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= HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread = - Page 23
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Did some 3-way comparisons between HE400, 500, and 560 the last hour, specifically on bass performance in music. My tentative conclusion is that HE560's bass impact/punch is somewhere in-between HE500 and 400 (with 500 being the most rumbly, and 400 the hardest-kicking), but in terms of articulation (not being one-notey, good texture) HE560 seems to eclipse both the two others. In terms of extension it is HE500 > HE560 > HE400.
Bass is definitely the easiest to compare, treble is next (maybe a few days ~ a week to form a coherent conclusion), and midrange will be the most elusive to interpret.
Edited by jerg - 3/28/14 at 2:29pm
I dunno, but sounds like the bass is pretty good, with good texture, sufficient impact, some decent rumble and excellent definition/articulation.
Sounds like the bass really is interesting and not the disappointment I anticipated from the very initial impressions :D
Articulation(texture/clarity of notes and pitches): 560>400=500 (400 not really equal to 500, but each with different shortcomings)
I am really happy to hear this :] I was starting to think the bass might be a bit anemic but nope! Seems like it's very well balanced and in accordance with mids and highs!
Awesome news and no more bass from me :D
It's hard for me to gauge the holographic size of the soundstage without feeling like I am making things up.
I will say that these have a much more convincing soundstage than my two other Hifiman cans, because of the sheer openness of the sound, neutrality / accurate timbre, and treble extension / airiness, and fast transient response. Listening to binaural recordings, I still have to close my eyes with HE500s/400s and force my brain into believing that things are projected outward, with these I can have my eyes open and my brain still gets tricked.
Edited by jerg - 3/28/14 at 2:53pm
What's the best source for binaural recordings?
I don't think they are very common as none of the albums I own come in binaural in any way, form or shape :/
Chesky does some, but that's about all I've heard of.
Having heard all of them, I certainly can relate to what you're saying.
The comparison of bass between the 400s and 500s is spot on: overall, if you have to rate the quality of both (using different attributes that define what bass is), they come out equal. They certainly are not similar: the 400s is tighter / cleaner (less distortion) bit the 500s has more impact and rumble (more distortion) that matches the overall philosophy of this cans.
The 560 seems to be taking the philosophy of the HE-4 but with more refinement and less fun voicing (not U-shaped with punchy bass; rather more similar to the HE-5LE here).
I REALLY like what you're telling us so far!
Edited by Clemmaster - 3/28/14 at 4:24pm
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