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post #4021 of 5134

I just want to thank you!

 

As a new HeadFi member this gives me many things to think about.

I was thinking about selling my T1s for some HiFiMan or Audeze(not sure which model yet though).

 

Still not convinced though.....

post #4022 of 5134
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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

I just want to thank you!

 

As a new HeadFi member this gives me many things to think about.

I was thinking about selling my T1s for some HiFiMan or Audeze(not sure which model yet though).

 

Still not convinced though.....

Go HD800. Last hp's that you'll buy :D

post #4023 of 5134
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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

I just want to thank you!

 

As a new HeadFi member this gives me many things to think about.

I was thinking about selling my T1s for some HiFiMan or Audeze(not sure which model yet though).

 

Still not convinced though.....

Welcome to Head-Fi!  It's a wonderful place to "be"!  I actually have re-cabled T1s, as well as HiFiMan and Audez'e cans.  You are welcome to PM me with any questions you may have.  Of course, David would be an even better choice--amazing fount of knowledge that he is.  :)  

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Go HD800. Last hp's that you'll buy :D

It's funny you should say that, for I tried them with my V200 and found them to be rather clinical.  Don't get me wrong, they are formidable with respect to faithfully reproducing sound; however, they just weren't my cup of tea.  

post #4024 of 5134
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It's funny you should say that, for I tried them with my V200 and found them to be rather clinical.  Don't get me wrong, they are formidable with respect to faithfully reproducing sound; however, they just weren't my cup of tea.  

Yeah I'm guilty of a little fanboy-ism  at the mo ha, but I've lived with the orthos and they just don't cut it for me once I lived with the Senns for a while :) 

post #4025 of 5134
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Go HD800. Last hp's that you'll buy :D

Actually tried them before getting the T1.It was a tough choice between the two but went for the T1 for what I felt was a warmer sound.Now I'm not sure I made the right choice as I sense a little graininess in them.Sometimes I really love them though. I really want to find something that combines the detail of the T1 with the smoothness of my HD650s.

 

We'll see....

post #4026 of 5134
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Go HD800. Last hp's that you'll buy :D


Especially mated to a good cable, like the SAA Endorphin, ALO 8, or Moon Black Dragon.

 

Takes them to a whole other level!

post #4027 of 5134
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Yeah I'm guilty of a little fanboy-ism  at the mo ha, but I've lived with the orthos and they just don't cut it for me once I lived with the Senns for a while :) 


Not to mention the awesome soundstaging and imaging.

post #4028 of 5134
I love the he500 with good recordings and a good amp they are great imho
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Originally Posted by LugBug1 View Post

Yeah I'm guilty of a little fanboy-ism  at the mo ha, but I've lived with the orthos and they just don't cut it for me once I lived with the Senns for a while :) 

 

Nothing wrong with a little fanboy-ism!  It's good to be passionate!  wink.gif  I'm glad that you have found the perfect headphone for your personal tastes.     

 

 

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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

Actually tried them before getting the T1.It was a tough choice between the two but went for the T1 for what I felt was a warmer sound.Now I'm not sure I made the right choice as I sense a little graininess in them.Sometimes I really love them though. I really want to find something that combines the detail of the T1 with the smoothness of my HD650s.

 

We'll see....

I think that most would agree that the T1 is a bit warmer than neutral and certainly warmer than the supremely neutral HD800.  Our ears are in agreement, at least.  As far as graininess in the T1,  although there was only a wee bit, re-cabling completely eradicated the problem.  

 

As for combining the detail of the T1 and the smoothness of the HD650, it sounds as though the power-hungry HE-6 would fit the bill nicely.  For almost half the price, the HE-500 might make your ears quite happy, as well.  Although the HE-500 isn't quite as detailed as the HE-6, it is a bit warmer; they are also much easier to drive.  Hope this helps you in your quest.     

post #4030 of 5134
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Originally Posted by jonathanvaljean View Post

 

I think that most would agree that the T1 is a bit warmer than neutral and certainly warmer than the supremely neutral HD800.  Our ears are in agreement, at least.  As far as graininess in the T1,  although there was only a wee bit, re-cabling completely eradicated the problem.  

 

As for combining the detail of the T1 and the smoothness of the HD650, it sounds as though the power-hungry HE-6 would fit the bill nicely.  For almost half the price, the HE-500 might make your ears quite happy, as well.  Although the HE-500 isn't quite as detailed as the HE-6, it is a bit warmer; they are also much easier to drive.  Hope this helps you in your quest.     

Thanks for your prompt consideration!

 

I've heard similar things about the HE-6 before I bought my T1s about a year ago.At that time I had no chance to listen to them(or this time for that matter). My life has to be very portable because I teach English as a second language internationally these days(often in remote areas).This is what got me from speakers and vinyl into headphones and flac. I don't have a great DAC/amp at the moment either(Nuforce Icon HDP) so I'm thinking about getting something better before the new headphones.

 

I need to get something fairly portable because I will probably go off to Asia again sometime in the fall/winter.My understanding is small/portable is not in line with HE-6 territory.I've also heard that the HE-6 is not so durable either but I've not actually held one in my hands.

 

Perhaps an amp that would suit both headphones well before I get the new headphones.I would need to sell the T1s to scrap together funds for the HE-6.

