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I'd go for glass or aluminium as opposed to acrylic as that could look a little cheap. Perhaps you should buy the evil one off him for your second rig when you get the HE-6? (and bring it to the October meet!)
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Hi guys, 2 quick questions, is the presentation box (not the solid travel case) made of wood or leather as some have said. Also, what do you think of the comfort of these headphones? Are they too heavy for you and how is the overall comfort of these?

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Pumelman8
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The presentation box appears to be wood coated in a vinyl/pleather type material - the foam inside is exposed: http://www.headfreqs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/web105.jpg  However, this is easily classed up by adding some velour/velvet/silk fabric inside like you might see in the HD800 case.  In mine, I cut out extra 'compartment' holes for cables and pads and lined it with a silky fabric.  Unfortunately it seems the previous owner had used a razor to cut into the original box and cut up the bottom of the case, and some of the edges were scuffed and the coating was peeling off - still contemplating how to clean it up.  Otherwise, it looks pretty nice. 

 

Depending on what you're used to wearing, the weight can take some getting used to.  Most other headphones are 200+ grams lighter I believe.  Otherwise, they are quite comfortable.  The two issues I always see is people having is excess pressure applied to the top point of their head or neck pain, but it's not all that often.  There are aftermarket headband cushions or comfort strap solutions that easily remedy any headband issues.

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The presentation box appears to be wood coated in a vinyl/pleather type material - the foam inside is exposed: http://www.headfreqs.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/web105.jpg  However, this is easily classed up by adding some velour/velvet/silk fabric inside like you might see in the HD800 case.  In mine, I cut out extra 'compartment' holes for cables and pads and lined it with a silky fabric.  Unfortunately it seems the previous owner had used a razor to cut into the original box and cut up the bottom of the case, and some of the edges were scuffed and the coating was peeling off - still contemplating how to clean it up.  Otherwise, it looks pretty nice. 

Depending on what you're used to wearing, the weight can take some getting used to.  Most other headphones are 200+ grams lighter I believe.  Otherwise, they are quite comfortable.  The two issues I always see is people having is excess pressure applied to the top point of their head or neck pain, but it's not all that often.  There are aftermarket headband cushions or comfort strap solutions that easily remedy any headband issues.

I've seen other hifiman presentation boxes and they are already covered in a silky material, why would they change it? frown.gif
Which case should I choose to have the headphones shipped from America to the UK, the presentation box or the ballistic nylon travel case?
My current headphones are the grado sr80i, and I find these quite light on my head; are the he-500's much heavier than these?
Also, I know that previously the he-500's came shipped with the thick canare cable and now they comple with the thin silver copper cable. Is the new cable better than the canare even though it is so thin?
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I've seen other hifiman presentation boxes and they are already covered in a silky material, why would they change it? frown.gif
Which case should I choose to have the headphones shipped from America to the UK, the presentation box or the ballistic nylon travel case?
My current headphones are the grado sr80i, and I find these quite light on my head; are the he-500's much heavier than these?
Also, I know that previously the he-500's came shipped with the thick canare cable and now they comple with the thin silver copper cable. Is the new cable better than the canare even though it is so thin?

 

The Grados are about 1/3 - 1/4 the weight, I think they're roughly 150g where the HE-500 is about 500g.  They've got some pretty heavy magnets in there...

 

You may have seen some of the earlier presentation boxes (or maybe they send nicer finished boxes to reviewers) but it seems most of them now come with plain foam.  It's not hard to remedy if you've got some extra fabric lying around.  My guess is cost cutting if anything.  The travel case has the same type of foam cutout form, so I think as long as the headphones are secured either would be fine for shipping.  I am considering picking up a travel case as it is more practical for...well, traveling if you take them to meets or on trips.  The new cable is woven silver-plated copper, and the wire sheath is teflon so it's a bit stiffer.  I'd say better quality vs the canare cable.

