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post #9616 of 18025

Getting back to warth0g's disappointment with the HE-500's for classical music, classical is about 98% of all I use these phones for and I have no complaints at all except for issues that would apply to any headphone compared to a good speaker set up (which I also have). The hours I spend with these h/phones usually leaves a big smile on my face.  The detail retrieval, indeed, is superior to any speaker rig I've ever heard.

post #9617 of 18025

I thought these phones were fantastic with jazz and classical.  Obviously the soundstage is a bit small but that's an ortho thing.  

post #9618 of 18025
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

Pretty sure I've reached aural nirvana with my iPhone 5 connected to the Cypher Labs Theorem 720, through the Charleston Cable Company "Audiophile" headphone cable, then to my HE-500's, listening to the song "The Countdown" from the Hunger Games soundtrack...

I have that cable and I think it's excellent. It looks gorgeous and I'd even go so far as to say that that the improvements to the SQ are not imaginary. The Charleston Cable Company don't get the recognition they deserve on here.
post #9619 of 18025

The PS Audio NuWave DAC was quite impressive with the HE-500 with classical music and the PWD2 even more. It is very quiet and has very impressive dynamics which works nicely with classical music. The HE-500s sound stage deficiencies stop it from being a "classic" in the classical category for me. A good ESS9018 implementation does improve things somewhat by extending the sound stage width, but I haven't been able to find anything that gives it more depth. I would still give the HE-500 a solid 8/10 for classical music.

post #9620 of 18025
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Originally Posted by Andolink View Post
 

Getting back to warth0g's disappointment with the HE-500's for classical music, classical is about 98% of all I use these phones for and I have no complaints at all except for issues that would apply to any headphone compared to a good speaker set up (which I also have). The hours I spend with these h/phones usually leaves a big smile on my face.  The detail retrieval, indeed, is superior to any speaker rig I've ever heard.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Contrails View Post
 

I thought these phones were fantastic with jazz and classical.  Obviously the soundstage is a bit small but that's an ortho thing.  

 

Thanks for the comments. I'm coming to the conclusion that my HE500s are a bit under-served by my current rig. I'm still trying to resist spending silly money but I'd be lying if I said i wasn't checking out the web for prices of amps ;-)

post #9621 of 18025
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I have that cable and I think it's excellent. It looks gorgeous and I'd even go so far as to say that that the improvements to the SQ are not imaginary. The Charleston Cable Company don't get the recognition they deserve on here.

 



I have Charleston Cables for mine. I have their middle grade cable and like it. I needed a 15 footer so I just couldn't spring for the best quality cable. Too expensive for me. But for now the middle grade is making me happy.
post #9622 of 18025
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Originally Posted by warth0g View Post
 

 

Good to hear that my ears aren't completely off then (yet) :-) To be honest, I'm trying to resist the upgrade urge, as I am basically very happy with my set-up, I just wish it could do classical better. The DA8 looks interesting though (in China, it seems to be about $1100) and if it would make it huge difference, then I might be tempted although not for a while. It looks like it's a DAC and amp combined - is the AMP OK, or would it need to be separately amped do you think?

 

 

If that's directed at me - good idea, as long as someone can lend me the money ;-)

 

Save the money and get the AKG Q701.  Maybe a pricey solution (~$230 in the US) to listen to just classical, but you might like them for jazz, too.  I know I do.  Best to demo them (or anything else) out in the back of the beyond :-)  NB: they're pretty unforgiving, though.  YMMV.

 

Glad you're enjoying your HE-500s.

post #9623 of 18025
Only heard one speaker rig that can better my Stax in resolution, dynamics, details and so on. It does cost somewhere between 60-80 k I'd suppose
post #9624 of 18025
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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

Why does everyone think a stax setup need to be that expensive :( Is like sr-009 or nothing...

 

Wonder when hifimanrookies amp is due to arrive (are you still reading this thread?)


The problem is that the cheapest Stax costs almost as much as a HE-500 and you need to buy an amplifier that costs almost as much as the headphone itself. Besides, the Lamba Series are not known for being very good all-rounders, atleast not as much as HE-500.

I have already decided that the SR-007 will probably be my definitive headphone. I'm just waiting for the money to come in(and building the guts to import something so expensive) to get a Stax system from Justin.


Edited by Okamoto - 12/2/13 at 10:39am
post #9625 of 18025

The SR-2170 package comes with an amplifier and I think it's a bit more than a HE-500.

post #9626 of 18025

People don't like the idea of being locked into a particular rig when everybody is mixing and matching. It's the theory of buying into a rig that may be a hobby-ender since you can't easily just jump into the next headphone and amp. It's the reason I haven't really ever gotten into Stax despite recognizing their glorious sound.

post #9627 of 18025

Got my Quickie kit today! Finished up the board, about to start soldering, then found out the soldering kit I ordered was broken. The entire inside of the soldering station was ripped apart from the chassis so it was shaking loose. Gonna borrow my friend's tomorrow. Hopefully will be done tomorrow and will give impressions on how it sound with Emotiva and HE-500.

post #9628 of 18025
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Got my Quickie kit today! Finished up the board, about to start soldering, then found out the soldering kit I ordered was broken. The entire inside of the soldering station was ripped apart from the chassis so it was shaking loose. Gonna borrow my friend's tomorrow. Hopefully will be done tomorrow and will give impressions on how it sound with Emotiva and HE-500.

I have found you a new soldering station. Rejoice! :D

post #9629 of 18025
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

Got my Quickie kit today! Finished up the board, about to start soldering, then found out the soldering kit I ordered was broken. The entire inside of the soldering station was ripped apart from the chassis so it was shaking loose. Gonna borrow my friend's tomorrow. Hopefully will be done tomorrow and will give impressions on how it sound with Emotiva and HE-500.

Good for you. I'm very impressed by those of you with soldering skills. I would probably solder my fingers together if I even attempted anything so complex. Let us know how it goes!

post #9630 of 18025
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Originally Posted by Sonido View Post
 

Got my Quickie kit today! Finished up the board, about to start soldering, then found out the soldering kit I ordered was broken. The entire inside of the soldering station was ripped apart from the chassis so it was shaking loose. Gonna borrow my friend's tomorrow. Hopefully will be done tomorrow and will give impressions on how it sound with Emotiva and HE-500.

Excited to hear how it compares to the WA7 combo.

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