. TTVJ is having a sale and ive wanted them for a long time...

Here is my dilemma; this is my very first set of high end cans so im starting from scratch. i will be using my ps3 as source while my pc is being fixed so i need a dac with optical and usb input. i have $450 to spend on dac and amp and im not sure what to do.

Here are my options...

*Spend it all on an amp and get dac later.(have to wait at least 2 months).

*Get a dac/amp combo for now and upgrade amp later. (i was told ADG NFB 5.32 or NFB 11.32 have very good dac's for their price but amp is lacking) which one of these are better?

*Buy Audioengine d1($169 and i heard isnt even worth that) and buy amp with remaining $280.

I am leaning toward dac/amp combo for now but id like one with a good dac for future use with better amp. Which is the better option; nfb-5.32 ($430) or nfb-11.32 ($350)? OR is there a better option? Im really new to all this and need some advice... Cheers!


i am using audio gd 11.32 with he500 and i really like it as the dac is very detail oriented and the amp gives around 2.6W into the headphones so i think that is good too..

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I have the HE-500 and I just got the Beyerdynamic T70. I really love my HE-500s, but the Beyerdynamics have been getting the most play-time due to their closed-nature, the ease of use (They sound incredible right out of my phone with no amp), and the clearer treble/vocals. The HE-500 has truly liquid vocals, but the Beyerdynamic edges it out slightly. It has the treble/midrange-meat that I enjoy most in headphones and is much more comfortable than the HE-500.

 

You would expect the T70 to have a smaller soundstage than the open-backed HE-500, but the fact that the HE-500s are Orthos, the soundstages are comparable. In fact, I would say the T70 has more space and transparency. I have a lot of those moments where I think the noise is coming from outside my headphones and it startles me.

 

Mad love for both! Gotta love your gear, eh?

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Originally Posted by kiikasi View Post

I have the HE-500 and I just got the Beyerdynamic T70. I really love my HE-500s, but the Beyerdynamics have been getting the most play-time due to their closed-nature, the ease of use (They sound incredible right out of my phone with no amp), and the clearer treble/vocals. The HE-500 has truly liquid vocals, but the Beyerdynamic edges it out slightly. It has the treble/midrange-meat that I enjoy most in headphones and is much more comfortable than the HE-500.

 

You would expect the T70 to have a smaller soundstage than the open-backed HE-500, but the fact that the HE-500s are Orthos, the soundstages are comparable. In fact, I would say the T70 has more space and transparency. I have a lot of those moments where I think the noise is coming from outside my headphones and it startles me.

 

Mad love for both! Gotta love your gear, eh?

HE500s are good in that they are very effortless, and in a way, almost unassuming. As such it actually lacks the clarity of headphones that have different colourations (e.g. HE400's perceived clarity is miles ahead of HE500, but it is actually less transparent). It really comes down to what one's ear appreciates more.

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Can anyone comment on whether this cable would pair nicely with the HE-500s?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HiFiMan-HE6-HE500-HE5-LE-HE4-HE300-6ft-Cryo-OCC-Stranded-Pure-Copper-Cable-/110947624754?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19d4fe6732

 

I do find the HE-500s to be a little bit on the brighter side sometimes so I figured a copper cable might tame that.

post #3609 of 14947
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Originally Posted by jono454 View Post

Can anyone comment on whether this cable would pair nicely with the HE-500s?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/HiFiMan-HE6-HE500-HE5-LE-HE4-HE300-6ft-Cryo-OCC-Stranded-Pure-Copper-Cable-/110947624754?pt=UK_Computing_Sound_Vision_Audio_Cables_Adapters&hash=item19d4fe6732

 

I do find the HE-500s to be a little bit on the brighter side sometimes so I figured a copper cable might tame that.

I I have this cable and it pairs nicely with HE500. It is much better build than the default silver coated HE500 cable.

Do not expect it to tame the HE500 brightness. Instead go for equalizing or for warmer upstream gear.


Edited by i019791 - 3/10/13 at 9:10am
post #3610 of 14947
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Originally Posted by kiikasi View Post

I have the HE-500 and I just got the Beyerdynamic T70. I really love my HE-500s, but the Beyerdynamics have been getting the most play-time due to their closed-nature, the ease of use (They sound incredible right out of my phone with no amp), and the clearer treble/vocals. The HE-500 has truly liquid vocals, but the Beyerdynamic edges it out slightly. It has the treble/midrange-meat that I enjoy most in headphones and is much more comfortable than the HE-500.

 

You would expect the T70 to have a smaller soundstage than the open-backed HE-500, but the fact that the HE-500s are Orthos, the soundstages are comparable. In fact, I would say the T70 has more space and transparency. I have a lot of those moments where I think the noise is coming from outside my headphones and it startles me.

 

Mad love for both! Gotta love your gear, eh?

 

 

I once owned the T70s like them for a while.  They was just to bright for me.  Too much air, very thin sounding compared to all my other headphones.  No weight or bass presence.  

 

Sold them. I don't miss them at all..

post #3611 of 14947

Is HE500 really bright? I come from denons and I never felt HE500 to be bright. Or dont tell me my ears have serious high frequency roll off.

post #3612 of 14947
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Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

Is HE500 really bright? I come from denons and I never felt HE500 to be bright. Or dont tell me my ears have serious high frequency roll off.

 

I too don't find the HE500 bright. Sure, they're a touch on the bright side if you compared them to an LCD-2 but they're not Beyerdynamic level of bright. It's just nice treble that is pleasant on the ear.

post #3613 of 14947
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

 

I once owned the T70s like them for a while.  They was just to bright for me.  Too much air, very thin sounding compared to all my other headphones.  No weight or bass presence.  

 

Sold them. I don't miss them at all..

T70 was a huge failure IMO and the 770 600 ohm and als the other 770 were better headphones. i found the t70 dull and not very musical the he500 stomps them in every way.   I think Beyer is going in the wrong direction as a company with there T70 annd T90.

post #3614 of 14947
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Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

Is HE500 really bright? I come from denons and I never felt HE500 to be bright. Or dont tell me my ears have serious high frequency roll off.

The he500 is not a bright headphone IMO. I think they are more toward a warm sound not as warm as the lCD2 but  certainly not what I consider bright.

post #3615 of 14947
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Originally Posted by Frank I View Post

The he500 is not a bright headphone IMO. I think they are more toward a warm sound not as warm as the lCD2 but  certainly not what I consider bright.

Bright relative to what ?

Coming from Sennheiser HD-650, they were bright to my ears. I find them a little brighter from Akg-K701also

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