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post #151 of 3090

You can buy a mango-tree cup and fit your HE into them, a member is selling them out of SE Asia. I believe he'll be making another batch soon.

post #152 of 3090
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Originally Posted by M-13 View Post
 


Given Hifiman's history. The HE-500 won't be discontinued right away. It will coexist with the new headphones for a time (maybe a year or more) and if the sales drop it will be discontinued. I guess it all depends on how much better the HE-560 sounds. If people keep saying that $200 more for the 560 is a no brainer, then it might be doom for the 500. If not and it's more of a side grade then the 500 will be with us for a while longer.

 

Either way I'm supa exited. Even if it's a side grade I'll still check them out to see if it can be added to the collection. Never had a Hifiman woody before.

at my age any kind of woody is welcome........

post #153 of 3090

Does anybody know if the ear cups are the same diameter as the current HE series?  If not, are they bigger?  The only reason I stayed with Audeze is my elephantine ears don't comfortably fit in the HiFiMan ear cups.

Thanks!

 

Cheers!:beerchug:

-HK sends

 

PS - Wood is Good! :biggrin:

post #154 of 3090

Has anyone heard what kind of wood is used on the HE-560? Hopefully there won't be any issues with the wood cracking like on the HE-5.

post #155 of 3090

Anyone want to go ahead a sell me their HE-500 now? I'll make you a good deal...

 

Edit: ok, so maybe I'm just joking... :rolleyes: Have to read impressions of the new models first.


Edited by dxanex - 1/8/14 at 6:53pm
post #156 of 3090
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Originally Posted by HK_sends View Post
 

Does anybody know if the ear cups are the same diameter as the current HE series?  If not, are they bigger?  The only reason I stayed with Audeze is my elephantine ears don't comfortably fit in the HiFiMan ear cups.

Thanks!

 

Cheers!:beerchug:

-HK sends

 

PS - Wood is Good! :biggrin:


You could use Audeze pads for Hifiman cans! Sounds better actually!

post #157 of 3090
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Originally Posted by philo50 View Post
 

at my age any kind of woody is welcome........

:deadhorse::beerchug:

post #158 of 3090
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Originally Posted by ohhgourami View Post
 


You could use Audeze pads for Hifiman cans! Sounds better actually!

What he said^^^^

post #159 of 3090
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You could use Audeze pads for Hifiman cans! Sounds better actually!

Really?  I wasn't aware of that...I may have to try it out.  Thanks!

 

Cheers!:beerchug:

-HK sends

post #160 of 3090

Since this is a complete redesign, I'll be cautious till they figure out the usual QC quirks, unfortunately Hifiman have a bit of a history here. Very cool that they incorporated Jerg's research into their pads.

 

I'm very interested in the possibility of an improved HE-4, especially if it is more airy sounding, but as long as it as its not at the expense of the bass quality and quantity. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the new suspension and cup design, especially the wood trim and it looks a touch flimsy. I find the HE-500 very comfortable already, but I accept that there are many people that were bothered by the weight, but the memory foam works very nicely for me.

 

I'm pretty sure that the HE-500 and HE-560 will continue to exist along one another catering to different markets. In any event I'm much looking forward to an update of the HE-6.


Edited by daerron - 1/8/14 at 11:39pm
post #161 of 3090
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Since this is a complete redesign, I'll be cautious till they figure out the usual QC quirks, unfortunately Hifiman have a bit of a history here. Very cool that they incorporated Jerg's research into their pads.

 

I'm very interested in the possibility of an improved HE-4, especially if it is more airy sounding, but as long as it as its not at the expense of the bass quality and quantity. Can't say I'm a huge fan of the new suspension and cup design, especially the wood trim and it looks a touch flimsy. I find the HE-500 very comfortable already, but I accept that there are many people that were bothered by the weight, but the memory foam works very nicely for me.

 

I'm pretty sure that the HE-500 and HE-560 will continue to exist along one another catering to different markets. In any event I'm much looking forward to an update of the HE-6.

