FS: O.G. HE-500 in new clothes

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  1. CEE TEE

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    STORY: Right after I bought them back in 2017, one “button” that holds a side of the headband broke.
    @Bill-P helped me “Franken-fix” the headphone. (Thank you, Bill!)

    RESTO-MOD?: With HE-4XX cups/pads, 4-pin XLR cable, and HE-560 headband.
    OG_HE500_1.jpg OG_HE500_2.jpg OG_HE500_3.jpg OG_HE500_4.jpg OG_HE500_5.jpg
    HEADBAND: Much more comfortable. Bought a brand new HE-560 “Hybrid Headband” like this one:
    http://store.hifiman.com/index.php/hybrid-headband.html

    EARCUPS/PADS: New paintjob. The ear cups and pads are from an HE-4XX. Matte dark blue paint. (Including WOOD cups for HE-5LE if you wanna go woody.)

    CABLE: Modded jacks. Cable uses more common 2.5mm plugs (earlier HE-4XX connectors) and terminates in 4-pin XLR.

    EXTRAS:
    • Brand new HE-5LE wood replacement cups (and buttons) with the old screw-in HiFiMAN connectors
    • Slappa Hard Case
    • Original (broken) O.G. HE-500 headband parts
    • 4-pin XLR cable with the old screw-in HiFiMAN connectors
    ASKING: $450 EDIT: $425 including shipping

    (EDITED 4/22/2022: Sold the wood cups separately)
     

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  2. Skyline

    Skyline Double-blindly done with this hobby

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    I miss my 500s so much. If I had the spare change right now, I'd be all over these.

    Notice any definite sound differences with all the changes?
     
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    ^I think, if anything...the pads might change the sound a little but the headband and cups probably don't. I am not sure where the O.G. pads went. I can go through my ear pads bin and see if I have the O.G. pads but they sound great after the transplant. When Bill fixed them for me, I think the HE-4XX pads sounded as good or better and were newer/in better condition. (There was an office HE-4XX with a bad driver lying around at Massdrop and we used it for the parts. I bought this HE-500 personally to keep trying to do a re-boot of the O.G. HE-500 and to be able to compare for development. Plus, these do not come up often.) Whoever buys these will see that they have barely had any use since I have owned them. I got the headband as a new replacement part from Adorama.

    I think these just have a really nice tonal balance and are great all-rounders. Good out of lots of amps. The HE-500 is nice and linear-sounding to me with great mids and natural-sounding bass. The HE-560 just never had normal/natural-sounding bass to me. The O.G. HE-6 at it's best has ridiculous bass and sub-impact but can have a bit of an upper mids peak and likes a good system to get the most out of them.
     
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    Also regret selling my HE500 many moons ago. I fondly remember the excellent, tasty bass. GLWS!
     
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    PRICE CHANGE: $425 shipped

    Sold the wood cups separately to someone replacing 5LE parts.
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    ^I think everything is pending now...
     
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    And, closed! Thanks for looking!
     
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