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post #721 of 3090
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Knowing that the new models are completely redesigned (from dual-sided magnet to 'advanced' single-sided), I find it hard to believe that there was no significant change in sound. Either bad or good there should be a noticeable change in SQ from the previous models instead of just staying almost the same. I find it odd for the sound to almost not change at all when there is a complete redesign done.

I would have to agree, unless the goal was to sound exactly the same, and there wouldn't be much point to that unless just lighter was the goal. Time will tell. I look forward to hearing them. 

post #722 of 3090

I didn't know they are single sided magnet's now, so like the Abyss right? I'm not saying it will sound like that but I agree that with that big a change the sound signature has to be different to some extent. They also look a lot like the Abyss now with the head band design.


Edited by FeelThaBeat - 1/15/14 at 8:05pm
post #723 of 3090
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Originally Posted by jamato8 View Post
 

I would have to agree, unless the goal was to sound exactly the same, and there wouldn't be much point to that unless just lighter was the goal. Time will tell. I look forward to hearing them. 


I really hope that the 400i fixes the SQ issues and retains the good qualities of the 400. Even just a small bump on the mid-high freq. I'll be happy enough. I can only hope for the 400i the best since I know I wouldn't be able to buy an HE-560 with its price.

 

I strongly believe that Dr. Fang aims for better SQ instead of just improved comfort. Time will tell! :)

post #724 of 3090
For the 400's improvement, leave the bass all the way to mids alone. That whole area alone made the HE-400 sublime. It was everything after that that needed fixing.
post #725 of 3090
So how does this HE-560 compared with HE-500 ? any difference in between those two ?
post #726 of 3090
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So how does this HE-560 compared with HE-500 ? any difference in between those two ?
Uh..... It's not released yet. And we've already heard from those who sampled it.
post #727 of 3090

I was about to pull the trigger on HE-500s or LCD 2s, but it sounds like I should wait for these.

post #728 of 3090

I really want to order a Hifiman HE-560 too but was considering my place is not suitable for open-back headphones so I ordered an Alpha Dog. That could be my last headphone for at least couple years. Need to put my money on something else. This hobby costs too much money that I can not afford :tongue:.


Edited by LoveKnight - 1/16/14 at 3:24am
post #729 of 3090
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I really want to order a Hifiman HE-560 too but was considering my place is not suitable for open-back headphones so I ordered an Alpha Dog. That could be my last headphone for at least couple years. Need to put my money on something else. This hobby costs too much money that I can not afford :tongue:.


Unless Fang releases a closed-back HifiMan planar. ;) (I hear your wallet shrieking in pain already)

post #730 of 3090
I'm really interested in how closed back ortho hp design differs from open back. When I first got my HE400 I would listen to a song with my hand over the grill... it was terrible. Same as goes with the HE4
post #731 of 3090
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One-sided magnet planars can clearly be world class. We know this because of the Abyss. Not sure what kind of engineering must be done for this to happen. But if the guys at JPS can figure something out, I'm sure our man Fang can too. He does have a Ph.D in material science (nano technology).

 

I hope the 560 sounds better than the Abyss at $899. That would be good... very good. Haha.

xD ikr 

 

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Can we please not start a hashtag thing on the site? :rolleyes: Let's just say it as it is. Fang is the man.

GAWD YES, please no # tag... I swear some guy literally said to me "Hash Tag ___________"... I was saddend 

post #732 of 3090

I just received a pair of HE-400 over the weekend. Biggest difference I noticed immediately is how the soundstage opened up as compare to my ATH W1000Xs. The ATHs sound like the best set of headphones I ever had; but thats the issue, I can still tell they are headphones. As I am familiar with the sound the HEs set everything apart and the more I listened the more it made everything sound a bit dicsonnected. Maybe that will pass but I wonder what the new 400i will do. The 560 looks like a great set but at near twice the price I think Ill wait for a lot of reviews here before I buy.

post #733 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Baamx2 View Post
 

I just received a pair of HE-400 over the weekend. Biggest difference I noticed immediately is how the soundstage opened up as compare to my ATH W1000Xs. The ATHs sound like the best set of headphones I ever had; but thats the issue, I can still tell they are headphones. As I am familiar with the sound the HEs set everything apart and the more I listened the more it made everything sound a bit dicsonnected. Maybe that will pass but I wonder what the new 400i will do. The 560 looks like a great set but at near twice the price I think Ill wait for a lot of reviews here before I buy.

yea I have a w1000x, and I like the closed in nature of the sound stage, or rather the intimacy as we sometimes refer to it

 

non the less, disconnected is how a friend of mine described the he 400 again'st the w1000x, the W1000x sounded Natrual the HE 400 was kind funny and disjointed

 

that said for EDM I thinkit's it's hands down epic

 

but again let's hope the 400 i has a HE 4 sound signiture or at least some more upper mids! 

post #734 of 3090

it sounded nice~ I have a pair of HE500 and is enjoying it a lot, no plan to upgrade anytime soon, but the stiff silver cable somehow annoys me here and then, anyone know that does the new HE-560 comes with a new cable which is better built so that I can switch to? I was originally planning to get the HE-6 cable but since it uses an adapter to connect from balanced-> single ended, and my amp only have 6.3mm output, if the new cable is single ended only and with quality similar to current HE-6 cable I will be very interested to get one, also the new angled pads looked interesting and I would like to have a shot of them on the HE-500 if they are compatible!

post #735 of 3090

It'd be sick if the HE-6 successor goes with the current headphone naming trend (replacing the number with "X"), so it'd be called HEX. Hifiman HEX has a good ring to it.

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