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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post

That is compared to the Stax. I am mostly talking about the slightly recessed upper mids, where the Stax is like the opposite. I have tried speaker tabs. Really gives some explosive bass, indeed. 

Just know, that I am mostly talking about signature in my former post... 

I agree with this. The upper mids are slightly recessed. Not unpleasant or anything or extreme like the LCD-2 or Mad Dogs, but yeah I'm sure those upper-mids/treble are just lovely on the Stax. Need to make more money so I can get a 007 or 009 and a nice amp. God that would be amazing...

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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

And you felt it was overly bright even with the stock pleather earpads? Because to my ears that combination is almost too dim.

I'm of the same opinion. The HE-500s could use some more treble. Coming from the HE-400s before the HE-500s..while the HE-400s were more annoying and painful to listen to..the treble was at times much more enjoyable to listent o than the HE-500s. The HE-500s treble seems leashed as opposed to rolled off. It'll let you go so high before pulling you back or until you can't go any farther. I wanted more tsh and just got ts instead. Cymbols weren't as nice sounding..snare drums too. The DT880s and HE-400s both did drums better than the HE-500s. The bass was more enjoyable on the HE-400s as well, but ultimately I found myself altering my facial expressions in a painful manner when listening to the HE-400s. They were just a bit too sharp and painful.

 

HE-500 could use some more treble without hopefully making it sound painful like the HE-400s.

 

Also for the person that wanted to go back to the Canare cable..I tried the canare cable and the silver cable back and forth and back and forth and could never find a time when I appreciated the canare over the silver.

post #5658 of 14681
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Originally Posted by AngelicFantasy View Post

I'm of the same opinion. The HE-500s could use some more treble. Coming from the HE-400s before the HE-500s..while the HE-400s were more annoying and painful to listen to..the treble was at times much more enjoyable to listent o than the HE-500s. The HE-500s treble seems leashed as opposed to rolled off. It'll let you go so high before pulling you back or until you can't go any farther. I wanted more tsh and just got ts instead. Cymbols weren't as nice sounding..snare drums too. The DT880s and HE-400s both did drums better than the HE-500s. The bass was more enjoyable on the HE-400s as well, but ultimately I found myself altering my facial expressions in a painful manner when listening to the HE-400s. They were just a bit too sharp and painful.

HE-500 could use some more treble without hopefully making it sound painful like the HE-400s.

Also for the person that wanted to go back to the Canare cable..I tried the canare cable and the silver cable back and forth and back and forth and could never find a time when I appreciated the canare over the silver.
To be honest i dont understand this....i myself have a very bright beyer dynamic mmx300 and sometimes the treble hurts me..but its perfect for gaming..as u can now can hear from what direction the enemy comes from at any time...i tried a silver cable on my he500...and it was just to bright..i now have a very special Black Widow 22AWG balanced cable..and the music couldnt be more natural...everything is just right..only soundstage could be better compared to some high end phones ( u know which ones i mean..lolz)...if the treble would get more agressive (more tshhh) it would certainly give me headaches while listening for long hours as i do (sometimes 4hours nonstop).... I only wished the he500 woud give me more soundstage...maybe the he7 or he600 or lcd4 or hd900 or maybe a new orpheus type around 1800-1900 mark? wink.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 6/22/13 at 2:44pm
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Thing I love most about the headphone is the price. It's in the perfect price range where you can't beat it. It's just shy of those headphones that could knock it out making it an excellent choice if you don't want to spend the extra for those other headphones..it also is nicely balanced. I wouldn't say it's neutral, but it's balanced pretty well. Nice lows, nice mids, pretty good highs. I'm sort of interested in hearing the T1. Never really had a chance to. I'm thinking it's probably like the DT880 but more low end and detail. The Dt880s was a fantastic headphone for the price. It only lacked bass imo. If it had stronger bass I probably would not have moved to the HE-500.

 

I have the silver cable on my HE-500s and like it more than the canare cable. I don't think it's bright enough, but I guess I don't mind a bright top end as long as it isn't harsh like the HE-400s or other headphones. The DT880s were pretty harsh in the beginning, but I grew to like it over time. It was one of those headphones that could fatigue you if you listened loudly though.

 

I find it impossible to be fatigued by the HE-500s. The HE-400s could fatigue me.


Edited by AngelicFantasy - 6/22/13 at 4:39pm
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Originally Posted by AngelicFantasy View Post

Thing I love most about the headphone is the price. It's in the perfect price range where you can't beat it. It's just shy of those headphones that could knock it out making it an excellent choice if you don't want to spend the extra for those other headphones..it also is nicely balanced. I wouldn't say it's neutral, but it's balanced pretty well. Nice lows, nice mids, pretty good highs. I'm sort of interested in hearing the T1. Never really had a chance to. I'm thinking it's probably like the DT880 but more low end and detail. The Dt880s was a fantastic headphone for the price. It only lacked bass imo. If it had stronger bass I probably would not have moved to the HE-500.

 

I have the silver cable on my HE-500s and like it more than the canare cable. I don't think it's bright enough, but I guess I don't mind a bright top end as long as it isn't harsh like the HE-400s or other headphones. The DT880s were pretty harsh in the beginning, but I grew to like it over time. It was one of those headphones that could fatigue you if you listened loudly though.

