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post #916 of 18029

As a new owner of the HE-500 I guess I won't know what the old pads sounded like but I can say coming from the LCD-2 rev2 there isn't a difference in clarity.  There is a difference is tone and texture as the Audeze has its own house sound but the HE-500 isn't by any means muddy in the vocals with the pads I received. 

 

Can you guys define "clutter" to me?  To me clutter signifies a lack of clarity and focus.  With the pads that came from Hifiman last week I have no problem with vocals.  There isn't thing missing in terms of clarity and focus nor am I hearing any type of veil over the vocals.  Maybe I got a lucky pair of pads.      

 

And if the old pads are great, what is the next best thing that can be obtained for modding?  I'm all for trying to get the best out of my headphones so if a little tweaking can have a big pay off I'm game.  


 

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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

Update: Removed the "new and improved velour pads". Wow. The HE-500 sound is back. Thanks. :) New isn't always better. QED.



 

post #917 of 18029

I might mount the DT990 velour pads on the HE-500 tomorrow. The new denser velour pads indeed "clutter" the HE-500 vocals. You got to listen to the 271mkII velour pads to understand it. If you have "only" listended to the denser velour pads, the HE-500's capabilities regarding altered sound signature is hard to comprehend. Pads alter the sound on any (i.e. the one I have listened to) headphone far more than most DAC, amps - and God forbid - cables.

 

Ear pads is NOT hyperbole...


Edited by Loevhagen - 1/27/12 at 6:27pm
post #918 of 18029

Mounted the original velour pads back on - and - ah - that was back to normal.

 

I have become quite fond off the original (pads) HE-500 on the LP / Violectric products. 


Edited by Loevhagen - 1/27/12 at 5:10pm
post #919 of 18029

Everything but my cables arrived yesterday, cables today!  Pictures (phone) of my unboxing: http://imgur.com/a/T0RD7

 

What I bought:

  1. HE-500
  2. EF-5 (was on sale for $400 on Amazon)
  3. Audioengine D1
  4. Emotiva RCA cables

 

Upon putting these on for the first time, 3 things immediately come to mind:

  1. OH MY GOD THESE ARE COMFORTABLE!
  2. They are indeed very heavy
  3. These are built for a BIG head.  My HD598s I have somewhere around 5 ticks extended, these I have to keep as small as they can go.

 

Initial sound is amazing (though I don't have anything better to compare to).  I will review further after burnin and more hours.

post #920 of 18029

Where you buying your DT990 pads from?  If there is more magic with these pads I definitely want to try them out.  
 

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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

I might mount the DT990 velour pads on the HE-500 tomorrow. The new denser felour pads indeed "clutter" the HE-500 vocals. You got to listen to the 271mkII velour pads to understand it. If you have "only" listended to the denser velour pads, the HE-500's capabilities regarding altered sound signature is hard to comprehend. Pads alter the sound on any (i.e. the one I have listened to) headphone far more than most DAC, amps - and God forbid - cables.

 

Ear pads is NOT hyperbole...



 

post #921 of 18029

 

  1. Agree
  2. That depends
  3. Agree. Chinese heads are crazy big.

 

The DT990 is bought from BHPhotoVideo.com (NY) or Thomann )Germany). It boils down to your appetite.

 

 

post #922 of 18029

Going crazy today: Just hooked the HE-500 to the Rega Brio-R. Does the HE-6 little brother scale well? You tell me - guess what; yes. :)

post #923 of 18029

They sure are built for a big head. Us small headed people need at least a 1/2 inch of foam to get them to fit.

post #924 of 18029

What do you prefer, speaker taps to Rega Brio or SE to V200?
 

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Going crazy today: Just hooked the HE-500 to the Rega Brio-R. Does the HE-6 little brother scale well? You tell me - guess what; yes. :)



 

post #925 of 18029
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Originally Posted by Loevhagen View Post

Going crazy today: Just hooked the HE-500 to the Rega Brio-R. Does the HE-6 little brother scale well? You tell me - guess what; yes. :)


Almost 10 solid watts for this poor HE-500!

 

post #926 of 18029
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Almost 10 solid watts for this poor HE-500!

 


I have used a 30 wpc Red Wine Audio Signature 30.2 driven by an Isabella w/ the gain set at zero, awesome sound!

 

post #927 of 18029
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I just received the new 'version' of HE-500. The cable looks as it is the HE-6 cable. It is indeed flexible and light (one of my main complaints about the old one). A second 'leather' pad set is included. Unfortunately I missed the new reduced price frown.gif.

 

 HE-500 001.JPG



Are there still metal bars running across the cans (from the inside of the cup)?

post #928 of 18029

They really should give a choice between the silver and the canare cable :)

post #929 of 18029

Just realized my new pair is the old version :(

 

Thats what I get from not buying from head direct I imagine.


Edited by cstjean - 1/28/12 at 8:13am
post #930 of 18029
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Are there still metal bars running across the cans (from the inside of the cup)?



Hallo Peter. smile.gif

 

Yes, I am afraid that there is. The same as in loaner. But maybe you can use a different set of ear pads (like the DT990 ones) which, I believe, are thicker.

 

EDIT: These metal bars are on both sides of the cans. It can be seen in the pictures here (only for the out side).


Edited by plin - 1/28/12 at 9:45am
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