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HiFiMAN HE-560 Reviews

jerg

My Constructive Thoughts on HE560 (finalized production)

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Pros: Neutrality / Speed / Startling sense of realism / Ergonomics

Cons: Slightly aggressive / Past revisions / May be too lean to some

Without further a-do, I'll get right into it. (My HE560 thread has some preface words etc)       Build & Ergonomics   Cups   The finalized take on HE560 cups is a matte-plastic-and-veneer finish, with the body of the cup being plastic much similar to other Hifiman cans, but a Macassar ebony wood veneer wrapped around as largely a design accent.   To my knowledge, this was largely a compromising decision made so that cup reliability over the long term will stay stable. Solid teak wood used for early HE560 units suffered some visual/matching, milling, and cracking issues despite teak being one of the hardier lumbers to work with.   From a...
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conquerator2

Excellent all-round headphone

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Pros: Price/performance, well integrated bass-midrange-treble, excellent separation/imaging, realism/decay/timbre, air quantity,

Cons: build quality, slightly softer punch ,sheer soundstage size [planarmagnetic weakness]

HiFiMAN HE-400i and HE-560 review & comparison - w/ stock grilles and Focus pads   Disclaimer: The following review/comparison is my subjective assessment of the two headphones. The differences between the two are not night and day quantity-wise, but represent a difference I was able to hear. Both headphones are great sounding devices and this review and comparison should serve to highlight or point out the differences. If you have any questions or if you want to point something out, please do let me know. Hope you enjoy the read ^_^   Introduction - I received the HE-560 in early July and the 400i last Monday. When I wasn't doing critical listening or direct...
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Terja

HIFIMAN HE-560 ON TAP: A FIRST DAY REVIEW SAGA (HIFIMAN HE-560 TOUR IMPRESSIONS)

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Pros: Excellent tonal balance and detail retrieval

Cons: Requires significant amplification to shine (much more than generally attested)

  HIFIMAN HE-560 ON TAP: A FIRST DAY REVIEW SAGA (HIFIMAN HE-560 TOUR IMPRESSIONS)     FIRST IMPRESSIONS   Wow ... what a big box! I was expecting a more economically packaged box, but once I open it, it seems justified considering all the goodies that are packed inside. Along with the box containing the headphones there are also two bags containing two sets of cables, two regular TRS cables and two 4-pin XLR cables with TRS extenders. These cables are fantastic especially when compared to the fare that Hifiman has offered in the past. They are easily complementary to the value of the headphones; boutique shoppers can always find something better but this is...
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JustinBieber

A worthy successor to the HE500

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Pros: Lightweight, fairly easy to drive, comfortable, neutral sound, fair pricing, good customer support from Hifiman

Cons: Slightly cheap/poor build quality and Q.C, short stock cable.

The HE560 is Hifiman's attempt at making a headphone between the HE500 & HE6, as of the time posting this review, there are two known versions of the HE560: the preorder version and production (rev 1 as I call it) version. The preorder version has numerous differences in build quality, but, they sound very similar. I've listed some photos below showing the build differences between the models. Just click on them to make them larger.   Preorder one says HE560, new one doesn't and is a bit less tall but deeper, both boxes had scratches and marks when I got them.     Preorder version has thinner foam and one cutout. New one has two separate foam cutouts, one for the...
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Barra

Musical TOTL HP that sounds great across all genres

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Pros: Excellent musical sound quality that works well for most if not all genres, outstanding tembre

Cons: Typical planer sound stage congestion and some treble brightness perhaps from lack of burn in

Disclaimer: This unit was part of a tour held by Justin at Headamp.com. As the second in the tour to hear these headphones, it likely was not properly burnt in. I thank Justin for giving me the chance to hear them and encourage anyone considering buying them to work with Justin. He is wonderful to work with in my experience providing excellent customer service.                           While I can say that the HE560 sounds awesome and is very much a TOTL HP, saying why is more of a challenge. What I can say that is unique to this TOTL HP is that it makes everything sound good and is not very particular to...
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Frank I

Liquid Transparent Sound in a very Lightweight and Comfortable Design

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Pros: Lightweight,transparent with exceptional soundstage with air and space between instruments.

Cons: Pads improvement but ear clips similar to past designs.

Hifiman HE560 Planar Headphone.     HiFiman has been building and designing headphone solutions since 2006, and have earned a reputation for making some of the very best sounding headphones on the planet.   The company, located in China, is operated and owned by Dr. Fang Bian.  Fang went to school in the United States.  Over the years and by getting to know Fang personally I have come to admire his commitment to the personal audio community. His dedication and devotion to creating affordable reference level products have always been his major goals.   Fang is a music lover first and foremost., and he regularly attends live classical concerts. In...
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Armaegis

The king ain't dead, but there's an usurper in the ranks

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Pros: very clean sound, improved headband

Cons: higher clamp, picky with amps

  Presentation That's a lovely box it comes in. I'm not being snarky at all; it really is nice. Totally for presentation though, not for transport/portability.  Construction The headband of the new Hifiman models is a great improvement over the old ones. The suspension design is more comfortable, and the gimbals feel more solid. The headband adjustment has more of a reassuring feel to it, unlike the old headbands which had a tendency to become loose over time. Gripes: there's a higher clamp force though (for me it pressed under the ear, around the jawline), and the headband adjustment snags my hair sometimes. The overall weight of the 560 is much lighter than the HE-6, which is a welcome...
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gelocks

One of the best listening experience I've had with a headphone (open/closed-back)

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Pros: Good looking, excellent sound (very clear), EXCELLENT comfort, good presentation.

Cons: Open-back (lol-just kidding), a bit bass-shy, a bit bright, short-ish cable and NEEDS power!

Introduction If you've read a couple of my reviews, you'll see that most of them are for closed-back headphones. I prefer closed-backs because I mostly listen to music at work and I don't like to bother anyone. Anyway, I haven't had an open-back since the Shure SRH1840s/Senns HD600s and had never tried a HifiMan headphone and I figured this would be the time I got to try one. Had a great deal on them and decided to order. Mostly, I bought these expecting an underwhelming experience after reading so much about the HE400/500 and I'm glad to say that these headphones truly rock.   Quick impressions:   Excellent comfort Superb clarity Excellent sound   Simple huh?...
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