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Many people hearing orthos for the first time are usually awed by the black background +ortho speed. When I still had the He-500, I usually think of them as HD600 on steroid - do everything the Hd600 does, with better speed. I do agree that with some metals the He500 sounds "dim" for a lack of a better word; but the speed made up for it.

 

Stock velour pad is 20 pounds I think. You can take the pad mounting disc and mount the Dt990 pad also - they fit. Not sure how that will affect the sound though. Other pads to try includes the Stax O2 Pad, Denon stockpad, J$ beyer pad, Lawton angle pad, jerg modded pleather pad.

 

Edit: and Audeze vegan/leather pad too

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Originally Posted by spark3 View Post

 With metal they don't seem to shine as much tho. Strangely I also asked my dad to give them a try and he is not a big headphone listener but he immediately said the HE500 sounded much better than the HD600.

 

Also what's some good pads to buy for the HE500? the velour pads I got with them are a little worn.


Edited by khaine1711 - 3/14/13 at 1:41pm
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Originally Posted by spark3 View Post

Pianist I think you are right, the more I am listening to the HE500 the more I am actually warming towards them, I may have been a bit too hasty in judging haha.

They are indeed smooth compared to the more aggressive HD600/DT990 dynamics that I own but they sound so much fuller, this must be what tonal accuracy sounds like in headphones, Alice In Chains - Unplugged album sounds...unreal, it's like I am there with the band listening to them play eek.gif HD600 can't even compare. With metal they don't seem to shine as much tho. Strangely I also asked my dad to give them a try and he is not a big headphone listener but he immediately said the HE500 sounded much better than the HD600.

 

Also what's some good pads to buy for the HE500? the velour pads I got with them are a little worn.

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...

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We should share some music that's good with the HE-500. I'll nominate Alice in Chains - Unplugged 

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Ok, thanks alot! I will look into those.

 

Also 1 more thing, do you know if you can buy a replacement headband? because the headband on this pair has been stretched and the they are really loose on my head.

 

Edit: Yep, Alice In Chains - Unplugged made my jaw drop when I first tried it with the HE500. It was a big WOW moment for me for sure. I have tried Katatonia too and they sound fantastic with them also.


Edited by spark3 - 3/14/13 at 1:55pm
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Originally Posted by spark3 View Post

Ok, thanks alot! I will look into those.

 

Also 1 more thing, do you know if you can buy a replacement headband? because the headband on this pair has been stretched and the they are really loose on my head.

 

Edit: Yep, Alice In Chains - Unplugged made my jaw drop when I first tried it with the HE500. It was a big WOW moment for me for sure. I have tried Katatonia too and they sound fantastic with them also.


I think replacement headband is around 50 quids from Hifiman - but only if your headband broke. You can try installing another headband on top of the old one for more comfort - the added thickness will make it fit your head too =p. Also the metal rods on two sides are adjustable btw

 

 

 

post #3711 of 14550

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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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post

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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