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My tastes generally lean towards airy, fast, exciting, bright, and sparkly. Slow, dark, and warm... these are the things I stay away from. I would almost consider myself a treblehead. I love my AD700. I love my original K702. On my way towards the HE-500, I took a recent turn towards the HD 600. I'm not entirely certain why. Everything I've read about the HD 600 and 650 really made me want to just turn and run. I think I just got them for a great deal I couldn't pass up. Whatever the case, they're on their way now. This review makes me hopeful I will enjoy them more than I think I will be. It's also making me rethink which sub-$1000 can I will move to next on my journey.

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Ah, the 600 may need time to grow on you then. I came from the DT880 to the HD600, so the lack of the DT880's brilliant treble took a very slight adjustment. I think you'll love it though, and gladly welcome it into your stable.

 

Be sure to post how you feel about it on the 600's appreciation thread.

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Ah, the 600 may need time to grow on you then. I came from the DT880 to the HD600, so the lack of the DT880's brilliant treble took a very slight adjustment. I think you'll love it though, and gladly welcome it into your stable.

Be sure to post how you feel about it on the 600's appreciation thread.

With your experience and knowing what you know of my tastes, do you think the HE-500 should continue to be on my roadmap?
post #124 of 238
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With your experience and knowing what you know of my tastes, do you think the HE-500 should continue to be on my roadmap?

 

I really couldn't tell you. Just because I found it lacking doesn't mean that you will. 

 

I was told by a few trusted friends that the HD800 would be the only upgrade from here that would truly impress me....I'll save that one for when I start getting my big boy salary redface.gif

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I really couldn't tell you. Just because I found it lacking doesn't mean that you will. 

 

I was told by a few trusted friends that the HD800 would be the only upgrade from here that would truly impress me....I'll save that one for when I start getting my big boy salary redface.gif

 Everything I have read sounds like the HD 800 is exactly what I'm looking for. *sigh* I wish food wasn't a necessity.

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 Everything I have read sounds like the HD 800 is exactly what I'm looking for. *sigh* I wish food wasn't a necessity.

 

Meh, I like food too much to go hungry for gear. My idea of splurging is buying two New York strips and pan searing them to my heart's delight.

post #127 of 238

Just saw this thread again and I have been using the HE500 all the time since I got them a few months ago and decided to get the HD600's out for the first time in a while and they still make me go "wow". The crystal clear mids just cannot be beaten even by the HE500, especially the upper mids. The HE500 are faster, nice treble and bass is better but they lack the more beautiful clear mids of the HD600. I am using an M Stage amp at the moment though but I will be getting a Corda Classic soon so I will see how they compare then.

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Just saw this thread again and I have been using the HE500 all the time since I got them a few months ago and decided to get the HD600's out for the first time in a while and they still make me go "wow". The crystal clear mids just cannot be beaten even by the HE500, especially the upper mids. The HE500 are faster, nice treble and bass is better but they lack the more beautiful clear mids of the HD600. I am using an M Stage amp at the moment though but I will be getting a Corda Classic soon so I will see how they compare then.

 

Nice. This is one that won't leave my stable.

post #129 of 238

Yep the HD600 are keepers for sure, they are an headphone that if you sold you would want back soon enough. Will be interesting when the new amp arrives to see how they improve. I also find with the HD600 they are actually less forgiving than the HE500 when it comes to poorly recorded music too. I was just listening to the new Queens of the Stone Age album and the clipping was very apparent on the HD600 but not so much on the HE500.


Edited by spark3 - 5/17/13 at 2:36am
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Yep the HD600 are keepers for sure, they are an headphone that if you sold you would want back soon enough. Will be interesting when the new amp arrives to see how they improve. I also find with the HD600 they are actually less forgiving than the HE500 when it comes to poorly recorded music too. I was just listening to the new Queens of the Stone Age album and the clipping was very apparent on the HD600 but not so much on the HE500.


I still have trouble understanding how the HD600 can compare so positively to the HE series, wich are planar headphones...


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I still have trouble understanding how the HD600 can compare so positively to the HE series, wich are planar headphones...

Planar is not always better.

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I still have trouble understanding how the HD600 can compare so positively to the HE series, wich are planar headphones...

 

I don't blame you. The way people talk about planars, you'd think they're the second coming if you haven't heard one for yourself.

 

Always remember...this is head-fi. 5% differences are considered "night and day"

post #133 of 238

Being a HD600(owned), HD650, and HE-500 owner I've found that I don't believe the HD600 is even in the HE-500 league. Although I disagree heavily with your review, we all hear things differently. Very good review. Im going to get my HE-400 out to you and maybe you will find the HE-400 a much better match. As at first I found myself heavily addicted to the HE-400 before that refined lushness affect of the HE-500 grew on me. Even my friends preferred the He-400 over the HE-500. If paired wrongly the HE-500 can sound very boring along with the HD 650s. The HD 650's seems to have a DRY/Smooth sound signature. If you don't like the HE-500 then most likely you will not like the HD650's. As the HE-500 is in a league above all the Headphones I've mentioned.  Good review eke2k6, im glad you enjoy your HD600 as they are a marvelous headphone.

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Being a HD600(owned), HD650, and HE-500 owner I've found that I don't believe the HD600 is even in the HE-500 league. Although I disagree heavily with your review, we all hear things differently. Very good review. Im going to get my HE-400 out to you and maybe you will find the HE-400 a much better match. As at first I found myself heavily addicted to the HE-400 before that refined lushness affect of the HE-500 grew on me. Even my friends preferred the He-400 over the HE-500. If paired wrongly the HE-500 can sound very boring along with the HD 650s. The HD 650's seems to have a DRY/Smooth sound signature. If you don't like the HE-500 then most likely you will not like the HD650's. As the HE-500 is in a league above all the Headphones I've mentioned.  Good review eke2k6, im glad you enjoy your HD600 as they are a marvelous headphone.

I was in the same boat as you. Back in December last year I had the HE400 for a while, and only got the HE500 because I had the chance to get it really, really cheap. Even after getting it, the sound just didn't click with me for the longest time, it never felt $300 better than HE400. It wasn't until I started messing around with earpads and such when I started realizing the potential in terms of its refinement and smoothness. Extensively modded earpads allowed the HE500's sound signature to breathe a lot more, whilst still retaining its lush qualities.

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I still have trouble understanding how the HD600 can compare so positively to the HE series, wich are planar headphones...

As much as I want to say the HE-500 dominates any headphone in it's price range I can't. Simply because we all hear things differently, and some people may not like them as much as others. The HE-500 HE-6, He-400 are the best headphones in my current inventory. It is hard to see someone disliking any of the HE series except the 300's. We all have our preferences, and eke2k6 has found his. One thing me and him do have in common is the Vsonic GR07 :) now that's a sexy awesome IEM hahahaah

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