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Grado's and Hifiman's are complete opposites when it comes to weight, except for the Grado's with metal ear cup designs. I remember the PS1000 being quite heavy as well. If the idea of wearing a heavier phone than your current Grado SR80i would put you off then I would steer you in the direction of Sennheiser or Beyer Dynamic. If you are fan of the Grado sound, then something like the Grado RS1i  would also be a nice choice. Those wooden earcups are quite lightweight.

 

I had the Grado RS1i as my main headphones for about a year and they are probably more than twice as light as the HE-500s. When I got the HE-500 my neck muscles were quite sore for the first two weeks or so and then I became used to it. The headphone padding and ample space in the ear cups made my ears feel more at home compared to the Grado's on ear design. That said I have had lots of people trying my HE-500 headphones who were immediately put off by their weight, so it is definitely a very important consideration when picking these.


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Grado's and Hifiman's are complete opposites when it comes to weight, except for the Grado's with metal ear cup designs. I remember the PS1000 being quite heavy as well. If the idea of wearing a heavier phone than your current Grado SR80i would put you off then I would steer you in the direction of Sennheiser or Beyer Dynamic. If you are fan of the Grado sound, then something like the Grado RS1i  would also be a nice choice. Those wooden earcups are quite lightweight.

I had the Grado RS1i as my main headphones for about a year and they are probably more than twice as light as the HE-500s. When I got the HE-500 my neck muscles were quite sore for the first two weeks or so and then I became used to it. The headphone padding and ample space in the ear cups made my ears feel more at home compared to the Grado's on ear design. That said I have had lots of people trying my HE-500 headphones who were immediately put off by their weight, so it is definitely a very important consideration when picking these.

In regards to shipping from the USA to the UK, which box will be more protective of the headphones, the presentation box or the travel case?
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In regards to shipping from the USA to the UK, which box will be more protective of the headphones, the presentation box or the travel case?

 

Presentation box.

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just upgraded!!! initial impressions, omg like HE-500s but better!!! the bass isn't wooly, its godly!!!@#@!## more to come, still have to compare and give more time... just got them 15 mins ago lol

 

 

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just upgraded!!! initial impressions, omg like HE-500s but better!!! the bass isn't wooly, its godly!!!@#@!## more to come, still have to compare and give more time... just got them 15 mins ago lol

 

 

 

The HE-6 will be mine.......next year......probably.

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just upgraded!!! initial impressions, omg like HE-500s but better!!! the bass isn't wooly, its godly!!!@#@!## more to come, still have to compare and give more time... just got them 15 mins ago lol

 

 

 

CONGRATS!!!:gs1000smile:

 

Can't wait for all the details. Enjoy:D

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what cable is that coming through the HE-500 ? is that a balance 3/4 pin copper ?
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just upgraded!!! initial impressions, omg like HE-500s but better!!! the bass isn't wooly, its godly!!!@#@!## more to come, still have to compare and give more time... just got them 15 mins ago lol



Hey girl!
I see ur upgrading ur rig again biggrin.gif looks good! Next year i jump on the he6 wagon also..or he7 if that one comes out wink.gif
And i see ur going towards the SS camp... tongue.gif

:pThe gs-x mk2 only does 2watts in balanced mode..how does it drive ur new he6? Does it give u the feeling the he6 gets enough juice from the gs-x?
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Hey girl!
I see ur upgrading ur rig again biggrin.gif looks good! Next year i jump on the he6 wagon also..or he7 if that one comes out wink.gif
And i see ur going towards the SS camp... tongue.gif

:pThe gs-x mk2 only does 2watts in balanced mode..how does it drive ur new he6? Does it give u the feeling the he6 gets enough juice from the gs-x?

 

i thought GSX MK2 is 8 watts in balanced (im pretty sure the 2 watts is for the original GSX), it seems to drive it perfectly with no issues. i have no complaints here.

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what cable is that coming through the HE-500 ? is that a balance 3/4 pin copper ?

 

 

thats HE-6 with stock cable in pic.

 

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Hi everyone, do you guys know a mod for the HE500 with the J$ Beyer Pads? I see that there is no shield protecting the drivers and I don't want to damage them or get dust and debris inside it, please help? Like a simple mod to cover the drivers? 

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