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Originally Posted by Acapella11 View Post

Hi Okamoto, Here are some of my impressions.

Generally, the HA-160 is a quite warm piece of solid state, so it produces a non-fatiguing sound. Mids are lovely, imaging is nice, bass is solid but the HA-160 sounds relatively forward.

I compared HE5-LE and HE-500 using the Burson HA-160 and the Auditor, and I think the HE-5LE pairs very nicely with the HA-160. The HE-500 works as well, but the sound really is forward, since both - amp and phones - are forward sounding. Differences are more pronounced with the HE-5LE than with the HE-500 and (because?) the HE-5LE seems more difficult to drive. The Burson delivers more bass with the HE5-LE, and to a lesser extend also with the HE-500. One difference between the amps listening to the HE-500 would be that the Burson sounds lesser grainy. The treble is smooth but not rolled off, mids are almost tubey and the bass is nicely satisfactory to my ears. Although the sound is smooth, it still sounds clear and very detailed. This is why the imaging also works pretty well. So, if you don't mind a quite forward presentation, you can have this one on your short list. Works for me. IMHO and YMMV.

PS: I have got the HE-5LE and HA-160 on loan.


You think the HE-500 is forward sounding?

post #4067 of 14589
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

As u know i swear on toxic cables..its topquality and affordable! especially the black widows 22awg for my combo the he500 and my 337....i love those copper cables more on the he500 then the brighter silver widows or any other silver cable imho..that other brand i dont have experience with..sorry..

 

Um, yeah, I hope they're all that ..... ordered on Dec 23rd, have been in communication with him, says will build within this 2 week period.  So MAYBE I will see them in April.  With that kind of lead time you can be sure I will never order from Toxic Cables again.

post #4068 of 14589

HE500 to me is not forward sounding. IMO, it is about on par with HD600 in laid back/smooth department with my current set up.

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Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

HE500 to me is not forward sounding. IMO, it is about on par with HD600 in laid back/smooth department with my current set up.

Pleather pads?
post #4070 of 14589
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post


You think the HE-500 is forward sounding?

I used the term forward reflecting the reduction of depth of stage. More accurately, for what I described, forward could be replaced by a "not as deep stage". That of course makes instruments come closer to you. I will edit the post. HE-500s do sound much less forward (in the sense of more laid back) than Grado 325is for example do. Cheers for the hint.


Edited by Acapella11 - 4/1/13 at 10:47am
post #4071 of 14589
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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post


Pleather pads?

 



Velour pads though.

post #4072 of 14589

can anyone tell me how is beta 22 with he500?

post #4073 of 14589
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Originally Posted by Acapella11 View Post

I used the term forward reflecting the reduction of depth of stage. More accurately, forward could be replaced by a "not as deep stage". That of course makes instruments come closer to you. I will edit the post. HE-500s do sound much less forward (more laid back) than Grado 325is for example do. Cheers for the hint.


Okay. To most forward sounding means, that the high mids are accentuated as far as I know.

post #4074 of 14589
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post


Okay. To most forward sounding means, that the high mids are accentuated as far as I know.

 

Maybe he meant the amp brings the mids forward.

 

Well, nevermind. He really stated that it's forward sounding, besides I hadn't read his explanation above.


Edited by Okamoto - 4/1/13 at 9:00am
post #4075 of 14589
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Originally Posted by h4mm3r 0f th0r View Post

can anyone tell me how is beta 22 with he500?

 

In a simple word..

 

"Fantastic" 

post #4076 of 14589
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

In a simple word..

 

"Fantastic" 


okay i see that you have a balanced one... what about the single ended one?? there shouldn't be much of a difference i think...

post #4077 of 14589
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Originally Posted by h4mm3r 0f th0r View Post


okay i see that you have a balanced one... what about the single ended one?? there shouldn't be much of a difference i think...

I would agree that it doesn't make much of a difference.
post #4078 of 14589
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Originally Posted by h4mm3r 0f th0r View Post


okay i see that you have a balanced one... what about the single ended one?? there shouldn't be much of a difference i think...

 

IMO: it depends on what headphones you use.  Some scale higher than others.  Some are very sensitive and don't scale well at all.  The HE-6 and many other orthos would do better with a balanced connection.  Other headphones like the HD800 IMO does better as well.  Most will say it's just louder.  I don't really agree.  For example.  It should be double the current / voltage going into the heaphones.  Some headphones will benefit from this.  

 

Note:  The differences if any are very small..

 

I know this will open a can of worms.  This is not the thread for this.  Here come the flames..

 

 


Edited by preproman - 4/1/13 at 2:46pm
post #4079 of 14589
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

IMO: it depends on what headphones you use.  Some scale higher than others.  Some are very sensitive and don't scale well at all.  The HE-6 and many other orthos would do better with a balanced connection.  Other headphones like the HD800 IMO does better as well.  Most will say it's just louder.  I don't really agree.  For example.  It should be double the current / voltage going into the heaphones.  Some headphones will benefit from this.  

 

Note:  The differences if any are very small..

 

I know this will open a can of worms.  This is not the thread for this.  Here come the flames..

 

 


according to what i have read, balanced means more control especially with the bass and their is not much difference after that... anyhow, i plan to use it for my he500 and hd650s

post #4080 of 14589

Got the Beyer DT880 pads in the mail today and attached them to the HE500.

 

Initial impressions are as follows: It's ugly. But man, these babies are comfortable. It's more comfortable than my HD598. Finally some relief.

 

The sound is almost identical to the stock velours. At first I tried it without the foam inserts that came with the Beyer pads and the sound was very harsh and bright. After inserting the foam, the treble calmed down quite significantly. They are still slightly brighter than the stock velours but the difference is minimal. Still has that buttery-smooth HE500 sound. It's just enough to give it a little extra sparkle and provide a slightly airier sound. Bass and mids do not appear to have changed at all.

 

I used the plastic connector rings from the pleather pads. I had to trim them slightly around the edges to fit the Beyer pads on. I didn't want to use the foam pieces that came with the Beyer pads so I cut some pieces of pantyhose to use as a dust screen and glued them directly onto the plastic ring with a hot glue gun, but I ended up inserting the foam later. After that I just attached the pads the same way the pleathers do and inserted the foam spacers from the pleather pads.

 

Here's some photos:

 

 

 

 

 

 


Edited by Stalker81598 - 4/1/13 at 8:55pm
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