Headphones and Earphones

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

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Conclusions and Ratings

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. I might consider upgrading to their EF-6 at $1,599, which boasts an order of magnitude less distortion and a full 5 watts of Pure Class A audio output power.

But for now, I'm happy with what's sitting on the end table.

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HiFiMAN EF-5 Headphone Amplifier Ratings

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