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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i liked the maddogs, and they're a huge bargain at their price, but they still don't compare with HE-500 and LCD-3, they have a veil to them of sorts that makes it obvious its modded to sound alot better but still is limited by the driver's own limitations. i wonder how the alpha dogs will compare, i bet those will be alot better.

Yes, the Alpha Dogs are going to give the HE-500 a run for its money. popcorn.gif

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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Yes, the Alpha Dogs are going to give the HE-500 a run for its money. popcorn.gif

 

i have a feeling that they're gonna be very close to HE-500 and LCD-2, not as resolving, but very close, and will be much more impressive since its a closed headphone , and then theres that closed back audeze thats supposed to come out.

post #7443 of 16232
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Yes, the Alpha Dogs are going to give the HE-500 a run for its money. popcorn.gif
Maybe..but they are the same price now at 699usd... Maybe the alpha dog is the reason why hifiman now all of a sudden decides to come out with new model to counter attack it? Who knows...wejust have to wait and see biggrin.gif
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alpha $600

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Originally Posted by kenshinhimura View Post

alpha $600
Oh okay..smart pricing! biggrin.gif
post #7446 of 16232
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

i heard a rumor they are working on a 'take no prisoners' top model being all electrostatic like the stax'es...called the JADE 2..i personally i dont like that idea..as that means i have to buy a completely new amp then and i dont even have my new amp yet!!! Ouch!!

Sounds pretty darn good to me tongue_smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

Let's say I were to venture and get the HE-500 down the line... would my equipment be sufficient enough? I have the iFi iCAN on my desk and the Matrix M-Stage on my gaming setup.

 

Also, how does the signature compare to the MrSpeakers Mad Dogs? Anyone here compared the two?

 

And one last inquiry, please. Soundstage... I like me some space and air when gaming. I know it won't be AKG god tier like but just how open do these sound?

 

Thanks!

The iCan is pretty decent for the HE-500, very dynamic sounding, yet lacking that feeling of absolute control you get from good (over)powered amps. And the bass doesn't hit that hard...

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Originally Posted by Change is Good View Post

Let's say I were to venture and get the HE-500 down the line... would my equipment be sufficient enough? I have the iFi iCAN on my desk and the Matrix M-Stage on my gaming setup.

Also, how does the signature compare to the MrSpeakers Mad Dogs? Anyone here compared the two?

And one last inquiry, please. Soundstage... I like me some space and air when gaming. I know it won't be AKG god tier like but just how open do these sound?

Thanks!
I had a first series (without cooling holes) mstage (opa627 class a modded) driving the he500 perfectly with gain on 10db... Its one heck of a amp for the money as is actually a clone of a 1000usd plus german made headphone amp. And many consider this little gem sounding better then most amps in its price range.
Edited by hifimanrookie - 9/2/13 at 9:08am
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For people that have both HE-6 and HE-500, which one do you find is a better all rounder and works well with most genres? When I had the LCD-2 and HE-500, I found the Hifiman to be the better all rounder. Although now I find that the LCD-3 is a better all-rounder over the HE-500. Only in stuff where you need a lot of air or width (soundstage wise), can the HE-500 be better. Otherwise, the LCD-3 flat out beats it. Where does the HE-6 fit in this?

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The He-6 or any other flagship minus the Ps1k works with every genre really - just not as good at certain genres compare to other. 

 

If you want something different from the Lcd3, why not get a hd800 (or Staxes)?

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Originally Posted by khaine1711 View Post

The He-6 or any other flagship minus the Ps1k works with every genre really - just not as good at certain genres compare to other. 

 

If you want something different from the Lcd3, why not get a hd800 (or Staxes)?

 

Oh I was just asking casually. It just popped in my head randomly, so I asked. The LCD-3's are doing a very good job at the moment keeping me happy. I'll only get Staxes after I have auditioned them, which should happen sometime in the near future. I might wait up on Hifiman's with their upcoming release in the future to see how the HE-500/HE-6 fares with the new model(s). I'm also interested in TH-900 which I haven't tried yet for closed, comfort and bass purposes. The HD800 I also have yet to try.

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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Yes, the Alpha Dogs are going to give the HE-500 a run for its money. popcorn.gif

Did you have a chance to listen to the AD at all?

post #7453 of 16232
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

 

i have a feeling that they're gonna be very close to HE-500 and LCD-2, not as resolving, but very close, and will be much more impressive since its a closed headphone , and then theres that closed back audeze thats supposed to come out.

+1.   You pretty much nailed it.  Honestly, at $600, it's no bargain!  The MD was.  Unless I have to have a closed pair, I would go with the HE500 again and again for another $99.  With that said, I probably buy the AD for the office.

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I would be really happy if hifiman released a stand alone desktop DAC tbh

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Originally Posted by Llloyd View Post

I would be really happy if hifiman released a stand alone desktop DAC tbh

Why? There's more than enough dac in the market.

 

I hope it's the Jade II - but I highly doubt so. If a new headphone is coming out, there should be prototype impression here and there (either on this or the Chinese forum). I hope it won't be something trivial like ... a new balanced cable for the Hifiman cans rolleyes.gif.

 

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Oh I was just asking casually. It just popped in my head randomly, so I asked. The LCD-3's are doing a very good job at the moment keeping me happy. I'll only get Staxes after I have auditioned them, which should happen sometime in the near future. I might wait up on Hifiman's with their upcoming release in the future to see how the HE-500/HE-6 fares with the new model(s). I'm also interested in TH-900 which I haven't tried yet for closed, comfort and bass purposes. The HD800 I also have yet to try.

TH900 is so-so, 1 step below the big open cans in terms of sonic - but you got a closed can (doesn't isolate that much tbh) and a very nice lacquer finish. I'd highly recommend borrowing Staxes for like 1 month. Brief audition usually leave you with Stax honeymoon - or complete meh tongue_smile.gif.

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