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post #5566 of 13453
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

Ouch, yeah that is definitely by far the weakpoint of current Hifiman design, the part where the screws come out of the headband and into the plastic backside of the extender blocks. It's fairly reliable if you know about it and take extra care not to put stress at those spots when you use the cans, but otherwise it would definitely be the first joint to fail over time. Maybe try contacting EricHD and seeing if you could just buy that specific part off Hifiman through him. Others have had success (e.g. requesting the grill retaining ring which ordinarily isn't sold as parts).

What's the best way to grab the headphones without putting stress on this part?  I usually grab the metal rings that screw into the cups to prevent fingerprints from getting on the part that holds the actual driver.

post #5567 of 13453
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Originally Posted by Limniscate View Post

What's the best way to grab the headphones without putting stress on this part?  I usually grab the metal rings that screw into the cups to prevent fingerprints from getting on the part that holds the actual driver.

I just hold the cups, gently enough that there is no stress being placed anywhere on the headphones.

 

Really the extender block - headband screws shouldn't ever come loose over time unless you twist the cups, aggressively stretch the cups in and out, or pinch / pull the extender bars.

post #5568 of 13453
I am about to get a He-500. Im just wondering if someone has compared a very goog headphone like He-500 with a good custom in ear monitor?

Is a good headphone superior in sound to a custom well made in ear monitor in general. Or is it a matter of taste?

Maby you can tip me about a good link that in the matter?
post #5569 of 13453

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_JH13

 

I hope this can give you some sort of idea. I haven't used IEMs much. The only ones I ve got to use are some sony lower end models. Cannot give much impression.

post #5570 of 13453
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Originally Posted by ForsakenArcher View Post

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13#user_JH13

I hope this can give you some sort of idea. I haven't used IEMs much. The only ones I ve got to use are some sony lower end models. Cannot give much impression.

Thanks!

Good information there :-)
post #5571 of 13453

HiFiMAN tried to justify their price to me telling me that because the plastic was stripped somehow the drivers may have been damaged and they will need to replace the entire headphone.

 

 

confused.gif

 

 

The drivers are working fine, mind you. There's no cable going through the headband..that's why there's a Y connection..sigh.

 

I contacted Jay's Headphone Repair and this idiot contacted HIFIMAN about it. I wanted YOU to fix it, not HIFIMAN..that's why I contacted YOU not HIFIMAN (Actually I did contact HIFIMAN). They told him "they should contact us as only we can fix it."

 

Anyway..highly disappointing. I see no other option than to pay this ridiculous price and have my entire headphone replaced because stripped plastic is a doombringer for $700 headphones.

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The fact this is not an isolated case is troubling. I fear the news of this will spread and many of us will face unexpectedly hastened depreciation of our prized he-500s... 

post #5573 of 13453
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

The fact this is not an isolated case is troubling. I fear the news of this will spread and many of us will face unexpectedly hastened depreciation of our prized he-500s... 

This isn't a surprise, not to me at least. There was a pretty graphical post of a HE6 snapping at the exact same spot some time ago in the HE6 thread over in summit-fi. Knowing that all of Hifiman full-sized headphones are the same design and parts (other than paintjobs and drivers), it's pretty apparent that this is a weakpoint of the design.

 

It shouldn't be much of a worry unless you travel with the cans a lot, or man-handle the cans often, though. If it's just 99% at-home use, and handled with care always, it shouldn't fail. Thus far to my memory it's just that one HE6 case, AngelicFantasy's HE500 case, and maybe another, that have been described on head-fi. That's not a lot compared to the sheer number of head-fiers owning Hifiman headphones.

 

 

 

 

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Originally Posted by AngelicFantasy View Post

HiFiMAN tried to justify their price to me telling me that because the plastic was stripped somehow the drivers may have been damaged and they will need to replace the entire headphone.

 

 

confused.gif

 

 

The drivers are working fine, mind you. There's no cable going through the headband..that's why there's a Y connection..sigh.

