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post #391 of 18011


Here's some good track for Basstest:

 

Russian Circles - Station Album - Harper Lewis   (Good Kick drum & Bass line)

 

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For speed test try

 

Pulse Percussion Ensemble - Live Album - Trio Per Uno

 

Pulse Percussion Ensemble - live
 

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I'm going to check out some of the other music you used later, thanks.  I have the Ultrasone test disc, and track 2 is a good track for testing bass speed.  

 

I just compared the HE-500 via DACmini amp to the LCD-2 balanced from the SR-71b, using the DACmini as source for both phones, and track #2 as you did.  The HE-500 are pretty darn close in the bass control, although there is a slight decrease in the snap and kick from the HE-500 vs the LCD-2.  But I had to concentrate to hear it.  I still think the bass is still faster and more controlled than with my LA7000 that I have right here too, and it's almost as good as the HE-6 bass the last time I compared them.  At the same time, the deepest bass seemed a little more present with the HE-500 vs the LCD-2 on this track and these amps.  (Note, I don't think the LA7000 are too slow, even though they don't keep up with the orthodynamics, HD800 or stats)

 

I just switched to Kenji Williams "Death and Rain" off the Faces of Epiphany album, and my findings were similar, but the HE-500 are still relatively fast in the bass vs my dynamic headphones (LA7000 and HF-2).  Also, the other day when I compared the HE-500 on my ZDT amp vs the vintage Stax Lambda Nova Signature on the Woo WES the HE-500 killed the Stax in bass control and detail, although the HE-6 were still the best of the three and on par with the LCD-2 bass.  I was listening to infected mushroom at that time, Dancing with the Kadafi.

 



 

post #392 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Shahrose View Post

Hmm...interesting findings HA. I'm going to continue burning in the HE500 and test some more later.

 

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Originally Posted by KingStyles View Post

I find the bass close to the lcd2, but there is a little more bloom/decay to each note. It seems fast though. There is still enough separation between notes to keep it from sounding one note. The lcd2 bass is really tight with good articulation and detail. I lose some of that detail of the bass notes because of the extra bloom. Dont get me wrong, it is still very enjoyable and the can as a whole might be a little more engaging than the lcd2. I will have to do some comparisons when everything gets burned in.


It seems we agree that there is a difference in the bass quality, but I was just just saying that it's more subtle and not something that stands out as a big difference.  That little extra bloom/decay is what I hear too.  Like I said, there is slightly less snap and kick (speed) to the bass notes with the HE-500, but it still seems fast enough and they offered a little more weight to the deep bass (bloom) than the LCD-2; so the bass drum was just a little more visceral while with the LCD-2 the bass drum sounded like it was being played outdoors.  When I switch to my ZDT the LCD-2 has a bigger kick than out of the DACmini or SR-71b, and the HE-500 has a bit more speed and control than out of the DACmini, so our gear can have a big influence on the sound as well.

post #393 of 18011

Yea even after more burn-in, I haven't noticed any changes. The comparison hasn't been amended except for typos.

 

That overhang in decay makes it sound like there is more deep bass. None of the other cans produce it, even though they can all extend to that frequency. You're also hearing it in comparison with the LCD-2.

 

Subtle or not? That depends on the types of music one listens to. It's more prominent in the lower registers of the bass and not every track will draw attention to it.

post #394 of 18011

Anyone driving their HE-500 by a balanced amp?

post #395 of 18011
Thread Starter 

I use the 71B RSA amp and the iBasso PB-2. Sounds good to me with nice depth and well articulated bass. 

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Last night my brother and nephew were visiting so I fired up a couple of the amps. After a few back and forth's my nephew preferred the sound of the HE-500 over all the cans he tried: RS-1, HD580, D2000 (re-cabled, bubinga wood cups, J$ leather ear-pads, and MarkL mods), and K1000. Although I prefer the K1000 I can see why my nephew would like the HE-500 as much since IMO they sound excellent. He is not normally around hi-fi much so could not come up with fancy words except state which one was his favorite ... the HE-500.

post #397 of 18011

I have posted my impressions here: HE-500 review

 

To reiterate - very nice cans!

 

They were tested on the EF1 and RSA Protector (balanced).


Edited by FrederikS|TPU - 6/28/11 at 3:46am
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I just got my HE-500...with a broken right earpad. It has a pretty large gap between the pad and frame. I'll post pics later.

 

I can't say I'm surprised considering the shoddy build quality of the pad attachment mechanism (thin transparent plastic flaps that break with the tiniest amount of force). I lightly tried to put on the extra earpad provided but it's literally too fragile to survive the attachment...

 

Word of advice to new owners: don't ever take off the pads. You're taking a big risk having to re-attach them.

 

Hopefully Head-Direct can send me a replacement pad without me having to ship this back to them...that would be a time-consuming and expensive hassle, especially considering the postal service is on strike in Canada.

 

 

Any news on Hifiman revising this design?  Or will it stay this way?

 

 

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Originally Posted by Nankai View Post

I have posted the info about new pad design on Jun 8th. Pls always remember HE series headphones are earpad replaceable design. 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/557659/we-are-upgrading-he-series-headphones-replaceable-earpads

 

Our engineers tried to work with our earpad vendors to provide earpads in a much better quality. We have finished the design, and will try to make several different samples very soon. This process will take about 4 to 8 weeks, and will get two finished product (leather version and cloth version). As soon as we finished, we will release them at our website. 

 


 

 

post #399 of 18011

Question for you HE-6/HE-5/HE-5LE owners - are the ear pad attachment tabs the same on those phones as they are on the 500s?  

 

 


Edited by sphinxvc - 6/29/11 at 12:24am
post #400 of 18011

I just looked at the extra pad included with the HE-500. As I recall they look the same as the ones on the HE5 and HE6.

post #401 of 18011
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post

I just looked at the extra pad included with the HE-500. As I recall they look the same as the ones on the HE5 and HE6.


Yes they are.
post #402 of 18011
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Originally Posted by FrederikS|TPU View Post

I have posted my impressions here: HE-500 review

 

To reiterate - very nice cans!

 

They were tested on the EF1 and RSA Protector (balanced).



very nice review I enjoyed the read.

post #403 of 18011

Hi!

 

I'm planning to get some HE-500 by the end of yeat to replace my DT990/600

 

However I want to ask first... how much they leak?

 

They are open, and from the pics it seems they leak as much as K702. But I want to be sure.

 

DT990 is sweet because doesn't leak that much so I can take them to my office (that;s why I don't take K702 there... everybody sings with me)

 

I know sound is the most important thing, but for me, also this leaking thing, since I use them mainly at work.

 

That will be factor to decide btw this and D7000 I think :P

post #404 of 18011
If leakage is a major factor, go with the D7k. They aren't well dampened so there is a lot of sound that escapes the back panel.
post #405 of 18011

with the HE500 your co workers will be in the concert with you. If you  stay at a reasonable volume the D7000 is quiet.

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