Very much so. Thanks so much for your detailed, to-the-point impressions jerg!
To my ears the more I use the 560's the more they tend to relax (being more transparent and open) and the better the bass response. I really enjoy the bass and find that it improved from first listening in creating a better foundation and flow with the music.
Overall, I would say the sound delivery has become much more natural and complements the music rather than drawing attention to some detail. The presentation is cohesive and realistic.
In regards to the earpads, what kind of material is it? As someone with glasses, I cannot handle the squeaking sound of velour earpads, so that is a major factor for me. Can anyone tell me if there is any type of velour material on the earpads? Thank you!
The clear plastic ones? Those have been gone for years now.
If you mean the black plastic tabs, they are not "dodgy" at all. If you have trouble with them, you're just not doing it the right way.
Well, bass response I already elaborated upon. I don't think 400 / 500 are on par. Infected Mushroom - Becoming Insane, and HE560's bass is perfect in impact and balance, tight as all can be. The same pattern as I go through soundtracks with complex bass like all of Hans Zimmer's stuff. Ronald Jenkees' tracks are viseral like HE400 but I can definitely "feel" more of the lowest notes. Binaural album: Explorations in Space and Time, bass kicks with drums and percussions are very realistic, due to the combination of bass tightness and articulation.
Man I hate commenting on things referencing to specific tracks, I wanna claw my eyes out.
With regards to everything else, HE400 is out of the picture.
HE500's merits are in terms of tonal balance (I think it has its own organic natural charm, relative to HE560's more neutral / HE6-esque balance), rolled-off treble (HE560 is much airier/extended, and IS less forgiving with music; everything sounds very smoothed-off with HE500), lush reverberant midrange (HE560's midrange is much "quicker" and faster in transients, and in turn less lush for vocal-junkies). All these merits are, as you can tell, preferential.
Does that answer your questions?
Wow, nice impressions.....exactly what I was hoping to hear. Now I know the 560 will fit me right in my wheelhouse....thanks @jerg!
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