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post #106 of 161
Excellent, I have read it on and off for years, I have always liked the British HiFi magazines, something about their writing style I think.
post #107 of 161

Is there a reason why Head-direct is only offering 1 year warranty for the HE-500, while moon-audio is offering 3 years?

post #108 of 161
imo its 3years warranty.
post #109 of 161
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Originally Posted by flargosa View Post

Is there a reason why Head-direct is only offering 1 year warranty for the HE-500, while moon-audio is offering 3 years?



Its 3 years.  http://www.headphone.com/headphones/hifiman-he-500.php

post #110 of 161
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I am under the same impression its 3 years

post #111 of 161

Got my pair today straight from the rep. Noticed they added "L" and "R" markings on the connections versus the previous colored stickers. Obviously there's a new case, but the logo should be the other way; that will be addressed to Fang. Everything is top notch, especially for the price I payed; I do not regret this one bit. This is a huge step over the (recabled) HD600's by a long shot.

 

Just gotta burn these in a bit to tame the treble harshness a bit.

 

Great buy!

post #112 of 161
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post

Got my pair today straight from the rep. Noticed they added "L" and "R" markings on the connections versus the previous colored stickers. Obviously there's a new case, but the logo should be the other way; that will be addressed to Fang. Everything is top notch, especially for the price I payed; I do not regret this one bit. This is a huge step over the (recabled) HD600's by a long shot.

 

Just gotta burn these in a bit to tame the treble harshness a bit.

 

Great buy!



 

I have noticed very little if any change after burn in. I hear no harshness in the treble. it may be an amp or source issue. These will scale up with better gear so not sure what   amp or source your using but these will do well with better amplification and source so you wont feel wasted dollars on upgrades. Keep posting your impressions..

post #113 of 161

ok guys i want an honest answer now. right now i use the amazing k701, if i buy the he-500 and open the box and put them on for the first time and play an amazing track, will i be wowed?

post #114 of 161

^ My guess is that you will sell your k701 the next day. evil_smiley.gif

 

Yeah I used to own the Q701 (Loved it) but the HE-500 makes it look like a joke (no offense to AKG) but yeah seriously...

 

Standard IMHO, YMMV, etc, etc...


Edited by M-13 - 12/31/11 at 7:48pm
post #115 of 161
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

^ My guess is that you will sell your k701 the next day. evil_smiley.gif

 

Yeah I used to own the Q701 (Loved it) but the HE-500 makes it look like a joke (no offense to AKG) but yeah seriously...


hmmm i really hope so because the k701 is like GOD if there ever was one. (to me)

 

post #116 of 161

Q701 was my favorite for many months (quite recently) so I know how you feel. God? haha. Don't be surprised of the HE-500 makes you switch your religion.very_evil_smiley.gif

 

One bit of caveat is that the HE-500 has almost no soundstage or imaging to speak of (compared to the Q701), although I find the tight layering/depth pleasing. The treble is also much tamer and just overall smoother and non-fatiguing, but not as bright as the Q701. But yeah you will be floored. Sorry if I sound like a Hypebeast but the HE-500 is really that good. I ended up selling my Q701 after months of trying to justify not selling it. The only other headphone that can go toe to toe is the LCD-2 Rev. 2 for me.

 

standard IMHO, YMMV, etc, etc...

post #117 of 161
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

Q701 was my favorite for many months (quite recently) so I know how you feel. God? haha. Don't be surprised of the HE-500 makes you switch your religion.very_evil_smiley.gif

 

One bit of caveat is that the HE-500 has almost no soundstage or imaging to speak of (compared to the Q701), although I find the tight layering/depth pleasing. The treble is also much tamer and just overall smoother and non-fatiguing, but not as bright as the Q701. But yeah you will be floored. Sorry if I sound like a Hypebeast but the HE-500 is really that good. I ended up selling my Q701 after months of trying to justify not selling it. The only other headphone that can go toe to toe is the LCD-2 Rev. 2 for me.

 

standard IMHO, YMMV, etc, etc...

well i use freesurround and dolby headphone with my k701, i hope it will work well with the he-500 because i cant stand music without those plugins.
 

 

post #118 of 161

^ I'm not familiar with that at all, but if soundstaging/imaging is important to you than you should probably stick with the Q701 and may be eventually get the HD800 or T1. For me soundstaging/imaging is near the bottom of what I want from my headphones. From speakers yes, but from headphones no; I pay much more attention to frequency balance, timbre, resolution/texture, transient speed. You will definitely be wowed by the planar speed, will make mid-tier dynamics sound slow/muddy. BTW I bought the HE-500 at the old price and yes it was worth every penny then and worth every penny now.

 

Also I'm not sure if you believe in burn in, but for me there was definitely a big difference. 200 hours hit the sweet spot for me.

post #119 of 161

I don't know, but I found the imaging on the HE500's excellent; better than on the HD800's on the same setup actually. But of course the hd800's trump it in soundstage
 

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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

^ I'm not familiar with that at all, but if soundstaging/imaging is important to you than you should probably stick with the Q701 and may be eventually get the HD800 or T1. For me soundstaging/imaging is near the bottom of what I want from my headphones. From speakers yes, but from headphones no; I pay much more attention to frequency balance, timbre, resolution/texture, transient speed. You will definitely be wowed by the planar speed, will make mid-tier dynamics sound slow/muddy. BTW I bought the HE-500 at the old price and yes it was worth every penny then and worth every penny now.

 

Also I'm not sure if you believe in burn in, but for me there was definitely a big difference. 200 hours hit the sweet spot for me.



 

post #120 of 161
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post

^ I'm not familiar with that at all

Do you mind trying my settings with those plugins to see how you like it? at first because your not used to it, it might seem drastic but its just SO GOOD.

 

But im going bed now so ill send u the settings tommorow.
 

 

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