 

Sorry about the lengthy post but as I'm a new member I can't PM as of yet.....

post #4031 of 5134
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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

Actually tried them before getting the T1.It was a tough choice between the two but went for the T1 for what I felt was a warmer sound.Now I'm not sure I made the right choice as I sense a little graininess in them.Sometimes I really love them though. I really want to find something that combines the detail of the T1 with the smoothness of my HD650s.

 

We'll see....

 

Do let me know if you find that holy grail before I pop for the T1, won't you? ;)

post #4032 of 5134
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Originally Posted by BigCabDaddy View Post

 

Do let me know if you find that holy grail before I pop for the T1, won't you? ;)

Yessir!

 

I will say that at the moment I'm listening to my T1 with my wife's cheapo sanyo stereo and It sounds great.

But I am in a really good mood so....

post #4033 of 5134

Maybe there should be a psychoacoustics thread on this siterolleyes.gif

post #4034 of 5134
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Originally Posted by perhapss View Post

Thanks for your prompt consideration!

 

I've heard similar things about the HE-6 before I bought my T1s about a year ago.At that time I had no chance to listen to them(or this time for that matter). My life has to be very portable because I teach English as a second language internationally these days(often in remote areas).This is what got me from speakers and vinyl into headphones and flac. I don't have a great DAC/amp at the moment either(Nuforce Icon HDP) so I'm thinking about getting something better before the new headphones.

 

I need to get something fairly portable because I will probably go off to Asia again sometime in the fall/winter.My understanding is small/portable is not in line with HE-6 territory.I've also heard that the HE-6 is not so durable either but I've not actually held one in my hands.

 

Perhaps an amp that would suit both headphones well before I get the new headphones.I would need to sell the T1s to scrap together funds for the HE-6.

 

Sorry about the lengthy post but as I'm a new member I can't PM as of yet.....

 

 

 

Verbose?  Not at all.  We're just freely exchanging some ideas about our shared passion, and, that, my friend, is what Head-Fi is all about.  wink.gif

 

Hmm...  Since I rarely listen while on the go, I have never attempted to learn much about portable amps, and, thus, am not well-versed on the portable amping options that are available.  However, considering that the HE-6 does need about two watts per channel, it just isn't suited to any ordinary portable solution.  There may be some extant high-powered portable solutions out there, and, if so, perhaps a fellow Head-Fier can weigh in on the issue.  

 

I really feel as though you should try to get your hands (and ears!) on a pair of the HE-500, for they are a nice cross between my re-cabled T1 and my LCD 2.2.  To my ears, the HE-500 has greater musicality than the HE-6, which, on the other hand, has a bit more clarity.  Complicating matters is that you are a bit unhappy with the graininess that you are hearing with your T1, and, therefore, this gives me pause when recommending the HE-500 to you.  I absolutely love my HE-500, but they are in no way clearer than the T1.  

 

Although I think the HE-500 would be a nice cross between your HD650 and your T1, another idea is to re-cable your T1, for this would likely send all graininess on a first class ticket to oblivion.  (Re-cabling certainly did that for mine.)

 

By the way, don't be fooled by the HE-500's $699 pricetag... It is truly a world-class headphone. You may already know this, but, just in case you do not, the HE-6 used to be priced at $1099 and the HE-500 was priced at $899; later, for the sake of market separation, the HE-500 was dropped to $699 and the HE-6 was raised to $1299.   They actually use the exact same magnets, and many (like me) actually prefer the HE-500--even if the prices were the same.  (Steve Guttenberg of CNET and Srajan Ebaen at 6moons also prefer the HE-500 to the HE-6.  Mr. Guttenberg summed up his HE-6 / HE-500 review thusly:  "The HE-6 is the top-of-the-line HiFiMan headphone, and it certainly had superior resolution to the HE-500 and the Audeze LCD-2, but for my taste the HE-500 is more fun to listen to than the HE-6. Resolution isn't the be-all and end-all quality for me, but it might be for you."

 

Resolution is clearly (pun intended) not the be-all and end-all quality for me, either, but one look at my signature line makes that evident... That you, like me, chose the T1 over the HD800 tells me that this also holds true for you (not to mention the fact that you own a pair of of HD650's.)

 

So, in the final analysis, if you want improved clarity, just re-cable your T1.  If you want to find something that blends the desirable traits associated with your T1 and your HD650, try the HE-500.  For the price point, they are a preeminent bargain, and even if they were $1000, I think that they would still be worth every penny.  

 

(I hope that David can weigh in soon... Just as Dan Quayle "was no Jack Kennedy" in the realm of politics, I am no David Solomon in the realm of headphones.  smile.gif  ) 

 

   


Edited by jonathanvaljean - 6/28/13 at 8:49pm
post #4035 of 5134
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Originally Posted by jonathanvaljean View Post

 

I think that most would agree that the T1 is a bit warmer than neutral and certainly warmer than the supremely neutral HD800.  Our ears are in agreement, at least.  As far as graininess in the T1,  although there was only a wee bit, re-cabling completely eradicated the problem.  

 

As for combining the detail of the T1 and the smoothness of the HD650, it sounds as though the power-hungry HE-6 would fit the bill nicely.  For almost half the price, the HE-500 might make your ears quite happy, as well.  Although the HE-500 isn't quite as detailed as the HE-6, it is a bit warmer; they are also much easier to drive.  Hope this helps you in your quest.     

 

HE-500 is pretty good, its like a warmer more forgiving T1, but unfortunately doesn't have the same detail or soundstage. it is a good headphone though with beautiful tone with the right amp.

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