Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones Review 6

Head-Direct HiFiMAN HE-500 Headphones Review

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HE-500 is the name of the newest headphone from Head-Direct. The HE-500s fit in between the recently reviewed HE-6 and the HE-5LE. The design of the HE-500s allows them to be run out of just a portable amplifier where both the HE-6 and HE-5LEs require a decent full sized setup.

The HE-500's exterior is very similar to that of the HE-6’s, the paint has been changed from glossy black to a less fingerprint sensitive gunmetal grey. The sensitivity has been bumped up by a full 6 dB/mW compared to the power hungry HE-6s. Equally impressive is the price which is $300 lower than that of the HE-6s. The HE-500s will cost $899 at launch which is a competitive price all aspects considered.



  • Efficiency: 89 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 38 Ohm
  • Planar Magnetic driver (orthodynamic)
  • Frequency response: 15 Hz to 50 kHz
  • Weight: 502 g


  • Two headphone cable connectors
  • Backup ear pad
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