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Originally Posted by Fearless1 View Post
 

I agree that there is some tech that sounds great for years, take for instance the Krell (legend, never heard)  headphone amp or the older Headroom max amps (heard this one, beautiful sounding), both sound phenomenal to this day. That being said , there are significant advancements to DACs being made, I switched over to the Benchmark DAC2 and could not believe how much of an improvement  in clarity and detail  I hear over the Benchmak DAC 1, Rega and or the Bifrost Uber. 

 

What did you make of this topic? http://www.head-fi.org/t/689783/december-2013-mid-level-dac-comparison/

 

I definitely agree the Benchmark DAC 2 would be an upgrade over all the DACs you listed, but in the last 3 years a lot of progress has been made overall, especially with USB implementations. The linked topic does throw an interesting perspective on current DACs available.

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I was just asking about this yesterday.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57616687-47/hifimans-advanced-headphone-tech-at-ces-2014-improves-sound-quality/

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Hmm the i after the HE-400i implies it's to be used with Apple and other portable products and should not require amping. The HE-560 is more interesting, but the way the market has been going towards higher sensitivity and more drivable cans to appeal to a larger market, it may not be what we're looking for, and may not be as good as HE-500 with a proper chain like Emotiva. Kinda like what AKG did with their new K812 vs existing harder to drive flagships like HD800.
Edited by Sonido - 1/7/14 at 9:17am
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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

I was just asking about this yesterday.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57616687-47/hifimans-advanced-headphone-tech-at-ces-2014-improves-sound-quality/

Aah, ***** yeah and no at the same time. :biggrin:

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Originally Posted by Zoom25 View Post
 

I was just asking about this yesterday.

 

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13645_3-57616687-47/hifimans-advanced-headphone-tech-at-ces-2014-improves-sound-quality/

 

NEW HIFIMAN HE-560 AND HE-400i.

 

XDXDXD

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Woah!! That's pretty cool. Don't hope I got my emotiva for nothing, they better be inefficient. A sound that resembles higher end 'stats? I honestly don't think they can pull that one. Well, resembles can mean a lot of things..

I HAVE to find somewhere to audition those. Nothing, maybe except new offerings from Stax, could make me much more excited. It really seems like hifiman has worked towards something more comfy. Nice!

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That HE-560 better have at least <95 dB SPL, preferably <90 tongue.gif
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Yikes that is amazing news.
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Interesting design!  Headband is like a hybrid of Abyss/AD/AKG.  Cups swivel arms seem to be plastic now.  The annoying connectors are still the same.  :(  Same drivers or new?  Hope to hear more impression about SQ and details coming up soon.

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Interesting design!  Headband is like a hybrid of Abyss/AD/AKG.  Cups swivel arms seem to be plastic now.  The annoying connectors are still the same.  frown.gif   Same drivers or new?  Hope to hear more impression about SQ and details coming up soon.
I think the driver will be same kind of driver as the he-4 with magnets on only 1 side to reduce weight. The headband reminds me of stax/abyss
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Linking the photo so that people can just see them:

 

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Interesting design!  Headband is like a hybrid of Abyss/AD/AKG.  Cups swivel arms seem to be plastic now.  The annoying connectors are still the same.  :(  Same drivers or new?  Hope to hear more impression about SQ and details coming up soon.


+1

 

First word out of my mouth was: "Abyss?" And the 2nd thing was, "Where are the new connectors?"

 

I get this weird feeling that I'm still keeping my HE-500... for now at least.

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post
 

Interesting design!  Headband is like a hybrid of Abyss/AD/AKG.  Cups swivel arms seem to be plastic now.  The annoying connectors are still the same.  :(  Same drivers or new?  Hope to hear more impression about SQ and details coming up soon.

Connectors better be the same. Just got aftermarket headphone cable for Hifiman :mad:

 

I really like the wood. Fits well with my Room's FS stand. Almost the exact same color, scary.

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Basically:

 

Same connectors,

Same cups

 

 

New headband,

New drivers

 

 

I'm 99% sure that the new headband will be compatible with older HE models, since the cups look identical with the 400i / 560. I just hope Hifiman will agree to sell those headbands separately (and for a reasonable cost).

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Originally Posted by koiloco View Post

Interesting design!  Headband is like a hybrid of Abyss/AD/AKG.  Cups swivel arms seem to be plastic now.  The annoying connectors are still the same.  frown.gif   Same drivers or new?  Hope to hear more impression about SQ and details coming up soon.
They look much much lighter..and less sturdy..looking at the pics.. Hope they feel and look more sturdy in real...but they look a bit more flashy then the models now which are less flashy..and is that brown real wood or fake plastic?
And what i read was that the he560 will be much easier to drive then the he500.. Just like audeze did with their new lcd-x models...so no need for speaker amps anymore. biggrin.gif
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