Originally Posted by MrMateoHead
I can just BARELY read what was on those white sheets. Do you have a pic that reveals what they said? I saw some efficiency values. Looked like the 560 is rated at about 90 dB. If the 400i has gone up much more, I would say it would be much closer to not needing a beefy amp.
What, if any differences in sound were there? I expect both phones to hopefully show some refinement. I guess you always hope for big changes, but that is not always a good thing.
No, there is no sense in hyping or de-hyping any new products a company comes out with as there is zero way to truly KNOW if something is better without going out and hearing it for yourself. Just because something is newer doesnt mean its better. I can try zooming in and cropping, but the glare is bad on the 560's:
Not going to go into trying to write out and describe what I heard from these cans as hearing is so subjective, I dont believe 99% of what I hear around here, I have disprooven A LOT of it by buying a ton of gear at once to compare it all, and do not wish to add to the mess of reviews that all say the same thing about what product they are reviewing. Not to mention I spent the following two days drinking and partying and in loud clubs in Vegas so Im not 100% sure I could actually remember exactly what I heard anyway. All I can speak to is what I remember and to me the there was not a significant improvement enough to warrant an upgrade from the HE-400 and HE-500's that were sitting right behind these for me to compare with. Or maybe it was their amp, Ive never heard it before. Or maybe their source, never heard that either. Or their files, or the cable, or the venue, or my ears are junk and I have no sense of sound. You name it itll get thrown out there around here as there is no shortage of excuses and possibilities with this stuff. Im just happy I wasnt overly impressed so I dont have to fork over more money for little gain that's probably just in my head anyway! :) Now, all that being said they did say they specifically focused these newer versions to deal with the fatiguing nature that many of their customers complained about. Since I didnt have them on my head for 2 hours I couldnt test that. Again something only owning them can answer, but Im just saying dont get too excited. The HE-400 and HE-500's are already SO HIGHLY regarded that would mean the HE-400i and HE-560 would be crazy good to have to beat them.
Edited by ben_r_ - 1/15/14 at 7:57pm