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i agree..as in my case 2 years ago i was the proud owner of a mstage..last year i bought the 337 and u guys know whats coming next very soon wink.gif
Same thing with source: ipod touch-cowon d2-hm602
Same again thing with headphones...bose-Qjays-Um3x-mmx300-he300-he400 and now he500.. Next logical step to complement my new amp next year is the he6 or 7(if it comes out)

My point... With these kind of hobbies u tend to get better stuff as long ur budget allows it...as when u start it can be very addictive... Like with tuberolling or any other hobby in which u can get better stuff then urs.. biggrin.gif

Yup, I agree. I'm so happy I never got into tubes. Some of them are cheap and some can get crazy expensive. The allure of spending mere $20 on tubes to find a particular sound can take it's toll quite fast. Then you end up with ten tubes. Suddenly you're into tubes and start going into more expensive tubes. Soon you'll have tubes worth more than the amp itself. Finally, you realize that maybe you'll try another amp. LOL no thanks. Only way I'll do tubes is if I can try it myself for an extended amount of time. Then there's a whole family of tubes name that I have to learn. For once my laziness has resulted in something positivebiggrin.gif

 

That upgradititis itch is a serious b****, especially when you're new into this. I remember 2-3 years back. Even though I spent much less around that time, there was just sooooo much room for buying stuff and spent much more time in this. It was like a disease. Of course at that time I never even thought of LCD-2 or HE-500, much less LCD-3. LOL I ignored all of those Audeze/Hifiman posts for a good few months. All I knew was LCD-2 = bass haha. It was all about that Pro 900, D2000/D5000, DT990, HD650, AKG 701.

 

I'm going to pick up a really transparent and neutral DAC and stop there with DACs. Fudge that whole DAC synergy thing. Pick one neutral DAC for everything and change sound with speakers/headphones. Maybe 2-3 amps at max. Having recently heard the LCD-3 on multiple setups ranging from $2000-$5000, there's very little difference between my current setup. Noticeable and definitely more enjoyable, but very little. Definitely going to invest on different speakers/headphones over messing with different amps to change the sound. I already knew that going in, but it was nice to have it confirmed for my own peace of mind.

 

I might consider a Hifiman again after I get my DAC and possibly have an amp that can suit it already (although the Emotiva will be a good backup). Got to wait to see what Fang has up his sleeves.

post #7157 of 15204

So, I may have found an excellent place to get a replacement cable that won't cost you 1/2 the price of your headphones. 

 

 

The Cable

 

This cable is definitely a keeper for me. Here are the big big pros for me:

 

-Light: Really light. See pics below for weight comparison to stock. Nothing like feeling the cable pulling your head down.

-Flexible: one of the more flexible cables I've had. I can wear the HE-500, and not feel like I'm fighting something when I move

-Non-microphonic: Do you own a HE-500 with a stock cable? You know the benefits here

-Build: Quality is excellent

-Soft: Exterior is paracord and it isn't irritating to have laying out on my lap.

-Sound: Excellent. Easily matches the sound quality of the silver stock cable. 

 

 

 

 

The Pics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the members here on head-fi (wje) is selling a small number of  these custom built cables via ebay. On whim (i.e. not know it was him) I purchased one looking to replace this awful stock cable. 

 

When the cable arrived, I was actually quite shocked with the build quality on this cable, especially given the price. Given the large number of headphones and cables I've owned, when receiving a new cable, I give it a look over with a scrutinizing eye.  I know where cables often fall apart and fail. The details in this cable are really impressive. 

post #7158 of 15204

While not pre-made for you, you can buy a 4-pin XLR to 1/4 cable and SMC connectors for around $15 and do it yourself. It's not that hard at all.

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Where?
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Any 4-pin XLR to 1/4 from ebay, amazon, monoprice, etc should work. You cut the head off at the XLR end. Solder to SMC connectors made to work with Hifiman headphones, and you're done. If they make screw-in versions like Neutrik does with their Speakon connectors, it should be even easier.

 

Pin 1: Left positive (+)

Pin 2: Left negative (-)

Pin 3: Right positive (+)

Pin 4: Right negative (-)


Edited by bhazard - 8/16/13 at 4:08pm
post #7161 of 15204
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Thanks to everyone who answered but anyone else wanna add some responses too?  Also I have been listening to my new babies for the past few hours and I am loving them more and more!  Plus they will get better too with burn in?  OmG

 

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Ok my HE-500s arrived 30 minutes ago and I've been listening to it for 10 minutes.  I like them so far but I need to start adding to my FLAC library. 

 

 

-I not familiar with these things but just curious how good of quality are music bought from itunes? Ack, I don't ever want to go there again.

-If I convert music from CDs using itunes, is it worse than FLAC or same? depends on the settings??

-What are the best websites to buy music in FLAC format? Don't know (HDtracks maybe?), never have bought flac, only made my own from CD's

-If there are no sites that have the music I want, is the safest way to make sure they're lossless is to buy the CD then convert them myself? I would do it this way.

I remembered illegally downloading what these uploaders called FLAC/Lossless but I don't trust them because a lot of people can advertise something then lie about it or they're bad quality so I never download from these sites/forums again.  Also what made me suspicious is I noticed when playing music I bought, it plays at normal sound in my car using music on my iphone but when I played music I illegally downloaded I had to turn up the volume a lot to get the same volume.  

-Best free programs to convert music to FLAC? I use mainly EAC (Exact Audio Copy (free)), and sometimes dBPoweramp if I want to save time doing multiple formats (flac and mp3 etc.) at the same time (I purchased this one but it is worth it IMO).

