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Originally Posted by daerron View Post
 

 

I found the same with the Sennheiser HD580. I also got the HD580s after I already had the HE-500 and it is a headphone that grows on you. It really is a great headphone and more neutral sounding, but there is definitely noticeable graininess in the sound. Reckon everyone should listen to the HD600 at some stage in their head-fi journey to realise how forward and bass heavy most gear sounds today. Going back to the HE-500 always produced a wow factor though. I eventually sold my pair to somebody who was starting out on his head-fi journey along with a JDS Labs cmoy amp. The Westone 4 is another example of a IEM that doesn't really produce a wow factor, but with more and more listening you realise how impressive they are.

Yes the sound compared to the HE500s is just very very natural. So that is what neutral sounds like, I must have a listen to the HD800s one day

post #9182 of 14085
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post
 

Oh my. James Newton Howard's "The Village" score is simply...breathtaking...on the HE-500's.

 

Like, it's been a long time since I've been this engaged in a score. These headphones have pushed the limits for me of what can be acheived in a "next in line for flagship" headphone.

To me, you already have a flag ship headphone by my many definitions.  I have been listening to Hd800 and comparing.  HE500 is indeed hanging just fine with the big boys.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

To me, you already have a flag ship headphone by my many definitions.  I have been listening to Hd800 and comparing.  HE500 is indeed hanging just fine with the big boys.

+1

While I cannot comment about how the HE500 fares with the HD800, I can say with full confidence that it can hold its own when side by side with the T1 and TH900 SQ-wise. I can even dare say it beats out the TH900 in terms of genre compatibility. For my musical tastes the HE500 is more versatile. The TH900 spanks it for some other genres though.
post #9184 of 14085

+1

 

I had the T1 and HE500 at the same time, and they were pretty even. The T1 to me was faster, brighter, and definitely better for some genres or recordings, but the HE500 felt smoother, fuller, and even more transparent (and better for other material). I ended up with the T1, but it was a difficult choice, and probably comfort has more to do with the decision than absolute sound quality. And, I'm still thinking of getting the HE500.

post #9185 of 14085

I picked the HE-500 over the T1, HD800 and LCD-2. It seems to be the most balanced, detailed and fastest out of the three. IMO the only non-stax can that can top it is the HE-6. 

post #9186 of 14085
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

  I have been listening to Hd800 and comparing.  HE500 is indeed hanging just fine with the big boys.

 

  He500 sounded very good in the mids to treble region. Thats the strength of all ribbon planar magnetics.

  I felt sorry for my he500 since i never give this can a chance to perform in my rig. In other words,

  i never spend my time to fully concentrate to tweak my rig to get the best out of this can. I am still finding  

  the right combo to get the best of  my hd800 . it is very hard since my hd600 raises the bar quite high -- to 

  be able to emotionally connected to the singer even when he is just talking nonchalantly or just

  cracking lolli-pop in his mouth   

post #9187 of 14085
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I felt sorry for my he500 since i never give this can a chance to perform in my rig. In other words,

  i never spend my time to fully concentrate to tweak my rig to get the best out of this can. I am still finding  

  the right combo to get the best of  my hd800 .

What rig do you have, if you don't mind me asking? What tweaking can be done?

post #9188 of 14085
I am not there yet with he500.
not even close .
So I cannot comment .
post #9189 of 14085
I'm pleased with my rig as it stands. Don't feel the need to upgrade and that's a rarity for me.
post #9190 of 14085
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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

To me, you already have a flag ship headphone by my many definitions.  I have been listening to Hd800 and comparing.  HE500 is indeed hanging just fine with the big boys.
You have the 500 and 800 now as well? Now you just need to pick up a TH600 and you would have my headphones dream team biggrin.gif
post #9191 of 14085
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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post


You have the 500 and 800 now as well? Now you just need to pick up a TH600 and you would have my headphones dream team biggrin.gif

 

  you mean like Barcelona having C. Ronaldo & R. Falcao :beerchug:

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post #9193 of 14085
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Originally Posted by kamalz View Post
 

 

  you mean like Barcelona having C. Ronaldo & R. Falcao :beerchug:

Lmao...You guys make my morning.  :p

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Good analogies. I don't know if Falcão would be a good fit for Barcelona though. Atleast tactic wise.


Edited by Okamoto - 11/10/13 at 3:39pm
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I would like to see Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie.

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