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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

FYI - i found my grill material (aluminium i guess..as it doesnt rust))in a small DIY throw it away BBQ set (to be used once)....u know..a box with all the stuff inside..coal, the underside of the grill...the upperside (on which u put ur meat on) was the metal grill i used...it was only 1,5 euro if i remember it correctly...its strong and thin..but RAZOR SHARP...i was left with two bleeding fingers..so be carefull!!

u can buy it everywhere where they sell BBQ stuff or supermarkets. hope this info helps.

I'll keep that in mind...and I'll be careful!  I've got a metal file so I'll make sure to carefully go around all the edges.  I feel like I've seen mesh-type sheets like this in hardware stores, for use in screen doors or cabinet panels.  I think the modeling mesh will work well, but it's thin and made to be molded so it may not hold it's shape well.  The mesh basket would look nice, but I'm afraid it may be too thick, but still going to try...for science! cool.gif

post #6377 of 18011
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

@hifimanrookie,  In your case, going from SS to tube, of course the difference would be huge.  You are changing the entire sound signature.  Don't forget that fact.

i know what u mean...and normally u would be correct!

 

but thats the funny part!! i deeply hated the tube sound..i have a few friends who own OTL tubeys and i always hated that warm slow sound (they call it romantic sounding)..AND I DIDNT LIKE HOW THEY SOUNDED ON MY HE400 AND 500...but my amp doesnt sound like that at all! some woo owner on a meet called it a 'tube amp that sounds like a SS' and totally not like a OTL tube amp....and he didnt like it..he said it was to cold..LOLZ...

 

well...i did..as its fast, clean (when sound is off between tracks the quietness is really eery!) and powerful in its delivery...everything the regular (NON EXPENSIVE) tube amps (of which i heared) dont have...but big OOPS..my new amp will be TOTALLY based only on many many many MANY opamps (as i understand)..so no tubes or transistors..i really hope that it will be as good as his bigger brother which is a speaker amp on which he is based on. redface.gif


Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/20/13 at 2:31pm
post #6378 of 18011
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

to be honest..in my case...if the improvement from my matrix mstage (very good SS budget amp also!!!) compared to the 337 wasnt so huge  

The M-stage is warm compared to most SS amps so it is rather tube-like in its presentation.

post #6379 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post

The M-stage is warm compared to most SS amps so it is rather tube-like in its presentation.
I agree with that....its one very sweet sounding amp for the money..no harsness in its sound...thats why i loved itso much!!! but its nowhere near the overly warm presentation of otl tube amps. Especially as many also choose warmer sounding tubes to go with those redface.gif
Edited by hifimanrookie - 7/20/13 at 2:52pm
post #6380 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

 

Lack of depth (biggest for me), little height as well. Incoherent centerstage at times, although exceptionally well at the sides.

Interesting, that's one of the problems of the Momentums. Very wide soundstage, but absolutely zero depth. Angling the drivers adds a bit of depth, seems this trick works on the HE-500 as well, as jerg found.

post #6381 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Wildstar View Post

Interesting, that's one of the problems of the Momentums. Very wide soundstage, but absolutely zero depth. Angling the drivers adds a bit of depth, seems this trick works on the HE-500 as well, as jerg found.


easiest way to angle them slightly would be to use denon pads i guess...

post #6382 of 18011

If I get a Hifiman again, I'm definitely getting some angled ear pads. I like the Audeze pads so I might get them. I find the LCD-3 pads more comfortable although don't know if LCD-3 or LCD-2 leather earpads will work better in terms of sound. Maybe even the vegan pads?

post #6383 of 18011

Hello all,

my first post on this thread so if some of things are repetitive, my apologies. I recently purchased the Gungnir/Mjolnir primarily to drive the LCD 3 but I plugged the HE 500 in today in a "what the heck" attitude and four non-stop hours later, my jaw is still on the floor. I had always characterized the 500 as a "mellow" HP compared to the HE 400 and definitely the Audeze HPs. Maybe its the amp (I don't know) but everything about a song has, to my ears, has improved significantly - detail, separation, soundstage, bass depth and extension. From Fleetwood Mac, Elton John to the heavies - Purple, Floyd, Zeppelin, the clarity is awesome. The 500 presents "easy listening" in a relaxed manner while harder-edged rock is presented in the appropriate energetic fashion.

