Orthodynamic design is something between dynamic and electrostatic headphones. Orthodynamic...


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  • Orthodynamic design is something between dynamic and electrostatic headphones. Orthodynamic headphones have lower distortion than dynamic design, and can be driven by regular headphone amplifiers.

    Retailing at $699, HE-5LE feature a similar spec to the first model HE-5 but the driver has been modified with the aim of improving bass frequencies, while driver cups are now made of plastic with a hexagon mesh.The cable is a removable design so that people can upgrade cables for HE-5.

    Comparing to its elder model HE-5, HE-5LE sound signature is more balanced. Plastic cups on HE-5LE are more reliable when comparing to HE-5's wood cup. Benefit from plastic cup, HE-5LE is has lighter weight than HE-5. In addition, HE-5LE use OFC cable with 4pin balance XLR (same to K1000) and XLR to 6.5mm converter.

    Potential customers have to be aware that HE-5LE is not easy to drive. It will not be used on most portable devices such as an iPod. Customers need to have a decent headphone amplifier with a powerful output to drive HE-5 to get its full potential. The dedicated vacuum-tube headphone amplifiers HiFiMAN retail for $399.


    Planar Magnetic driver
    Frequency Response: 10 Hz to 60 KHz
    Sensitivity: 87.5 dB, 1 mW
    Impedance: 38 Ohms
    Weight: 402 g, without cable


    Cable: 2m with 4pin XLR plug,and 1m 4pin XLR to 1/4"steroe (plug exchangeable)
    Earpads: exchangeable, velvet finish

Recent User Reviews

  1. audiophilehe400
    "Excellent sound, extremely light, recommended "
    Pros - Light, high quality, balanced, and matte black looks great.
    Cons - Ear cushions are stuff but can be replaced, seem more closed then the 400i, needs lot of power
    This is an excellent pair of headphones, sound is very clear, and the looks are impressive. I am disappointed with the padding, hurts to wear in less then 15 minutes. Pads can be replaced though. Hard to drive, even using my EF-5 amp. Worth it for the sound quality and detail though. I'm hearing some new stuff that was less noticeable in the he400i
  2. JamesHuntington
    "Huge Sound and very revealing."
    Pros - Looks, pretty comfy, not too heavy, sound very good for the price
    Cons - Cable goes right into my chest. Heavier cable than I'm used to.
    My pair was a supposed demo model from one of Hifiman's retailers. They came in mint condition, which is lucky for me. I'm not using a balanced cable yet, but I already feel it's a good upgrade from my AKG K701. The sound seems huge! So far they love some Donald Fagen the best. I've only listened to them for about 30 minutes now and they have made the hair stand on the back of my neck twice. 
    Day 2: After about 6 hours on them, and realizing that my itunes was EQ'd and affecting the sound, I like them more than I did at first. I'm not a expert, but i can hear very well and have listened to music about all my 38 years. I hear many details in music that are lacking on my K701, especially echos which seem to fade more quickly on the k701. These are truly a great headphone for a great deal.
  3. Joong
    "Clean / smoothe / great tonal balance"
    Pros - Tonal balance with purple peak
    Cons - Not particular
    Great for full-orchestral / choral and chamber music. Excellent for strings, woods, and choral music.
    The phones have a good combination of tonal balance of HD650 but without grainy nature and the beauty of K702's string at its mid range, and textured bass without excess.
    I heard the first time the beauty of Mahler 8th with real but amazing choral section with them.

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