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post #136 of 991
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post


I would in a heart beat..Hell I'll buy the HE-5LE over the HE-500 and they're the same price.
Agreed.

The age old argument of industry numbers describing sound quality applies. The numbers don't help define a sound. The 5LE was the first design modification from the original design of the 5s. The 6s were the pinnacle of this effort and the second and final iteration of the original 5 concept. Then the 500s were designed for economics while retaining as much of the final iteration as possible. If the 500s are performing better than the 5LE/6s, it's on lessor gear & you are handcuffing the latter.

But then this ins't a HE thread but a HE 500 comparison to the 800s. On that question, it's a matter of preference. If you would agree that the 800s are a reference of detail and comfort, the 500s are heavier and not as open around the ear physically. The distance of the driver from the ear and the acoustic housing provides the 800s the win in soundstage. The cups are larger on the 800s and can cover a lot of facespace. If weight isn't an issue, the smaller head will like the 500s better and the larger head or larger ear, the 800s from a comfort point of view. I do believe the final word on detail between the two are the 800s but at the cost of a little sonic weight. The fullness of sound and the weight of sound after the initial note I hand to the 500s. This is based on my musical preferences of course. If I were to have to take one or the other with proper gear, I'd do the 800s. I know it's not asked but I take the 6s over the 800s though. The 6s are that much better than the 500s.

IMO
post #137 of 991

For me:

 

HE-6 > HD800 > HE-5LE > HE-500 > LCD-2.2 biggrin.gif

 

 

LCD-3?  I will see this weekend.

post #138 of 991
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

For me:

HE-6 > HD800 > HE-5LE > HE-500 > LCD-2.2 biggrin.gif


LCD-3?  I will see this weekend.

Oh preproman, I'm anxious to hear your impression! Please dont have any bias, and tell me what you're using it with. I want to know your opinion.

As it stands, this is how I rank my three : HE-6>HD800>LCD-3
post #139 of 991
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

For me:

 

HE-6 > HD800 > HE-5LE > HE-500 > LCD-2.2 biggrin.gif

 

 

LCD-3?  I will see this weekend.

Man,

 

I really need to get my hands on an HE-6.

 

I enjoy both the HD800 and HE-500 on their respective setups (Just about equally), but I get the feeling that the HE-6 combines a little of both of what they each have to offer.

post #140 of 991

Spot on - they really do.  Only thing is you got to feed them some serious juice.

post #141 of 991

HD800>HE-6>HE-5LE>HE-5

post #142 of 991
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Originally Posted by wink View Post

HD800>HE-6>HE-5LE>HE-5

I see from your profile that you've got the LCD-2 too. Where would you put that?

post #143 of 991

LCD-3 > HE-6 > LCD-2 > HD800 > HE-500.

post #144 of 991
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

LCD-3 > HE-6 > LCD-2 > HD800 > HE-500.

And the Maddogs--where do they rank,or are they not allowed on the list?

post #145 of 991
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Originally Posted by paradoxper View Post

LCD-3 > HE-6 > LCD-2 > HD800 > HE-500.

Ok...my turn:

 

LCD-3 > HD800 > LCD-2 = HE-6 > HE500 

post #146 of 991

No Peter No  The LCD-2 over the HE-6??  Nooooooo

post #147 of 991
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

No Peter No  The LCD-2 over the HE-6??  Nooooooo

Look again...I used "=" smile.gif

post #148 of 991

Interesting!

 

I just ordered my LCD 3's... I wonder how they will stack up against the HD 800 etysmile.gif

post #149 of 991
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Originally Posted by DairyProduce View Post

Interesting!

 

I just ordered my LCD 3's... I wonder how they will stack up against the HD 800 etysmile.gif

Both are fantastic cans, but I do listen to my LCD-3s more often. wink.gif

post #150 of 991

Make no mistake the LCD-3, HD800, and HE-6 are top flight cans. Hell, even the LCD-2 and HE-500 could be preferred to either of those top 3.

 

Mike, I didn't put the Mad Dog in there because I didn't believe it deserved to be. Various reasons being.

However the Mad Dog, IMO is the best value headphone alongside the HD650.

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