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post #2866 of 17297

I think hifiman should have gone all in on the design or just have kept is as simple as possible. Not something in between, makes it seem cheap. But I understand that everything doesn't always come out as you want it.

post #2867 of 17297

The change to veneer covered plastic probably happened because it could be manufactured faster/easier......and that caused hfm to dampen them because the sound of plastic would be different than the teak wood they started out with.  I would tend to think there is a difference in sound between wood and plastic...that may have meant they needed to change the cable design as well.  Whatever the reason, I think the veneer makes them look cheaper, less classy than before!  Engineering on the fly, happens all the time!

post #2868 of 17297

It's a shame many people think so... I consider the newer design prettier than the old one myself.

Then again, I am not too great a fan of wood, I like lacquered wood and such but I didn't find teak all that attractive on the 560...

Do keep in mind that teak wood gets uglier with age... It loses its depth and just gets kinda gray [I've had some teak furniture and all got to a grayish shade in 1 - 2 years].

I find the makassar veneer more attractive [and it probably won't lose its color over time] but that's me and the minority I guess...

I certainly don't feel like others about it, doesn't look cheap or halfway to me.

post #2869 of 17297

How many that still have the preorder HE-560 are going to keep them, now that the final production version has been revealed?

post #2870 of 17297
I personally prefer the new look myself. Looks more modern.
The looks to me are secondary anyway.
I think some people are making too big a deal about the looks.
What does matter most to me is the sound quality, comfort, and reliability.
Just my 2 cents.
post #2871 of 17297
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Originally Posted by daltonlanny View Post

I personally prefer the new look myself. Looks more modern.
The looks to me are secondary anyway.
I think some people are making too big a deal about the looks.
What does matter most to me is the sound quality, comfort, and reliability.
Just my 2 cents.

 

Do you have the preorder version?

post #2872 of 17297
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How many that still have the preorder HE-560 are going to keep them, now that the final production version has been revealed?

I'd like to hear some impressions from the Newport show before making a decision. If there's a consensus that the SQ is improved and the comfort is at least the same, then I'll trade in my preorder 560 for the new model. 

post #2873 of 17297
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Do you have the preorder version?

No I don't own a pair, but a friend does, and I have compared all the older vs newer photos.
post #2874 of 17297
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How many that still have the preorder HE-560 are going to keep them, now that the final production version has been revealed?

I'd like to hear some impressions from the Newport show before making a decision. If there's a consensus that the SQ is improved and the comfort is at least the same, then I'll trade in my preorder 560 for the new model. 

 

I don't trust someone else's ears impressions.....I would have to hear them both on my setup!  I may have to buy another pair!  Cable changes make subtle differences in the sound, I have detachable cables, more than one, they all have their interesting sound.  The 560 stock cable is one of the best matched with the 560, I don't get the same sweet mids with my other aftermarket DIY cables.  Many here on headfi don't believe that cables make a difference.  HFM changed the cable with the new design, evidently they think cables matter!

post #2875 of 17297
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How many that still have the preorder HE-560 are going to keep them, now that the final production version has been revealed?

 

Who could give up the ultra-rare, all-wood, pre-order HE-560 just for a mass produced plastic headphone?

 

Just to be clear, that last sentence was sarcasm.  Mostly.  I presume I will listen to them both and see if the new version is more palatable.

post #2876 of 17297
Hopefully someone who already has a wooden 560 will receive the final veneer version as well to confirm whether the newer really sounds better than the original...
Hopefully Fang will send it to Jerg & co ahead of time, their impressions are very good and accurate IMO but anyone would do biggrin.gif
post #2877 of 17297
I think they should just come out with the cans and who likes them will buy if not they won't enough back and forth
post #2878 of 17297

Let's all chip in and send Jerg to the Newport show, problem solved!

post #2879 of 17297
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Originally Posted by ogodei View Post

Who could give up the ultra-rare, all-wood, pre-order HE-560 just for a mass produced plastic headphone?

Just to be clear, that last sentence was sarcasm.  Mostly.  I presume I will listen to them both and see if the new version is more palatable.
When the cups crack you might want to go with the more durable veneer version wink.gif.
post #2880 of 17297

Double post!

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