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post #9901 of 18011
quote name="jamato8" url="/t/551345/hifiman-he-500-he-as-in-high-end-impressions-and-feedback/9900#post_10081772"]How many use their HE-500 balanced?
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Almost all the time.
post #9902 of 18011
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How many use their HE-500 balanced?


Sometimes via Violectric V181 but I find it a little sterile and too revealing so mostly I run them SE out of a WA7

post #9903 of 18011

Have the cables but no balanced amp.

post #9904 of 18011
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How many use their HE-500 balanced?

I use it with Q French Silk balanced and Mjolnir amp excllent combination.

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I use it with Q French Silk balanced and Mjolnir amp excllent combination.


ditto the 'Q'

post #9906 of 18011

Alright time to ask you guys, what do you think of the HE-500 vs the Sennheiser 650? What are the differences that jump out to you? I'm just curious if the sound signature is something I could get into.

post #9907 of 18011
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Alright time to ask you guys, what do you think of the HE-500 vs the Sennheiser 650? What are the differences that jump out to you? I'm just curious if the sound signature is something I could get into.

To me, once the HD650 are balanced, they are much better than SE but the 500 have more detail and a general feel for the musical venue. To me, they are a step up. The bass of the 500 is tighter and to my ear, more tuneful. 

post #9908 of 18011

Well I do want to purchase the Canare cable from HeadDirect to see what that sounds like and then get the Bifrost Uber. I think I'll do that first.

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Originally Posted by Alexnova View Post
 

Alright time to ask you guys, what do you think of the HE-500 vs the Sennheiser 650? What are the differences that jump out to you? I'm just curious if the sound signature is something I could get into.

 

I'm literally A/B'ing them now as we speak. 

 

HD650 has a slightly better center image, but much less wide soundstage, instrumental separation and overall airyness is poor compared to the HE-500, the lower octaves are much nicer, more articulated, with much faster attack and decay times (transients are 2-3X faster) on the HE-500, overall tighter. More open soundstage, better width and height, an extra league of detail extraction, and a treble presence that's much more extended and revealing. 

 

HD650's are muddy and closed-in compared to the HE-500, I find that the HE-500 outclasses the HD650 in almost every way excpet possibly the HD650's ablity to image very accurately.

 

Using the Yulong DA8 with the Forza Audio Works Noir on the HE-500 and the Whiplash Audio TWag V2 on the HD650, and a LessLoss DFPC power cable and a KingRex Unanimous Y-Art USB cable.

post #9910 of 18011

The HE-500 has better imaging, detail levels, treble detail+extension, better sub bass and lower distortion overall. It has a far faster response and is a fantastic all rounder. The HD650 is more laid back and has a fair bit less treble and liveliness. The 650 is more romantic "euphonic" but the HE-500 is still very enjoyable for mellow or sultry music.

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The HE-500 has better imaging, detail levels, treble detail+extension, better sub bass and lower distortion overall. It has a far faster response and is a fantastic all rounder. The HD650 is more laid back and has a fair bit less treble and liveliness. The 650 is more romantic "euphonic" but the HE-500 is still very enjoyable for mellow or sultry music.

 

I thnk the HE-500 has super imaging overall, but the HD650 has a slighty better center image, all IMHO. 

post #9912 of 18011

I feel the Hifiman headphones out there are top level at imaging - never felt let down by any of their planars in this regard. I feel the HE-4 was the overall best at it though. I'd have to re listen to the HD650 side by side with the 500 to see the center imaging thing - been a while.


Edited by Roronoa - 12/19/13 at 11:27pm
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I feel the Hifiman headphones out there are top level at imaging - never felt let down by any of their planars in this regard. I feel the HE-4 was the overall best at it though. I'd have to re listen to the HD650 side by side with the 500 to see the center imaging thing - been a while.

 

Oh, don't get me wrong, the HiFiMAN planar are imaging freaks, and I mean that in a good way, but the HD650 does scale really well, ahaha. 

post #9914 of 18011

Am I the only one who really really didn't like the HD650? :D

post #9915 of 18011
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How many use their HE-500 balanced?

I do exclusively for the simple reason that my amp, the Audio-gd NFB 6, performs optimally only in balanced or ACSS modes.   I use a Norse Skuld 2 terminated in XLR and my balanced source is the Audiolab 8200 CD player.


Edited by Andolink - 12/20/13 at 2:15am
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