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Originally Posted by Roronoa View Post
 

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. 

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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.


Edited by Roronoa - 12/19/13 at 11:27pm
post #9918 of 15244
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Originally Posted by Roronoa View Post
 

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 #9919 of 15244

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

post #9920 of 15244
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

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
post #9921 of 15244
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post

I got them direct from AKG in the US.  If you're in the US, contact Frank Rodriguez.

frank.rodriguez@harman.com

or call him at 818-920-3279.  Great guy, very helpful.  I paid $14.74 per pad, $7 FedEx Ground.

If you're not in the US, you can get them from Moon Audio
http://www.moon-audio.com/akg-k701-k702-earpad.html
available in grey or black ($7.50 extra per pad!)  Not cheap.  Other options are

http://www.headphone.com/accessories/headphone-parts/akg-k702-cushion--one-side.php
lists as black, doesn't give the part number.

I thought I saw them at Full Compass, but don't now.  YMMV.

The AKG part number is 2458M12020

HTH.

Thanks a lot!
post #9922 of 15244
Thanks guys for the replies.

So now it comes down if buying a DAC is worth it. Thats what we are discussing in the Bifrost Uber thread and one of the guys has the same setup (CL Titanium HD).

I just need to find the right tubes to get the bass I desire.
post #9923 of 15244

re: Q701 pads...

 

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Originally Posted by catcherfly View Post


Thanks a lot!

 

No problem :smile:  If you get them, post some impressions.  What pads do you use on your HE-500s now?  Stock, jergpad mod, something else?

post #9924 of 15244
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Originally Posted by Textfeud View Post

Am I the only one who really really didn't like the HD650? biggrin.gif

Mime went back in their case and are collecting dust right now...mostly because I like the other phones I have better...
post #9925 of 15244
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Mime went back in their case and are collecting dust right now...mostly because I like the other phones I have better...
I found out that with the right amp the hd650 just shines.. Ask fearless1 biggrin.gif
post #9926 of 15244

Sigh, still cant decide between the HE-400 and the HE-500 cans... I wish I could audition them both without having to actually BUY them both and return one.

post #9927 of 15244
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post
 

Sigh, still cant decide between the HE-400 and the HE-500 cans... I wish I could audition them both without having to actually BUY them both and return one.

Look out for local head-fi meets maybe?

post #9928 of 15244
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

Look out for local head-fi meets maybe?


Jerg! You never PMd me back! I sent you a message asking about your take on the two since you have both listed in your sig. And yea, I guess thats about the only other way. Ill just have to keep my eyes open.

post #9929 of 15244
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Originally Posted by ben_r_ View Post
 

Sigh, still cant decide between the HE-400 and the HE-500 cans... I wish I could audition them both without having to actually BUY them both and return one.

 

I guess it depends on your liking for bass. The HE-500 is a bit bass shy (has a flat bass response?), depending on which amp you use with it, but it has nice definition and extension. With a speaker amp it get some nicely added slam and impact which negates it somewhat.

post #9930 of 15244
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Jerg! You never PMd me back! I sent you a message asking about your take on the two since you have both listed in your sig. And yea, I guess thats about the only other way. Ill just have to keep my eyes open.

I get too many PMs nowadays and unfortunately can't go through all of them. Tell me, 1) tight snappy bass, lean open sound signature, sparkly treble, or 2) grand bass, soothing slightly-wet sound signature, smoothed-over treble?

 

If 1), then HE400 (or HE4 if you have a powerful amp already), if 2) then HE500. If you are still unsure, try to attend a head-fi meet.

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