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post #496 of 18030

If the differences in those cans is small, you probably wouldnt hear the very small changes the cable would make.

post #497 of 18030

Mine are for sale if anyone is too eager for the loaner program. :D

 

Also, to be on the topic of impressions. They're my favorite headphones I've ever heard. Over the D7000, LCD 2, and HE5LE.

post #498 of 18030

HE-500 sound great with Woo WA6SE.  Very balanced, solid sound.  But the leakage is a lot more than expected.  I find them much more comfortable than the LCD-2.  I wore the LCD-2 for 2 hours and that was it, my neck got sore.  ` 

 

For some reason I was not that enamoured with the LCD-2.  It did not wow me at initial listen.  The HE-500 gave a much more favourable impression.

post #499 of 18030

They're open...How do you not expect a ton of leakage?
 

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HE-500 sound great with Woo WA6SE.  Very balanced, solid sound.  But the leakage is a lot more than expected.  I find them much more comfortable than the LCD-2.  I wore the LCD-2 for 2 hours and that was it, my neck got sore.  ` 

 

For some reason I was not that enamoured with the LCD-2.  It did not wow me at initial listen.  The HE-500 gave a much more favourable impression.



 

 

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Gradofan,

Could you be hearing the best things of each of those headphones in the 500s? I liked the openness of the 701s, the fun of the RS-1, the speed and details of a stat. The 
 

 

Yes... that's possible.

post #501 of 18030

i've been comparing the lcd2 rev.2 to the he-500 since yesterday and they sound more

similar than different, to my ears. the lcd2 rev.2 is less tizzy at the highend but the he500

has a more intimate midrange. unfortunately, the he500 also has a slight low-mid-range

bass bump/hump that slightly distracts. i've managed to tame that bass hump by placing

memory-cell sponge in a donut-shape. the denser the material the more effective it is in

removing the hump, but denser material also seems to highten the tizzy highs. i compromised and found a good balance by cutting out the inner circle, hence the donut shape. it's easy to do and easily reversible.

 

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post #502 of 18030

Just posting in this thread to subscribe to it. I want me some HE-500's. duggehsmile.png

post #503 of 18030

After owning a pair i wouldnt go back to them, try and get a loaner pair before making the jump.

 

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Just posting in this thread to subscribe to it. I want me some HE-500's. duggehsmile.png



 

post #504 of 18030
Thread Starter 

The wood on the newer LCD-2's has gotten much lighter. Nice looking. 

 

Some great choices now. I enjoying owning the LCD-2's and the HE-500. They offer a different view of the performance, just like different seats or standing area. 

post #505 of 18030

I plan to rebuy mine someday. 
 

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After owning a pair i wouldnt go back to them, try and get a loaner pair before making the jump.

 



 



 

 

post #506 of 18030

They are rather good. But ive never really enjoyed "any" headphone thats up in the higher ranks. I always analyze the music which annoys the crap out of me. Each to there own in the end. I think i will be happy with what i have for sometime to come.
 

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I plan to rebuy mine someday. 
 



 

 



 

post #507 of 18030

I and another head-fier did a short comparison of the LCD-2s (Rev. 1s) and HE-500s at a mini-meet today.  The rig was a MDHT Havana feeding an RSA Apache, and we used several different tracks.  The HE-500s were single ended and the LCD-2s balanced as there was no balanced cable handy for the HE-500s.  As Takezo said, they are more similar than they are different overall.  Both do certain things really well but in the end, the LCD-2s edge out the HE-500s by just a bit.  The HE-500s can get tonality and timbre right on certain tracks (or on most of a given track), but they will falter here and there, on the LCD-2 tonality & timbre were excellent consistently.  

post #508 of 18030
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They're open...How do you not expect a ton of leakage?
 



 

 

but so are my old AKGs and they don't leak as much.
 

 

post #509 of 18030

Yeah, I found all the HE-series headphones to leak a bit more than traditional open-back dynamics.  

post #510 of 18030

Quote:Originally Posted by sphinxvc 

"I and another head-fier did a short comparison of the LCD-2s (Rev. 1s) and HE-500s at a mini-meet today.  The rig was a MDHT Havana feeding an RSA Apache, and we used several different tracks.  The HE-500s were single ended and the LCD-2s balanced as there was no balanced cable handy for the HE-500s.  As Takezo said, they are more similar than they are different overall.  Both do certain things really well but in the end, the LCD-2s edge out the HE-500s by just a bit.  The HE-500s can get tonality and timbre right on certain tracks (or on most of a given track), but they will falter here and there, on the LCD-2 tonality & timbre were excellent consistently."


I seem to recall, when I had them both here with my rig, preferring the soundstaging and imaging of the HE500 over the LCD2v1. I actually liked the HE500 over the LCD2v1. It's probably more a matter of personal preference than one being better than the other.


Did the new ear pads come out yet?

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