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post #196 of 5959
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Composed my thoughts and filled in a bit on the sonic characteristics in the first post.

post #197 of 5959
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It's balanced out of the XLR, I suppose? So that'd mean twice the voltage, I suppose?

 

He's posted a couple times that both outputs are unbalanced.  Someone mentioned different impedances on each.

 

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He beat me to it ;)

post #198 of 5959
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I think I will keep off the "comparisons with HE500 / HE400" part for the time being, as these take something more than hasty listening tests to conclude anything with. Ditto with "caveats and strengths". The "sound characteristics" part is nowhere near final, just my initial impressions for now.

post #199 of 5959
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I think I will keep off the "comparisons with HE500 / HE400" part for the time being, as these take something more than hasty listening tests to conclude anything with. Ditto with "caveats and strengths". The "sound characteristics" part is nowhere near final, just my initial impressions for now.


Agreed. Though any comments on the pads on the HE500?

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Originally Posted by davidsh View Post
 

It's balanced out of the XLR, I suppose? So that'd mean twice the voltage, I suppose?

 

He's posted a couple times that both outputs are unbalanced.  Someone mentioned different impedances on each.

 

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He beat me to it ;)

 

I didn't really realise when posting..

 

Seems Hifiman must have done a decent job with these cans. Just that they can push out some proper treble and fairly linear FR at least tells me they must have done a significant amount of R&D, as that seems to be very hard to do with planars..

 

Now, cue that Jade 2!!

post #201 of 5959
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Originally Posted by jerg View Post
 

I think I will keep off the "comparisons with HE500 / HE400" part for the time being, as these take something more than hasty listening tests to conclude anything with. Ditto with "caveats and strengths". The "sound characteristics" part is nowhere near final, just my initial impressions for now.

 

That's the way.  You've completed the sprint stage of the race, now settle into a nice listening pace, and try to avoid this thread for a while ;)  Just tell us, "I'm outta here for a day" or however long it takes.

 

You're initial impressions certainly have me wanting to hear these.  Maybe later this year I'll actually buy them.

 

Enjoy it, as I'm sure you are.

post #202 of 5959
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Agreed. Though any comments on the pads on the HE500?

Tried it just now; tonally it actually sounds very similar to how it sounded with my angled Jergpads, though a bit more open-sounding and less tactile/engaging.

post #203 of 5959
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Tried it just now; tonally it actually sounds very similar to how it sounded with my angled Jergpads, though a bit more open-sounding and less tactile/engaging.


Is that upper-mid/lower-treble increase still present? If so, is it to the same degree as your pads? Thanks Jerg.

post #204 of 5959
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Is that upper-mid/lower-treble increase still present? If so, is it to the same degree as your pads? Thanks Jerg.

Maybe we should discuss this in the Jergpad thread, but I don't think there is an upper mids / lower treble boost, rather a mid-mids dip, that makes the upper mids stand out more. Sounds similar though between the two types of pads on HE500.

post #205 of 5959
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The grill-retaining rings are proving to be a PITA to extract...I can't brute-force it either because the cups are wood. Ughhhh.

 

Edit: it's coming out...Ah ok so these don't have the 4 plastic tabs and slots, instead it's only held down by the glue. I guess that makes sense with the wooden cup.


Edited by jerg - 3/27/14 at 3:34pm
post #206 of 5959

Good impressions! I am satisfied with my purchase now [probably just what I was hoping for? :D]

Thank you!

post #207 of 5959
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It's DEFINITELY fuller in the 2kHz-4kHz transition region compared to HE500, that is very apparent as soon as I did the sweeps and some music tests.

 

HE500's bass is fatter and I want to say packs more punch, HE560 has a cleaner and more neutral bass.

 

 

I talked about it on the last post of the previous page.

Whoohoo for the flatness in 2-4kHz region!

 

 

I guess I'll have to see if the bass is enough. I'm sure it'll be.

 

So far so good!


Edited by zxc - 3/27/14 at 4:11pm
post #208 of 5959
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Another thing that's becoming apparent is that my modded HE500 and the HE560 are different-sounding in nature...the HE500 is a heck of a lot richer-sounding, vocals sound lush and inviting. HE560s right now sound a lot more neutral, vocals sound less romantic and I want to say a bit more realistic.

Now I hope we don't have a second HD800 case here

post #209 of 5959
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Now I hope we don't have a second HD800 case here

Lol certainly not emphasized like that. Treble is very much in-line with mids/bass. 

 

I've been testing out some bassy stuff (James Blake, Infected Mushroom) and the bass is surprisingly great, a lot of grunt in it.

post #210 of 5959
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Now I hope we don't have a second HD800 case here

Nah, I think based on the impressions we're good. It's a legit 500/6 cross-breed.

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