Summary: Source: all lossless AIFF Files through ITunes, connected to DAC via asynchro usb2
Gear used: Schiit Bifrost with Uber upgrade, Schiit Valhalla amp, and Ampsandsound Se-84
This is my 2nd pair of quality headphones. 1st being the Sennheiser HD-650, 2nd being The HiFi Man HE500 obviously (hereafter referred to as the 500),
Reading various threads around HeadFi started me thinking , about ortho's 2 in particular, the 500 and the Lcd2.2 my initial thoughts were to go...
Summary: My HE-500 review
Source: Audiolab M-DAC (USB output). First impressions based on Asus Essence STX.
Headphone Amp: Lehmann Audio Black Cube Linear
On first listening to the HE-500 I found a lot that reminded me of the Sennheiser HD580 which I still regard as my reference in terms of what a neutral headphone should sound like.
Pros: Neutral, bass response and impact, smooth and detailed midrange, value for money
Cons: Heavy, Flimsy velour pads and cable, amp requirements.
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.
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: So, I like headphones, I have listened to and bought a number of them over the years but these are the most impressive and the most expensive in my collection. I didn't buy these from Amazon, I imported them direct from the manufacturer. One thing I should start by saying is that these came with the travel case a semi rigid case used to transport the headphones day to day. Some people have received these headphones with the hard wooden case.
Summary: Der HiFiMan HE-500 ist der Kopfhörer, den ich immer haben wollte. Bei der Verstärkung ist er etwas penibel und taugt für den mobilen Einsatz nur sehr bedingt (auch aufgrund seinen Gewichtes), aber ein Vollverstärker oder separater Kopfhörerverstärker kommt mit dem HiFiMan locker zurecht. Bei einer Soundkarte könnte es schon eng werden, da die meisten nicht genug Pegel liefern können.
Summary: Nachdem ich verschiedene hochwertige Kopfhörer von AKG, Shure und Sennheiser (z.B. HD 650) hatte bin ich letztlich bei diesem Modell "gelandet" - und bin damit sehr zufrieden. Zwar etwas schwerer und teurer als der Vergleich, aber sehr angenehm und musikalisch im Klang, immer noch eher neutral, eine gelungene Abstimmung.