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post #1621 of 3058

Also remember what was seen at CES and other demos were still mostly in prototype stage.  I recall reading that they were still making a few changes to the headband and other styling mostly, less so with tuning (HE-560 tuning being complete and HE-400i being tweaked still but mostly complete).  So the overall styling may change a bit with the release models but he principle design will remain the same with the suspension band of course due to positive feedback.  The logo is a bit big IMO, I think the full company logo in small size would look nicer, or perhaps the model on the sides and the company logo across the top of the headband.  Either way, these things are the least of my worries :p

post #1622 of 3058

I was so close to buying a pair of LCD2.2 from the B/S/T forums.....but decided to wait for the 560 instead.....hope I am making the right choice

post #1623 of 3058
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I was so close to buying a pair of LCD2.2 from the B/S/T forums.....but decided to wait for the 560 instead.....hope I am making the right choice

Your head and neck will be grateful you did...

post #1624 of 3058
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Your head and neck will be grateful you did...

Don't forget his ears and wallet. Every dollar counts here :]

post #1625 of 3058
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Originally Posted by modulor View Post
 

Also remember what was seen at CES and other demos were still mostly in prototype stage.  I recall reading that they were still making a few changes to the headband and other styling mostly, less so with tuning (HE-560 tuning being complete and HE-400i being tweaked still but mostly complete).  So the overall styling may change a bit with the release models but he principle design will remain the same with the suspension band of course due to positive feedback.  The logo is a bit big IMO, I think the full company logo in small size would look nicer, or perhaps the model on the sides and the company logo across the top of the headband.  Either way, these things are the least of my worries :p

now thats a novel idea!

post #1626 of 3058
Hey >:3 dat was partly mine smily_headphones1.gif
I think it should say "HiFiMaN" on the top. Etched in a lighthouse grey or something but also embossed.
Edited by Nimzerz - 2/11/14 at 3:25pm
post #1627 of 3058
Yeah embossed over painted for sure.
post #1628 of 3058
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Why are you comparing closed headphones against open ones ? :)

Should benchmark against T5P, ed8, D7000 and LCDXC to be fair. ;)

 

I would definitely agree if we were talking about staging size, etc. but I'm just talking about the presentation of the sound which is not specific to the form factor of the headphone. As far as closed headphones go, the TH-900 are outstanding in terms of staging and imaging - perhaps the best I've heard, but I just don't like dryness in their treble and there are plenty of other closed headphones I've heard that don't do that so I'm assuming it's not necessarily a trait for closed phones

post #1629 of 3058

lol... frankly, i couldn't care less about the looks as long as they look like a normal pair of headphones rather than some weird frankenstein contraption. more important to me is keeping the price down... so if that means painted logo rather than embossed, I'm totally down. hell, no logo is chill w/ me too.

post #1630 of 3058
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Why are you comparing closed headphones against open ones ? :)

Should benchmark against T5P, ed8, D7000 and LCDXC to be fair. ;)

because things like timbre, instrument separation, soundstage depth, dynamics,nuetrality and many more are reasons why someone would reach for one over the other despite it being open or closed.  

 

the qualities open backs have the advantage on could be the least of someones concerns depending on the person.

post #1631 of 3058
I heard the he6 and 500 back to back and tonally they were about the same but the 6s imaging was like a perfect circle around your head and just pin point. Neither were airy. The 500 seem to play a weird trick. Like they had good dynamics but the focus wasn't an the overall blended presentation. Like the lows, highs and mids were sectioned off in their own domain. On the 6 everything seemed to be the same very large expanded soudscape. Both lacked air and is their biggest downfall. Airyness is something new to me and before I heard it and understood it the 6 would have been what I image the best reference headphone to sound like. After hearing the 6however I realized I was happy to hear THE headphone that most other headphones wanted to be but it wasn't what I wanted to spend my money on. I wanted a more intimate sound. So I wanted the lcd3 forward confrontation and smoothness with great macro dynamics but the he6's perfect all around engineering. There's something else missing air. Wasn't expecting it but right before I left a pair of speakers caught my eye. I slid my demo cd in and almost cried they were so delicate and smooth with air air air. Dynamics, detail, perfect distance of vocals. I love them and plan on buying them but I suppose I'm getting out of hand here. That was just my take on what could make for a better hifiman headphone but honestly I don't see it happening as I've never heard an airy planar. Maybe just maybe
post #1632 of 3058
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Originally Posted by DoctaCosmos View Post

I heard the he6 and 500 back to back and tonally they were about the same but the 6s imaging was like a perfect circle around your head and just pin point. Neither were airy. The 500 seem to play a weird trick. Like they had good dynamics but the focus wasn't an the overall blended presentation. Like the lows, highs and mids were sectioned off in their own domain. On the 6 everything seemed to be the same very large expanded soudscape. Both lacked air and is their biggest downfall. Airyness is something new to me and before I heard it and understood it the 6 would have been what I image the best reference headphone to sound like. After hearing the 6however I realized I was happy to hear THE headphone that most other headphones wanted to be but it wasn't what I wanted to spend my money on. I wanted a more intimate sound. So I wanted the lcd3 forward confrontation and smoothness with great macro dynamics but the he6's perfect all around engineering. There's something else missing air. Wasn't expecting it but right before I left a pair of speakers caught my eye. I slid my demo cd in and almost cried they were so delicate and smooth with air air air. Dynamics, detail, perfect distance of vocals. I love them and plan on buying them but I suppose I'm getting out of hand here. That was just my take on what could make for a better hifiman headphone but honestly I don't see it happening as I've never heard an airy planar. Maybe just maybe

 

I stopped reading after you said the HE-500 and HE-6 have similar tonality... :rolleyes:

post #1633 of 3058
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I stopped reading after you said the HE-500 and HE-6 have similar tonality... :rolleyes:


Pretty much same here

post #1634 of 3058
Close enough to one another compared to the other planars
post #1635 of 3058
How would you describe the difference in tonality between the two out of curiosity
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