For Immediate Release: Hifiman Full-Size Headphones Price Changes

Just got this letter from Hifiman. Lower price, just in time for the holidays. Die you wallet, die!!!!

Oh, and this part probably needs a highlight: “Please know that with these changes, I expect our pricing to remain stable for the foreseeable future.”

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72 Comments

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Themiddlesky

    So now they give silver cable for HE500, wondering how it sounds 😀

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Lieven V

      Silver cable is on its way, we’ll talk about it for sure 🙂

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Spencer Chan

    Damn, I just got the HD650s too….. My wife’s gonna be pissed…

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Anonymous

      Bad timing..

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Peterj

    Chinese labour is even cheaper than i thought!

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    Sweet, I’ve been saving for some HE500’s, I wonder if I should get ’em earlier than anticipated, or spend more on a new Amp. (Strongly considering the Schiit Asgard, but open to other recommendations in that price range)

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    What does the HE-300 compete with and is it a good pair of cans? Does Hifiman make good things in all ranges or should we only bother with their high-end offerings?

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Lieven V

      I suggest you read all our Hifiman reviews, everything is answered in detail in there 🙂

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Anonymous

    sweeeeeeet! time to get a pair of ’em orthos!

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    jeffreyfranz

    Wow, $699 for a phone like the HE-500, that’s pretty exciting.

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Lieven V

      Agreed, it’ an amazing headphone for that price!

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Turokrocks

    Those Grados 500 i was going to get seems a lot more expensive now!!! might be replaced with the He-500

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Alavan Yi

    HE-500 I am coming……………..

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Rūdolfs Putniņš

    Thank you Aude… I mean Fang!

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Donunus

    By the way, did the he-500 always have leather pads?

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Rūdolfs Putniņš

      Nope, leather pads were introduced about two months ago. In any case I hope that they fix the pad mounting mechanism, for a 700$ headphone it seems a bit miserable. Not to mention the HE-6.

      • Reply November 12, 2011

        Donunus

        Oh, has anyone reviewed the he500 using these new leather pads. I can imagine a much brighter sound vs the soft pads since thats what happens with most other cans with leather instead of velour. Hmmm this might not be good

        • Reply November 12, 2011

          Lieven V

          I received the leather pads as an extra with my HE-500. Never tried them as I prefer velour

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Donunus

            It would be nice if someone could review it with those pads since thats what we are going to be getting if we buy them

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Anonymous

            Lieven,
            Can you give it a try and tell us, which pads is brighter/darker?

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Lieven V

            Ok, the pads issue. It’s not easy cause I don’t feel like A/B-ing all the time switching the pads. Imho the seal is better with the leather pads and it is more comfortable.
            Soundwise I find the leather pads to brighten up the HE-500 a bit. It’s definately not darker at all. It actually sounds good, bit airier/lighter. That being said, I’m going back to the velour pads now 🙂

            Edit: In the mean time I saw some pictures of the leather pads and mine look a bit different. They noticed an increase in bass/lower sound so the opposite of me. The mystery remains 😀

        • Reply November 12, 2011

          Anonymous

          Isn’t it the other way around? Velour is usually always brighter than leather.

          I mean I can imagine the current hifiman He-500 sound in velour being shifted down to a darker sound. I definitely can’t imagine it being a brighter sound. So I think the velour pads is there to make it darker.

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Donunus

            On my dt150 and k141 mk2 for example, velour pads make the highs smoother with more open upper mids and less bass presence but the treble  is less sparkly on velours on those cans. The leather/pleather pads on those cans gave a darker type sound because of the boomier bass and less open/present upper mids but there is always a narrow peak in the highs with the leather pads (on those cans).

            I guess the depth of the pads also matter as much as the material. On the dt150, the recessed midrange using the leather pads could be because those pads are very deep while the dt100 velours that i put on them are much shallower making the drivers sit closer to the ears. The closer proximity to the ears when using the velour pads are probably more of the reason why the mids are more present with them than the actual material on the pads though. 

            Bottom line is we really have to try them ourselves to know what the differences are on the he500. 