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Thanks for answering.  Also should I use the leather earpads that are already on it or the extra velour ear pads they provide?  Does it make a difference?  And you guys take out the cables when you don't use them?  I don't have a headphone stand and I don't wanna leave it outside because my room is dusty so the only option is putting it back in the case but with the cables on, they don't fit the case.


Edited by TheChosen0ne - 8/16/13 at 6:27pm
post #7163 of 15204
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Thanks for answering.  Also should I use the leather earpads that are already on it or the extra velour ear pads they provide?  Does it make a difference?  And you guys take out the cables when you don't use them?  I don't have a headphone stand and I don't wanna leave it outside because my room is dusty so the only option is putting it back in the case but with the cables on, they don't fit the case.


Velours..no question about it..the pleather (its not real leather) make the sound muffled,closed in and bass is a bit uncontrolled so not fun (check he500 pads modding page from jerg, its explained there what differences are between pleather and velours in more detail)...but if u can spare it...get urself a jergmod pad V2.0 by modulor (or make one urself..) those are wonderfull with the he500...really upgrades ur listening experience for low costs...to my ears the new pads gives the he500 a step up in soundquality!

 

about dust..well...as u probably know i also have the jerg GRILL mod (but with extreme grill openings ) on my he500 without any dust screen..as that sounds best to my ears (check my pics).

 

so only way to protect them when not used is to put them in a very thin soft and small plastic colorless garbage bag and close it air tight every time i put them in it...and that works!! its maybe not the most beautiful solution..but it does the job better then any other dust protection thingie i tried..even glass bulbs of more then 100 euro! when the plastic bag is not used i close it also..so no dust gets in when not used!

its cheapish and not beautiful (maybe Hifiman can make some kind of soft pouch u can close? like my hm602 has!)...BUT IT WORKS perfectly...almost no dust until now...in the past the velours pads were a real dust magnet..never experienced a pad who attracts so much dust...in a month it had accumulated so much dust the pads started to irritate my ears..and then i had to pluck the dust out of the velours with my fingers!...now almost NO DUST since i use the bag...

 

maybe i have to get myself a design bag (he500 worthy..lolz) that can be shut and so dustproof...mmmm maybe a christmas present from my wifey...lolz

or maybe one of the more handy guys here can make that a reality? modulor? jerg? anyone? and u guys know..i am willing to pay for it...lolz

 

check this diagram..thanks to Jerg! maybe it helps u to consider which one u like more..BUT..trying them both...and then decide...thats best ofcourse.. wink.gif

 


Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 6:58pm
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Just took off the pleather earpads and tried to put on velour ones but how the hell we do that?  it has thing 4 things and we need to connect them to the holes but I can't!

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Just took off the pleather earpads and tried to put on velour ones but how the hell we do that?  it has thing 4 things and we need to connect them to the holes but I can't!


its easy and the step by step can be found on youtube, but be carefull with the 4 clips...easiest way is to use a credit card..

 

simple said: aligh the pads to the phone...plug one clip in...(there is a ridge inside the headphone in which the pads clips click in).....and push the other clips carefully one by one into that ridge with a creditcard by pushing in carefully they should click in automatically...good luck..first time i tried it, it was a bit of a challenge also...lolz

 

edit...this is easy way to exchange pads:

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt8zfTZIMzk


Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 7:30pm
post #7166 of 15204

omfg i can't do it...i ******* lost at least 1 yr out of my lifetime being so pissed and stressed out trying to put the velour pads on!!

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omfg i can't do it...i ******* lost at least 1 yr out of my lifetime being so pissed and stressed out trying to put the velour pads on!!


did u check the youtube clip and my how to tips? u dont need to put pressure on it..allign the pads on ur phone...click one in...hold it there..use a creditcard and push the second clip a bit towards  the middle..so towards the middle..so that the pad becomes a bit hollow....and then push the clip in...and then next..

ps..first time i did it i sweared my whole country together..lolz

 

its 4.45 am here...but will stay here until 5am to try to help u with advice if u need it, as i think the rest of the world are all sound asleep wink.gif

am sorry..need to get some sleep..have to get up at 9am...hope u got the pads on...if not..sometimes its best to let it be for a few hours/day and then try again... beerchug.gif

good luck my friend!!


Edited by hifimanrookie - 8/16/13 at 7:59pm
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You can get two of the clips in easily, they just hook onto the lip on the headphones, the last two need a kind of a fold under/pinch and twist like the video link above shows.

 

I also do prefer the velour, but have my name on the list for the jergmod ver2 by modular if/when he makes another run of them...

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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


did u check the youtube clip and my how to tips? u dont need to put pressure on it..allign the pads on ur phone...click one in...hold it there..use a creditcard and push the second clip a bit towards  the middle..so towards the middle..so that the pad becomes a bit hollow....and then push the clip in...and then next..

ps..first time i did it i sweared my whole country together..lolz

 

its 4.45 am here...but will stay here until 5am to try to help u with advice if u need it, as i think the rest of the world are all sound asleep wink.gif

am sorry..need to get some sleep..have to get up at 9am...hope u got the pads on...if not..sometimes its best to let it be for a few hours/day and then try again... beerchug.gif

good luck my friend!!


Yeah I watched the clip and I try to do exactly what it showed me but I still failed miserably.  ******, even putting back on the pleather was a pain in the butt crack for me but I managed to put it back on.  Man I haven't been this stressed out in a decade and I don't think I want to ever to through that experience again.

post #7170 of 15204

If you got the pleather one back on you should be able to get the velour on the same way...blink.gif

Deep breath and patience.  L3000.gif  Once you get the nack it goes smoothly...

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