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post #1921 of 17458
What are you selling?
post #1922 of 17458
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Originally Posted by swspiers View Post

What are you selling?


i don't know yet, i like all my stuff, but i'd really like to give the 560 a go, i'll listen to offers on anything, i may not take it, but i'd listen !

post #1923 of 17458
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Originally Posted by MattTCG View Post
 

Congrats guys!! Seems like these are rolling out in force. I plan to wait this one out to see what happens with the 400i. Because the form design is similar I'm continuing to follow this thread for impressions. So far it seems like hifiman has gotten this one right. 

+1

 

I'm very happy to hear of how comfortable these are. I'm also very interested in the 400i, as I still don't have a desktop setup and will be driving cans from portable DAPs like the X5 and DX90 for now anyway. I'm very curious about the tuning of the 400i. Will it be neutral like the 560 or will it be euphonic like the 500?

 

Personally I do prefer neutral, so if the 400i is not tuned like the 560, then it might force my hand to spend more money to get a HifiMan back in my stable.


Edited by M-13 - 5/5/14 at 10:19pm
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I'm hoping they don't sound like the 560. They should go the warm, musical route, like they did with the HE6 to HE500. Different strokes for different folks. I dont want a neutral headphone. I want a non-fatiguing, full sounding one.

I prefer the Mad Dog to the Alpha Dog, even if the AD was an improvement overall.
post #1925 of 17458
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm hoping they don't sound like the 560. They should go the warm, musical route, like they did with the HE6 to HE500. Different strokes for different folks. I dont want a neutral headphone. I want a non-fatiguing, full sounding one.

I prefer the Mad Dog to the Alpha Dog, even if the AD was an improvement overall.

Well by all accounts, so far the HE-560 is claimed to be quite neutral with just enough meat on its bone to be musical. Can't really ask for more if you want a versatile listen under 1000$.

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Ideally a neutral headphone is warm, full and non fatiguing if the recording calls for it. 

post #1927 of 17458
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

I'm hoping they don't sound like the 560. They should go the warm, musical route, like they did with the HE6 to HE500. Different strokes for different folks. I dont want a neutral headphone. I want a non-fatiguing, full sounding one.

I prefer the Mad Dog to the Alpha Dog, even if the AD was an improvement overall.

PM-2 maybe?

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Originally Posted by Clemmaster View Post

PM-2 maybe?

Matt mentioning that the PM-1 loses bass when using velours turned me off from the PM-1. With the new Hifimans, I don't have to worry as they are velour topped.

I absolutely will not spend any more money on pleather/leather/lambskin leather padded headphones. The PM-1 had the option of pads, but the fact that velours lose bass on velour is a dealbreaker.

I've owned plenty of headphones from warm to bright, to neutral. It doesn't matter how good a headphone is, I don't want a flat sounding headphone. I prefer warmth and fullness. The LCD-2 takes the cake, though the comfort killed it.

I really loved the Alha Dog, and it was reference sounding and musical, but I would still choose the Mad Dog over it. I like some added meat to my sound.

HFM better stay with their original intent of the HE-400i: To be closer to the HE-500 compared to the 560's HE-6 like sound.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/5/14 at 11:13pm
post #1929 of 17458

I second that completely. Also owned a lot of headphones myself, and I do prefer the warmer ones. The idea of 100 % precision and neutrality might sound exciting at first glance, but in reality you find it to lack something, that you just can't put your finger on. It's not horrible, mind you, but it could be better, and you feel that.


 

Didn't know that velour causes the headphones to lose bass though. You live, you learn. I'll definitely take that into consideration for future purchases.

post #1930 of 17458
It's not always the case (The velour pad swap on the HE-400 had essentially the same bass), but it is likely, as velour tends to be porous, and lacks the seal of pleather/leatrher. Not always the case, but it's common. That is why I honestly can't believe it when they swap out a closed headphone's pleather pads for some velours and think they aren't losing anything. Every single time I've swapped pleather for velour (aside from the planars), bass has been lost, and treble has been emphasized.

