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post #8041 of 18702
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Originally Posted by MrMateoHead View Post


Interestingly enough, I made the same transition.

 

I would encourage you to give them some time. Better yet, do some A/B back and forth with the phones and some of your favorite music. Doing that made it obvious to me that the HE's had some obvious advantages (even if I wasn't blown away initially either). I still like the 595s, but they just do not keep up with the speed, bass, and transparency of the HEs.

 

After a few days of listening - I was hooked. There is no going back. Get the velour pads also - they definitely have been more comfortable for me, and provide a somewhat less "fatiguing" sound to me. Others of course will also recommend 'modded' pads. But I would get to know the phones as-are for the time being. Again, I was also initially freaked that I had just wasted some serious cash - I was expecting something dramatic. The sound quality upgrade is there, but then again, the "sound signature", in my opinion, is quite similar to the 595s. Each are a bit aggressive and seem to provide a fairly balanced presentation.

 

I have been doing a lot of A/B over the past few days (using velours) and I agree--the sound quality upgrade exists. To my ears the HE-400 has a superior soundstage, more prominent bass, and substantially increased clarity although the treble is a bit overpowering at times. However, I also feel the HE-400 sounds hollow at times as well compared to the HD-595.

 

 

post #8042 of 18702

I just got a pair of HE500s here to compare to my HE400s. I've always wondered. I have a feeling I'm going to be keeping the HE400s though... I refuse to give up any Bass and any Volume. I guess we shall see.... Tonight's going to be fun. smily_headphones1.gif

post #8043 of 18702
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Originally Posted by stereolab View Post

 

I'm using the Pico amp/dac. I was considering Asgard 2 anyways, so I might pick one up along with a Bifrost. Originally I was set on the HE-500, but after all the rave reviews of the HE-400, I figured I would save some cash.

 

I'm still considering the HE-500 after my experience with the HE-400. Don't get me wrong, the HE-400 is pleasing--just not quite the religious experience I was hoping for (and might not exist with any can for me). 

No problem in that.

 

I was in the same shoes as you but I couldn't afford a HE500 (still can't), so it was lucky I got the opportunity to get one for cheap. But even then the sound did not achieve "religious experience" level, not until I've done extensive modding (on the grills / earpads). Nowadays though everything finally sounds right.

 

All that's really left is for me to save up and get proper gear to drive the HE500s and unleash its soundstage/dynamics, and then it'd be religious experience 24/7 instead of just sprinkles of it.


Edited by jerg - 2/27/13 at 4:04pm
post #8044 of 18702
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

No problem in that.

 

I was in the same shoes as you but I couldn't afford a HE500 (still can't), so it was lucky I got the opportunity to get one for cheap. But even then the sound did not achieve "religious experience" level, not until I've done extensive modding (on the grills / earpads). Nowadays though everything finally sounds right.

 

All that's really left is for me to save up and get proper gear to drive the HE500s and unleash its soundstage/dynamics, and then it'd be religious experience 24/7 instead of just sprinkles of it.

What Amp are you using now jerg? 

post #8045 of 18702
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

I just got a pair of HE500s here to compare to my HE400s. I've always wondered. I have a feeling I'm going to be keeping the HE400s though... I refuse to give up any Bass and any Volume. I guess we shall see.... Tonight's going to be fun. smily_headphones1.gif

 

Please report back soon - you might either save or cost me $300 :)

post #8046 of 18702
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

No problem in that.

 

I was in the same shoes as you but I couldn't afford a HE500 (still can't), so it was lucky I got the opportunity to get one for cheap. But even then the sound did not achieve "religious experience" level, not until I've done extensive modding (on the grills / earpads). Nowadays though everything finally sounds right.

 

All that's really left is for me to save up and get proper gear to drive the HE500s and unleash its soundstage/dynamics, and then it'd be religious experience 24/7 instead of just sprinkles of it.

 

I somewhat can afford the HE-500, but for the price I really need that "religious experience" else $700 can go quite far in other arenas. Perhaps I may try out some pad modding if I decide to keep the HE-400. 

 

One area I'm glad I haven't really had issues is comfort - after flexing the headband a bit, comfort is rather acceptable.

post #8047 of 18702
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Originally Posted by bareyb View Post

What Amp are you using now jerg? 

In my profile wink.gif

 

And yes, it does drive HE500 loud enough. Just...doesn't have the dynamics nor the bass control nor the immersive soundstage that a much superior more powerful amp delivers.

post #8048 of 18702
Thread Starter 

One more needed to order these very nice hp's stand and get the price drop:

 

[Mod Edit: Please don't link to this site. Group buys are not allowed here.]

 

In case anyone needs a sweet hp stand. 

post #8049 of 18702
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Nice!! That's all we needed for the price drop. 

 

thanks...

post #8050 of 18702
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

In my profile wink.gif

 

And yes, it does drive HE500 loud enough. Just...doesn't have the dynamics nor the bass control nor the immersive soundstage that a much superior more powerful amp delivers.

I should probably update my profile. tongue.gif

 

I love my little E17. Great power for such a small device. I'm currently using the DACmini and just got a pair of HE500s to audition delivered here today. Looking forward to trying them out. 

post #8051 of 18702
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Nice!! That's all we needed for the price drop. 

 

thanks...

I can't find the details on this. How much are they and is there still time to get in?  smile.gif

post #8052 of 18702
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Just click the link and sign up to buy. The final price is now $36 plus shipping. I hope that this does not violate any of the forum rules.
post #8053 of 18702
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post

Just click the link and sign up to buy. The final price is now $36 plus shipping. I hope that this does not violate any of the forum rules.

I told myself I was not going to spend any more money. I just can't say no to a zebra wood stand for my hp's. I keep just laying them on the velour bag on my desk and it just doesn't seem right. Ordered.

post #8054 of 18702
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Originally Posted by BrokeStudent View Post

I told myself I was not going to spend any more money. I just can't say no to a zebra wood stand for my hp's. I keep just laying them on the velour bag on my desk and it just doesn't seem right. Ordered.

Also tempted, but I did just a new amp a few minutes ago...I see there are a few days left, so I have some time to decide tongue.gif

post #8055 of 18702

FML broke one of the four tabs on the grill thing

Anyone know where I can get another one of the black plastic circle things?

Still holds the grill in, but it bothers me how it sticks out a bit

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