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post #9316 of 14687
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Originally Posted by Kendoji View Post
 

 

The HE-500 is wonderful, you can't go wrong.  And you don't need a fancy amp to enjoy them (that can always come later).

+1 100%.  I enjoyed the HE500 just fine out of my Fiio e17.

post #9317 of 14687
I enjoyed the he400 with my x-can more than he500 through e17 back then.. And he500 more through my x-can than he400 through the x-can. Fairly brief time comparing though, affected by new toy syndrome etc, etc.
post #9318 of 14687

I've been comparing the HE-500 and LCD-3 back and forth and can't decide which I like better.  It reminds me that there's no such thing as a perfect headphone (and yes I have tried electrostatics).

 

The HE-500 has great soundstaging, better than the LCD-3 by a long shot.  It has that sort of midrange transparency and depth that just seems to go on forever.  On the other hand, the LCD-3 has more pleasing tonality- instruments sound smoother, less fatiguing and causes you to relax more into the song.  This is true even for techno, metal, etc...  Neither of them are especially comfortable, all things being relative.

 

I beginning to realize, as many of the head-fi veterans already have, that the best approach is not to chase the one perfect headphone but instead have a variety of headphones each with their strengths and weaknesses.  Enjoy them for how they engage you in your music rather than focusing on their shortcomings.

post #9319 of 14687
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Originally Posted by PuffyElvis View Post
 

I've been comparing the HE-500 and LCD-3 back and forth and can't decide which I like better.  It reminds me that there's no such thing as a perfect headphone (and yes I have tried electrostatics).

 

The HE-500 has great soundstaging, better than the LCD-3 by a long shot.  It has that sort of midrange transparency and depth that just seems to go on forever.  On the other hand, the LCD-3 has more pleasing tonality- instruments sound smoother, less fatiguing and causes you to relax more into the song.  This is true even for techno, metal, etc...  Neither of them are especially comfortable, all things being relative.

 

I beginning to realize, as many of the head-fi veterans already have, that the best approach is not to chase the one perfect headphone but instead have a variety of headphones each with their strengths and weaknesses.  Enjoy them for how they engage you in your music rather than focusing on their shortcomings.

 

The LCD-2's or the LCD-3's...? Because if LCD-3's, wow on the comparison. That's really cool.

post #9320 of 14687
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Originally Posted by VortexBlast View Post
 

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.

 

Is there supposed to be a certain way to install them or something? I bought some alpha pads that are on their way so yeah.

post #9321 of 14687

The alpha pads looks ugly..

But what the hecks,, the most important thing is the sound

post #9322 of 14687

I think they look nice. My opinion of course. :) 

post #9323 of 14687

 Finally... I just make my he500 sings.

 It certainly stands up to my Hd600 & my Hd800 now.

 My first impression are  excellent soundstage &  pin point imaging..

 i can't believe i am dancing when listening to this cans 

 it just let me forget of details but just enjoy music to the fullest with my emotion.

 :atsmile: The lyr sure have enough juice to kick butt on this can

post #9324 of 14687
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Originally Posted by NZheadcase View Post
 

I think they look nice. My opinion of course. :) 


Me too, looks very cool.

post #9325 of 14687

Listen to M83 - Oblivion (feat. Susanne Sundfør) and jizz all over your amplifier, headphones, keyboard ect.

FLAC ofcourse. And turn that **** the **** up. 


Edited by Xtri - 11/17/13 at 9:05am
post #9326 of 14687
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Originally Posted by Xtri View Post
 

Listen to M83 - Oblivion (feat. Susanne Sundfør) and jizz all over your amplifier, headphones, keyboard ect.

FLAC ofcourse. And turn that **** the **** up. 

Darn good album, thanks! :L3000:

post #9327 of 14687
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post
 

Darn good album, thanks! :L3000:

**** yes it is, enjoy man :D

post #9328 of 14687
Thread Starter 

Unless the HD650 is balanced (the only way I can tolerate it) it can't stand near the HE-500, IMO. Even with the 650 balanced the HE-500 is better. 

post #9329 of 14687
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

Unless the HD650 is balanced (the only way I can tolerate it) it can't stand near the HE-500, IMO. Even with the 650 balanced the HE-500 is better. 

HE-500 is ******* amazing, I love the deep bass, I equalize it a little bit, but not much, I am kind of a bass-head, and the HE-500 isn't known for being "friendly" for bass heads but I think it's amazing, It's just perfect for me currently. Although I just ordered the Fostex TH-600 so it will be fun to try that out when it comes. I've always wished to get my hands on a D7000, and I know for a fact that TH-600 is basically the D7000 just better (atleast after a guy I know, probably placebo, rofl). But yeah, I am set, I am ******* set when I have the TH-600. I will NEVER sell my HE-500, these ****ers I will keep. The only thing I probably will sell or upgrade is the WA6-SE, eventually I will probably go for something a bit more high-end. I want to try out something that doesn't have tubes, but seriously, tubes are fun, WA6-SE itself is amazing because of the tube rolling you can do with it. This month I jumped straight into the deep waters, lucky for me I had a couple of crazy ****ers who spend way too much money on stereo in general to help me out :P And I do not regret a second, the HE-500 is amazing and so far I am very happy, can't wait to test out the TH-600 though. I got to say, the WA6-SE is kickass, it runs the HE-500 perfectly.

No matter who you are, you should give the HE-500 a chance.

post #9330 of 14687
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Originally Posted by Xtri View Post
 

HE-500 is ******* amazing, I love the deep bass, I equalize it a little bit, but not much, I am kind of a bass-head, and the HE-500 isn't known for being "friendly" for bass heads but I think it's amazing, It's just perfect for me currently. Although I just ordered the Fostex TH-600 so it will be fun to try that out when it comes. I've always wished to get my hands on a D7000, and I know for a fact that TH-600 is basically the D7000 just better (atleast after a guy I know, probably placebo, rofl). But yeah, I am set, I am ******* set when I have the TH-600. I will NEVER sell my HE-500, these ****ers I will keep. The only thing I probably will sell or upgrade is the WA6-SE, eventually I will probably go for something a bit more high-end. I want to try out something that doesn't have tubes, but seriously, tubes are fun, WA6-SE itself is amazing because of the tube rolling you can do with it. This month I jumped straight into the deep waters, lucky for me I had a couple of crazy ****ers who spend way too much money on stereo in general to help me out :P And I do not regret a second, the HE-500 is amazing and so far I am very happy, can't wait to test out the TH-600 though. I got to say, the WA6-SE is kickass, it runs the HE-500 perfectly.

No matter who you are, you should give the HE-500 a chance.

I can tell how much you love the HE500 by counting the F's in your post.  :beerchug: 

The WA6SE is already one of the best tube amps that could drive the HE500 well.  IMO, it could be better with HE500 than my WA22 if I don't run the WA22 balanced.  Solid state will give a few more options but very expensive for really not much improvements.  I do love the HE500 on a liquid gold amp but at $6400 it makes no sense sonically or financially for me unless i win the lotto.


Edited by koiloco - 11/17/13 at 11:06am
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