Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"The HE-5LE remains one of the finest headphones you can buy under $700… Precious few headphones can match this one's impressive performance per dollar."
- The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide, November 2011
"HifiMan's revised HE-5LE has real potential to upset the ranking status quo of top-class headphones… It's sonically already as linear as AKG's K702 and in matters of bass weight and slam, ahead of the Sennheiser HD800. Then it adds a peculiar richness of tone which none of the competition quite matches."
- Srajan Ebaen, 6moons.com, May 2010
"From the first moment that I put on the HE5LE, I immediately like this version better than the original HE5! The changes is significant enough that even when I didn’t have the HE5 with me, I was able to tell that this is clearly a more balanced version of the HE5 sound.
- Mike at Headphonia.com, May 2010
"Given the fact that these high-end headphones only cost $699, you still have a hell of a lot of cash left over to spend on source and amplifier before you have spent as much cash as a single set of Sennheiser HD800s cost you. So in that sense these headphones are a bargain."
- Frederik S., TechPowerUp.com, June 23, 2010