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Originally Posted by keanex View Post

 

I thought the V6 sounded a bit bright and grainy as well, the HM5 are natural sounding, I highly recommend them.

I decided I'll pull the trigger and buy them, but for some reason there was an error with the transaction. Going to contact Jaycar. I do find the V6 very bright, grainy, and thin sounding not very  .. musical? I want something that I can listen to without getting fatigued, I think this is the right can for me (I'm also on a tight budget).


Edited by Fuzziekiwi - 11/17/12 at 12:13pm
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HI, I own HM5's and I'm satisfied with SQ of them ( though I have imbalance issue over 5 - 7 kHz region ). I want to upgrade these headphones, I'm looking to HiFiMAN headphone line. Could you please help me: is HE300 or HE400 a good upgrade over HM5? If no: what can you suggest? In HM5's the only concern I have is treble and soundstage...
Thank you.
post #1398 of 1654
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Originally Posted by ghardashyan View Post

In HM5's the only concern I have is treble and soundstage...

 

Please clarify exactly what you mean by this.

post #1399 of 1654
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Originally Posted by manveru View Post

Please clarify exactly what you mean by this.

The treble is OK in terms of reality/ clarity but for me it is recessed over base and midrange ( maybe because I am analytical listener ). About the soundstage: I don't know how to describe that, something is wrong there.
post #1400 of 1654
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Originally Posted by ghardashyan View Post

The treble is OK in terms of reality/ clarity but for me it is recessed over base and midrange ( maybe because I am analytical listener ). About the soundstage: I don't know how to describe that, something is wrong there.

 

I felt the same way, both about the treble and the soundstage.

 

I only owned the "rev1" HE-300's, but I found them also to have recessed treble. Measurements on InnerFidelity suggest roughly similar treble response relative to the bass with the "rev2," but take my words with a really big grain of salt. Maybe I shouldn't be saying anything at all, haha. I found the soundstage on the HE-300 (rev1 at least) also to not be quite "right."

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Originally Posted by manveru View Post

I felt the same way, both about the treble and the soundstage.

I only owned the "rev1" HE-300's, but I found them also to have recessed treble. Measurements on InnerFidelity suggest roughly similar treble response relative to the bass with the "rev2," but take my words with a really big grain of salt. Maybe I shouldn't be saying anything at all, haha. I found the soundstage on the HE-300 (rev1 at least) also to not be quite "right."

My HM3's ( which are 2 times cheaper and are from same OEM as FA004 ) have much more better soundstage/ instrument separation. Even treble isn't so much recessed. The bad thing that ruins everything is that the treble isn't sharp/ crisp/ natural etc. It is present but it sounds very very cheap.
So I am looking for a headphone which will have a good treble extension...
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Originally Posted by ghardashyan View Post


My HM3's ( which are 2 times cheaper and are from same OEM as FA004 ) have much more better soundstage/ instrument separation. Even treble isn't so much recessed. The bad thing that ruins everything is that the treble isn't sharp/ crisp/ natural etc. It is present but it sounds very very cheap.
So I am looking for a headphone which will have a good treble extension...


Maybe you should look at the Beyerdynamic DT 880/990. May be a little bright for some, but have excellent treble extension. The AKG Q701 is another to look at, their treble extends quite well from what I read.


Edited by kman1211 - 11/18/12 at 12:14pm
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Edited by chipstjuven - 12/13/12 at 9:22am
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After using the Brainwavz HM5 on my new amp for a while, I think I may of been a little too hard on them, they don't sound excessively dark anymore. Sure they lack some detail and definition but on my Hifiman ef2a with the stock tubes(which are bright-sounding) they actually sound quite decent on it and I now rank them as my second best headphone when hooked up to the amp, they do still have oddities in their sound and still sound straight up unnatural in some songs but the extra brightness from the tubes really helps with their overall sound. Only reason they are rated number 2 is because the AKG K514 MKII has excessively harsh treble and way too much sibilance with a small amount of bass, if the AKGs had more bass and had their treble tamed, they would be far better than the HM5s. It seems amping and synergy really do matter more than I thought. Now I just need some tubes that aren't so bright for my DT 990s and I will be completely satisfied in terms of audio for a long time.


Edited by kman1211 - 12/2/12 at 8:10pm
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FYI they are on sale for 99.50 at mp4nation until DEC 14 2012!

so just ordered a pair for portable use. my in ears keep braking (cable).

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I've had a pair for about a week now, and all of the sudden, it sounds like I have no bass coming out of the right channel. Anyone run into this problem and have a fix? Should I take it apart and find a loose part? I swapped the cable side, and it is definitely something within the cup. 

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Originally Posted by elwappo99 View Post

I've had a pair for about a week now, and all of the sudden, it sounds like I have no bass coming out of the right channel. Anyone run into this problem and have a fix? Should I take it apart and find a loose part? I swapped the cable side, and it is definitely something within the cup. 

I owned 2 HM5's and both of them were struggling from channel imbalance. First one had bass problem on left channel, I returned it back, they RMA'ed it and I got a new one. The new one had high-mid and treble problem, again on left channel. BTW same problems ( both left and right channels ) with Brainwavz B2 IEM's which were my favorite..
I think I'll never buy products from Brainwavz or other minor Chinese brands...
post #1408 of 1654
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Originally Posted by jorjjamur View Post

smily_headphones1.gif well hm5 is not exactly bypassing those $300-500 headphones... or actually at the same of hd600.. what I can say is that I love my hm5.. tho mine is modded already with wood cups and external canare cable. 

Would you share the cost and the retailer which sells this or similar cable? What kind of cable is this actually is? Thank you.
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I would also like to know where you got your wood cups, and am interested where you secured the Canare cable for the HM5.   As these have been broken in, I really like the sound, just wish the mid would be a little more forward.  I think I am going to get an JDS Labs C421 (OPA 2227 version) to correct that, but any amount I can squeeze out of these is welcome.  

 

Interested to hear more about your re-cable, and where you got the wood cups separately.

 

Thanks, Kevin

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I am almost decided on getting Audioquest Dragonfly with HM5. I want to hear more musicality from them as they are a bit cold and boring for my taste (I have listened very few HP including: ATH-A500X and ATH-M50; I loved A500X, especially how comfortable they are). I hope Dragonfly is gonna work well with them, cuz ~250$ is the very most I can spend on DAC/AMP. I also want to get Shure velour pads and cable if possible. That would squeeze most of what HM5 can give you I think.

I think it is useful to say that I listen to ambient music: Brian Eno as the favorite artist, I also like soundtracks of Angelo Badalamenti and I love Jazz/Soul music: Nina Simone as one of the favorite artist.
Maybe I should start looking for another pair of HP because HM5 won't fit this kind of music or just make a more sober conclusion after pairing them with Dragonfly? (-:

I heard a lot of nice words about German Maestro GMP 400 as they have a beautiful musical sound. But they are 300Ohm, so I worry if Dragonfly AMP could handle them.
Edited by fischerb - 12/16/12 at 1:16am
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