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Is HE-500 a step above HE-5LE ?  I have been getting mixed messages.  


I'll find the quote but Fang says the 500s are between the LE and the 6.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/549413/hifiman-introduces-new-he-500-planar-magnetic-headphones/75

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Edited by Happy Camper - 5/13/11 at 9:19pm
post #77 of 14549
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I have the Lyr arriving on Monday or Tuesday. While not the last word in amps, I am sure it is more than capable of giving plenty of drive and definition to the sound of the HE-6. With that, I will get a better feel between the HE-500 and the HE-6. 

post #78 of 14549

I have never heard the Lyr but here and there on the forum there have been a handful or so comments about it being over hyped.  I have my eyes on the Super 7 but I really want to hear you input on this amp.

post #79 of 14549
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I haven't seen the comments on it being over hyped. There does seem to be some happy customers. Sometimes we expect too much. I once saw Little Richard. We expected him to perform. He did for about 20 minutes and then said he was tired. Everyone stomped for at least a half an hour but he wouldn't come back on. What a rip. :^) 

post #80 of 14549

You had me at Little Richard.

 

 

 

I read some comments from people that tried the Lyr with the 6 and 2 and did not find it to their liking.  Not enough power for the 6 and wrong synergy with the 2.

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You had me at Little Richard.

 

 

 

I read some comments from people that tried the Lyr with the 6 and 2 and did not find it to their liking.  Not enough power for the 6 and wrong synergy with the 2.

Well I guess I will find out soon enough for myself. A good amp should be good with most any phone. Now with regards to power needs, yes the 6 needs plenty but if an amp is good with them I don't understand why it wouldn't be good with the LCD-2. Synergy though can be a tricky road for some acts. 
 

 

post #82 of 14549
6 watts is definitely enough for the HE-6. I suspect the reason why people like speaker amps with those is because the distortion warms them up. I speculate that the same might be the reason why people find the HE-500 to be warmer than the HE-6.
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You'll have to explain that first sentence as I cannot understand it

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6 watts is definitely enough for the HE-6. I suspect the reason why people like speaker amps with those is because the distortion warms them up. I speculate that the same might be the reason why people find the HE-500 to be warmer than the HE-6.


 

post #84 of 14549

The Lyr's maximum output is 6 watts, and Head-Direct specifies that 1.5-2 watts is needed to drive the HE-6. According to 6moons review of the Lyr, a 1v source, like the iPod, amplified by the Lyr, is able to achieve ~95db out of the HE-6. Most Lyr users probably employ more powerful sources than that, which is why I suggested that the 6 watt output of the Lyr should be well enough to drive the HE-6.

 

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You'll have to explain that first sentence as I cannot understand it



 



 

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Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

Is HE-500 a step above HE-5LE ?  I have been getting mixed messages.  




I'll find the quote but Fang says the 500s are between the LE and the 6.

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/549413/hifiman-introduces-new-he-500-planar-magnetic-headphones/75

post 87


That is my feeling as well, although I don;t own the 5LE anymore, so I am going from memory on that side.  But I really do think the HE500 are smoother and more refined than I ever remember feeling the HE-5LE were.

 

post #86 of 14549

Thanks Happy Camper and Skylab.

 

Does HE-6 need to a powerful amplifier to sound better than HE-500 ?

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Short answer...Yes

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Originally Posted by Audio-Omega View Post

Thanks Happy Camper and Skylab.

 

Does HE-6 need to a powerful amplifier to sound better than HE-500 ?



 

 

post #88 of 14549
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That is my feeling as well, although I don;t own the 5LE anymore, so I am going from memory on that side.  But I really do think the HE500 are smoother and more refined than I ever remember feeling the HE-5LE were.

 



Funny you use the words "smoother and refined" in reference to the HE-500. I truly believe that "smooth" as well as "engaging"and "musical" truly describe the HE-500. BTW, below is what I have been hearing.

 

 

The HE-500 currently has about 42 hours of burn-in and any changes have been minor with the exception of smoothness and musicality. This can is very smooth making the female singers come through in a very engaging way, for example: Easy To Love by Patricia Barber.

 

BTW I have also tried it with another amp. This path is quite involved: Apple Lossless in iTunes 10.2.2 > Optical Cable > Monarchy Audio DIP Combo (up-sampling to 96 khz) > Monarchy Audio NM24 > Musical Fidelity X-10 modified by PinkFloyd with a Little Pinkie PSU > Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 modified by PinkFloyd with a Little Pinkie PSU. I find my self smiling a lot as I listen, did I mention it is very smooth.

post #89 of 14549

Oh Sh*t i cant wait to get my hands on these! Adsdajnak! Ive wanted a minmal setup for sometime, so i hope these pair well with my DACmini.

post #90 of 14549
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I love being able to get, move to another room taking the 500's, a iRiver with lossless, the DB-2 balanced dac and the 71B or PB-2. Truly transportable high quality sound. 

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