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HiFiMAN HE-500 or HE-5LE?

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What's the main difference between those headphones?

How will they compare when it comes to bass, to mids and the highs?

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I think the LE has a emphasis on the midrange and slightly better control of the bass, but definitely has some serious dips at 2kHz or so making it a bit uneven sounding.  All of this I am basing off of the charts and the reviews.

 

Charts:

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=3&graphID[]=3241&graphID[]=2251

 

Reviews:

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/hifiman-he-5le.php

 

I would error on the side of the HE-500 as I have heard it and feel that is remains a very competent headphone even above its price point.  To my ears it can sound a bit too neutral until ones brain has a few weeks to adjust to its sound.  It is not a basshead can.


Edited by NA Blur - 4/12/13 at 10:03am
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Originally Posted by NA Blur View Post

I think the LE has a emphasis on the midrange and slightly better control of the bass, but definitely has some serious dips at 2kHz or so making it a bit uneven sounding.  All of this I am basing off of the charts and the reviews.

 

Charts:

http://graphs.headphone.com/graphCompare.php?graphType=3&graphID[]=3241&graphID[]=2251

 

Reviews:

http://www.headphone.com/headphones/hifiman-he-5le.php

 

I would error on the side of the HE-500 as I have heard it and feel that is remains a very competent headphone even above its price point.  To my ears it can sound a bit too neutral until ones brain has a few weeks to adjust to its sound.  It is not a basshead can.


Thank you!

So, *if you have heard* will the HE-500 compare to the HD598, in sound signature, just better bass, warmer mids, faster and more potent than those?

The HE-500 is basically a better version of the HE-5LE, right?

*Which headphones are the better pair? Are the 5 better than the 500 or vice versa? Are they very similar?

I am honestly confused, because the 500s are suppose to be a faster pair of cans, with better bass and warmer mids, but everyone go "WOW" on the 5LE, not the 500, which confuses me.


Edited by tals - 4/12/13 at 11:39am
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Thank you!

So, *if you have heard* will the HE-500 compare to the HD598, in sound signature, just better bass, warmer mids, faster and more potent than those?

The HE-500 is basically a better version of the HE-5LE, right?

Most people who have owned both headphones seem to favour 5LE over 500, so the opposite seems true.

 

Just my observation. I only have 500 and haven't had an opportunity to hear the 5LE yet.

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Most people who have owned both headphones seem to favour 5LE over 500, so the opposite seems true.

 

Just my observation. I only have 500 and haven't had an opportunity to hear the 5LE yet.


You replyed too soon! I edited my post! :(

But thank you!

I would like to hear more from other people, as well

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You replyed too soon! I edited my post! :(

But thank you!

I would like to hear more from other people, as well

All I can say is that HE500 is tuned to have an enveloping sound, with very "grand" and encompassing bass ~ lower midrange, balanced medium midrange, and relatively laid-back upper midrange ~ treble. It creates an entrancing sound signature that draws you in, and sounds very natural, but is definitely significantly on the south side of neutral. All in all what some would call "enticing and musical" but not strictly hi-fi voicing.

 

HE5LE and HE6, on the other hand, are tuned to be very close to neutral, with bass~midrange~treble being quite close in level to each other, except maybe slightly elevated treble and decreased upper midrange. In a way, this is more along the definition of "purist high fidelity".

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