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Rūdolfs Putniņš

            (P)leather pads usually make a better seal that most of the time results in a better capability to maintain high air pressure. As you know- bass is all about air pressure while highs are more projected into the ear. The question is whether the coupling to the cup will be sealed on the HE-500.

            P.S. LCD-2 finally came out in velour for all the animal loving folks. I wonder how that plays with its bass.

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Lieven V

            Rudolfs: I love the look of the LCD2 with velour.
            And I’m now trying the leather pads!

          • Reply November 12, 2011

            Lieven V

            I replied about the pads just a bit lower down the comments.

      • Reply November 12, 2011

        Anonymous

        Second that.

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    Austin Morrow

    $700 for the HE-500. Yummy.

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    BT

    I also had just acquired a pair of Senn HD650. does anyone have any feedback with direct comparison of 650 vs the he500? should I sell the HD650 and get the 500? I listen mostly with a little bit of every genre, into an integrated amp right now, but will be looking to get into entry dedicated headphone amp, perhaps like a Schiit Valhalla. any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    • Reply November 12, 2011

      Lieven V

      I have both and I still love both but I have to admit the 650 hardly gets any use anymore with the HE-500 (and LCD-2- around). But in all honesty, the HD650 is a great headphone that does really well with tube amps and it still impresses me each time. So if you love what you hear from your HD650 I wouldn’t immediately upgrade. Also, I would invest in a dedicated (powerful) amp first, it will be good for the Senns + you will need it for the orthodynamic he-500

      • Reply November 13, 2011

        BT

        what do you think about with regards to the Schiit Valhalla, if you have any experience on it? the other problem is that if I end up going the he500 route down the line, I have heard that the Schiit Asgard is a better match for the He500, versus the Valhalla. so decisions, and more decisions…..

        • Reply November 13, 2011

          Lieven V

          If you’re going for orthodynamics later I would suggest the Asgard or Lyr. You can read it all in detail here: http://www.headfonia.com/triple-schiit-asgaard-valhalla-and-lyr/

          • Reply November 18, 2011

            BT

            Lieven, any thoughts on apex butte vs what you reviewed recently, the violectric v100? have you heard both to make a comparison? I am hoping to find a well balanced amp that I can use something with the HD650 right now, and perhaps if I want to go HE500 down the line, I do not have to switch amp. do such amp exist to drive both kinds of headphones, either from under $500, and in the $500-1000 category? thanks again.

            • Reply November 18, 2011

              Anonymous

              Lieven did the review on the Violectric, while I did the review on the Butte. Sadly both me and him can’t give you the comparison you want since we never had the opportunity to listen to both amps. 

              I think there are plenty of amps to cover both the HD650 and the HE500, from the $250 Asgard to the $1000 Burson (with the Butte, and other amps like the Graham Slee Solo in between). 

              This is what I said about the Butte and the HE-500 a while ago: 

              http://www.headfonia.com/little-apex-the-butte/#comment-321404265

              As for the Violectric, I think Lieven can share his thoughts on the HE-500 and HD650 pairing. 

            • Reply November 18, 2011

              Lieven V

              The HD650 pairs very nicely with the Violectric but I really do prefer the HD650 with tubes. I love the Sennheiser lushness and the tubes
              amplify it. Where as the violectric tries to keep the Senns more neutral. It just depends on what you prefer most, but yes, the
              Violectric is more than good for the Senns and the HE-500. Then again, I prefer the He-500 on tubes as well. You just picked both the headphones I prefer with tubes 🙂

      • Reply November 14, 2011

        Anonymous

        Hi BT,

        In addition to what Lieven said, we discussed the HD650 compared to the HE-500 here:

        http://www.headfonia.com/hifiman-he-500-first-impression/

        • Reply November 18, 2011

          BT

          I actually did get a chance to read that article previously. I do not
          think I would get a $2000 headphone amp. does that mean the HD650 is
          that much inferior, comparing to HE500? I also had a chance to check
          with another publication’s editor on his opinion. He informed me that
          HD650 is very good in its own right, and that switching it to HE500 is
          more of a lateral move, versus an upgrade in sound. any thoughts on that
          guys, and gals?

