Is this thread a joke?
A friend of mine prefers his Beats Pro over my HE-500. I should ask him to start a "Beats Pro vs. HE-500" thread.
I'll bet that you wouldn't trade him.
Some people on head-fi believes if the HE-400 was $699 and HE-500 was $699, the opinions would be different.
Oh yeah, they would. There are some, like me, that think the HE-500 is in the same sonic league as the HE-6, and the HE-400 are in a league down.
+2 ha ha ha.. "the HE-500 is in the same sonic league as the HE-6, and the HE-400 are in a league down." ha ha ha..
Just my opinion, no need to laugh...
We both have different ears, but I've heard all three and auditioned them extensively. My opinion is just as valid, anywho.
Not in my opinion. HE-500 on a speaker amp = different flavor of HE-6 on a speaker amp.
What I notice on head-fi is that people with the same equipment tend to agree on sonic impressions and people who don't tend to argue a lot. I would say give Austin the benefit of the doubt if you haven't heard the StingRay Amp + his source. Same with Koiloco. Human ears/perception is usually about the same, nobody has special hearing, although a lot of ego maniacs on Head-Fi. want to believe that only their ears are truly golden or titanium or whatever title they want to bestow upon themselves.
I think this is why it helps when you state your entire chain and the length of experience with the HD800/HE-500. If you're driving them both from OTL amp then HD800 for the win, and if both on speaker taps, then the HE-500 for the win. I think it gets interesting when you have two seperate amps to optimize both. Like I would love to hear the HE-500 on Preproman's First Watt vs. HD800 on something humble like the m-stage and see who comes out on top of that battle.
Another scenerio would be to drive both of a nice First Watt amp. Since the amp is neutral and very transparent of the source the HD800 should destroy the HE-500 if they're not even comparable. I would then ask what genre of music are you listening to? Can the HE-500 can come out on top in any scenerio with any genre? If so why not compare them?