Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"HiFiMan' s HE-500 is one of the greatest headphones on today's market and a good value to boot. The HE-500 delivers bass power and definition that are the best [we've] has heard from a headphone. In addition, top to bottom balance is excellent. The HE-500 separates instruments clearly without an analytical sense of resolution that can become aggressive or distracting."
- The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide, November 2011
"Straight to the point, the HE-500 is the currently best headphone of Fang's ortho stable if one has no super amp of Lyr or better providence. That's because the design's sensitivity does allow it to get going with 'normal' 6.3mm sockets on receivers, integrateds (my desktop Bel Canto C5i), DACs like Antelope's and 3.5mm sockets on portables like ALO Audio's and TTVJ's."
- Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, May 2011
"Guys, it is really hard not to get impressed with this headphone…. the HE-500 is definitely the best Hifiman headphone I've heard."
- Mike, Headphonia.com, April 29, 2011