Pros: Neutrality / Speed / Startling sense of realism / Ergonomics
Cons: Slightly aggressive / Past revisions / May be too lean to some
Without further a-do, I'll get right into it. (My HE560 thread has some preface words etc)
Build & Ergonomics
The finalized take on HE560 cups is a matte-plastic-and-veneer finish, with the body of the cup being plastic much similar to other Hifiman cans, but a Macassar ebony wood veneer wrapped around as largely a design accent.
To my knowledge, this was largely a compromising decision made so that cup reliability over the long term will stay stable. Solid teak wood used for early HE560 units suffered some visual/matching, milling, and cracking issues despite teak being one of the hardier lumbers to work with.
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