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My right ear are about 6.9 cm. (My left ear is a little bit smaller.) My ears do touch the pads just slightly. Still, you might want to wait for the new pads. My concern is that the new pads may not be as comfortable. If HFM is making the opening larger, it could change the comfort if the pads are thinner or stiffer. Of course, we don't know yet.
Actually, size, angle, and extension (or some combination thereof) could be problematic. It all depends on the individual ear. "Comfort" is a very subjective evaluation. An HP that fully surrounds the ear without touching it may be less comfortable to an individual than an HP that touches slightly. It depends on a lot of different factors.
That is a very interesting answer. thank you very much both of you! It shall let me try it...
I don't think you will have a problem, except when you go to take the 560's off, you won't want to. :^)
Kind of, not really. A few impressions mentioned that their ears touched the inside of the earpads, and people who didn't get their headphones lost their stools and overreacted. This forced a reaction from Hifiman to make new earpads with larger openings.
Fortunately there is also a cosmetic / build issue with the first preorder units, so the delay is not only due to making new (most likely unnecessary) earpads.
You got that right!! Even though my HD650s are a lot lighter and completely surround my ears without touching, my preorder HE-560s are much, much more comfortable, esp. for long periods. I just hope that the new pads don't lose any comfort.
I heard Clem's HE-560 from the DA8 (and from many other setups) at a meet last weekend. The DA8 has enough power. The HE-560 doesn't seem hard to drive. Whether the DA8 sounds good or not is another question and a matter of preference.