          • Reply November 18, 2011

            Anonymous

            The HD650 is very good in its own right, yes that’s true. But that also depends on the music that you’re listening to. A lot of people complains about the HD650’s lack of “speed”, meaning that it doesn’t play well with fast music. In that sense, the HE-500 is better because it can cover both fast and medium/slow music well. 

  • Reply November 12, 2011

    steve2000xxl

    No price drop for the HE-4?

  • Reply November 13, 2011

    Rūdolfs Putniņš

    Wait, wait, wait… Can someone tell me what was the price for HE-6 before this?

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Hero Kid

    How much where the HE-500s before?

    • Reply November 14, 2011

      Anonymous

      I think $899?

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Trí Minh Cao

    If the Sennheiser HD 598 is 70-80$ cheaper than the HE-300, which one has better value?

    • Reply November 14, 2011

      Anonymous

      I think they’re both good headphones for the price, just depend on what sound you’re looking for.

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    Guest

    Not sure where to post this but the ‘ Song of the day’ addition to the blog is a GREAT a idea!! thanks for that!

    • Reply November 14, 2011

      Lieven V

      Thanks. I finally had a great idea, who would have figured 😀

      • Reply November 14, 2011

        Anonymous

        Yea.. and who’s going to maintain that page now? You really should do it, L. It’s your idea after all. 😉

        • Reply November 14, 2011

          Lieven V

          I don’t have access :p

          • Reply November 14, 2011

            Anonymous

            Oopss my bad.

            Fixed it.

  • Reply November 14, 2011

    ahok

    yep, just in time after i spend all of my money on anime merchandise, 
    nice hifiman, nice

    • Reply November 14, 2011

      Lieven V

      Return it and get a refund? 🙂

      • Reply November 14, 2011

        Anonymous

        X2 on what Lieven said.

        • Reply November 14, 2011

          ahok

          like i can do that, 
          im surely happy if someone want to buy all my nendoroids,
          in case you don’t know what it is, do a quick google search lol

  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Joe

    I thought you were making reviews. This’s selling!!

    • Reply November 15, 2011

      Lieven V

      No, it’s communicating a press release from Hifiman. Have a chill pill 😉

      • Reply November 15, 2011

        Joe

        Yes, that’s a romantic view of it.

  • Reply November 15, 2011

    Fontaine

    Good thing I waited for the HE-500. But I don’t know whether the leather/velour earpads actually do make a significant difference. I am aware the LCD-2 is now available with velour pads too, but is there any other difference besides the looks and comfort? I personally prefer leather over velour because -ahem- it looks more classic. I like the feel of the leather too.

    Can anyone share their opinions on the differences between the leather and velour pads? Also, I’d like to know the sonic signature of HE-500, especially how it compares to the LCD-2.

    • Reply November 15, 2011

      Lieven V

      Hi Fontaine. Your first question was already answered in the comments below and for your second question you can read the HE-500 article where we discuss the LCD-2 as well. Happy reading 🙂

  • Reply November 17, 2011

    Anonymous

    nice offer from hifiman 

    • Reply November 17, 2011

      Anonymous

      Nice indeed.

  • Reply November 19, 2011

    Swbf2cheater

    The new cable is absolutely beautiful 

    • Reply November 19, 2011

      Anonymous

      I just got it yesterday with the new pads too, haven’t had the time to try it.
      Agree the new cable is beautiful.

    • Reply December 6, 2011

      Turokrocks

      Me tri

  • Reply November 19, 2011

    Nugraha N.

    I am so getting the HE-300.

  • Reply November 22, 2011

    Morphing thru time

    in you opinion what will the velour pads do to HE-300’s bass?

    • Reply November 23, 2011

      Anonymous

      Do you mean the leather? The HD300 already comes with the velour stock.

  • Reply December 6, 2011

    Turokrocks

    Just got my HE-500 with the new silver cable, all my cables are silver that’s why I made sure that I got the new upgraded cable, I love the can (Had the Bey1350, Sen25 originals ans Sen598) but this in a complete different  league, thanks for recommending this and for the price update, for anybody thinking about getting this can, get your a$$ and buy it now, its one the best investment on audio I have spent…..

    • Reply December 6, 2011

      Mike

      O yes, I am glad you are enjoying the purchase.

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