This is why I tend to go for headphones made with velours in mind, as I know that is how they were tuned from the get go.
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Listened for an hour or so yesterday. I'm not too impressed with the build quality, the wood isn't that good (like Audeze) and the pads stitching is below level for this price. The box was full of fingerprints

 

Sound wise these are neutral with no special focus on anything. Sound stage is very good, detail is very good, speed is very good. Bass goes deep with a lot of detail but isn't the punchiest (less than HE-500 and LCD-2), or i should say, doesn't have the biggest body. Treble is very good and extended to my ears. The mids are detailed  and fall perfectly in line with everything else. Enormous clarity.

 

The warm smooth character of the HE-500 on tubes can not be found in this new version, it's a whole new headphone. It's a high level linear non offensive sound. I'm sure some will miss the fun in this headphone but with good recordings and good music this is awesome. (I wouldn't listen to R&B with it though)

 

Comfort wise it is excellent, the headband is superb compared to the HE-500 and the weight decrease is very noticeable. They also made the headphone smaller, the HE-500 is still loose on the small setting for me while I have to extend the headband 2 clicks here.

The only thing I don't like comfort wise are the smaller earpad openings, my ears keep touching the pads. It doesn't bother me but I do prefer my ears to be free

 

I didn't find them that easy to drive actually, but I have only tried them on my 300B amp so far.

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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post
 

Listened for an hour or so yesterday. I'm not too impressed with the build quality, the wood isn't that good (like Audeze) and the pads stitching is below level for this price. The box was full of fingerprints

 

Sound wise these are neutral with no special focus on anything. Sound stage is very good, detail is very good, speed is very good. Bass goes deep with a lot of detail but isn't the punchiest (less than HE-500 and LCD-2), or i should say, doesn't have the biggest body. Treble is very good and extended to my ears. The mids are detailed  and fall perfectly in line with everything else. Enormous clarity.

 

The warm smooth character of the HE-500 on tubes can not be found in this new version, it's a whole new headphone. It's a high level linear non offensive sound. I'm sure some will miss the fun in this headphone but with good recordings and good music this is awesome. (I wouldn't listen to R&B with it though)

 

Comfort wise it is excellent, the headband is superb compared to the HE-500 and the weight decrease is very noticeable. They also made the headphone smaller, the HE-500 is still loose on the small setting for me while I have to extend the headband 2 clicks here.

The only thing I don't like comfort wise are the smaller earpad openings, my ears keep touching the pads. It doesn't bother me but I do prefer my ears to be free

 

I didn't find them that easy to drive actually, but I have only tried them on my 300B amp so far.

 

Thanks for the feedback. Have you heard any headphones which sound like it/close to it? I'm thinking of ordering one to try it out but if it's going to be similar to a HD800, then I might wait for the local distributor to bring one in for audition.

post #1933 of 17458
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Originally Posted by Ultrainferno View Post
 

 

The only thing I don't like comfort wise are the smaller earpad openings, my ears keep touching the pads. It doesn't bother me but I do prefer my ears to be free

 

I didn't find them that easy to drive actually, but I have only tried them on my 300B amp so far.

That fact alone would be a deal breaker for me. I was going to order these but now I will have to wait until I can try them on. I really don't like when my ears get pressed by the pads. 

post #1934 of 17458

I will eventually be getting a pair of these...I could do without the fancy box though....that prolly adds $50 to the total cost

 

I would have rather the box be an option.


Edited by whirlwind - 5/6/14 at 3:18am
post #1935 of 17458
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Originally Posted by whirlwind View Post
 

I will eventually be getting a pair of these...I could do without the fancy box though....that prolly adds $50 to the total cost

 

I would have rather the box be an option.

Honestly after you get your new headphones do you ever look at the box again? I agree with you. I understand that they are trying to make a class presentation but that box added to the cost doesn't make those headphones sound any better. When I bought my HE500's they came in a travel case and a cardboard box that was more than enough and potentially useful.

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