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  1. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    I drive mine from a Project Polaris. Many people report loving them with a Gustard H10. I drove them well enough with a Schiit Modi and an old Onkyo home theater receiver, as well, but prefer the Polaris sound. You won't get good results with most smartphones or laptops on their own. But if you...
  2. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Me, too. Granted, I bought mine second-hand (but in otherwise fine shape), but I feel like I'm taking the pads off to tuck the flaps back under at least once every two weeks.    Mini-TRS connectors? Garbage. Quality Control of the pads? Garbage. Rest of the headphones? Wonderful. :) 
  3. nk126

    Frank Ocean - Blonde is a great headphone album

    If anything in the R&B / Modern Soul / Hip-Hop sphere is your cup of tea, check out Blonde on your favorite pair of cans or IEMs. It's a great headphone record - really well produced with lots of layers and detail and great vocals. 
  4. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    So funny thing ...    After I wrote that post, I discovered that I'd accidentally left EQ settings on in VOX, the player I'm using for lossless on my Mac. So while I *thought* that FLAC was making tracks sound different/better, turns out it was EQ ... aka Human Error :)   Now that EQ is off...
  5. nk126

    New from Garage1217, the solid-state Project Polaris!

    And now I've moved into the lossless vs compressed music stage of my rabbit hole ... The same tracks really do sound better as local FLACs than streamed files, don't they? Yay, fidelity! Boo, tempted to buy more stuff!
  6. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    And now I've moved into the lossless vs compressed music stage of my rabbit hole ... The same tracks really do sound better as local FLACs than streamed files, don't they? Yay, fidelity! Boo, tempted to buy more stuff!
  7. nk126

    Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Discussion Thread

    I know this isn't the answer you want, but it's a super subjective thing ...    Personally, I think the H6 are absolutely fantastic. I like treble, I like accurate but not thumping bass, and I don't really need "lush" or "forward" mids. I tried a bunch of <$400 closed cans, including a few...
  8. nk126

    Bang & Olufsen BeoPlay H6 Discussion Thread

    Also, HD 600 are open back. Different beast.    I'm not a headphonus supremus, but I've listened to a few dozen different models over the past 18 months, anyway. H6 are pretty remarkable for closed-back headphones when it comes to soundstage and generally feeling/sounding open and natural. But...
  9. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    This morning I just plugged in, put the music on, and started my work day. Bliss. No A/B testing, no nothing. Just enjoying how great they sound. Happy Monday.
  10. nk126

    New from Garage1217, the solid-state Project Polaris!

    Hey Everybody   As of last week I'm a first-time Polaris owner. Picked up a like-new used model from another Head-Fi'er ... Acrylic chassis and purple LED.    Using it to drive HE-560s from a Macbook Air -> Modi. After fiddling around last week with A/Bing it against my Magni 2 and 20 year...
  11. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    The big j&r down by the bridge and city hall closed up? Aw, man. Is b&h still open up wherever it is/was on the west side of midtown?
  12. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Any thoughts on the Matrix HPA-3B? Just dropped on Massdrop.
  13. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Where is/was Terminal?
  14. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    I spent almost 10 years in NYC just out of college. I'd go down to 48th and drool over the drum kits at Sam Ash and Manny's every so often (and another shop, Drummers' World, a few blocks away). Every time there'd be at least one cat in there just blowing people away on one of the demo kits...
  15. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Beautiful! For sure, when I get out that way again I'll give you a holler. 
  16. nk126

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    Yeah, that seems to be the consensus - H10 is the best match without getting into big(ger) budget. 
  17. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Now I'm yearning for Hawaii instead of dessert, lol. I've been three times now, 2x Big Island and 1x Kauai, and it's been too long since I've been back. Went for the first time on my honeymoon, in fact, and met a guy at the pool who told the typical romantic, "Came here on vacation and never...
  18. nk126

    Hifiman he-400i Impressions and Discussion

    Cool, thanks. Considering a used m9xx vs Gustard H10. Cheers.
  19. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Heads-down on a chill, focused afternoon work session   
  20. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Oh, good idea. Thanks. I've been geeking out / drowning in R2R/Multibit vs D/S threads :) 
  21. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Thoughts on new modi multibit as pertains to 560 + r2r DAC? Think it'll pair well?
  22. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    No need to apologize :) Sounds like an awesome trip.   I did find that video, yeah, thanks! 
  23. nk126

    Is it really worth getting the he-560 over the he-400i?

    Jumping in late here, but also having owned both, my $0.02 is that the 560 is significantly better. Much more open sound, more detail and clarity, and more air in the high-end than the 400i. As a matter of taste, I prefer the less mid-forward signature of the 560, so I know that's an influence...
  24. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Totally.    I wound up going cheap and ordering a $30 cable off Amazon. Arrived today, and so far sounds as good as I remember the stock cable sounding. Kinda thin, not the best looking, but the connector screwed on like it's supposed to and the right driver is back to making lovely noises...
  25. nk126

    = HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

    Ha ha, nice! It would match the $20 LED color strip I bought for a "desk lamp" in my old basement cave home office.    Those are cool amps, though. The Schiit stuff goes with everything, but those have way more personality.    If only Woo Audio was (a lot) cheaper to buy!
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