I bought my HE-500 for close to $500 back in 2012. I sold my HE-500 last year for around the same price. HE-500 have always been around that price. Typical price was $525. $550 was pretty much the max. Closer to $500 for the past 3 years I've dealt with Hifiman.
Anyways, are the new Hifimans using the same awful stock cables and/or screw connectors?
The cable is reportedly reworked on both new model. But the connectors are the same. I tried to argue that it was time to make a change and got no support from anyone on that point. Go figure.