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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post


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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Originally Posted by kard16 View Post

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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Originally Posted by modulor View Post

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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Originally Posted by K-Otar View Post
 

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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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

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


I do believe you ;)  Thanks! :beerchug:

post #8950 of 16196
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Originally Posted by fluidz View Post

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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K-otar,

Own mine for a couple of months already and still surprise by them. Cool avatar by the way.
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I got these HE500 and EF5 combo for about a month and curiously wanted to know how good LCD2 because of so many positive reviews about them.
They arrived last week and I tried to love 'em so hard but they could never catch my HE500
Now I think I'll never part with HE500
Other pair of headphone may come and go but these pair stays smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by wewewho77 - 10/30/13 at 8:29pm
post #8953 of 16196
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Originally Posted by wewewho77 View Post

I got these HE500 and EF5 combo for about a month and curiously wanted to know how good LCD2 because of so many positive reviews about them.
They arrived last week and I tried to love 'em so hard but they could never catch my HE500
Now I think I'll never part with HE500

Other pair of headphone may come and go but these pair stays smily_headphones1.gif

 

Give it time.:wink_face:

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post

Give it time.wink_face.gif
And i think zoom once said:u have to give the lcd time (a few months or so) to get customed to the soundsignature if u come from a he500...right zoom?
post #8955 of 16196
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Originally Posted by hifimanrookie View Post


And i think zoom once said:u have to give the lcd time (a few months or so) to get customed to the soundsignature if u come from a he500...right zoom?

 

Yea. Higher learning curve on the Audeze's than the Hifiman. Also, the sound signature difference. Audeze's will seem a bit boring at first when coming from HE-500. Hifiman is more speaker like, so it takes less time to get used to. Audeze's while having a smaller soundstage, is more 3D and comprehensive. Even after having the LCD-2 for 5 months and then moving to LCD-3, I still needed at least a month to get a handle on it. I only started liking the LCD-3's after two months with them.

 

Need to try a lot of material and repeat it as well with different moods, different energy/sleep level, volume. With big investments I notice at first people (including me) tend to be a lot more critical than necessary. It takes out the fun factor. It seems rushed when you are specifically looking for certain things. Best to try stuff out when you have no expectation from things or no checklist. Just listen for what it is. Eventually you'll arrive at a solid baseline.

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