 

I contacted Jay's Headphone Repair and this idiot contacted HIFIMAN about it. I wanted YOU to fix it, not HIFIMAN..that's why I contacted YOU not HIFIMAN (Actually I did contact HIFIMAN). They told him "they should contact us as only we can fix it."

 

Anyway..highly disappointing. I see no other option than to pay this ridiculous price and have my entire headphone replaced because stripped plastic is a doombringer for $700 headphones.

 

Have you posted about this in the official hifiman support thread? If not, I urge you to.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/629253/head-direct-hifiman-customer-service-team


Edited by jerg - 6/18/13 at 11:30pm
post #5574 of 13453

Woohoo, I bought this today and hopefully it sounds great as it is in the review.

post #5575 of 13453

My HE-500's along with bunch of other accessories is on sale. Prospective canadians buyers, check out my signature.

 

 

 

 

I'll miss them frown.gif


Edited by Zoom25 - 6/19/13 at 1:07am
post #5576 of 13453

i damaged one driver to hardwire the cable.

thanks to prepoman i wrote to hifiman.

driver repair + cable hardwired 110 dollars

i think that this is a great customer servisse

p.s.: and yes. hifiman hardwire the cable on your hifiman

post #5577 of 13453
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

My HE-500's along with bunch of other accessories is on sale. Prospective canadians buyers, check out my signature.

 

 

 

 

I'll miss them frown.gif

GLWS on these and the LCD-2...sad to see them go I'm sure but for prospective buyers these are great deals!

post #5578 of 13453
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

GLWS on these and the LCD-2...sad to see them go I'm sure but for prospective buyers these are great deals!

 

Thanks. Definitely sad to see them both go. HE-500 were my first "woah, headphones allowed to do that!!??" They were the first open headphone I owned as well.

 

Gonna miss the LCD-2 as well for sure. Although I suspect it won't be too bad. I hope the LCD-3s will fill in for the LCD-2's nicely at least. Regarding Hifiman maybe HE-6 in the future or another Hifiman that's coming out next year. Who knows, might pick up another HE-500 down the lane.

post #5579 of 13453
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

Thanks. Definitely sad to see them both go. HE-500 were my first "woah, headphones allowed to do that!!??" They were the first open headphone I owned as well.

 

Gonna miss the LCD-2 as well for sure. Although I suspect it won't be too bad. I hope the LCD-3s will fill in for the LCD-2's nicely at least. Regarding Hifiman maybe HE-6 in the future or another Hifiman that's coming out next year. Who knows, might pick up another HE-500 down the lane.

Ah, so you're moving up to the LCD-3?  Those shouldn't disappoint, I got to sample them not too long ago cool.gif  I'm also interested to see what HiFiMan has in store for next year, but like the LCD-3, the HE-6 on a good amp is hard to beat apparently.

post #5580 of 13453
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Ah, so you're moving up to the LCD-3?  Those shouldn't disappoint, I got to sample them not too long ago cool.gif  I'm also interested to see what HiFiMan has in store for next year, but like the LCD-3, the HE-6 on a good amp is hard to beat apparently.

 

Yeah, looks like it. I haven't heard the LCD-3s yet. I never heard the LCD-2 before I got them either. I was thoroughly disappointed with them for the first two hours. I took the O2 to power them when I bought them from the owner, so that also didn't help. Still bought them LOL. Good decision on my part. Absolutely loved it. I usually give headphones an absolute minimum of 1 month to get used to. I think at about 5-6 months, you usually have a good sense of them. After a year, you're solid.

 

I won't be judging the LCD-3s at all for a few weeks. No expectations going in whatsoever. The only expectation I have going in is softer earpads and better comfort, besides that I'm not even going to think about the sound or value and all that stuff. I usually let the sound come to me over time. Any expectation bias is usually gone after a few months and you can pick up on the subtle stuff.

 

HE-6....I have the Emotiva which should drive them well, it's good enough for the moment. Probably upgrading the DAC before amp. Looking at NAD M51 in that regard. Then an amp is what it looks like. There's also the HD 800. LOL I should probably delete my account after I get the LCD-3 for the sake of my wallet and time.

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