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post #5311 of 18030

My HE-500s measure at 51 ohms which I think is in the allowable range, I remember some people having phones measuring over 60 ohms. Mine was also one of the earlier production ones just after the Canare cable got phase out so don't know if the newer ones are closer to the claimed 38 ohms and if production quality has stabilised? 

 

The Essence STX can drive the HE-500, but I didn't find it a particularly satisfying combination, but it will suffice if you are saving up for an amplifier. The Essence STX is better suited to high impedance cans. The 60 ohm output impedance on the NAD will probably not do it for the HE-500. 

post #5312 of 18030

My pair (Apr 2012 unit) has 45 Ohm - 32 Ohm. It really ticks off my OCD at times but in practice it doesn't affect anything. FR/loudness matching between the two drivers is spot on.

post #5313 of 18030
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Thanks for the replies, the HE500 sound like just what I am looking for... Except for the price lol. Will have to get saving for them. Argh will probably need an amplifier as well. What impedance are these? I think my NAD326Bee amplifier might have issues as it has 60ohm heapdhone jack impedance. I also have a Xonar STX headphone jack but I am guessing that will not work very well with the HE500.

 

The NAD should have speaker taps on the back... You definitely could use those instead.

 

In the meantime, the STX should give enough power to run these. Obviously, a better DAC and amplifier will do better, but you'll be able to get a listen and get the basic idea of the HE500. Then you can always upgrade your DAC/amp if you decide to keep the HE500 :)

post #5314 of 18030

Omg just noticed that the NAD has 2 pairs of speaker outputs so I could use one of those. I really like the NAD sound so that would probably work well...

 

Was going to ask how to do this but I will use the search button just so nobody gets upset about it. After all it would be terrible if something gets repeated. ph34r.gif


Edited by nicholars - 6/4/13 at 12:51pm
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LOL. This is how I feel all the time. People cominng in here to ask the same question over and over again without doing any reading on this thread. They don't want to waste their time but don't mind wasting ours...


A little offensive today? biggrin.gif

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Edited by nicholars - 6/4/13 at 1:15pm
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Omg just noticed that the NAD has 2 pairs of speaker outputs so I could use one of those. I really like the NAD sound so that would probably work well...

 

Was going to ask how to do this but I will use the search button just so nobody gets upset about it. After all it would be terrible if something gets repeated. ph34r.gif


Do yourself a favor and get your HE-500 recabled. The stock wire is awful. Doesn't have to be anything fancy, just a nice occ copper cable. Either have it terminated in banana plugs or have it terminated in xlr and then get some pigtail adapters with banana plug and a normal jack, whatever you like. My 0.02 cents...

post #5318 of 18030
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HE-500 has some of the best treble/mids in the business. Yes not fatiguing, not even in the slightest. HD650s and other lower-tiered cans cannot even be compared. Same with bass, it'll destroy all traditional dynamic cans with quality/extension. If you want more details, read up on this thread and the other related threads. Search function is your buddy as well. All your questions have been answered many times before.

 

S**t like this is why I'm considering taking a sabbatical from head-fi.

 

So many here don't know how to differentiate between their preferred sound sig, and technical ability.

 

The HE-500 is not some other-worldly phone. I'd actually put it on the same performance tier as the HD650, DT880, etc. 

post #5319 of 18030
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S**t like this is why I'm considering taking a sabbatical from head-fi.

 

So many here don't know how to differentiate between their preferred sound sig, and technical ability.

 

The HE-500 is not some other-worldly phone. I'd actually put it on the same performance tier as the HD650, DT880, etc. 

 

Yes and also putting headphones and especially amps / dacs into price tiers is irritating as well. For example assuming a certain dac is "NIGHT AND DAY" or "DESTROYS" other dacs just because it costs £2000... When in reality it is maybe a 5-10% improvement over a £300 dac.


Edited by nicholars - 6/4/13 at 1:39pm
post #5320 of 18030

You guys are so funny. very_evil_smiley.gif

 

Sure the HD650/DT880/K701 are all just as good as the HE-500/LCD-2. Not sure what all the fuss was about the past few years.

 

And yes Nicholars there are many threads to help you hook up the HE-500 to speaker taps. But feel free to keep asking smart questions.

post #5321 of 18030

Personally, I have an imagined 'low-mid-hi-fi' scale where I tend to put all headphones I hear. That is of course subjective, but I try to be as objective as possible.

 

I'd put HE-500 a good nudge above the dt880 and k701. In comparison I would put the dt770 a step below dt880 and k701


Edited by davidsh - 6/4/13 at 1:55pm
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A little offensive today? biggrin.gif

My blood sugar was dangerously low. Now that I've got some food and coffee the troll inside me went back to sleep. evil_smiley.gif And I love everyone again and I want to be helpful. wink_face.gif

post #5323 of 18030

There are obvious performance advantages when someone goes HE-500 from a traditional mylar dynamic can like the HD650/DT880/K701, but the gap is perceived diferently. Some people say "little" and others like me say "huge." This kind of phrasing is all subjective. For me, going from the HD650 to the HE-500 is a big step, but it's not like going from ipod earbuds to the HD650 big.

 

No need to get upset, people are subjective, some people think going from DVD to BluRay isn't all that significant either, but I think it's HUGE, so I guess my personality is shown there as well.

 

I had a cousin who thought my DT1350s were just a small upgrade to his Beats Dre Solos, so yeah. Some people say small/little others think this difference is big. That's how humans differ.

 

I think people are smart enough to read between the lines, and get a general impression. I'm not the only moron who has an opinion in this 356 pages thread.


Edited by M-13 - 6/4/13 at 2:01pm
post #5324 of 18030
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

Personally, I have an imagined 'low-mid-hi-fi' scale where I tend to put all headphones I hear. That is of course subjective, but I try to be as objective as possible.

 

I'd put HE-500 a good nudge above the dt880 and k701. In comparison I would put the dt770 a step below dt880 and k701

 

I agree with this. I'd put the DT880, K701, and HD650 all together. The Hifiman HE-500 sits a good little bump above it.

 

I'd place the HE-500 next to the LCD-2 in terms of performance, and tbh, I'd prefer the HE-500 to the LCD-2 (however that would be personal preference). 

post #5325 of 18030
Right, the HE-500 is better because it's planar. Of course!

I've extensively compared the 500 to my hd600, and each has its advantages. They also have downfalls that ancel the while darn thing out.

The problem is that people's money is at stake here. Saying that there's a massive difference, when there's no more than a sound sig change is costing people upwards of $300 extra.
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