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I just care what they sound like and comfort the rest is not important I do not use my headphones to impress others
post #2897 of 10907
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Originally Posted by tuna47 View Post

I just care what they sound like and comfort the rest is not important I do not use my headphones to impress others

While I agree with you, there is something to be said for the feel and look of quality material.  

 

You wouldn't want the inside of your your Porche 911 to look like a Hyundai (nothing against Hyundai, I love my Elantra),  even if it performed like a Porche.  And at about $900 bills for this headphone, you expect a certain level of polish.

 

If it hasn't already been said, this new plastic approach should make the headphone lighter still.. no?

post #2898 of 10907
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Originally Posted by Keithpgdrb View Post
 

If it hasn't already been said, this new plastic approach should make the headphone lighter still.. no?

I would imagine so. 

post #2899 of 10907
HE-560 Rev. 22. This is going to end up being quite costly for hifiman to constantly replace older 560s with every incremental improvement.

I definitely won't be buying the HE400i upon release, not with these constant revisions. I'd wait until about Rev. 9. even then, I'll be cautious.
Edited by Mad Lust Envy - 5/25/14 at 1:18am
post #2900 of 10907

Honestly, I feel like people are simply thinking plastic=cheap while wood=expensive. I personally think that the old look and the new look are about equal in terms of aesthetics which should mean little assuming build quality and sound quality perform at its price point. Hifiman is saying that the new version is sonically superior...all these people complaining about the looks makes me think that they are trying to buy it to either impress others or use their headphones as eye candy...I mean, if that's what they are doing, fine. It's their money. However, from an audiophile perspective, the change should mean little to nothing as it is supposedly sonically superior now. So please, can people just stop complaining.

post #2901 of 10907

Based on the reviews of the pre-order model, mostly jerg, I was willing to give the 560 a shot but now I've pulled my pre-order. IMO this is not the way to do business or bring a hp to market. To make this many changes far past the launch date is certainly questionable IMO. Now the 560 is much more "green" and is subject to more problems and revision than the older pre-order 560. 

 

I understand that hifiman is still a relatively new company, but they would likely benefit from reviewing the development and launch of the Oppo pm-1. The design process, testing, execution and release is something to learn from IMO. 

post #2902 of 10907
I think they should just release the headphone if they're confident about it, which they hopefully finally are.
People will always bitch about something no matter how much you try.
The preorder 560 was already a stellar headphone in sonic performance.
Should the veneer improve ever so slightly sonically and make the cosmetic or build quality issues solved then just roll it out guys...
I am not canceling my preorder and I don't plan to. Nevertheless, if I am not satisfied with it, it's going back, obviously.
But it seems alright it's a 'better' headphone now for better or worse.
It's gone through the final testing stage so just manufacture them and ship.
We care for sound first and foremost. I find the veneer 560 to have some visual appeal as well but that's only a bonus for me not requirement.
The serious issues were fixed. The visuals are certainly not something that needs to be or even could be catered to everyone.
Just make this the final version and ship it. Don't question, no looking back.
Your work must bear some semblance of confidence after all, if veneer it is, then roll it out, no worries! smily_headphones1.gif

Just let there not be any revisions... Once it's out, save all the other improvements/changes for new models because this one is perfectly fine... Just stick with it.
It's not good for your business or us consumers.

All the work you and the community have done will surely bear success. You already did more than anyone normally does smily_headphones1.gifbeerchug.gif
Edited by conquerator2 - 5/25/14 at 4:52am
post #2903 of 10907
In the end if the HE560 comes up as a better headphone than the PM1, that's what counts. There's NOTHING better than a company working with it's customers.

Try getting a response out of Sennheiser or AKG or AudioTechnica. I remember Jude's interview with Daniel Sennheiser, he didn't have any success in getting anything except dull marketspeak out of him. smily_headphones1.gif
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So since the new images came out, nobody said anything about the whole "yokes scraping the wood" issue. It doesn't seem like hifiman revised the yokes so I assume the issue will remain?

 

Btw, I'm loving the new design.

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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

So since the new images came out, nobody said anything about the whole "yokes scraping the wood" issue. It doesn't seem like hifiman revised the yokes so I assume the issue will remain?

 

Btw, I'm loving the new design.

 

Veneer will have a higher level of scratch resistance over real wood. It depends on whether they've used an actual veneer or it's a laminate. IMO since they've pulled the real wood cups they'd be better off with a laminate product that you could set fire to and hit repeatedly with a hammer without effect. 

 

Also, the size and circumference of the new cup housing is likely smaller than the original, therefore solving the yoke issues. 

post #2906 of 10907

I applaud Hifiman for wanting to make everything right....however I can't help but think the cans should have been better from the word go.

 

I am one that does not like the new look as well as the old....but the sound is the most important aspect to me......BUT at the $900 price tag, they should definitely look pretty good, in my eyes at least....the veneer looks much cheaper looking, for lack of a better word.

 

These cans are still on my radar......but when I get them it will most certainly be much later down the road than I first thought.

post #2907 of 10907
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Originally Posted by beaver316 View Post
 

So since the new images came out, nobody said anything about the whole "yokes scraping the wood" issue. It doesn't seem like hifiman revised the yokes so I assume the issue will remain?

 

Btw, I'm loving the new design.

I highly doubt it.

post #2908 of 10907

I love the new look. It looks very classy. However sound quality, reliability and ergonomics are the only important qualities for me. Everything else is just a bonus IMO.

I have the LCD-X and i love it. But's it so damn heavy, and the bass has started feeling unnatural and slow nowadays. I also don't like the rolled-of treble.

The HE-560 seems to be the perfect pair of cans to me. I hope they release it soon.

post #2909 of 10907

Well then it seems like it's a non-issue then! I was just curious cause nobody mentioned it recently, not even Hifiman.

post #2910 of 10907
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Originally Posted by dleblanc343 View Post
 

I love the HE-560's new look! I'm hoping the new Jades will be a continuation of that design.

 

However, for the successor of the HE6, I'm really hoping for something really cutting edge and technical, maybe like a clear acrylic housing with metal and carbon fiber accents:D 

 

The new look is inspired by our upcoming electrostatic headphone. ;-)

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