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Thumb?

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Excellent work GREQ, they turned out really nice!  At a very fair price, too...I may have to have you make me one, even though I am currently still attempting to make my own. cool.gif I wear my adjuster bar all the way down so there is plenty of wiggle room there, but for anyone that wears it past 25% up there may not be much space left.

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

How much did you expand the cup/headband adjust on the 'phone before modding for your new headband? I have a bit more than a thump of space (like if I stick my thump in between the cup and the plastic logo thingy)

My head is a tad smaller than yours it seems (or my thumb is bigger) as my thumb fits perfectly between the plastic block and the top of the cup-frame (without my headband).

But with my headband I don't have it at full adjustment either - still room for bigger heads.

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Mispost


Edited by Shazb0t - 6/14/13 at 2:18pm
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I believe that the HE500 is a completely different animal than the HE-6 sonically. The 6 is much sharper and brighter than the 500s. I really like the 500s for their overall sound including a world-class bass that has

me feeling some subterranean depth and solidity.

 

Along with this, I hear upper mids that, even on a glare-prone CD, are kept from being painful but are not suppressed either.

 

The 500s are great for recordings that have digital glare or have some plummy ill-defined

too-soft bass. They have a unique signature and goodness and are just the perfect remedy for bad recordings that just don't make it on some or all of my other (much more expensive) phones.

 

So, after a year of ownership, I give a big, big thumbs up to the HE500s. I think they have the makings of a classic phone.

 

Edit: Ergonomically I  find that their simple design makes them somehow one of the most comfortable phones I  have ever owned, with no odd pressure points, and they don't push hard below my ears on my upper jaw/cheekbone or my temples.

I even feel that the weight is just right, or maybe it's the distribution of weight. And the headband for me has just the right amount of cushioning. And they never get hot or feel like they fail to breathe.

I would rate them 2nd only to the feather-light  almost pressureless Grado GS1000 for overall comfort. 

The HD800s are pretty comfy, but I can get annoyed by the grip below my ear after a while. Fostex TH900s are good, but I prefer the HE500s more robust cushioning a lot more. (I use the regular pleather pads.)


Edited by rgs9200m - 6/14/13 at 9:37pm
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

I believe that the HE500 is a completely different animal than the HE-6 sonically. The 6 is much sharper and brighter than the 500s. I really like the 500s for their overall sound including a world-class bass that has

me feeling some subterranean depth and solidity.

 

Along with this, I hear upper mids that, even on a glare-prone CD, are kept from being painful but are not suppressed either.

 

The 500s are great for recordings that have digital glare or have some plummy ill-defined

too-soft bass. They have a unique signature and goodness and are just the perfect remedy for bad recordings that just don't make it on some or all of my other (much more expensive) phones.

 

 

 

+1

 

not sure about comfort though, but i do enjoy their sound (and really want to get an HE-6 in the future!)

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It may sound strange, but if you enjoy the HE500s, you may not like the HE6s. (*IMHO*)

I actually sold my HE6s in favor of the 500s.

 

As far as the comfort goes Dubstep Girl, maybe as a girl, you have a more delicate head and bone structure than us steel-headed guys, so headphone comfort may be a problem in general.

 

Maybe a headphone maker could be nice enough to make a special version for the fairer sex. I think that would be a nice gesture and could be a big plus for the industry,

and would of course be the right thing to do. They should probably have music lovers of either sex involved in testing phones in the design phase.

Best to you DG, and thanks for the kind words.


Edited by rgs9200m - 6/14/13 at 10:27pm
post #5528 of 16675

i liked HE-5LE, they're brighter than HE-500, i think ill like HE-6.

post #5529 of 16675
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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

 

So, after a year of ownership, I give a big, big thumbs up to the HE500s. I think they have the makings of a classic phone.

 

+1

 

Great little write up. Tonal balance of the HE-500 is just near perfect, strikes a great balance between being detailed/forgiving. The bass is amazing, especially when powered by speaker taps. The bass tightens up dramatically and the dynamic range increases big time. I noticed that when powered by amps with less power the HE-500 sounds better and better as the volume is turned up, as the dynamic range increases across the frequency spectrum as more voltage is fed to it. However, when running on speaker taps the dynamic range is 100% even at lower volume and especially modest volume. Turning up the volume just makes everything get louder, but not necessarily better, no increase in dynamic range. It's too bad many people will never hear the HE-500 running on full power. At least that's my opinion anyway. It still sounds great on something small like the Magni, but the Emotiva it's just insane, explosive dynamics and everything tigthens up and everything sounds more spacious. Wish everyone could hear it. Sigh.

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Originally Posted by rgs9200m View Post

It may sound strange, but if you enjoy the HE500s, you may not like the HE6s. (*IMHO*)

I actually sold my HE6s in favor of the 500s.

 

 

+1!

but yesterday, to put directly on the drivers my norse cable, one driver brokened.

anyone say if only can change one driver or one pair is selected?

post #5531 of 16675
Has anyone run these out of a vintage amp (ie a Kenwood KA-5700) headphone out, not speaker taps? I'd imagine plenty of power available.
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Would probably be okay, but not optimal. Tabs would be better
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Interesting about the speaker amp suggestion (I guess it's a hifiman-family thing). Thanks for the nice comments m-13.

But I get my great results with either my Pinnacle (in high-impedance mode) or Rudistor RP010B, both running balanced.


Edited by rgs9200m - 6/15/13 at 9:33am
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Originally Posted by Oregonian View Post

Has anyone run these out of a vintage amp (ie a Kenwood KA-5700) headphone out, not speaker taps? I'd imagine plenty of power available.

 

I run my HE-500 out of a vintage Fisher SS speaker amp headphone-out (nothing special compared to the Kenwood, but fairly powerful) and it's okay. 

The biggest problem with this is the background noise as I have to turn the volume to around 50% to get the volume to a nice level. This is due to the standard use of resistors in the headphone out, and turning up the volume so high naturally increases electronic background noise that builds up in the whole sound chain.

 

I prefer the clear perfectly black background from my PA2V2 compared to the speaker amp, but I prefer the extra dynamic range and I get from the vintage amp.

But neither are anywhere close to ideal.

post #5535 of 16675
Love the lyr with 500s
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