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If the headband is loose, can't you just gently compress it back to a tighter shape?

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Amp differences made a HUGE difference for the HE-500 for me, but never in a million years would I categorize the HE-500 as darker than the HD650. Dunno about the HD600 though. I can say that the HE-500 was a bit disengaged compared to the HD650 until I got the Magni
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

New velours or pleathers if you want to mod...

 

About Alice in Chains - Unplugged you are so dead right! That is my go-to album when I really wanna enjoy myself and my HE-500.

 

During the first 2-3 hours I really realized how much better than my dt-880 these 'phones are. At first I wasn't wowed, but neither dissappointed. Funny thing, they are smooth but also seem very fast... Try some really fast metal and compare with your dt-990, you will seebiggrin.gif I find the dt-880 to be slow and un-engaging compared to the HE-500. Which is why I sold them a month after I got my HE-500...

Queen - high quality live concerts recordings albums! God..u must listen to those master musicians!!

adele - her last album

sarah brightman - combo of classical with modern music!

Rammstein - that low voice of the lead singer..

rihanna

toni braxton

meat loaf..and especially the song on which he talks bout the guitar..and in meantime u hear the beat of a heart..genius!!

loreena mckennit

unheilig

loreen!!

kenza farah

kate bush

sade

enya

cirque du soleil..alegria show soundtrack

alicia keys

beowulf soundtrack

emma shapplin

enigma

evanescence

within temptation

joe cocker..i love his 'broken' raw voice..on the he500 u hear so much emotion in it.

happy feet 2 soundtrack.

miss saigon musical

 

for ur info..he500 loves high definition lossless sources!!!

 

as u can see..he500 does well with almost everything..imho

 

it also does well with classical like mozart and beethoven. But i cant remember by heart the names..as there are so many orchestra's who does them..and in my opinion not every one are as good as the other.

 

and what disastermouse said also....the amp can make or break the sound of the he500..the better the amp pairs with the he500 the betterthe output..with other words..invest  to get the best pairing amp u can afford for the he500 ...

 

Dont buy a he500 and then buy a low quality amp to go with it because ur broke then...if ur budget is on its limit then buy a he400 and invest the difference in better amping...u would be surprised how minimal the quality will be then..a good paired he400 is as good or sometimes better then a bad paired he500 combo.Imho ofcourse!!!!!


Edited by hifimanrookie - 3/14/13 at 4:21pm
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I haven't come across one genre that the HE-500 won't handle well.

 

Playing Ni No Kuni on my PS3 with the HE-500 is AMAZING.

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Cafe del Mar XVIII.  Sometimes I have to take the headphones off to make sure the sounds are not coming from outside my room.  

Joss Stone, Vol 1 & 2.  

Santana live

The list goes on...

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AIC's Unplugged is my comfort blanket, too biggrin.gif

 

 

IMO, a few to check out that sound especially awesome on the HE500:

 

Seether, One Cold Night (live acoustic)

 

Eric Johnson, Live from Austin, Texas

 

Enrico Crivellaro, Mojo Zone

 

Santana, Shape Shifter (Check out Mr. Szabo...wow)

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Originally Posted by eke2k6 View Post

I hope for the sake of my wallet that I'll hate the he-500 that's coming in tomorrow.

No, you'll be fine.  You will love the he-500 so much you'll never feel a need to buy another hp again.  Your wallet will thank you.

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No, you'll be fine.  You will love the he-500 so much you'll never feel a need to buy another hp again.  Your wallet will thank you.

Or ur wallet will deeply hate u in the future when u decide to get better..as u have to pay double to get any improvement at all..this hp is that good!wink.gif

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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

Or ur wallet will deeply hate u in the future when u decide to get better..as u have to pay double to get any improvement at all..this hp is that good!wink.gif
This is how I feel too. It's hard to think of anything but stats to better the sound of a good Planar.
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

 

 

Dont buy a he500 and then buy a low quality amp to go with it because ur broke then...if ur budget is on its limit then buy a he400 and invest the difference in better amping...u would be surprised how minimal the quality will be then..a good paired he400 is as good or sometimes better then a bad paired he500 combo.Imho ofcourse!!!!!

