Got a new toy in today :) The veneer has a very natural texture to it and looks very nice. The only difference I see is that the HiFiMan logo is silver now instead of the bronze/goldish color it was before. Aesthetically, I'd prefer the latter... But that's being nitpicky :p They certainly are brighter than less thicker in the lower-midrange...
They hold a lot more energy in the uppermidrange now and sound mangificent. Was just listening to Evanescence's My Immortal, it was rendered so beautifully with power and depth in the vocals with the instrumentals layered delicately. One thing is for certain, though, the headphones or less forgiving than they were before.
Bass depth is still great, though the quantity has gone down, it's much more delicate than it was before... So the trade off you get for losing the body is that the sub-bass is more delicate and textured. Still has a defined impact and is quite tight. Speed has improved marginally (and I do mean marginally).
The treble actually hasn't changed to my ears... It's everything else that changed that causes the phone to sound brighter. Like I said before, these aren't too forgiving, so give it well-mastered files, and it'll treat you well... I feel that makes a bigger impact in the sound than a bitrate does.
Note I'm running this out of an V-Moda Vamp right now, which is a warm amp in its own right :p I'm hoping to get a half-decent amp when my paycheck comes in! Some Schiit perhaps ;)
Edit: I just swapped to my iPhone (straight out of a 5S)... Impacts are a little stronger actually, but so is the treble XD Though I'm running at 81.25% volume, it's able to drive it (I have sound check turned on as well, which steps all songs down a bit in volume too :/). Otherwise, without sound check, I can run them around 62.25% to get to my preferred listening level.
Edit 2: As stated, I'm planning on getting a better amp when my pay check comes in. I'm open to suggestions, under 200 though. I'd rather a more neutral amp over a colored one (reason why I'm leaning towards the Mangi/Modi combo).
Edited by tinyman392 - 6/26/14 at 5:07pm