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HD800 are the ones I want the most next. These were the first high end headphones that I wanted years ago. Although I hear amping is tricky. Would ideally like to get something that suits both LCD-3 and HD800, perhaps even the HE-500 or HE-6. I've read good stuff about the Headamp GS-X mkII.

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I have been considering getting the T1 and WA2, weighing it back and forth in my head. I listen to primarily EDM but I would think the HE-500 would be better suited for this than the T1. I tend to prefer a slightly warmer than neutral sound. I love the HE-500's intimate and layered soundstage, as well as its incredibly smooth presentation. The warm midrange is excellent for vocal trance and the punchy bass also suits most of my music well. I'm afraid that if I drop over $2500 into a headphone and amp "upgrade" that I may actually be taking a step in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, I have no way to audition the T1. HE-500 may just be my endgame.
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Get both the HD800 and LCD2 and you'll have a compliment on each side of the HE500.
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Originally Posted by kenshinhimura View Post

if anyone was interested in the update for the GREQ headband, they are great. i had them on for a long session yesterday and today with no discomfort at all. i used to find the he-500 heavy since it didnt distribute the weight even, but after using this i have no problems at all. darthsmile.gif

 

 

I agree that this is an excellent design, and weight distribution + overall comfort is much improved!  It is a must-have addition to any HE-series headphone unless your headband is already on the largest setting. cool.gif

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Originally Posted by jjshin23 View Post

Get both the HD800 and LCD2 and you'll have a compliment on each side of the HE500.
Or just get the HE-6.
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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post

Thanks folks! And yeah, the sweet deal on the Sennheiser is a combination of the LCD-3 being much more expensive here than in the US, and the HD800 being one of those mystical rare products that's actually cheaper here (gasp!).


I am or will be the same situation as you are in ... 4 months.  My choice will also be the HD800.  I will give my Q701 to my son since he said the other day "it looks cooler than the HE500".  Kids these days. rolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by jjshin23 View Post

Get both the HD800 and LCD2 and you'll have a compliment on each side of the HE500.


Though I haven't listened to the HD800 yet.  The LCD2 I did have a chance to try out.   Based on my brief exposure to the LCD2,  I would say/guess the HE500 would be on 1 side of the LCD2 and the HD800 on the other.

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Or just get the HE-6.

right!biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by Happy Camper View Post

Or just get the HE-6.
+1 i agree also...and u keep spare to get a good amp also for the he6 biggrin.gif
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Originally Posted by Stalker81598 View Post

I have been considering getting the T1 and WA2, weighing it back and forth in my head. I listen to primarily EDM but I would think the HE-500 would be better suited for this than the T1. I tend to prefer a slightly warmer than neutral sound. I love the HE-500's intimate and layered soundstage, as well as its incredibly smooth presentation. The warm midrange is excellent for vocal trance and the punchy bass also suits most of my music well. I'm afraid that if I drop over $2500 into a headphone and amp "upgrade" that I may actually be taking a step in the wrong direction. Unfortunately, I have no way to audition the T1. HE-500 may just be my endgame.

 

Big EDM listener here. I'll say that you should also give the Audeze's a try as well. For vocal trance, Audeze's over Hifiman anytime. You pretty much described the Audeze sound with that one.

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Big EDM listener here. I'll say that you should also give the Audeze's a try as well. For vocal trance, Audeze's over Hifiman anytime. You pretty much described the Audeze sound with that one.


Even with my brief encounter with the LCD2, I concur with this assessment.

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I tried out the HE500 for a few weeks but ultimately decided to return them. Compared to the HD600 & HD650, well, enough people with better command of head-fi lingo have expressed the advantages of planar vs. dynamic headphones. Very impressive sound, but even with the velour pads, there was something about the soundstage or perhaps imaging that just seemed a little off compared to the HD phones. That, combined with issues I had with their weight and build quality (questionable long term reliability) didn't justify their price to me.

 

I must say that Pink Floyd and older Rush tunes did sound amazing through them.

 

Slightly off topic, I do think there is quite a noticeable difference between the HD600 & HD650, both in where it feels like you're placed in the music as well as in "neutrality". The HD600 puts you right in the middle and is more transparent. Compared to the HE500 they obviously seem veiled, but I still enjoy their tone.

 

I'm trying out the Phillips X1, which at around $300 will hopefully satisfy my urge for a more "musical" open headphone - I suppose a good cheaper HE500 alternative. Can't compete with the planar SQ, but presents a strong value proposition.

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Originally Posted by rpaul View Post

I tried out the HE500 for a few weeks but ultimately decided to return them. Compared to the HD600 & HD650, well, enough people with better command of head-fi lingo have expressed the advantages of planar vs. dynamic headphones. Very impressive sound, but even with the velour pads, there was something about the soundstage or perhaps imaging that just seemed a little off compared to the HD phones. That, combined with issues I had with their weight and build quality (questionable long term reliability) didn't justify their price to me.

 

I must say that Pink Floyd and older Rush tunes did sound amazing through them.

 

Slightly off topic, I do think there is quite a noticeable difference between the HD600 & HD650, both in where it feels like you're placed in the music as well as in "neutrality". The HD600 puts you right in the middle and is more transparent. Compared to the HE500 they obviously seem veiled, but I still enjoy their tone.

 

I'm trying out the Phillips X1, which at around $300 will hopefully satisfy my urge for a more "musical" open headphone - I suppose a good cheaper HE500 alternative. Can't compete with the planar SQ, but presents a strong value proposition.


I am glad that you actually tested the HE500 out to hear for yourself and decide.  That is great!

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What do you call this ???

 

Not having to work tmr cuz it's 7/4, I had quite a "few" beers biggrin.gif.  Let's just say double digits bottle count.  When party was over, I took a shower, sent my boys to bed then put on my HPs to listen to some music.  My daily routine will be rotating through my music collection with my Q701 and the HE500 depending on what type of music I listen to.  Damn, the Q701 was just kicking my ears to a point I had to stop.  Then I put the HE500 on and listened to the same tracks.  Everything was fine. I said to myself  "wtf is this?".  I listen to both HPs daily and enjoy the sound signatures of both almost equally for their strengths.  This is my first time listen to these HPs with my senses impaired and this was what I experienced.  Just wanna share with you all.

post #5955 of 16541

T1 is better than HE-500 imo, but HE-500 is fuller and warmer.

 

if you're primarily an EDM listener and enjoy great midbass and a slightly warmer sound, definitely get the HE-500, i feel that the HE-500 are better at electronic than T1, even better than LCD-2 as well (though this is close). 

 

trance, techno, dubstep, drum and bass, electro, house, ambient, chill out, hardcore, etc.

the HE-500 is really good for all of it.

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