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post #91 of 846

just how much bass does the lyr add?

 

Does it make the he500 sound bass oriented, or does it still retain the balanced sound with nothing too emphasized?

post #92 of 846

No, in my opinion it isn't bass-oriented. The bass quantity on these is just perfect, for me. 


Edited by davidgotsa - 4/19/12 at 5:02pm
post #93 of 846

 

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Originally Posted by jerg View Post

It's interesting that these comparisons are pointless to many Grado fans, who will continue to vehemently defend that the Grado sound automatically wins in the audiophile world, because it has more "musicality" than other headphone house sounds.

 

Case in point:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/581466/hifiman-he-500-or-grado-ps500/45#post_8319958

post #94 of 846

That's quite the post.  Doesn't he know that HE-500 is only 38ohms?  That's besides the point, though.

post #95 of 846

i've been thinking of selling my rs1i and getting a new pair of headphones....

 

this is kinda convincing me to sell them and get these.

 

i wonder how they compare to my other headphones.

 

 

anyways thanks for your impressions, very helpful to know that the he-500s are still good for rock like the grado.

post #96 of 846
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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post

just how much bass does the lyr add?

 

Does it make the he500 sound bass oriented, or does it still retain the balanced sound with nothing too emphasized?

 

Not at all, it mearly give's them a bass boost. Think of it like this. You have a Hybrid car, You put new wheels on it and a more powerfull engine, It's still a Hybrid that will save you gas BUT you get better speed out of it. It is a bit more bass, but the thing is that it's just ENOUGH bass not bass heavy not bass light it's got the GoldyLocks thing going on.

 

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Originally Posted by Dubstep Girl View Post

i've been thinking of selling my rs1i and getting a new pair of headphones....

 

this is kinda convincing me to sell them and get these.

 

i wonder how they compare to my other headphones.

 

 

anyways thanks for your impressions, very helpful to know that the he-500s are still good for rock like the grado.

 

 

More to some on the Grado Versus HiFiman After I eat some delicious dinner, Just got off work. I will give an hour or so with the Hi-fimans on the Lyr then hook up the MKII to test against the Grado's on some metal songs. THEN I will do the Denons.

 

 

I Would also like to point out that I'm pretty much trying to not be bedazzled by these things as I'm trying to restrict the new toy placebo effect. This is by far the most in depth review I have done on a headphone heh.


Edited by WhiteCrow - 4/19/12 at 10:13pm
post #97 of 846

I'm still having a hard time trying to tell if it's a coloration or better dynamics and impact behind the bass.  I assume it's a bit of both at play.  

post #98 of 846
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I'm still having a hard time trying to tell if it's a coloration or better dynamics and impact behind the bass.  I assume it's a bit of both at play.  

 


I would agree.

post #99 of 846
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Alright added many more impressions Versus the RS-2 and some with the D2000.

post #100 of 846

So overall how content are you with the lyr/birfost combo with the he500?

 

Do you think they are keepers, or do you get the feeling get the need to upgrade?

post #101 of 846
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Originally Posted by mac336 View Post
 upgrade?

 

don't use this word around me please.

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Overall I'm very pleased by the performance with everything. I have thrown as them and honestly after listing to all of my other gear I'm pretty dissatisfied with them*not the HE-500 everything else spare for the DT1350* the DT1350 are my on the go can and are pretty killer for mostly everything. But yes, I will give them a week or two before I make my FINAL decision on weather or not to return or keep them and "thin the herd"..oh I think my denon's just jumped.


Edited by WhiteCrow - 4/20/12 at 1:12am
post #102 of 846

 

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Originally Posted by WhiteCrow View Post

Yea, I even hooked up my MKII to the Bifrost just to make sure I'm not just infatuated with my new toy. Aside form having to crank the volume the bass was pretty dramatically different. And yes the bifrost deadens any noise I was hearing*other than outside noise*  I will post more impressions as time go's on and decide weather this is a keeper or if I'm return it but so far it's sounding pretty promising. Also anyone with this set up, I suggest listing to Tango Till they're sore by tom waits, it's amazing. Someone asked in the thread if they are good for rock. Right now I'm saying yes! I have never used the HE-400 and it seems DR.Fang him self tried to make the HE-400 more rock oriented but man, the HE-500 is just such a sweet can. If anyone cares to lend my an HE-400 later on down the road I would love to compare the twotongue_smile.gif

 

I feel the HE-5LE also does pretty well with rock, too.  There is an exception, though - bad recordings.  One such example is the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  When I listen to Dani California from "Stadium Arcadium" there is a lot of guitar distortion that I'm picking up.  Just a horrible track, I guess.  I even tried 3 separate analog RCA cables between my Squeezebox and amp to see if it would clean up at all - no luck.

 

I guess I might try the EF-2A and connect it to my computer and see if Foobar / WasAPI does any better with the song.

 

Other than that, I'm in bliss.  This morning, I even had a little time to listen to some Levon Helm (may he rest in peace) and it sounded wonderful.

 

Signed,

 

A Former Grado Lover  biggrin.gif

 

post #103 of 846

Did you notice as dramatic of changes when using the D2000 with the Lyr, Whitecrow?

post #104 of 846
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Did you notice as dramatic of changes when using the D2000 with the Lyr, Whitecrow?

 

Not particularly, I mean the D2000 are a pretty easy headphone to drive. Aside form the amp's coloration of a little more midbass and lower midrange They still sounded like the D2000 out of the MKII or my Cowon J3.

post #105 of 846

my lyr came in earlier today.  I dont want to say anything premature, but so far I'm finding very little improvement between my NFB-12 and lyr with the HE-500.

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