Originally Posted by Edwood
Given that most of the components, including the drivers are completely new, that would be doubtful.
I guess I agree, though it does look like there is potential for cost savings down the line, especially as the design is shared with the HE-400i. I presume with magnets only on one side it should have more in common with the HE-4 which is significantly cheaper, unless we are dealing with a much more complicated driver here? Is this driver using smaller magnets but with a higher count or are we are dealing with tighter tolerances on the driver side that lead to the improvements in driver efficiency and speed?
So at this stage it seems we could summarise the HE-560 as follow:
Slightly closer to the HE-6 in terms of sound quality and tonally more neutral than the HE-500. Improvements in speed and transient response. Flatter mid-range response and a more extended and airy treble. Improvements in the sound staging with respect to width and imaging. Much more comfortable to wear in terms of overall design and weight.
Sounds like pretty good progress, though I was secretly hoping that it would convincingly make the HE-6 obsolete with the eventual replacement to the HE-6 re-establishing its technical superiority. Perhaps Hifiman are taking this opportunity to re-align their model offerings.
Edited by daerron - 4/6/14 at 2:12am