I just got a PS500 today. I want to say that these are better than my old HF2 but it’s been too long since I listened to them. But the highs seems a bit sweeter than I remember and the bass quality is better. I think there’s less seeping of bass into the midrange. the bass doesn’t get in the way and colour the sound as much - the lower midrange feels a bit cleaner and crisper than my memory of the HF2. But when a song calls for some big bass impact. BAM. it’s there and it surprises me with how powerful it is.
I notice some glare in the highs for some high pitched female vocals but the sound doesn’t seem to have the grain I remember from the HF2. I had done some A-B tests of the HF2 and RS1 and noticed the HF2 was a bit more grainy and “etched” sounding on some loud, wailing vocals. But these PS500 don’t have that character.
I’m really, really enjoying these. highly recommended.
edit: maybe amp/DAC choice is making a difference with the PS500 vs the HF2? I’m using an Amphora and Yulong D18 now. back when i had the HF2, i was using a Burson 160 and HRT MS2+ (although neither of those setups is considered “harsh”, as far as I know)
Edited by LCfiner - 6/4/12 at 6:50pm