SOLD: LFF Code-X

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  1. songmic

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    (note: the photos show the same Code-X unit but with different pads, the current pads are the black genuine lambskin leather pads attached to the headphone in the two uppermost photos)

    Hi, I'm selling my Code-X (HE-5 modded by Luis a.k.a. @LFF). This is one of the few rare early Code-X that has the mini XLR connectors, a mod Luis no longer performs due to the risks it poses during the modding process. The reason I'm selling is because I managed to acquire another Code-X with stock SMC connectors at a less expensive price, and feel that this headphone deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

    I've used it for only about a month, and it's in virtually the same condition as I had received it. Its left wooden cup is cracked as shown in the photo (most HE-5/Code-X units suffer this wood cracking issue due to strain). However, it is unlikely to crack further as the strain has mostly been relieved by the crack.

    The only change I've made is that I reterminated the 1/4" TRS end of the cable I received with a Neutrik 4-pin male XLR so that it could be used with balanced amps (makes a night-and-day difference with many amps), and also terminated the other end with a counterpart Neutrik 4-pin female XLR so that it could be used with single-ended amps too. So you get a balanced headphone cable, and a short 4-pin XLR to 1/4" TRS adapter cable for versatility, like the stock HE-6 cable.

    As for the sound, the Code-X is without a doubt the best sounding planar headphone I've ever heard. I honestly prefer Mjolnir 2/Code-X to my previous Stratus/HD800SDR setup. The HD800SDR resolves slightly better and has a wider soundstage, but the Code-X comes very close while offering a much more agreeable sound signature that makes it a genre master with virtually any recording. I also prefer the Code-X to my HEK V2; the HEK V2 has a airier sound but the Code-X resolves just as well if not a tad better, and totally destroys the HEK V2 in the bass department.

    I'm selling it for $2000, which is a bit less than what I had originally paid for it. This price includes international shipping fee.
     
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    You overpaid. Market rate for these is $1500, undamaged: $800 for the HE5 w/ wood cup and $700 to Luis for modification. I don't know if Luis has stopped modding these for the general public, but I know of a pair that was modified within the last few weeks.
     
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    No, Luis hasn't stopped modding. Yes, I'm aware there was a time when a Code-X would sell for that much at Head-Fi. But undamaged HE-5/Code-X are quite rare, many of them are bound to crack one way or another eventually.

    When I asked Luis about the price of modding a HE-5 into a Code-X in the last few weeks, he said it was $1000, not $700. Also there was a Code-X (an even more unique version with mini XLR connectors) that was sold by Luis at an even more expensive price, because some people would offer as much as $2.8K for it despite it having cracks too. And before the purchase, when I had asked a few Code-X owners the price they're thinking of if they would sell their Code-X (with SMC connectors), and it was around $2K. I guess I paid a little more because 90% of those Code-X has SMC connectors, while this one has the mini XLR.

    I hope I didn't come off as trying to be a flipper, I am selling it for less than what I had paid for it and definitely not making a profit out of this. Anyway, if the price seems offensive for some people, I'll bump it down from $2100 to $2000.
     
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