I listened to both last night with the same material. They are SO similar man. MuppetFace and mine impressions differ somewhat, but that is probably due to the tip variance that we are using. Which goes to show, how similar they are.
MF thinks the VI has a touch more robust bass, I don't think so. With the same tips, VI may have a bit more sub-bass. I think if you have the V, no reason to go to VI unless you just love the look. I think the Vi might have a tiny touch more upper mid energy, which on some stuff can sound cleaner, or have more glare. The VI may be a smidgeon more refined. If you did a double-blind test on me with the two, it would definitely be very difficult to tell them apart. Both the V and VI are excellent. And the V represents one of the best values around. They do things nothing else can.
I like the gold and brown of the VI myself...
So you also think that the Heaven V outperforms the ES5?
So you think that the Heaven V has the same euphonic vocal qualities as the Heaven VI?
Maybe. To be clear, I have not heard the Heaven V. I just doubt that brass and chrome copper sound the same given my experience with the other FAD headphones.
I am guessing that instead you are committing the mistake of A/B'ing similar products instead of comparing the long-term experience of listening to each.
I just question the statement "I think if you have the V, no reason to go to VI unless you just love the look". I doubt it, as good as the Heaven V may be.
I am arguing from logic and inference only. Did I mention that I have not heard the Heaven V?
Edited by cooperpwc - 6/6/13 at 10:39am