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The new little Schiits seem to be getting a good rap.

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Or if you like a slightly warmer sound the 15.32 also sounds fantastic for the price
Aye boyo
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Wow, i just read Tyll's Comparing World-Class Headphones for the first time.  Interesting to find out the HE500 received very good evaluation.

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/comparing-world-class-headphones

I guess I did make a good choice. beerchug.gif
Yes beerchug.gif

But it should be up on his wall of fame mad.gif
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Just got my HE-500 and I couldn't be happier. I was afriad of the weight but I really don't find them to be uncomfortable after long sessions. I might put  Alpha Pads from my Mad Dog on these and see how comfy it is.
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Just got my HE-500 and I couldn't be happier. I was afriad of the weight but I really don't find them to be uncomfortable after long sessions. I might put  Alpha Pads from my Mad Dog on these and see how comfy it is.
Forget that alpha pads thingie..just go competly crazy and do the jerg mod! biggrin.gif
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Yes beerchug.gif

But it should be up on his wall of fame mad.gif

That it should...I've actually seen a few instances in flagship review/comparison articles or threads that include the HE-500 because it fares so well against the upper tier competition.  Another good example is in David Mahler's 'Battle of the Flagships' review thread:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/634201/battle-of-the-flagships-58-headphones-compared-update-audeze-lcd-2-revision-2-6-4-13

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Just got my HE-500 and I couldn't be happier. I was afriad of the weight but I really don't find them to be uncomfortable after long sessions. I might put  Alpha Pads from my Mad Dog on these and see how comfy it is.

Alpha Pads are super comfy, no doubt...but I can't say they pair best with the HE-500 for my personal tastes.  If you have them already, definitely give it a try...no harm there :cool:  I've read before they pair best with the HE-4, but they were not too bad when I tried them on my former HE-400.

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Alpha Pads are super comfy, no doubt...but I can't say they pair best with the HE-500 for my personal tastes.  If you have them already, definitely give it a try...no harm there cool.gif  I've read before they pair best with the HE-4, but they were not too bad when I tried them on my former HE-400.

Yeah from what I've read the Jergpads (specifically, the ones made by you) are the best. I subscribed to that thread. Since I missed the group buy, I'll definitely give it a go in a few weeks. But I saw pictures of your build and I doubt I can match your craftsmanship, so I'll probably still order if you do another group buy.
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I did buy a pair of Alpha Pads for my HE-500 and it's a very nice improvement over the stock pleather and velour. Much more comfortable and a more natural soundstage. It's like having the bass impact from the pleathers but the soundstage of the velours.

Installation was a bit of a pain but possible.

 

 

 

I heard the Jerg pads are a better match for the HE-500 and I might try to do it one day but I think I will stay with the Alpha Pads. They're just amazingly comfortable and it also matches with the leather headband.

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Very nice! How did you attach the pads to the Hifiman plastic mounting rings?

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It's actually pretty easy.  The mounting ring fits inside the Alpha Pads fine, it's just a tad bit loose and the vinyl covers the mounting clips a bit.  But it's still pretty easy to get all four mounting clips in place.  

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I just got my HE-500, I simply amazed. I plugged it into "Laptop >> Fiio D07 >> Schiit Asgard 2".

 

For now, I am satisfied with the D07/Asgard-2 combo and enjoying my HE-500. I am a part of "TEAM HE-500" now!

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I just got my HE-500, I simply amazed. I plugged it into "Laptop >> Fiio D07 >> Schiit Asgard 2".

 

For now, I am satisfied with the D07/Asgard-2 combo and enjoying my HE-500. I am a part of "TEAM HE-500" now

Grats and welcome!  What took you so long???  didn't believe us, crazy owners? :beerchug:

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Grats and welcome!  What took you so long???  didn't believe us, crazy owners? :beerchug:


I do believe you ;)  Thanks! :beerchug:

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I've a question for those who know a thing or two about amps available to purchase in the Uk/EU smily_headphones1.gif

Other than the Emotiva Mini X which I have owned but wasn't too keen on the noise floor/hiss, but loved the warmth, If you were given £300 to play with - what alternative amp would you choose to pair with the He-500 headphones? I'm looking for a very neutral Amp. This could be from Ebay Uk, Head-fi or anywhere really, as long as I can get to play with it within the next week.   I can't find any good deals on the Lyr over here, still £450 rrp, and besides at that price, what's turning me off is the many claims of tubes making the sound much better (which makes me think it must be dull in the first place).

Ideally, a stereo amp would be great, with a similar sound signature to the Emotiva Mini X (warm, full sounding, but not as to take away detail). 

Any ideas, exact models, links? 

Thanks a bunch smily_headphones1.gif

I have a Lake People g109 and I'm very happy with how my HE-500s sound from it. I haven't tried speaker taps yet but I'm going to attempt a DIY cable and plug then into the back of my Linn Majik I. I'll post a comparison when I do.

On the subject of the Linn Majik I, it's a 40W integrated amp that can be picked up for around £200 second hand in the UK. Linn have a superb reputation and my speakers sound great out of the Majik so I'm hopeful my headphones do too. Actually they sound magic just straight from the headphone socket smily_headphones1.gif
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