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I heard he6 with ef6 and i did not like it. Impresive soundstage and refined sound but no fun for me. Again... Fuller sound with he500 + ef5. Im not missing the sound of 2 times expensive set when i listen mine wink.gif He6 are better of course but for me they need heavy sounding tube amp.
post #6332 of 16155
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

any current HE500 owners here happens to have a mad dog or paradox?  I would like to hear your impression and experience.

I am entertaining the idea of getting a closed ortho pair.  I've been reading other threads but want to hear from people who still own their HE500.

 

I've got both the HE500 and alpha - Mad Dogs.  If you're looking for an ortho sound that's closed, the Mad Dog is a pretty good bet.  The He500, not surprisingly sounds more open and has a wider sound stage, but the Mad Dog is pretty darn good in that department for a closed headphone.  In terms of sound signature, it always reminds me of HD-650, a bit dark, but if you're specifically looking for something closed, you should definitely give it a try.

post #6333 of 16155

The HE-500 get most of my head time again. I might switch to the LCD2 soon but I love that smooth sound.

The T1 is still my favorite for most of my playlist but I needed a more laid back / smoother sound with a less aggressive treble.

Paired with the Burson Soloist, they amaze me every day !

The best 600€ i've spent in my life :)

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Ok I admit tha i'm a little crazy about my setup so i decidet to give it another photo shoot :)

 

 

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Gratz,  like many of us, you will enjoy the HE500 tremendously.  I know I have and will for a long time.  I think Hifiman has hit the perfect perfomance/price balance here and some more.

What amp are you running the HE500 from, btw?

Nah, that ratio is actually stratospheric,  way higher than any phone ever I think.

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Ok I admit tha i'm a little crazy about my setup so i decidet to give it another photo shoot :)

 

 

Beautiful shot.  Your other hobby must be photography.  No doubt.

post #6337 of 16155
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Nah, that ratio is actually stratospheric,  way higher than any phone ever I think.


Can't argue with you there since HE500 is my 2nd HP purchase, after the Q701.  After hearing a few more, hopefully at the coming up meet, I would be able to reevaluate for sure :)

post #6338 of 16155
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Beautiful shot.  Your other hobby must be photography.  No doubt.

Yeap wink.gif Thanks!
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Yeap wink.gif Thanks!


@Michbest,  what is your volume knob at on the EF-5 when driving the HE500?  I am looking an amp or possibly dac/amp for the office.  I am waiting to test out the WA7 at the meet next month but the EF5's price is great and still leaves $ for a dedicated DAC ($500)  and it has the look to sit on my desk @ the office.


Edited by koiloco - 7/19/13 at 11:25am
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Any chance a Woo Audio WA6 with upgraded tubes can drive these?  Anyone have this combo?

 

I am using 6SN7 Driver tubes and a USAF-596 Rectifier.

 

Thanks

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Volume knobe is on 10 to 12 oclock depends on album loudness. I thought that big steps of knobe gonna give me problems but its ok once the amp is about 150 hours now. It was louder in the begining. Strange i know but the strangest thing is that this amp reacts on change of power cord. I think im going crazy! wink.gif
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Volume knobe is on 10 to 12 oclock depends on album loudness. I thought that big steps of knobe gonna give me problems but its ok once the amp is about 150 hours now. It was louder in the begining. Strange i know but the strangest thing is that this amp reacts on change of power cord. I think im going crazy! wink.gif

10-12? Thats a bit high..but stil good..i never go over 9-10 with mine or else my ears hurt.

And Ur not going crazy..my tube amp (urs is a hybrid..so it should be less sensitive) is also very sensitive to power delivery..and the better the powercable..the better the powerdelivery.(in general..am not saying..more expensive..lolz)..until a certain point ofcourse...but one thing what hit me most was that when i connect the cables direct into the wall socket the sound looks like more open..u really have to concentrate to hear it..but its there..thats why mine is always connected directly in the wall sockets...i understand tube amps are a bit sensitive to powerdelivery..the solid states dont. A woo audio owner i know found out same thing..and now u..but hey..its also possible our brains massively fool us totally biggrin.gif

hey can u give me some pointers how to make a decent pic from a dark object (amp/headphones)..as no matter how hard i try...i cant make it to work out... tongue.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/19/13 at 2:03pm
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10-12? Thats a bit high..but stil good..i never go over 9-10 with mine or else my ears hurt.

And Ur not going crazy..my tube amp (urs is a hybrid..so it should be less sensitive) is also very sensitive to power delivery..and the better the powercable..the better the powerdelivery.(in general..am not saying..more expensive..lolz)..until a certain point ofcourse...but one thing what hit me most was that when i connect the cables direct into the wall socket the sound looks like more open..u really have to concentrate to hear it..but its there..thats why mine is always connected directly in the wall sockets...i understand tube amps are a bit sensitive to powerdelivery..the solid states dont. A woo audio owner i know found out same thing..and now u..but hey..its also possible our brains massively fool us totally biggrin.gif

I don't think that's high at all.  I, by no mean, listen to music at crazy volume but even with running the HE500 off speaker taps from the Emotiva mini-X, volume knob is usually at 10 to 10:30.

Btw, anyone know of a formula to figure out power output in watts at different ohms ?  I know the Emotiva is rated at 50wpc for speakers but would like to calculate the wattage at different HP's loads.  Thx.

post #6344 of 16155
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

I don't think that's high at all.  I, by no mean, listen to music at crazy volume but even with running the HE500 off speaker taps from the Emotiva mini-X, volume knob is usually at 10 to 10:30.

Btw, anyone know of a formula to figure out power output in watts at different ohms ?  I know the Emotiva is rated at 50wpc for speakers but would like to calculate the wattage at different HP's loads.  Thx.

thaTS A good question..am wondering that also..as if thats true what u say that u use the powerful 50wpc emotiva on same position as my humble 1.5w mono per channel amp (u can see it on my pic) then i would love to see if there is a calculation or a way to check what an amp does under different ohms output to the HP's.

maybe anyone has an idea?

 

by the way..yesterday i tried a darkvoice 3322 of a friend of mine...rubbish sound on my he500! we even tried some of my quality tubes i have..and the knob went all the way to 3pm to get a decent volume..dont know what it was..but i just didnt like it...so i guess power IS IMPORTANT to get good sound out of the he500....and tubys are not the best choice for he500...but am glad i found one and ef5 (although its a hybrid..just like the LYR) is another and from what i read the wa7 is also possible a solution..although its on the weak side on power.


Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/19/13 at 2:23pm
post #6345 of 16155
12 oclock i really loud! I dond go further. Max is about 5 oclock so usual 11 oclock is just fine.
I allways connect amps directly to the wall. Just because i dont have audio surge protector. Protectors for computer and etc. flat out the dynamics and sound overall. But i guess everybody know that smily_headphones1.gif
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