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= HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jerg, Mar 25, 2014.
  1. raybone0566
    Those are zmf cowhide pads
  2. Arttt
    how does the leather effect sound character ?
  3. Guidostrunk
    I'm curious as well. They look ridiculously, comfortable.
  4. chowmein83
    @raybone0566 Any sound impressions? I'm thinking about putting ZMF pads on my 400i (not the 560, but I've heard both) since I've had a pretty positive experience with them on my modded T50RPs.
  5. raybone0566
    Bass improved very slightly, much more comfortable though
  6. westermac
    Alright, so I received the earpad rings today which let me give the Brainwavz Hybrid pads (non-angled) a shot. Long story short: I like them better than the focus pads, however I won't be keeping them. (wait, wha?)
    First off, they are much softer and more comfortable to me. Not that the Focus pads are uncomfortable, these just feel better (especially for glasses-wearers like myself). 
    By and large, I find the sound of the Hybrid pads to be an improvement over Focus for a few reasons:
    1. The +/- 4kHz upper mid/lower treble spike is tamed considerably, resulting in a smoother and more balanced midrange
    2. There's a bit more upper treble "air" which I find the stock HE560 to be slightly lacking in
    3. Mid-bass and lower mids get a bit of a bump, resulting in a warmer and fuller sound, sub-bass remains the same
    So why won't I be keeping them? I found the mids to be tamed to a degree that I found the overall signature a bit boring, the opposite extreme of how they sound in stock form. Secondly, and most importantly, there are numerous measurements out there of the HE560 with FocusPads, which can serve as a guide for owners (such as myself) to accurately EQ as we wish. Seeing as how I lack measurement equipment, and no measurements exist to my knowledge of the Hybrid pads on a HE560, I would be able to EQ to some degree but without the same level of accuracy. So even though I prefer the Hybrid pads to FocusPads sans EQ, my ability to dial in EQ on the focus pads makes them the winner for me. 
    Hope someone finds this helpful [​IMG] 
    drwlf likes this.
  7. raybone0566
    Try the he-6 James. Won't be cheap though
  8. westermac

    I've never heard one, I'll look into it. Recently picked up a Mjolnir 2 so I might actually be able to power one ha
  9. Arttt
    hifiman should make high quality genuine leather ear pads for us lovely head-fiersssssss....
  10. NaiveSound
    Is he560 significantly clearer than he400i? How about the midrange, I don't like v shaped sound,
  11. DavidA
    I believe a number of posters have answered a similar question that you asked a few days ago that HE-560 is clearer, has good mid range and is not V shaped and also noted that they need to be properly driven and that your Mojo might not be ideal.
  12. Soundsgoodtome
    I wouldn't say significantly clearer but I would say better tuned with improved imaging, soundstage, deeper bass and airy highs.

    The he400i is a dry sound and from what I remember has a more significant mids (read mid centric)
  13. doctorjazz
    I've been told by @drbluenewmexico that the 400i lacks the bit of sharpness in the high end of the 560, is smoother (though I have found improved amping ameliorates the rough highs some).
  14. AltCtrl
    Does the HE560 have a similar sound signature to the RE-600 bass wise? By that I mean does the HE560 have that addicting crisp bass that you can hear with the RE-600?
  15. 520RanchBro
    I have both and find the two to be quite similar though I like the bass response even better on the 560. Only difference is the 560 has a bit higher treble response than the 600 but both have even mids and quick, solid bass.

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