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I've only listened for a short time to the Emotiva, but on my initial listen I definitely have to give it the nod so far. It has made the sound stage quite a bit wider and the imaging seems very accurate and it sounds very authoritative (kick drum has some REAL kick), the HE-500 definitely likes power. This is quite apparent with classical music. And if your done with headphones you can take out the headphone speaker taps and hook up a couple of bookshelf speakers so it is a more versatile solution!

 

The PS2 is perhaps more musical and magical with vocals on the HE-500. And the tube rolling remains an advantage if you want to tweak the sound. I'm still eager to try out the Project Ember amplifier which cranks up the output quite significantly over the PS2 and should be a nice improvement design wise too.


Edited by daerron - 7/7/13 at 2:22pm
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After listening to the Emotiva mini-x amp on my bookshelf speakers I couldn't resist the temptation to knacker my terrible stock Hifiman cable. The cable now features banana plugs and is now connected to the Emotiva mini-x a-100 via the speaker taps. Boy, feels like the HE-500s have been strapped on to a supercharger or rocket pod! Like a hardcore American muscle car and no sugar coating, but does it cruise nicely and does it have some style and finesse!

 

My Project Sunrise 2 amp now won't be getting any joy again till I receive my Toxic headphone cable (long waiting list...).

lol, I like your analogy.

post #6063 of 18079
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Can anyone comment on the tonal/performance differences between the HE-400 and the HE-500? I'm thinking of upgrading from the 400 to the 500 soon and would
Like people's impressions.


Wrote a review of the two on another website, PM me if you want to read it and have some time (it's long). Basically to put it in short..the bass of the HE-400s is more impactful than the HE-500s, but the HE-500s reverberate deeper bass better I think. The HE-400s and HE-500s are somewhat similar in the mids, although the HE-500 is better and noticeably so. Many will say the HE-400 is V shaped and I disagree with that. The mids aren't so bad as to be called V  or U shaped. The highs are what really distinguish these two headphones. The HE-400 is more sibilant. You get more detail in the highs than you do with the HE-500, but unfortunately, it's not an enjoyable detail you'll be hearing. The sibilance of the HE-400s is painful and you WILL catch yourself gritting your teeth and making faces at music and while the HE-400 is great for it's price..it's just not worth listening to if you have better headphones or a different choice of headphones. The sibilance is characterized with a TS sound rather than a TSH sound. The headphones are energetic and more lively than the HE-500s, but the HE-500s are very enjoyable to listen to. You will never find yourself gritting your teeth or making faces. It's actually a little too subdued for my taste. It makes me crave just a little more sibilance and a little more detail. It will play poorly recorded music very well and if you have a nicely recorded track, it'll really shine. In this way it differs from other high end headphones that give you more detail and clarity, but you sacrifice enjoyability for poorly recorded tracks.

 

The HE-500s are also less susceptible to EQing..while the HE-400s can be EQ'd extremely aggressively without too much terrible distortion.

post #6064 of 18079

Hi,

 

I hope that I am not too busy body to answer this:

 

1) HE500 is more mature sounding than HE400.

2) HE400 is brighter,younger (Personality),exciting and fun,while HE500 is darker, thicker, matured and calmer.

3) HE500 has better vocal performance I can say,it is thicker and more expressive.

4) HE500 require more power to drive, however in my honest opinion, none of them should be drive directly.

5) Oh yeah, for the bass, bass of HE400 is more dynamic and punchier, but HE500 is deeper and calmer, none of them are bass light.

 

I love HE500 more.

 

Hope this help :)
 

post #6065 of 18079
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Originally Posted by Mandala View Post

Can anyone comment on the tonal/performance differences between the HE-400 and the HE-500? I'm thinking of upgrading from the 400 to the 500 soon and would
Like people's impressions.

I'll give it a shot:

 

HE400 has a more 3D effect and better bass

HE500 has much better highs and clarity

HE500 has much better mids

HE500 needs quite a bit more power to fully unleash them

HE500 definitely has a more balanced sound

post #6066 of 18079

First statement is very true.
 

post #6067 of 18079

for me, the he-500 has one of the best bass response that i listened at this day

post #6068 of 18079
i had never use stock cable.. use Alo instead
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i would love to have an alo audio cable, but they're sooo expensive... only headphone i'd consider an alo cable for would be my beyer T1's.

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I'm nearly finished with my revamp of the stock HE-500 SPC cable: http://imgur.com/a/s9EPV  I'm able to salvage the original SMC connectors, though they are injection molded so it takes a bit of work to get all the plastic off to re-terminate so I just used another set I already had.  I decided to terminate to 4-Pin XLR and as you can see, I'm nearly finished with the TRS Adapter (waiting for the female 4-Pin XLR plug to arrive) but it turned out pretty nice overall.  It is still a bit stiff, but not as much (perceivably) as before and it feels much nicer to hold in comparison.  Also, little to no microphonics as far as I can tell!  When I received mine originally, the wire at the headphone connection points was almost entirely untwisted and the two wires would hit against each other.  I pretty much fully cut and unbraided it, straightened the wires, sleeved, re-braided and re-terminated...full overhaul. cool.gif

 


Edited by modulor - 7/8/13 at 8:48am
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Looks VERY nice. What's the cost?
post #6072 of 18079
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Looks VERY nice. What's the cost?

Additional materials costs, definitely under $30 all said and done if I had to guess.  I'd consider performing this mod for anyone interested once I'm finished with the jergpad group buy I'm currently working on, or I can provide instructions too if anyone would like to give it a go themselves. cool.gif


Edited by modulor - 7/8/13 at 11:01am
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Additional materials costs, definitely under $30 all said and done if I had to guess.  I'd consider performing this mod for anyone interested once I'm finished with the jergpad group buy I'm currently working on, or I can provide instructions too if anyone want's to give it a go themselves. cool.gif

I just might have to take you up on this.

post #6074 of 18079

@modulor,

Thx for the info and update on what you've done with the stock cable.

post #6075 of 18079
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

Additional materials costs, definitely under $30 all said and done if I had to guess.  I'd consider performing this mod for anyone interested once I'm finished with the jergpad group buy I'm currently working on, or I can provide instructions too if anyone would like to give it a go themselves. cool.gif
Ur going to be a very busy man wink.gif ru still on schedule with the pads?biggrin.gif
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