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Contact HiFiMan.


AFAIK, from personal experience and from others, their customer service is fantastic. See if they can do anything for you.

FWIW, I know people who have one since they first came out and there is no sign of rust. Really strange...confused_face_2.gif
Their customer service is good but the quality of specific parts is bad. I just don't want to send them back and be without them for a month or two. I will continue cleaning the rust with acetone but the colour is going away. I use acetone to clean metallic parts all the time but never the colour just got wiped out like that.
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Their customer service is good but the quality of specific parts is bad. I just don't want to send them back and be without them for a month or two. I will continue cleaning the rust with acetone but the colour is going away. I use acetone to clean metallic parts all the time but never the colour just got wiped out like that.


Hmm...I know they aren't opposed to mailing you the new parts.

 

Another thing I would try is spraying it with matte clear coat sealant. That should stop any rust from re-appearing and will save what finish it has left.

post #78 of 140
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Hmm...I know they aren't opposed to mailing you the new parts.

Another thing I would try is spraying it with matte clear coat sealant. That should stop any rust from re-appearing and will save what finish it has left.
Thank you. I will try to unscrew that part but I am worried I will not be able to unscrew one of the rusted screws on HE-500. The screws on my HE-4 are so rusty the are disintegrating.
post #79 of 140

So its still upgrade in SQ over Senn 650/600 right? I want to give them a chance I think.

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So its still upgrade in SQ over Senn 650/600 right? I want to give them a chance I think.
For me a big upgrade. It retains nice mids of HD600 but has so much more details.
post #81 of 140
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Thank you. I will try to unscrew that part but I am worried I will not be able to unscrew one of the rusted screws on HE-500. The screws on my HE-4 are so rusty the are disintegrating.

 

I just bought a pair and am now worried that your experience maybe one that I will have in the future.  Would it be possible to post a picture?

 

Also, I think it's important that you get in contact with Fang at Hifiman and let him know what's going on with your set.  Maybe he will mail you a new set and have you send back yours when you receive the new ones.

post #82 of 140
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I just bought a pair and am now worried that your experience maybe one that I will have in the future.  Would it be possible to post a picture?

Also, I think it's important that you get in contact with Fang at Hifiman and let him know what's going on with your set.  Maybe he will mail you a new set and have you send back yours when you receive the new ones.
I like this pair too much to send it back. It if gets worse i will have to.

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post #83 of 140

I decided to buy both HE400 and HE500 HP and choose better ones for me.

Can I use velour pads from HE500 to HE400?

 

Thanks


Edited by zibra - 7/18/12 at 3:35am
post #84 of 140

They are interchangeable on the newer versions...

post #85 of 140
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One of these little gems is “Ticket To Ride” on the album Dark Side Of The Moon. Wait…“Ticket To Ride”…that’s The Beatles! Dark Side is by Pink Floyd! Have I gone crazy? No…not yet. At the very end of “Eclipse”, there is a very low level orchestral version of “Ticket To Ride”. Speculation about why it’s there is endless but what makes most sense is that they simply grabbed a reel-to-reel and recorded over a previous recording. For whatever reason, it didn’t fully erase that orchestral version of “Ticket To Ride”. At normal volume levels, it’s very difficult to hear and as I mentioned earlier, most systems can’t even resolve that level of detail. The HE-500 is no slouch when it comes to resolution and detail retrieval. Now, do not confuse detail with a bright high end treble sizzle. This is not the case here. While the HE-500 might have a bit of treble emphasis, it really isn’t enough that I would call it “falsely detailed” or even bright. At normal listening levels, I could clearly hear the hidden tune at the end of “Eclipse”. With some headphones, I have to turn up the volume a bit to hear it but this is not so with the HE-500. To me, that is impressive.

 

 

 

 

I don't know if any of you are Sonic Youth fans, but similarly, if you listen to the album 'Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star', you can hear the Sonic Youth album 'Sister' playing in its entirety behind it.  It's most noticeable in the gaps between songs.

post #86 of 140
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LFF, your reviews make me want to buy more music. tongue.gif

 

 

+1  I haven't bought it yet, but it made me finally listen to Graceland again after a very, very long time.  I sampled it during my punk days and (of course) summarily rejected it as 'old people music'.  Well, it turns out that now I'm 'old people'.  Whoda thunk?

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I don't know if any of you are Sonic Youth fans, but similarly, if you listen to the album 'Experimental Jet Set Trash and No Star', you can hear the Sonic Youth album 'Sister' playing in its entirety behind it.  It's most noticeable in the gaps between songs.

Wow, that is pretty wild. I am a Sonic Youth fan but frankly don't listen to "Experimental. . . " very much. But I will put it on later to find out if I can hear Sister in the background.

post #88 of 140
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Wow, that is pretty wild. I am a Sonic Youth fan but frankly don't listen to "Experimental. . . " very much. But I will put it on later to find out if I can hear Sister in the background.

EJSTaNS is my favorite Sonic Youth album.  I just got my HE-500 today and listened to the entire album (EJSTaNS).  I think I may have travelled through time.

post #89 of 140

Would like to hear more about your impressions of the he500. I owned it and sold it and now own the he400. The he500 may be one of those hp's that I end of buying again.

post #90 of 140
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Would like to hear more about your impressions of the he500. I owned it and sold it and now own the he400. The he500 may be one of those hp's that I end of buying again.

The only thing I can compare it to regarding hi-fi headphones is the HD650.  I was expecting the planar magnetics to present the sound clearer and better, but I didn't expect them to present it so differently.  My entire life, I've been listening to recorded music presented with either dynamic speakers or headphones (mostly low quality), so the effect of instruments bleeding over one another was something I thought my ears or brain did.....

 

I'm shocked to learn that it's not - and if I'd have been paying attention to normal sound or acoustic music, I don't think I'd have been shocked as much.  I told someone in a PM that I laid back on my bed and put on EJSTaNS and I just lost time.  The album is HEAVILY tied to a certain time in my life and listening to it always brings me back, but this time it didn't .... because it sounded NOTHING like the album I've heard up till now.  Or rather, it sounded like the band playing the album I knew so well - so my brain treated it like a totally unique experience.

 

I'm thinking about getting a bassy can next for my electronic music and I've heard the HE400 fits the bill - is that true?

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