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When I visit Orlando, I go MAD shopping. Florida has one of the lowest sales tax, property tax, and employment tax. My family there have these huge ass mansions. With that same money here in Toronto, at best you can get a town house or decent apartment.

 

But we do get Healthcare biggrin.gif

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Canada, maybe? It's a good compromise between Europe and USA I think. You just gotta appreciate multiculturalism, that's the only prerequisite of becoming a Canadian.

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Goodnight, it's late here in Europe. Think I will try to dream about custom electrostatic IEM's.. Doesn't that sound cool?

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Between taxes, insurance and banks, we get half at best of what we make and no parachute when you get too old. Throw in healthcare and you do good to make a decent living. $100k don't go too far.

Now all Happy Camper just said + living the silicon valley = even way above $100k still doesn't go too far.

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Are we talking earning 100k$ a year?

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Will do when I get my Ph.d (which is paid by the state because of taxes) in physics while also being paid 1000$ a month (also the state paying 'cuz of taxes) for studying.

 

It ain't half bad being a poor and broke student in Denmark after all... IMHO biggrin.gif

See? the grass is always greener on the other side but it's really not.  My brother is hurting soon when he starts paying for his daughter's dental school next month.  $60k/year in tuition and fees and no he can't borrow from the government either.  They say he's making too much money at $80k/year (before tax) supporting a family of 4.  Government's math is always super, right?

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What do you mean by banks? We do pay for insurance too, the tax is around some 40-60%, depending on how much money you make. Hospitals and stuff is free, though (not included dentists).

Also our cars cost approx. 180% on top of the actual price of the car (the price you pay in us).
So u think ur ****ed huh in ur country concerning taxes??? Check this out:
Hospitals and stuff free?? Ur kidding right? Here in holland i pay 300 euros a month on health insurance for me and my wife ( my daughter of 10 is free as she is under 18) and they only pay 75%, we always pay the other 25% and we have a own risk of 350 euros..under that we pay almost everything in full!!! and we have almost highest taxes on cars around the world..a new chevy camaro here in holland costs almost 100.000 euros!! Thats around 134.000 usd!!! I pay 55% of my salary to taxes...and dont let me begin with water taxes, house taxes, enviroment taxes etc..and we have 21% tax on everything we buy in the supermarket!!! U americans are lucky compared to us..and oh my god..the petrol prices..my car needs at least ron98 or better yet ron100.. Or else it runs ****ty..and i pay 1,89 a litre at a minimum!!! A full tank for my car is at least 140 euros!! And dont let me start on gas prices for warm water and heating.. So yeah..we are ****ed.. redface.gif
And since a year of 4 government decided helping students with a funds of kind was cancelled..so lately only people who can afford it can let their kids study in college or other higher degree schooling...in holland many people only go back to study again when their boss helps in funding it..sometimes even 100%.. I got my bachelor in procurement completely paid by my loving boss...8 years back..biggrin.gif

Here in amstedam if u want a decent appartment of lets say 89m2 u pay a rent of 1000euros without service costs or parking space..and thats in the cheaper areas.. And Simple housing..

Oh well...lets go back to he500... I cant remember how we got onto the taxes thingie anymore biggrin.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/5/13 at 4:35pm
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This is the cable I had before I sold it for HE-500. For Hifiman and Audeze, from Headphone Lounge, you can find typically a cable for $150-$200 and get decent length (anywhere from 6-8 feet). I only have balanced 4 pin XLR cables so they cost a bit more.

 

I remember for the Hifiman he said it was 7N. The next time for Audeze I just said give me the same silver cable from last cable. I didn't ask for 6N/7N etc. This time through for Audeze, it was actually much softer. I think they might have upgraded that. It's super soft, very flexible and yet doesn't get tangled. Also lightweight. So it hit all the checkboxes for me. I don't know if people can hear the differences between 6N and 7N lol (at least on my system you won't).

