Certainly you hear what you hear, can't argue with that. But I don't know how loud you listen...I've never gotten harsh sounds of of the HEK (the HE-560, is another story, does sound harsh to my ears). But, hey, it's cool, if you prefer the sound of the less expensive unit, that's great! (In the end it all boils down to personal preference).
5/28/16 at 9:25am