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I know that my BA drives the he500 just fine.  I havent heard them off of powerful stereo amps, but I have heard my ba in comparison with more powerful ss and hybrid amps driving the lcd2 and it matched or beat them. I would imagine the same would be true with other hybrid or ss headphone amps driving the he500. I will get a chance to test that theory saturday when I can try them out on the lyr, beta22, and LF.

post #677 of 18025

Received the headphone cable from Q today and hooked it to the HE-500s. Same experience on the HE-500 as the LCD-2 with the same cable: "~Filterless" sound. 

post #678 of 18025

Hi Nyvar,

 

As an owner of the HDP myself (and considering the HE-500), i'm wondering by how much you have to increase the volume on the HDP to obtain the same output level going from the D7000 to the HE-500? For example, if you listen to the D7000 at 1 PM on the HDP dial, what time would you have to dial in for the HE-500 for an equivalent volume level? Thanks!
 

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I've only had a couple hours with the combination so far, but the difference is incredible, it's a whole different beast.  The bass in particular has radically improved.  It's now got the depth, balance, and clarity I was hoping for.    I'm blown away and the Lyr only has about 20 hours on it so far.   



 


Edited by vlach - 8/17/11 at 11:49pm
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As an owner of the HDP myself (and considering the HE-500), i'm wondering by how much you have to increase the volume on the HDP to obtain the same output level going from the D7000 to the HE-500? 

The denons are still on vacation, while I give the HE-500's a solid chance, however, I called them back to check this out for.  I tried it on 4 different tracks (Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Brahms piano concerto 2, Guysborough Train (Stan Rogers) and Tam Lin (Fairport Convention).   It was pretty consistent, D7K at about 10 and HE-500s at about 1.   Hardly definitive since this was the first time I did any sort of a AB with the two, but I think you'll like, and maybe even be impressed with the HE-500s through the HDP.   But you may wonder if they really all that and a bag of chips.  I preferred the Brahms in this case through the denoons.  

 

HOWEVER, when I switched the 500s back over to the Lyr, I started purring in contentment.  There's a world of difference and all of it for the better.  That said, I seriously doubt the Ds are going anywhere anytime soon.   I love their sound through the HDP.   However, I also love the clarity, detail, evenness and balance through all the registers (perhaps it's through frequencies if you're not talking about singers).   

 

Your mileage may well vary, but get them and know they'll be fine, but you'll need another amp to truly make them shine.  

post #680 of 18025

I use a different amp, but with my la7000 I listened to them at about 8:45 and my he500 at about 10:00.

post #681 of 18025

If you haven't already noticed: AVguide review of HE-500:

 

http://www.avguide.com/review/hifiman-he-500-planar-magnetic-headphones-playback-47

 

 

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Thanks for the very informative response. I agree the Denons through the HDP is an excellent match. You're now making me give serious consideration to the Lyr for my future HE-500...who knows, if it's that good i may even sell the HDP to offset the purchase price of the Lyr (i don't use the DAC portion of the HDP).

 

I have one more question; now that you established the superiority of the Lyr over the HDP for the HE-500, do you also prefer the Lyr for the Denons?

 

And then of course there's the (larger) inevitable question; is the Lyr the best way to spend $450 for an amp to drive the HE-500...

 

Thanks again.

 

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Originally Posted by Nyvar View Post

 

The denons are still on vacation, while I give the HE-500's a solid chance, however, I called them back to check this out for.  I tried it on 4 different tracks (Bruch's Scottish Fantasy, Brahms piano concerto 2, Guysborough Train (Stan Rogers) and Tam Lin (Fairport Convention).   It was pretty consistent, D7K at about 10 and HE-500s at about 1.   Hardly definitive since this was the first time I did any sort of a AB with the two, but I think you'll like, and maybe even be impressed with the HE-500s through the HDP.   But you may wonder if they really all that and a bag of chips.  I preferred the Brahms in this case through the denoons.  

 

HOWEVER, when I switched the 500s back over to the Lyr, I started purring in contentment.  There's a world of difference and all of it for the better.  That said, I seriously doubt the Ds are going anywhere anytime soon.   I love their sound through the HDP.   However, I also love the clarity, detail, evenness and balance through all the registers (perhaps it's through frequencies if you're not talking about singers).   

 

Your mileage may well vary, but get them and know they'll be fine, but you'll need another amp to truly make them shine.  



 


Edited by vlach - 8/19/11 at 8:40am
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you also prefer the Lyr for the Denons?

 

I haven tried to Lyr with the Denons so I can't speak to this.  I'll try them at some point over the weekend and PM you a quick impression.  For the Ds my plan is to get an Asgard, and a tube dac, and see how I like that combo.  However, I think this is the wrong place for this discussion, there is a great Denon thread though: http://www.head-fi.org/t/333953/denon-ah-d7000

 

 

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And then of course there's the (larger) inevitable question; is the Lyr the best way to spend $450 for an amp to drive the HE-500...

 

That is something I'm not qualified to answer.  My experience amps for the HE-500 is limited to the HDP and Lyr.  I listen to lots of opera and what I look for may be skewed from what most people look for, which may well temper my impression of any set up.  That an limited experience.  ;) 

 

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If you haven't already noticed: AVguide review of HE-500:

 

http://www.avguide.com/review/hifiman-he-500-planar-magnetic-headphones-playback-47

 

 

 

Nice review! Mostly liked the fact it was very even and dare I say fair when it compared the HE-500 with other cans. Personally I prefer the HE-500 over the Senn HD800 but as we all know it is a personal choice.
 

 

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So glad to put the stock HE-500 cable away. The HE-6 cable is just.. better.
post #686 of 18025

^ 100% agree, compared the two side by side and the HE6 IMO is the better sounding cable. Plus it is much more flexible and lighter.

post #687 of 18025

Anyone have any issues with weight? Any neck pain? The weight is the only thing between me and purchasing HE-500.

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Is that the HE-6 OCC cable, or the OFC cable sold separate by HiFiMAN?
 

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So glad to put the stock HE-500 cable away. The HE-6 cable is just.. better.


 

post #689 of 18025

HE-6 cable

post #690 of 18025

The 6's cable is nice, not sure if its OCC but it is very flexible. I think its 24 awg. I even bought warp08's for spare.

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