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post #736 of 846
I now have the M&M. The only amp i have now that is worth comparing with is the ALO National... I am leaning more towards National since it retains most of HE500's characterstic and adds a lil weight in bass. M&M makes the HE500 aggressive (compared to National) and mids is presented 2steps forward.

Look, i may have dif. preference with you guys since im a long time Sennheiser fan. I like my HD600 much but honesty it cant really reach the versatility of HE500...

I'll have my Lyr and EF5 this week. Lyr is stacked with JJtubes and EF5 will be all at stock. I pull the trigger on EF5 since its said to give more depth to HE500. But i really dont think that HE500 is flat when it comes to staging, it may have less depth than lets say LCD2 but its FAR from being flat... It gives you the sense of being in the stage where performer is in front of you rather than being sorrounded by speakers;)
Edited by knights - 6/8/13 at 11:59pm
post #737 of 846
Love the lyr with the he500 great combo
post #738 of 846

Just bought this headphone today for the full price of $700, hopefully it delivers like what the people said in the forums and the other review website.

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Well, against my better judgment I paid RETAIL for these phones without ever hearing them!  Relied solely upon reviews here on HF.  As I listen now with less than an hour on them I think I'm not sorry.  My preferences have been the Grado sound, especially the SR225i's (with comfy's) and yes, the SR60i cheapie.  I liked the upfront presentation and oh those mids!  Bass was very adequate when necessary.  I've not heard the expensive Grados but could not tolerate the SR325 with it's very aggressive, screechy high end...sold them immediately!.  Also enjoy my Senn 650's but they do have a "veil" to my ears although this improves with better amps.  I also owned the LCD2, not bad but heavy and with a somewhat soft and recessed sound quality...just did not impress me overtime.  I use the Woo WA6SE, LD MKIVSE, Shiit Asgard I/II/Valhalla, Benchmark USB DAC, MF VDAC-II, Cambridge Audio DAC's, etc...not deprived of toys!  My initial listening comments on the HE-500 are favorable.  Upfront sound which I prefer, similar to Grados, very nice detail, better than LCD2/Senn 650 and prominent mids (again, Grado like).  Bass is yet to develop and somewhat less prominent than the Senn 650 but have a lot of listening to do with various CD's and downloads (all either lossless, CD's  or hi res).  Not disappointed!  Oh yes, came in a nice leather presentation box but wish these manufacturers would please put ALL the money into quality of the headphones.  More comments as they hopefully "break in".  Forgot soundstaging...as stated, the first impression is an upfront presentation which I prefer, again Grado like.  First row rather than mid orchestra seats with reverberant surround.  I find tubes amps (with tube rolling) will provide the ambience necessary as I progress however this is very music source dependent. 

 

OK, here is a definitive track to bring out the differences in amps and headphones...Van Morrison's Haunts of Ancient Peace on "Common One" (CD remastered).  The bass line is one of the strongest, cleanest I've heard along with the purity of the Sax, and ethereal choral backgrounds.  Compare your tube amps bottom end vs. a solid state amp's control against your headphone of choice. This one track alone has convinced me the HE-500 is a keeper! 


Edited by amham - 6/19/13 at 12:36pm
post #740 of 846
Congrats on your new purchase.
post #741 of 846

So do you guys do the 150 hours burn in as per the manual suggestion ?

 

and does the 6.35mm 1/4" Female to 3.5mm 1/8 Male Plug Stereo Earphone Audio Adapter really matters in sound quality ?

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Originally Posted by JohnSantana View Post

So do you guys do the 150 hours burn in as per the manual suggestion ?

 

and does the 6.35mm 1/4" Female to 3.5mm 1/8 Male Plug Stereo Earphone Audio Adapter really matters in sound quality ?


I listen to them for a while; but usually stick them in a drawer for burn in. 150 hours....I think I burnt them in for maybe 50 lol.

post #743 of 846
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I listen to them for a while; but usually stick them in a drawer for burn in. 150 hours....I think I burnt them in for maybe 50 lol.
+1 ido the same..i put the headphone playing non stop on moderate levels in a spare room and with totally different kinds of music/sounds for around 6 days before i start listening....i think around 100 hours will do the trick.. wink.gif
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+1 ido the same..i put the headphone playing non stop on moderate levels in a spare room and with totally different kinds of music/sounds for around 6 days before i start listening....i think around 100 hours will do the trick.. wink.gif


Also I didn't find a HUGE difference with burn in like I did with my dynamic headphones; something about the way the dirver's constructed I think.

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Also I didn't find a HUGE difference with burn in like I did with my dynamic headphones; something about the way the dirver's constructed I think.

Hm.. that's what I thought so as well, some people said that the burn in for Ortho/Plannar Magnetic phone is just for the cable not for the driver ?
can anyone please confirm if this is the case ?

As I'm writing this reply, I'm using my lovely HE-500 and it sounds great with just mobile amp Fiio E11 without any burn in at all.
post #746 of 846

lol burning in cables. I'm not really a believer in that.

post #747 of 846
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lol burning in cables. I'm not really a believer in that.

Agreed, that's a little silly.

post #748 of 846

Burning in cables is surely the fastest way to separate a fool with his money...

 

http://www.audioexcellenceaz.com/cablecooker.htm 

post #749 of 846

Time to cook the cables...biggrin.gif

post #750 of 846

Hey WhiteCrow, can you give us an updated "review" on the HE-500 with Lyr/Bifrost combo? Are you liking it more than when you originally made your review? Anything improved over time (or things you notice now but didn't earlier)?

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