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= HiFiMAN HE-560 Impressions & Discussion Thread =

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jerg, Mar 25, 2014.
  1. mysticstryk

    Your probably best selling the 560 and trying something else. The sound signature may just not be for you. I'd check out the ZMF lineup if you want a planar with a smoother top end.
  2. DavidA
    It sounds like you are trying to tune a headphone that is too far from your preferred sound signature.  Out of curiosity, is it only the treble peak that is bothering you? or are there other issues in the sound that need to be addressed?  I don't use any software EQ due to logistic reasons so just accept the sound of each headphone as is for the most parts.
  3. bavinck
    I like a warmer, smoother sound signature. The 560 offers such amazing clarity and bass for the price I find I want to keep mine and eq down the 3k-10k spike (well two spikes, but I just eq them together). I also bump the lowest subbass up a smidge. I find this is producing a very nice, smooth and balanced signature, with the planar transient response I love.
  4. mandrake50

    It is a general thinness in the upper midrange and lower treble, exacerbated by the ~4k spike. I find that the Focus A pads, grill mods a smooth DAC and amp (I usually use my Liquid Carbon) along with judicious EQ makes them OK. As mentioned there are lots of redeeming factors. Their speed and overall clarity and detail with articulate bass make the effort worth it. I just think that a very well done hardware EQ .. if the tuner hears close to the way I do (big question there) would be real nice. I also have a few Garage 1217 amps, including one of my favorites with the 560, the Ember (With a pair of Visseaux tubes). This would make it integrate into the system easily.
    This may end up being moot. I ordered a pair of He1000 headphones. If I like them as much as I have when I have auditioned them several times in the past, I may just sell the 560s.
  5. doctorjazz

    Have the 560's, got the HEK, hardly ever listen to the 560's since the purchase (I have them around because I do some reviews, good to have cans at different price ranges to compare what I'm reviewing to. But for my pleasure listening, the HEK is it). I suspect yours will be on the market.
  6. mysticstryk
    Just bought a Lyr 2 with LISST and stock tubes. Should be a decent pairing with my 560 when they get back from Hifiman.
  7. Atavax

    If you decide to sell your 560s, I might be interested in buying them.
  8. DivergeUnify
    I think amperex tubes add a really nice touch to the 560s dry midrange, if you ever feel like experimenting
  9. raybone0566
    My time with the 560's were really enjoyable. Very good phones. As far as amping goes never tried tubes, but the nfb-1 & EC bw2 were the two smoothest amps I'd heard them on. The bw2 probably the best I've heard them sound.
  10. msimanyi
    I'll back that too, on the Amperex tubes.  I've tried a variety of tubes in my Mjolnir2 and the Amperex 7308 and Telefunken E88CCs are my favorites so far.
    I haven't yet compared the two back to back, but I'll get there eventually.
  11. mandrake50

    I will keep you in mind.
  12. mysticstryk

    I'll keep those in mind. They should work well in my Valhalla 2 as well.
  13. Guidostrunk
    Regarding tubes. Don't hesitate to give some Valvo Heerlen E188CC's or CCa's, a shot. After a few years of rolling an insane amount of expensive tubes, they're the most holographic, lifelike sounding tubes. Their midrange is untouchable.
    Soundstage is on par with Siemens CCa.

    Sorry for derailing

  14. DivergeUnify
    How's the treble on them?  Do you have LSST is a comparison?  My PQ fell and broke, so I'm in the market again for a new pair
  15. Guidostrunk
    The treble is well extended, smooth, detailed, and transitions into the midrange like no other tube I've ever rolled. I've never had LSST tubes for comparison. With that said, Imo , SS doesn't do holography like tubes. There's an added blacker , deeper presence with tubes, that gives a more 3D like sound.

    Now that doesn't apply to all tubes.

    Tubes like the Valvo(Heerlen E188CC/CCa or Eindhoven pinched waist CCa), Telefunken E188CC/CCa, and Siemens E188CC/CCa, are a prime example of my description. These tubes are the upper end of glass, and give you that atmospheric presentation on another level compared to your basic E88CC/6922.
    It's all subjective, but that's how my ears have heard it over the years. YMMV.

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