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Hifiman HE500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 reviews of Hifiman HE500. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Views about the comfort and usability are overall positive. The design and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some negative views about the portability.

sound, price, design, usability, comfort


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the Hifiman HE500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 2 user reviews of Hifiman HE500 from The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones on Reviewers really like the bass quality and mids quality. The treble quality and sound also get good feedback. There are some mixed comments about the comfort. The price and portability get less positive opinions.

usability, sound, treble quality, mids quality, bass quality

portability, price

100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: HiFiMAN HE-500 Open Back Orthodynamic Planar Magnetic Sensitivity Headphones

Feb, 2016

Expert review by: Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity (

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


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...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by: AVguide (

HiFiMAN HE-500 Planar Magnetic Headphones (Playback 47)


for a while, you will know that we hold HiFiMAN planar magnetic headphones in pretty high regard. No manufacturer is perfect, but HiFiMAN has managed to impress in its short time on the scene (or maybe because of it, since they seem to be trying very...

Aug, 2011

Expert review by: techPowerUp! (

Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones


The recent success of HiFiMAN is definitely deserved. Not only are they pushing the upper limits for the level of sound quality achievable with a set of headphones, they are also largely responsible for the revival of the old yet obviously interesting...

Performance, Comfortable, Excellent build quality, Price / Performance ratio, Old fashioned yet stylish look

Expensive, Amplifier required, Looks might not appeal to all, Not that portable after all, Way too heavy cable, Pad issue (they are being reworked, an update will be made once they arrive)

Jun, 2011

Consumer review by: Bionator (

Best Cans for the Money


These phones require a highend, powerful headphone amp. Don't skimp if you want the best sound from these cans. They run fine on my Marantz 7007 AV receiver, and through my Asus Maximus V Formula motherboard. Both have powerful headphone outputs.

Planar Magnetic. Easily the best sounding cans I've ever heard. Simply outstanding. 7.1 surround imaging is superlative, bass is mindbowu=ing, mids sing, highs crystal clear. Nothing is muddy or lost with these phones. Please read reviews and...

Only complaint is would have liked to see a mini jack adapter included, but purchased a Cardas adapter for under $20

Jul, 2014

Consumer review by: JoeDoe (

An Immersive Experience


The HE500 brings one word to my mind: Immersion. I've never felt closer to the music. Period. It's the most organic, musical headphone I've heard to date. This implies a preference over the D2k, D5k, RS1i, GS1k, HE400i, ZMF Master, T90, HD600 and...

Fantastic sound, mod-able

Weight, cable connectors, stock cable, stock pads

Nov, 2014