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post #8206 of 14639
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

SR-007, I haven't had the chance to try but SR-009 driven by a BH, I did listen quite a bit at the recent CA meet.  IMO, HE500 has no chance in this fight but it's not a fair comparison in this case, of course.  I still drool every time I remember the sound of that wicked combo.  :p

 

maybe no chance against stax

 

but with TOTL amps, the HE-500 holds its own against the Abyss though, and in many ways, outperforms it :D 

post #8207 of 14639
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

SR-007, I haven't had the chance to try but SR-009 driven by a BH, I did listen quite a bit at the recent CA meet.  IMO, HE500 has no chance in this fight but it's not a fair comparison in this case, of course.  I still drool every time I remember the sound of that wicked combo.  :p

 

maybe no chance against stax

 

but with TOTL amps, the HE-500 holds its own against the Abyss though, and in many ways, outperforms it :D

 

I find myself preferring the HE500 over the Audeze LCD-3.  There is a wider frequency response in my opinion...lower lows and a nice "sparkle" missing from the LCD-3.  Not bad for 1/3 the cost!

post #8208 of 14639
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post

The he500 is one of those rare phones who doesnt have flaws playing any music genres..he plays them all pretty well... With the right amp ofcourse!

I know ships are generally referred to as female and most cars also. I think the car in Gone in 60 Seconds was called Eleanor. So what are our cans?
post #8209 of 14639
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

You're gonna end up keeping it aren't you tongue_smile.gif

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Lets hope i dont..as my wife will kill me if i do.... So no more hifimanrookie anymore on headfi then..biggrin.gif

Seriously..this is an amp no one will regret buying especially for the price i am asking.. Any hd650/600 or he500/400 owner should have this amp high on his wanting list..whether mine or any other 337/339...as even with less expensive tubes this amp is hard to beat for its price even as new...well. I understand the postage is a fortune if buy it from china...but i am in europe so...european owners of the phones i mentioned..get in line..lolz....
post #8210 of 14639
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


I dont think thats a fair comparision... A better comparision would be between he6 and sr007..dont u think so?

Oh wait... If i am not mistaken i saw a sr007 on sale inthe classifieds not so long ago....ru interested to buy it? Mmmmmm

 

I wasn't looking for a fair comparison to begin with. I asked for HE-500 because I owned that for a year. I don't own the HE-6 so any knowledge between that and SR-007 wouldn't be as useful atm.

 

I just wanted to know how the general sound racked up between the two and people that own or have owned both, what did they prefer it, when did they prefer it with. With what stuff did they enjoy each headphone with. More stuff along those lines. Of course the transients will be more cleaner on the SR-007 and all, but that wasn't even my intention to begin with...does that make sense?:confused:

post #8211 of 14639
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

SR-007, I haven't had the chance to try but SR-009 driven by a BH, I did listen quite a bit at the recent CA meet.  IMO, HE500 has no chance in this fight but it's not a fair comparison in this case, of course.  I still drool every time I remember the sound of that wicked combo.  :p

 

Yea I can only imagine. Unfortunately SR-009 with a maxed out amp won't be happening for some time. Just something more casual, so I thought, why not SR-007. Trying to squeeze in some opinions when I can. Still waiting on dealer to stock them. Could be a few months.

 

Right now, mostly listening to this in Ipod dock mode a.k.a. ZoomBox :D  Some classical radio station, pretty cool stuff. Away from all the dubs and wubs.

 

LCD-3's still get occasional listening from time to time as well though....

post #8212 of 14639
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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post
 

 

maybe no chance against stax

 

but with TOTL amps, the HE-500 holds its own against the Abyss though, and in many ways, outperforms it :D 

I would agree with that statement about 90%.  :D

IMO, the Abyss is a mix in sound between the HE500 and HE-6.  I listened to the Abyss driven by a liquid gold.

post #8213 of 14639

Damn it!  My HE-500 is on the way (for $550 new, I couldn't resist... take that, wallet!)... it's supposed to be here tomorrow via UPS ground...

 

... and now the status on the package is "Exception" due to "Train derailment".  I guess I have to wait longer to join your ranks.

 

Related: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-25/train-wreck-near-highland-park-school-injures-4

post #8214 of 14639
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Originally Posted by uzi View Post
 

Damn it!  My HE-500 is on the way (for $550 new, I couldn't resist... take that, wallet!)... it's supposed to be here tomorrow via UPS ground...

 

... and now the status on the package is "Exception" due to "Train derailment".  I guess I have to wait longer to join your ranks.

 

Related: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-25/train-wreck-near-highland-park-school-injures-4

 

It would be worth the wait.  Be patient. :p 

post #8215 of 14639
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Originally Posted by uzi View Post
 

Damn it!  My HE-500 is on the way (for $550 new, I couldn't resist... take that, wallet!)... it's supposed to be here tomorrow via UPS ground...

 

 

 

May I ask where you purchased new HE-500s for that price?  If that's now allowed in the Forums, a PM would be appreciated.

cheers.

post #8216 of 14639
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Originally Posted by uzi View Post
 

Damn it!  My HE-500 is on the way (for $550 new, I couldn't resist... take that, wallet!)... it's supposed to be here tomorrow via UPS ground...

 

... and now the status on the package is "Exception" due to "Train derailment".  I guess I have to wait longer to join your ranks.

 

Related: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2013-09-25/train-wreck-near-highland-park-school-injures-4

 

550usd new? ru serious?? thats FAR under the regular (fixed) going price all over the world of 699usd/euro/GBP (in france a company sells them for 650euro if i am not mistaken)...

