Summary: I am currently using a loaner pair of HE-500's and thought I'd give my thoughts on the headphones and how they compare to my current pair I was planning on upgrading (Sennhesier HD 600). Keep in mind these are all subjective thoughts, what may be a con for me can be a pro for you based on your preferences. I loaned a pair from The Cable Company, http://www.thecableco.com/Product/NEW-Headphone-Lending-Library.
Summary: Disclaimer: My opinions are just my own. They do seem to be in contrast to some others' experiences, but we all have different preferences.
I heard great things about this headphone, and really wanted to like it. I can see why they are popular, and they indeed are fun. However, I'm a treble-head, and as one who was spoiled by the beyerdynamic DT880's, I hated them.
(TL;DR: I bought these new from Headroom.
Pros: Excellent bass, great impact and body, surprisingly comfortable for large noggins.
Cons: Lack of treble resolution, a bit of ringing, some quality control issues, heavy, hot.
Summary: Mini-review: HiFiMan HE-500 Planar-Magnetic Headphones
Fang from Head-Direct was kind enough to loan me a pair of HE-500 for review. The HE-500 are billed as a more efficient version of the HE-6, although there are some other differences, both in design and in sonics. They are also a little different looking, in that the casing is a very nice gun-metal grey:
Taken on its own, the HE-500 are really an exceptionally good headphone. While they still require a...
Summary: Personally, they put in mind of the situation of Tantalus. I absolutely want the sound quality of these headphones, but I cannot stand to have them my head for more than a short period of time. So these are likely the most tantalising headphones out there and equally likely among the ones with the poorest comfort wearing them.
They are perfect for Audiophile Masochists and Fakirs seeking Nirvana in music.
Pros: The sound quality closely approaches the best Electrostatic Headphones
Cons: Hard to wear for more than 30 minutes, very poorly designed/assembled
It’s been an eventful week for me in which I’ve received three pairs of headphones in four days: a new Audio Technica ATH-M50s, a loaner Audez’e LCD-2, and a loaner HiFiMAN HE-500. I got quite intimate with music via the LCD-2 and was rather wowed by it (see here for more on that). I’ve also been sitting with the HE-500, and my first impressions are that it’s another great headphone that shines in many ways.
Pros: Neutral frequency balance, plenty of frequency extension
Cons: Possibly the price and the weight, some may prefer a darker sound signature.
Summary: Reviewed item: Hifiman HE-500
CD: Rega Saturn
Amp: Rudistor RPX-33evo8
Kimber PBJ interconnect, diy powercables and Isotek Orion conditioner
Received the he-500 very safely packaged from Jan Sieveking as part of the European loaner-program.
And boy am I glad I signed up for that!!!
I have been living for years with my ath-w1000 because I really couldn’t find a suitable alternative.
Summary: I had the opportunity to hear HE-500 under the EU loaner program organized by the EU importer (thank you SievekingSound). I am not really an audiophile (I don’t usually hear critically or do I notice small details in soundstage, etc) but I do enjoy good sound. I have, also, very limited sound experience, both with live music and high end equipment, so please keep this in mind when reading the below and use a fair amount of grain of salt.
Pros: Clear sound, creamy mids, more prominent lows and highs
Summary: The HiFiMan HE-500, practically perfect in every way.
The HE-500 were pretty new territory for me. I have always used Dynamic headphones and was content with them. Then These seductive sirens caught my eye and well....head-fi had it's way with my better judgment and wallet; and by god I'm glad it did! DR.Fang has stuck diamonds and gold with these headphones and has certainly showed me the ways of the Planar Magnetics mystical powers.
Pros: Great sound, Built well, Preformance<Price, Comfort, accesories.
Summary: These are a cool product and worthy of an audition. Good balance and plenty of detail. Technically darn good. Plenty of top end, perhaps a bit much for some, but I like my top end sparkle. Like other orthos, these have a very 'together' and solid sound that comes across as a bit too 'weighty' for my tastes but I prefer a lighter on it's feet type of dynamic sound ala dynamic driver grado. I much prefer the high resolution, flatter response of the he500 however.