Relative to say most of the high-end dynamic headphones, HE-500 is most certainly uncomfortable. It has scratchy velour pads, and weight that makes it impossible for you to forget that you're wearing them. With phones like HD800, T1, etc., it's entirely within reason for the headphones to feel like they just disappeared, leaving you only with your music.

 

I, for one, am looking very forward to what the decreased weight, new pads, headband will do for the ergonomics of Hifiman headphones. More than that, I would love to see if the HE-560 are a solid improvement over the HE-500, sonically.

post #162 of 3090
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Relative to say most of the high-end dynamic headphones, HE-500 is most certainly uncomfortable. It has scratchy velour pads, and weight that makes it impossible for you to forget that you're wearing them. With phones like HD800, T1, etc., it's entirely within reason for the headphones to feel like they just disappeared, leaving you only with your music.

 

I, for one, am looking very forward to what the decreased weight, new pads, headband will do for the ergonomics of Hifiman headphones. More than that, I would love to see if the HE-560 are a solid improvement over the HE-500, sonically.

 

It really depends on perspective. I came from high end Grado's which were some of the most uncomfortable and ergonomic flawed products I have used so far, though I tolerated it for its musical and involving sound. The earpad cushions reminded me of sandpaper.. Some people like it very much, its something that is entirely subjective. I've also had lightweight Sennheiser headphones that I didn't appreciate because of their clamping force, but I definitely don't dispute that the HD800 and T1 could be much more comfortable and that an expensive headphone should be comfortable.

 

Wrt to comfort, it helps having good strong neck muscles. I also prefer velour pads (mine certainly aren't scratchy) to leather pads as they can make my ears feel hot and sweaty, especially in the warm climate I live in. If I had to sacrifice sound quality for ergonomics, I wouldn't buy the product. As others stated there are already things Hifiman could be doing to the existing design to make it more comfortable, more padding on the headband, comfier padded pads. Compared to other high end headphone makers I do find Hifiman's supplied headphone cables offensive and would love if they could give that some attention and not to mention those SMA headphone connectors.

 

By going on the new design path, it does bode arguing whether Hifiman is heading in an opposite direction with lighter weight as a suspension setup definitely won't work for 500g+ headphones. If this is the case it could well be that the entire current HE line could be discontinued, perhaps barring the HE-6 which would be too heavy.


Edited by daerron - 1/9/14 at 1:57am
post #163 of 3090
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The plastic on the headband slider looks flimsy, only time will tell. Does the "i" on the HE400 means it might have a headphone volume controller/mic?

oh gawd I hope not

 

also glad to have finally found this thread... HYPE TRAIN CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA

 

more importantly though... wow the Auzdes are heavy q.q.... glad I found the He 400's weight to be more than manageable

 

That said, I'm also happy to hear about the new Ear Pads! That's awesome they mentioned Jerg and his mods :3

 

I also wonder how the 400i compares to the HE 4 purely in terms of sound 


Edited by Mshenay - 1/9/14 at 11:39am
post #164 of 3090
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oh gawd I hope not

 

also glad to have finally found this thread... HYPE TRAIN CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA CHUGA

 

more importantly though... wow the Auzdes are heavy q.q.... glad I found the He 400's weight to be more than manageable

 

That said, I'm also happy to hear about the new Ear Pads! That's awesome they mentioned Jerg and his mods :3

 

I also wonder how the 400i compares to the HE 4 purely in terms of sound 

 

LOL, I doubt the i means there is a remote and mic on it XD  It's just another iteration of the 400s XD  I wouldn't mind a mic'd cable (but they'd have to include 2 then), but HiFiMan's never done one, why would they start with this model.  

post #165 of 3090

So has anyone other than Steve Guttenburg listened to these puppies yet?? Surely there are some fellow head-fiers out in Vegas with tablets/laptops and decent wi-fi. The suspense is killing me. I want impressions, man!

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