 

tip: be careful not to brag around to much about it...as those extreme low prices are a bit illigal (as far i know) if u bought it from an official seller for a new model he500..sellers cant sell their he500 for that amount of money as far i understand..ur a lucky man my friend!!! congrats and i hope u get it soon, as really,  its one heck of a phone!! u wont regret it a bit!!! :D

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I too ordered the HE500 at the $550 price (from http://www.razordogaudio.com/ Coupon code: RAZORDOG150). It came in today and I'm driving it with a Woo Audio WA7, which isn't too powerful, but people here have said it's decent. My impressions are that the imaging is amazing, and it is more revealing than my other headphones (HD700, T90), and what I've noticed the revealing isn't just due to treble increase, but actual more reveal, like I can hear breathing and lip and tongue sounds from singers in pauses. Overall I'm quite impressed.

 

However, there is just one problem. I've heard these are suppose to have amazing midrange, but for me it's quite the opposite. Vocals, especially female, sound off and harsh. Same thing with aggressive electric guitar riffs. The sound I can describe best as harsh, recessed, and cavernous (reverberations). Definitely does not sound as good as my other headphones on these songs. Does it just need burning in, or maybe my amp isn't giving it enough juice and there are distortions? The WA7 is rated to give about 1 watt at the 38 ohms from what I've heard. I found this to happen especially on some JPop tracks. Quality of files are either 320 kbps or ~256 kbps VBR V0. Also volume level I'd estimate to be around 85-90 dB. One other odd thing is while I'm running my amp on Lo-Z, switching to Hi-Z doesn't change the volume or sound at all to me.

 

Does anyone else experience this?


Edited by Sonido - 9/26/13 at 9:40pm
post #8218 of 14639
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Originally Posted by jexby View Post
 

 

May I ask where you purchased new HE-500s for that price?  If that's now allowed in the Forums, a PM would be appreciated.

cheers.

 

It was in the most dangerous thread of all... the deals thread.  Ordered from razordogaudio.com:

 

"Now thru the end of September, get 20% off any HiFiMAN item over $249 with coupon code RAZORDOG20"

 

In addition, there's a RAZORDOG150 code that gave $150 off the $699 price... so $549, saving an extra $10.

post #8219 of 14639
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

I too ordered the HE500 at the $550 price (from http://www.razordogaudio.com/ Coupon code: RAZORDOG150). It came in today and I'm driving it with a Woo Audio WA7, which isn't too powerful, but people here have said it's decent. My impressions are that the imaging is amazing, and it is more revealing than my other headphones (HD700, T90), and what I've noticed the revealing isn't just due to treble increase, but actual more reveal, like I can hear breathing and lip and tongue sounds from singers in pauses. Overall I'm quite impressed.

 

However, there is just one problem. I've heard these are suppose to have amazing midrange, but for me it's quite the opposite. Vocals, especially female, sound off and harsh. Same thing with aggressive electric guitar riffs. The sound I can describe best as harsh and piercing. Definitely does not sound as good as my other headphones on these songs. Does it just need burning in, or maybe my amp isn't giving it enough juice and there are distortions? The WA7 is rated to give about 1 watt at the 38 ohms from what I've heard. I found this to happen especially on some JPop tracks. Quality of files are either 320 kbps or ~256 kbps VBR V0. Also volume level I'd estimate to be around 85-90 dB. One other odd thing is while I'm running my amp on Lo-Z, switching to Hi-Z doesn't change the volume or sound at all to me.

 

Does anyone else experience this?

 

on their site the he500 is stated as 699usd as normal again..so somehow u guys got a rebate of 150usd? i wonder how they pay that from..maybe they had some (newish) reburbished models laying around?..mine is a refurbished model also who got broken within 2 weeks time (one side went dead i understand)...the customer got a new one and the seller got the completely repaired back from hifiman (with warranty)..and i bought it as new (with all papers) for 625usd from them..with new drivers on both sides..

 

damn u guys are in luck as i just checked their site and they stopped??? (or i read it wrong) their rebate program on the hifiman models maybe the other official agents found out? :D..check this:

 

2. The instant rebate offer seems too good to be true! What’s the catch?
At RazorDog! Audio our goal is to give you the lowest prices. So there’s no catch, other than the HiFiMAN and KEF products are not eligible as well as the Sennheiser HD 598, HD 600, HD 650, HD 700 and HD 800. Please contact us if you have questions about your order. NOTE: The instant rebate ONLY applies to orders placed on razordogaudio.com. eBay orders are not eligible. Cannot be combined with any other discount code or promo.

 

that specific line is written so weird..does it mean they do give a rebate for the hifiman and kef or dont? :confused: 

 

ps...i always complement companies who try to do it differently then others and in this case pricing..well done..now people with a tight budget can afford the he500 (or could..lolz)..

 

ABOUT THE STRANGE MIDRANGE....NEVER HEARD THAT! BEST THING ON THE HE500 IS ITS MIDRANGE..and the wa7 is said to drive it pretty well...

something is not acting as it should...did u try the he500 on another amp? to check of its a faulty phone or ur amp?


Edited by hifimanrookie - 9/26/13 at 9:17pm
post #8220 of 14639

Did you try the coupon code? Also I ordered when i first heard about it in the Deals thread. From what I understand Razor Dog started selling Hifiman products about a week ago, and they sent a newsletter to those subscribed with the coupon code for the discount. I guess they were doing it as celebration of carrying Hifiman. Perhaps once Hifiman got wind of the coupon, they told them to stop.

 

Also even if they aren't actively offering the deal anymore, you can still try emailing the guy about it. My friend got a new HD800 for $1199 from him just by emailing. They take offers, you just gotta know that's an option to do.


Edited by Sonido - 9/26/13 at 9:20pm
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