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post #5956 of 15198
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

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.

post #5957 of 15198

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.

post #5958 of 15198
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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!

post #5959 of 15198

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 #5960 of 15198

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.

post #5961 of 15198
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

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.

 

Contrary to popular belief, your hearing and brain actually becomes more receptive. 

 

Looks like you had a fun time. Happy 4th of July :)

post #5962 of 15198
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

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.

 

Then in what field would the T1 excel in? Maybe i wasn't listening to its best genre when i was auditing and i was listening to the HE-500 in the fields it exceled in which may have obscured my perception towards the T1.

post #5963 of 15198

umm T1 is great for acoustic, rock, pop, and just about everything, but its very good for modern music, acoustic, and rock imo. 

 

it excels in just about everything, however  nothing really really stands out other than its fast/detailed. thats the magic of the T1, just that its a great all rounder headphone. it does all electronic very good, but some might find it a little brighter or leaner,  the bass is ok imo, but some may find it light. the HE-500 is overall better for electronic imo. its treble presentation is very nice for this type of music as well as its midbass. the he-500 is also a good all rounder headphone too.

post #5964 of 15198

The thing is i listened to the T1 for about an hour and a half as a audition with a A1 beyerdynamic amp but off of my ipod. Do you think the lack of a dedicated DAC and perhaps listening time made a huge impact in what i was hearing. (of course i was impressed but i didn't feel like i was impressed enough based on the price) I asked for a dac but the store clerk told me he didn't have any which sounded like bs to me


Edited by meyner - 7/4/13 at 2:03am
post #5965 of 15198
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

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.

 

I have the HE-500, but I was considering trying something new just out of curiosity. Seems I already made the right choice going with the HE-500. Five months later, I'm still blown away every time I listen to it.

post #5966 of 15198
I love the he500 with contemporary jazz it is great
Also I find 1st thing in the morning my phones sound the best to me strange anyone else have that experience
post #5967 of 15198
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Originally Posted by tuna47 View Post

I love the he500 with contemporary jazz it is great
Also I find 1st thing in the morning my phones sound the best to me strange anyone else have that experience

because your ears is its best during long relax;)

post #5968 of 15198
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

I dunno, HA160 sounded pretty good with my HE500 when I did a brief audition of the amp. A very warm, musical, dynamic sound imparted on the cans. Synergizes very well with either velour pads or jergpads. Probably not so much with stock pleathers (those need a brighter amp).

 

Yep, you've already told me. What about the volume? Did it drive them loud enough?

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Originally Posted by Anda View Post

 

I've only heard it with HE-300 before I got HE-500, but might be the most boring and lifeless amp I've ever heard.


 Actually I already own one and  your description simply doesn't match with what I hear, atleast with HE-400. It's a very warm and musical amp.

post #5969 of 15198
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

umm T1 is great for acoustic, rock, pop, and just about everything, but its very good for modern music, acoustic, and rock imo. 

 

it excels in just about everything, however  nothing really really stands out other than its fast/detailed. thats the magic of the T1, just that its a great all rounder headphone. it does all electronic very good, but some might find it a little brighter or leaner,  the bass is ok imo, but some may find it light. the HE-500 is overall better for electronic imo. its treble presentation is very nice for this type of music as well as its midbass. the he-500 is also a good all rounder headphone too.

So i notice you also have the HD800, which do you prefer or is it based on music type?

post #5970 of 15198

i still can't decide which i prefer more. it definitely depends on the music too though. alot of music sounds good on hd 800 but also alot sounds pretty bad. everything sounds good on t1. the hd 800 is slightly better than t1 but t1 is more musical.

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