Originally Posted by Audioclyde
Correct; these terms such as "warmth" can mean different things to each of us. Maybe a better way is describing what I want to avoid--I tend to not like equipment that has a hot or lit up top end/upper frequency range--for instance to my ears the older Bryston amps seemed to artificially emphasize the upper frequencies, they had great detail, but the top end seemed to bright for my tastes. I've also found that if equipment is lean through the mids, this can contribute to my perception that they sound a bit bleached out and lack the fullness I prefer.
So, Jerg, I don't know if that helps any in trying to describe what I'm looking for/wanting to avoid. If I could get the sound of the HE-500's after I installed your Jergpads that Modulor sent me, with what I hope (and perceive from the review comments) is the increased comfort of the 560's.
Fundamentally I do feel that HE560s' tonal balance is not unlike my modded HE500s (with modulor jergpads). The most striking differences are the leanness/tightness of the low~mid midrange (HE560 is noticeably leaner and tighter), treble behaviour (instead of HE500's small peak at 10kHz and subsequent quick roll-off, HE560 has a minor hump around 11kHz and extending farther up), and bass overall (the two have similar bass extension, but HE560 is tighter and much more viseral than HE500).
Keep in mind this is with modded HE500. I think unmodded HE500 is much inferior.
One thing I noted is that while the new Hifiman pads share lots of traits as the latest version of Jergpads (the core Jergpad features are implemented in the new Hifiman pads, so no surprise), the new pads are a tad brighter-sounding than the Jergpads, so there may be some preference thing going on there if anyone happens to have both types of pads on hand.
Edited by jerg - 4/13/14 at 10:04am