Hifi man HE500 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones' started by Darkkp, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. MF_Kitten

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    The beyer headband looks like a bad idea, considering the yokes are too thin to sit properly in there... But holy cow the Audeze headband looks amazing! Is it just a matter of removing the old yokes and screwing these on? Assuming the screws don't strip obviously.
     
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    The beyer one, me and a friend got an HE-500 with a broken headband so we decided to take parts from different headphones to make it. Might do the same mod on it later.

    The Audeze headband one I had to do a little tweak on one of the yokes to get it to fit, namely using a dremel to take off a little excess and went to home depot for some screws and washers. The Headband and Audeze yoke kit you can purchase which not many people seem to know. I have gotten a few and sold of few of the kits to friends who also tried it on their HE-6. Considering I have the HE-500 not really being used, I could make a guide on how to do it. Only stickler is that my HE-500 screws are super rusted so would have to remove and replace the socket.
     
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    I just got me a pair a few days ago. Here's some early thoughts...

    • How does anyone put out such a nice hp with a flimsy wire like this? I've never had problems with microphonic cables at home before, this one is noisy as hell.
    • Probably not news to most, but the original velour pads are very, very uncomfortable. Next up were the Focus pads (or A's, how does one tell which?), much better.
    • Started to install the pleather pads to find out their mounting rings come right off, nice!
    • There were some words of curse before my sheepskin HM5 pads hugged them rings, but it was totally worth it - comfort and treble smoothness was found.
    • These hug my head kind of tightly, though not a problem.
    • I still hear that noisy cable rattling around whenever I move, maybe this is why Hifiman gets such slack.
    • These are very small compared to LCD-2

    Sound
    • first impression was warmth akin to 600/650 and LCD-2, me likey
    • bass is not as deep nor weighty as my LCD-2.1, but tighter
    • HE-500 wins details, LCD-2 has wider soundstage and better instrument separation
    • treble is way more present - not annoying, cymbals sound like they should
    • HE-500 is much more in-your-face, in comparison relaxing it is not
    • HE-500 is closer to neutral (meaning I'd rather mix with them) than the Audezes
    • this would be an easy pair to recommend to just about anyone - it isn't dark nor bright, one very agreeable tuning
    • HD600 is the closest manifestation of a flat headphone to me, this is somewhat similar when listening back-to-back, more fun though..
    • I had no idea I'd like these lots - I have a very negative view of Hifiman because of their recent activities
    • I'm hearing much to love here... Who'd a thunk it!
     
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  4. Zed Bopp

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    God damn it, this noisy stock silver cable is driving me bonkers! Any ideas for a cheap-ish (max 50€) replacement in the EU area, in the vein of Blue Jeans etc? I don't need no cable mojo, just a wire that works: isn't heavy, tangly, noisy & all that. Doesn't need to be long, but 3m doesn't bother me either. Cheers.
     
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    Check out Forza Audioworks if you are in the EU. Their entry level cable looks like it should do the job for the budget you have in mind.
     
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    Not knowing any better at that time I sold HE500 when I got HE1000v2. Well I had a chance to hear again my pair which I sold to a friend. I immediately regretted it. Different headphones but
    cannot be replaced. If you own it, hold on to it.
     
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    I hear the upper mids / presence region (using angled sheepskin HM5 pads) a bit too hot. EQing out 2.8k and 4k with -1,5db helps lots for extended listening in my case. This gives me some needed "distance" - everything's not shouting at me all the time. I usually like some extra energy there, see HD600. Right now I'm boosting 1db above 7k - these do have a dark tilt, if ever so slightly.

    Btw, 500 is the most open headphone I've had yet in terms of isolation - you hear everything wearing them. It's one weird feeling putting them on.
     
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    Just bought a pair of these. I will save the impressions for later. I just wanted to share my headband mod.

    I really hate,the handband on the stock HE500. I had a broken driver Denon AH-D2000's laying around, and thought they are about the same size...well...it worked, kind of.

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    So yes, that is an HE500 with a D2000 headband. It is much more,comforable for these heavy headphones. They feel much more secure on my head, even when walking around. The D2000 headband has a tilted back piviot point, which makes the top band hit your head slightly further forward and has way better contour. The extra camping force might be too much for some, but now I feel I can trun my head and not have them slide around. Clamping force is actually kind of welcome for this heavy headphone, but it is not crazy - about the same as a HD6X0.

    The only issue is the housing for the HE500 is slightly wider than the D2000 driver that is cruved on the outside. That means the housing rubs a bit when going from listen position to together on the Y axis swivel, but a minor point to me.

    And yes, I have tbe D2000 pads on there now, but just for testing purposes. I think I still like the Focus pads at the moment.

    I know the updated headbands are available from HiFiMan for $75 US, but this made a decent alternative for me.
     
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    Is the 2C headband compatible, mate? It is so comfortable on my head.
     
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    Just received a Forza Audioworks Color series (grey) cable from Poland (39€ + shipping). Very malleable, noise-free and sounds just like that horrible thing HFM originally seemed fit for such a nice hp - perfect!
     
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    As much as I like the comfort and general sound of the Brainwavz angled sheepskin pads I went and ordered a pair of those in velour. There's this certain shoutiness in the upper mids that the velours might just control better according to measurements before by @cskippy (cheers for the awesome work btw!), we'll see.
     
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