 

LOL those cables look oddly familiar... =P 

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LOL those cables look oddly familiar... =P 

 

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I have no clue what you are talking about, you must be ngyu around hererolleyes.gif


Edited by Zoom25 - 7/5/13 at 5:20pm
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Bottom line boys and girls, we're getting screwed, regardless where you live.
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How would the Hifiman HE-500 + Schiit Lyr/Emotiva A-100 compare to say, and HD600/650 on a Bottlehead Crack+ Speedball upgrade? Has anyone heard both systems, considering they're almost in the same ballpark in price range (give or take a one or two hundred biggrin.gif)? 

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Originally Posted by Hedonism View Post

How would the Hifiman HE-500 + Schiit Lyr/Emotiva A-100 compare to say, and HD600/650 on a Bottlehead Crack+ Speedball upgrade? Has anyone heard both systems, considering they're almost in the same ballpark in price range (give or take a one or two hundred biggrin.gif)? 

I dunno about the amps, but I like my HE-500s a lot, really a lot, better in all ways than my HD650s. (All aspects of sound, and comfort too).

I just listened to my Neil Young Harvest and John Denver Live CDs and both discs were top-notch for me on the 500s.

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Everything I read about the poor cable that comes with the HE-500 put me off buying them. I don't like the idea of screwing the locking mechanism into plastic either. I went for the LDC-2 but will probably pick up the HE-500 used at some point in the future. I'm sure they sound just as good.
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Everything I read about the poor cable that comes with the HE-500 put me off buying them. I don't like the idea of screwing the locking mechanism into plastic either. I went for the LDC-2 but will probably pick up the HE-500 used at some point in the future. I'm sure they sound just as good.

The cup connector is an SMC connector (Subminiature Ver. C, with standard coaxial being SMA or Subminiature Ver. A for example) so it's metal on metal.  It's pretty durable from my experience, but the mini-XLR on the Audezes is definitely a more ideal solution since it slides and locks in place instead of screws.  The next best solution would be a Hirose style connector if they want to be different lol tongue.gif  The stock SPC cable is primarily a pain because it uses Teflon insulation (PTFE) instead of polyethylene (PE, HDPE, XLPE, etc.) which is why it's so stiff.  The benefits of using Teflon insulation are that it is more transparent, it has a higher heat resistance and a better dielectric coeffcient (aka better insulating capability) so there are benefits. Still, it shouldn't be a big enough detractor to not get and experience any of the HiFiMan cans...I always like to see peoples impressions between them and the other planars - definitely post your comparison and impressions if you pick a HE-500 up!

 

Since we are on the cable, I've almost finished my modification of the stock cable.  I'll post some pictures once it's finished either today or tomorrow.


Edited by modulor - 7/6/13 at 7:20am
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Originally Posted by Tony1110 View Post

Everything I read about the poor cable that comes with the HE-500 put me off buying them. I don't like the idea of screwing the locking mechanism into plastic either. I went for the LDC-2 but will probably pick up the HE-500 used at some point in the future. I'm sure they sound just as good.

The cable connection is fine for me. I never even think about it or had any problems with it. It's just a small nut that you need to pinch hard to screw it on tight and they you forget about it.

And the stock cable sounds fine. Upgrades are nice but not necessary.

 

Edit: On further thought, I have Senn HD800s, and although they sound different, I seem to gravitate more to my HE500s, and for me the musical experience from both is about the same.

So I think the fair comparison of which to buy is between the HE500s and HD800s in terms of overall sound quality. If price is a  consideration, the Hifimans are the clear choice.

The Senn 600 series is for me a generation behind in sonics.

 

Edit2: On even further reflection, over time, the HE500s have really grown on me even though I have the much more expensive flagships. 

I keep turning to them for the sheer joy of music w/o thinking about audio stuff, even to the point where I am surprised how much I like them so much.

Other phones I liked for a while when new and then grew away from them and sold them or just put them away somewhere.

(And I'm not just a Hifiman fanboy because the HE6s were one of the phones that I sold.)

And that I think is the most honest test of a phone over the long term. 

 

I mean, I'm just happy with them, really really happy, and there are only a handful of phones at any price that are in that club for me, and I went through a lot of them,

and I just feel compelled to write about them.

I think anyone thinking about the HE500s should just say yes and get them and not worry about anything.

 

So there.


Edited by rgs9200m - 7/6/13 at 10:09am
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