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. While they still require a...
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.