 

The only negative for me is the feel of the velours around my ears but heck its not that bad. I can't wait the jergpad mod by modulor to take it to the next level. Man, did I underestimate these HPs. The thread is very aptly named.

post #6384 of 18011
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Originally Posted by kothganesh View Post

Hello all,

my first post on this thread so if some of things are repetitive, my apologies. I recently purchased the Gungnir/Mjolnir primarily to drive the LCD 3 but I plugged the HE 500 in today in a "what the heck" attitude and four non-stop hours later, my jaw is still on the floor. I had always characterized the 500 as a "mellow" HP compared to the HE 400 and definitely the Audeze HPs. Maybe its the amp (I don't know) but everything about a song has, to my ears, has improved significantly - detail, separation, soundstage, bass depth and extension. From Fleetwood Mac, Elton John to the heavies - Purple, Floyd, Zeppelin, the clarity is awesome. The 500 presents "easy listening" in a relaxed manner while harder-edged rock is presented in the appropriate energetic fashion.

 

The only negative for me is the feel of the velours around my ears but heck its not that bad. I can't wait the jergpad mod by modulor to take it to the next level. Man, did I underestimate these HPs. The thread is very aptly named.


the headphones are indeed very capable and especially with a powerful+quality source...

post #6385 of 18011

gonna keep my HE-500 even though i bought TH-900 and getting LCD-3.

post #6386 of 18011
I owe the HE-500 a whole lot. The wife listened to it via me desktop setup, and two hours later she was still listening and enjoying. I don't have to justify any headphone related purchases now. If only for that, they will forever be in my collection. Good thing they sound awesome as well. smily_headphones1.gif

Kothganesh, how would you compare the mjolnir to the other amps you have? redface.gif
post #6387 of 18011
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

gonna keep my HE-500 even though i bought TH-900 and getting LCD-3.

Congrats on the TH900s. Looking forward to your impressions when you get the LCD 3.

Kinda interested in those headphones as well, but methinks I can only get one or the other...price is just too steep. I'll wait for your verdict DSG. tongue.gif

Yes, the HE500s are a keeper. Especially since for me, i got them for a great price brand new. cool.gif
post #6388 of 18011

Hifimanrookie, what you report on the removed grills could be due to the increased volume alone, just saying. Increased volume will make the bass and treble perceived louder relative to the midrange. 

post #6389 of 18011
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post


Congrats on the TH900s. Looking forward to your impressions when you get the LCD 3.

Kinda interested in those headphones as well, but methinks I can only get one or the other...price is just too steep. I'll wait for your verdict DSG. tongue.gif

Yes, the HE500s are a keeper. Especially since for me, i got them for a great price brand new. cool.gif

I think at this point, the LCD-3 are probably the only other cans I'd want...but they are also too cost-prohibitive at this time.  I still find the HE-500 perfect and imprsesive every time I listen to them, so I'm not in any rush to get anything else - they are true greatness! biggrin.gif I'm trying to focus more on getting a decent speaker setup first before I look into other headphones.

post #6390 of 18011
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post

I owe the HE-500 a whole lot. The wife listened to it via me desktop setup, and two hours later she was still listening and enjoying. I don't have to justify any headphone related purchases now. If only for that, they will forever be in my collection. Good thing they sound awesome as well. smily_headphones1.gif

Kothganesh, how would you compare the mjolnir to the other amps you have? redface.gif

For my kind of listening, just awesome. I have the Lyr and the Soloist as well. The Lyr is not in the same league with the Mojo for the planars (for some reason though it pairs great with the LCD 2.2).
Soloist pairs very well either Audeze. More relaxed and neutral sound. Overall, the Mojo is just a great sports car compared to the sedans 😄
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