LOL, ill be using the velours tonight :) It's too bad they don't come with it
Yep they do, velour for back up though, so its in the package as well (fortunately so)
Yeah they some stock with pleathers but you also get a set of velours with them. Really don't understand why they ship with pleathers...? They make the sound so much worse imo. They make an already darkish headphone overly warm and compressed.
I could see where they were going with the pleathers. They do look and feel better built, and they feel better on the skin to me, but unfortunately they're a step back in sound. Hifiman might be working on a new set of pads, though.
Great Review over so many great phones!
I just purchased some BeyerDynamic DT 880 (250 ohms So I can do portable and desktop) from Amazon for $240 and can't wait, these will be my first Over Ear phones as all I have had is some Sony MDR-EX85 In Ear.
Does anyone have a recommended amp that can be portable and can be used on a desktop also, looking for $130 or less.
Yes, I agree. The best sound I've heard from the HE-500 hs been with the velours; it truly sounded like an orchestra in my head. But this was with a new recording, As soon as I started to sample various recordings of different quality I quickly realized that the extra brightness and precision just wasn't practical or pleasant for day-to-day listening. So I'd say, if all your recordings are newish and of good quality, the velours are for you, no question. If like me you have a mix of new, dicey, indifferent and archival recordings then you may be best to compromise and use the pleathers. They still give a great sound.
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It's a start:
When I did the review I had the ones that TTVJ sells. I've since upgraded to the new ones that Joe sells. There is a difference, but its very slight. To the naked eye, and even to the touch, they appear to be the same material and same shape. There is however a slight sonic difference. It's a very VERY marginal difference, but I do perceive it as an improvement. I haven't done double blind testing on this, but I feel confident in saying that while the difference is minute, the new pads are an enhancement.
Thanks David, i appreciate your honesty, as you know, the improved pads aren't cheap, so i guess i'll sitck with my TTVJs, i had ordered two pairs just in case they'd stop making them, so i'm set for a while.To tell you the truth, when i bought my HP1000s they had the Lpads on, and i tought they sounded very good, and i wasn't untill a few months ago that i found out that they originally came out with flats, and the rest is history.
On a different note, you seem to be listening to the HE400s these days, so i just want to say that i had a chance to listen to them at the Montréal Hi-Fi show, and i remember being very impressed with their sound quality, especially considering their relatively low price.