 

I find it impossible to be fatigued by the HE-500s. The HE-400s could fatigue me.

 

LOL very true. Especially used, these can be had for $500ish.

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Originally Posted by AngelicFantasy View Post

I'm of the same opinion. The HE-500s could use some more treble. Coming from the HE-400s before the HE-500s..while the HE-400s were more annoying and painful to listen to..the treble was at times much more enjoyable to listent o than the HE-500s. The HE-500s treble seems leashed as opposed to rolled off. It'll let you go so high before pulling you back or until you can't go any farther. I wanted more tsh and just got ts instead. Cymbols weren't as nice sounding..snare drums too. The DT880s and HE-400s both did drums better than the HE-500s. The bass was more enjoyable on the HE-400s as well, but ultimately I found myself altering my facial expressions in a painful manner when listening to the HE-400s. They were just a bit too sharp and painful.

 

HE-500 could use some more treble without hopefully making it sound painful like the HE-400s.

 

Also for the person that wanted to go back to the Canare cable..I tried the canare cable and the silver cable back and forth and back and forth and could never find a time when I appreciated the canare over the silver.

 

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Originally Posted by AngelicFantasy View Post

Thing I love most about the headphone is the price. It's in the perfect price range where you can't beat it. It's just shy of those headphones that could knock it out making it an excellent choice if you don't want to spend the extra for those other headphones..it also is nicely balanced. I wouldn't say it's neutral, but it's balanced pretty well. Nice lows, nice mids, pretty good highs. I'm sort of interested in hearing the T1. Never really had a chance to. I'm thinking it's probably like the DT880 but more low end and detail. The Dt880s was a fantastic headphone for the price. It only lacked bass imo. If it had stronger bass I probably would not have moved to the HE-500.

 

I have the silver cable on my HE-500s and like it more than the canare cable. I don't think it's bright enough, but I guess I don't mind a bright top end as long as it isn't harsh like the HE-400s or other headphones. The DT880s were pretty harsh in the beginning, but I grew to like it over time. It was one of those headphones that could fatigue you if you listened loudly though.

 

I find it impossible to be fatigued by the HE-500s. The HE-400s could fatigue me.

 

If I'm listening to high quality recordings I'll usually reach for the HD800 or T1, sometimes I'll mix in the HD600 for fun.  If I'll be skipping around including less than great quality, I'll always reach for the HE-500s.  The highs are there but they're rolled off just enough to hide most of the nastiness.

post #5662 of 14681
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If I'm listening to high quality recordings I'll usually reach for the HD800 or T1, sometimes I'll mix in the HD600 for fun.  If I'll be skipping around including less than great quality, I'll always reach for the HE-500s.  

 

It's a pity really that we each only have one head; think of the joys if we had three. You could have a headphone for each head and swap them around to see what each head thought, then maybe compare notes. Then you could post three reviews on Head-Fi and attempt to reconcile the contradictions in an Afterthoughts.

 

Makes you wonder what a modern surgeon could do. It's such a nuisance to have to keep swapping all the time....  

 

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Originally Posted by pp312 View Post

 

It's a pity really that we each only have one head; think of the joys if we had three. You could have a headphone for each head and swap them around to see what each head thought, then maybe compare notes. Then you could post three reviews on Head-Fi and attempt to reconcile the contradictions in an Afterthoughts.

 

Makes you wonder what a modern surgeon could do. It's such a nuisance to have to keep swapping all the time....  

 

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hahaha if only.

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Originally Posted by BobJS View Post

 

 

If I'm listening to high quality recordings I'll usually reach for the HD800 or T1, sometimes I'll mix in the HD600 for fun.  If I'll be skipping around including less than great quality, I'll always reach for the HE-500s.  The highs are there but they're rolled off just enough to hide most of the nastiness.

It's great to see someone who has same phones in inventory as me. :) For me, it HD800/T1 or HE500/HD600 depending on mood and music.

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Had the Sennheiser HD650's for a while and I just got the HE-500's...HE-500's are the winner, no-contest!

 

Way more clarity, but what surprised me was how much more natural it sounded compared to the HD650's.

 

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^Gz to you then biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by leadbythemelody View Post

Had the Sennheiser HD650's for a while and I just got the HE-500's...HE-500's are the winner, no-contest!

Way more clarity, but what surprised me was how much more natural it sounded compared to the HD650's.

I have the HD650's as well and whenever I change something in my system I take them out of the closet to compare them and I agree.

The HD650's have a dry, papery sound to my ears after listening with HE-500s. Once you are addicted to the tonality of ortho's there is no going back unfortunately.
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Originally Posted by leadbythemelody View Post

 

this is an horror movie??eek.gif

george romero is the director???

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Hi everyone,  I am a new owner of the HE500.  One problem I am having is with the stock cable rubbing and the noise goes all the way up to the cups.  What's option to address this issue?

Please don't say "get a new better cable"  cuz I am not ready for that just yet.  tongue.gif Other than this issue, I am loving the HPs so far.  Zero EQ and these headphones sound wonderful.  I am rocking thru my favorite flamenco guitar collection. Thx ahead.


Edited by koiloco - 6/25/13 at 3:17pm
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Yea it is really freaky LOL

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