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HiFiman HE-500 (HE as in High End) Proving to be an enjoyable experience in listening.

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jamato8, Apr 26, 2011.
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  1. ThurstonX
    If that isn't a project for The Laboratory, I don't know what is.
    Probably the only things you can do to increase the comfort is buy or make a cushioned pad for the headband, and try different pads, if the stocks aren't doing it for you.  The latter allows you to tailor the sound somewhat (see: jergpads, et al.).  And don't forget to post pix of your pulley system [​IMG]
  2. borrego
    Well, before I bought the HE-500 I also had concern on the 500+gram weight. But it turned out I can wear it for 2+ hours without any problem with the stock head band without putting on any additional padding. I think the key is to make sure to the head band curve around the contour of your head without creating high pressure points. You can band the head band to adjust the curve to fit your head better.
    That said, I am a motorcycle rider and is used to wear "ultra light" Kevler/carbon composite helmet weighing at least 1.2 Kg...   
  3. .Sup
    I use a Sennheiser HD555 foam from its headband. I use it on all HE headphones and even on HD800.
  4. Spandy87
    yes, I've seen pictures of that, I'm just wary about attaching it. I dont want to ruin the stock headband.
  5. StanD
    Helium balloons, you can also take a hit and do the Alvin and the Chipmunks routine to entertain Luvi.
  6. Ultramus

    I was initially going to say this but we are already losing too much precious helium that is better spent in research than balloons, I like to keep my ideas ecofriendly :xf_eek:
  7. StanD
    Well, we do have an excess of methane, only that won't float. Got to stop feeding beans to the cows and give them wireless headphones so they can listen to soothing music. [​IMG]
  8. ThurstonX
    Damn!  Gonna need a bigger Lab...  Fortunately, Luvi is easily amused by my antics.  If, however, my repertoire starts to get a little stale, I'll go to the Alvin routine.
    On topic, my THIRD pair of HE-500s is on the FedEx truck as I type.  I promise I won't destroy these!  I know HFM has been taking some hits recently re: quality control, but my dealings with their customer service over the past few weeks has been great.  Sadly, that doesn't excuse three defective HE-560s going to a fellow Head-Fier.  That is a serious pile o' schiit they need to correct.
    Is it too early for a little [​IMG]  No, I didn't think so.  [​IMG]  [​IMG]  [​IMG]
  9. StanD
    Third pair of HE-500's? Now come clean, what evil experiments have you been conducting on them in The Lab.
    Knock on wood, I use mine every day and they show no signs of defects.
  10. ThurstonX
    Long story coming your way.  FWIW, my first used pair were fine until things went haywire in The Lab.  I was the third owner, but the claims were that they were not used much; less than a hundred hours total; maybe less than 50.  The second pair were new, and after less than four months the left driver went wonky.  A couple interesting notes about warranty and build quality.  The used pair were from the time they offered a three-year warranty.  Said so right in the booklet.  But the adjustment action on the yoke/gimbals was uneven and a bit sticky, esp. on one side.  The new pair had the one-year warranty, but build-wise were superior.  Of course, the wonky driver rendered all that moot.
    Almost time to apply some felt, swap out some grills, and do a little preliminary A/Bing with the HE-560s [​IMG]
  11. StanD
    Yes we want to find out what you think of the two. Match those volumes carefully.
    You think you could make a custom pair of pads that would fit Ross Perot?
  12. ThurstonX
    You funny man... man [​IMG]
  13. StanD
    Hey man, he could've been president. He could invest, he does have big ears and deep pockets
  14. Ultramus
    I really wonder how much we could reduce the weight of the he-500, without affecting the sound too much. I'm still going to wait on an he-6 successor or second hand before going to the 560, even though all the reviews are positive, at least not until a price drop. Really more curious how the 400i turns out.
  15. StanD
    I'll take a guess that most of the weight is due to the magnets, which you really don't want to mess with.
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