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Hifiman HE500

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HiFiMan HE-500 Over-the-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones and EF-5 Headphone Amplifier

Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity
26 September 2012
  • Summary: Although I use earbuds almost daily, it was about time I caught up on headphones, and the HiFiMAN HE-500 was a great re-introduction to the world of over-the-ear headphones. It gave me wonderful clarity, detail, and neutrality, with nary a hint of audible distortion. Although the EF-5 Bench Test results were not exactly stellar, the amp worked very well with the HE-500.
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Review: HiFiMan HE-400 and HE-500 Headphones

Sound & Vision Magazine
8 February 2012
  • Excerpt: Ask any group of audiophiles what kind of speakers they have, and I guarantee you at least one and probably several will answer “
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HiFiMAN HE-500 Planar Magnetic Headphones (Playback 47)

9 August 2011
  • Excerpt: for a while, you will know that we hold HiFiMAN planar magnetic headphones in pretty high regard. No manufacturer is perfect, but HiFiMAN has managed to impress in its short time on the scene (or maybe because of it, since they seem to be trying very hard to get it right). The HiFiMAN HE-5LE ($699) began the HiFiMAN wave, and is certainly one of the market’s performance/value leaders.
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Overall 9

Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones

21 June 2011
  • Summary: The recent success of HiFiMAN is definitely deserved. Not only are they pushing the upper limits for the level of sound quality achievable with a set of headphones, they are also largely responsible for the revival of the old yet obviously interesting planar magnetic technology. The HE-500s are a real feat of engineering. When we first heard the enormously power hungry HE-6s we did not believe that a quite efficient version could be made to sound almost the same.
  • Pros: Performance, Comfortable, Excellent build quality, Price / Performance ratio, Old fashioned yet stylish look
  • Cons: Expensive, Amplifier required, Looks might not appeal to all, Not that portable after all, Way too heavy cable, Pad issue (they are being reworked, an update will be made once they arrive)
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HiFiMan HE-500

27 December 2013
  • Excerpt: Magnetostaten ziehen Musikfreunde besonders an. Das gilt dank des HiFiMan HE-500 jetzt auch für Kopfhörer. Wir haben den On-Ear-Kopfhörer getestet.
  • Pros: sehr klirrarm, ausdrucksstarke Klangfarben
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Тест наушников HiFiMAN HE-500

18 January 2013

Expert Review

1 September 2012

Expert Review

20 May 2012
  • Summary: Avec cet HE-500, nous ne sommes pas loin voire franchement au niveau d’une installation hifi de haut niveau en termes de qualité de son. Certes, 799 dollars, c’est une sacrée somme, mais là, on approche du plus haut niveau en ce qui concerne les casques. Il y a bien encore deux ou trois ensembles casques/amplis au dessus, mais est-ce bien raisonnable.
  • Pros: Confort, Exceptionnelle qualité du son, Niveau de précision impressionnant, Spatialisation, Scène magistrale, Prix ?
  • Cons: Exigeant sur la source, Nécessite une excellente source, Prix ?
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