Agreed :)

 

I found the HE-400 with my tube amp superior to the HE-500 driven with my e17.

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HE-500 sounds just fine to me, even unamped. It improves a lot with with better sources and amps, but scales down very well too - certainly much better than Sennheiser HD6** series or AKG K/Q7**. And, personally, I would rather have the best headphone(s) I can buy now, upgrading my sources later. Even HD650 sounds OK to me unamped and is still preferable to my ears in this configuration to almost any mid level headphone amped by decent amps and sources. Maybe it was different in the old days, but nowadays I think technology has progressed enough to allow even cheap portables (i.e Sansa Clip) to output decent sound and to drive even most high-end cans acceptably. Well, that is unless we are talking about the really hard to drive ones, like HE-6 or K1000, but there are very few of those.


Edited by Pianist - 3/15/13 at 7:34am
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hd 650 and he-500 sound terrible to me unamped.

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

hd 650 and he-500 sound terrible to me unamped.

 

I am sure you are just exaggerating. Sure, they sound worse, maybe much worse than when they are properly driven, but they don't sound bad IMO - not out of decent, modern unamped sources. Both are perfectly listenable and like I wrote previously, I would still take both over most mid level headphones driven by good entry, mid and maybe even high end sources and amps. These days, better drivers and housing rule over better sources and amps in most cases IMO. Even the Clip can output enough detail to reveal differences between mid level cans, like, say, HD595, and higher end ones like HD650 or even HD800. I remember listening to HD800 and HD650 at a local store using my Sony NWZ-A816 player (cost $100 bucks back then, maybe a bit better than Clip) and being able to hear the extra speed and resolution of HD800 quite well, not to mention the HD800 still has a huge advantage over HD650 in the soundstage department even with a budget source like that.

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still terrible compared to a well driven 650/he-500, they'll still sound ok cause they're good headphones, but they're really being bottlenecked when driven like that. 

 

and of course 596 650 800 sounds different even off a clip, but not cause it has enough detail, its not the clip, its the headphones themselves that are good.

 

even my hd 800 can be powered by my ipad and it gets to ok volume levels, and yes it sounds good, very good,  but nowhere near as good as when well amped, and i'd rather have an hd 558 than an unamped hd 800 cause if not, its a waste of money and the hd 800s while they might still sound better, they wont get loud enough and i wont enjoy the music the same. 

 

of course u hear how good the headphone is, but its not worth using unless it has an amp. thats just my opinion.

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

still terrible compared to a well driven 650/he-500, they'll still sound ok cause they're good headphones, but they're really being bottlenecked when driven like that. 

 

and of course 596 650 800 sounds different even off a clip, but not cause it has enough detail, its not the clip, its the headphones themselves that are good.

 

even my hd 800 can be powered by my ipad and it gets to ok volume levels, and yes it sounds good, very good,  but nowhere near as good as when well amped, and i'd rather have an hd 558 than an unamped hd 800 cause if not, its a waste of money and the hd 800s while they might still sound better, they wont get loud enough and i wont enjoy the music the same. 

 

of course u hear how good the headphone is, but its not worth using unless it has an amp. thats just my opinion.

 

Well, I meant that you can temporarily get by with using a high-end headphone like HD650 or HD800 straight out of a decent, unamped source until you save up for a better source that will improve the sound of the headphones further. My justification for doing this is that most unamped high-end headphones will still sound better than most mid level headphones, at least to my ears (and you seem to agree with this). I sure didn't mean that you should stick with your Clip or iPhone as the only sources to drive an HD800 forever. lol


Edited by Pianist - 3/15/13 at 8:33am
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