Originally Posted by DairyProduce
What exactly does NOS mean?
Exactly how much does a HE-5 cost anyways? Since you said the price with their headphones is $1200, but if you had your own, it would cost only $300 according to the ReferenceSounds website?
NOS = New Old Stock
We are now offering custom tailored modifications for HiFiMan HE-5's. Included in this modification are Dual Mini 4-Pin XLR's mounted flush into the wooden cups, Stained wooden cups with your choice of color, and a detachable Mogami Cable.
That's a purely aesthetic mod (excl. the mini-XLR sockets, that fall inte to the "practical" department).
The Code-X offers, let's go through it once again...
1) New wooden cups
2) New wooden blocks on the gimbal
3) New soft leather angled ear pads
4) New soft leather headband
5) Custom damping/equalization of the drivers/enclosure to fundamentally change the sound of the drivers
+ some extra stuff as mentioned before in earlier posts.
This is not a HE-5 that has been blinged. In that case why choose one of the rarer HiFiMAN-phones.
This is the only planar magnetic except for Fostex T50RP that offers substantial gain when modding it for better sound. At least in Lúis opinion. All I can say is that it sounds damn better than all the LCD-2/LCD-3/HiFiMAN HE-500/HE-6 I've heard this far.