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Please clarify exactly what you mean by this.
I felt the same way, both about the treble and the soundstage.
I only owned the "rev1" HE-300's, but I found them also to have recessed treble. Measurements on InnerFidelity suggest roughly similar treble response relative to the bass with the "rev2," but take my words with a really big grain of salt. Maybe I shouldn't be saying anything at all, haha. I found the soundstage on the HE-300 (rev1 at least) also to not be quite "right."
Maybe you should look at the Beyerdynamic DT 880/990. May be a little bright for some, but have excellent treble extension. The AKG Q701 is another to look at, their treble extends quite well from what I read.
After using the Brainwavz HM5 on my new amp for a while, I think I may of been a little too hard on them, they don't sound excessively dark anymore. Sure they lack some detail and definition but on my Hifiman ef2a with the stock tubes(which are bright-sounding) they actually sound quite decent on it and I now rank them as my second best headphone when hooked up to the amp, they do still have oddities in their sound and still sound straight up unnatural in some songs but the extra brightness from the tubes really helps with their overall sound. Only reason they are rated number 2 is because the AKG K514 MKII has excessively harsh treble and way too much sibilance with a small amount of bass, if the AKGs had more bass and had their treble tamed, they would be far better than the HM5s. It seems amping and synergy really do matter more than I thought. Now I just need some tubes that aren't so bright for my DT 990s and I will be completely satisfied in terms of audio for a long time.
I've had a pair for about a week now, and all of the sudden, it sounds like I have no bass coming out of the right channel. Anyone run into this problem and have a fix? Should I take it apart and find a loose part? I swapped the cable side, and it is definitely something within the cup.
I would also like to know where you got your wood cups, and am interested where you secured the Canare cable for the HM5. As these have been broken in, I really like the sound, just wish the mid would be a little more forward. I think I am going to get an JDS Labs C421 (OPA 2227 version) to correct that, but any amount I can squeeze out of these is welcome.
Interested to hear more about your re-cable, and where you got the wood cups separately.
I have not heard the Dragonfly but I find that the Fiio E11 with the bass bost on 1 makes the HM5 a lot more fun. I also find them to work well with the Nuforce udac2, I actully enjoy them most with the udac2 feeding the E11 from the rca out. I don't like them at all through my Little Dot 1+.