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  • The HiFiMan HE560 Planar Magnetic Headphones earns 4 out of 5 stars based on 58 Amazon customer reviews.
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HiFiMan HE-560 [adorama.com]

$350 + free shipping

This is custom edition, which IMO is much nicer. I checked pics and here are the differences that I can see
  • + 2nd cable, balanced, 4-pin xlr, which is a way to go IMO. double the power and cleaner signal due to dedicated ground pin.
  • - leatherette box
  • + decent hard case with nice padding for headphones
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It depends how deep you are in. I unfortunately bought these for much more a while ago and ended up selling them at a slight loss. I did keep the 400i's if that means anything. They are very close. The 560's are built better imo since I had to do a lot of fixing on my 400i's which I didn't have to do with the 560's. I find the 400i's a bit brighter being slightly sibilant in some tracks but not most while didn't notice much if any of that with the 560's. The bass was better on the 560's seemingly going deeper and the sound stage was wider on the 560's imo. What ended up leading me to sell the 560's was the sound of the 400i's after I removed the dust cover from the grills. It made a massive difference in my case. It made the sound stage wider and nearly identical to the 560's and oddly allowed the bass to go much deeper bringing the 400i's shockingly close to the 560's with the only real difference being sound signature and not sound quality. Removing that dust cover also seemed to have helped with the highs as well. It just wasn't worrth keeping both at that point. IMO if you can find the 400i's under $200 I would pass on these and get the 400i's but I do think if you have to pay more than $200 for the 400i's you should really consider the 560's. The increase in build quality is worth the extra $100-$150 and you don't have to remove anything to have the 560's sound nearly perfect. $350 is a great deal for these and the definite choice if you are scared to fix or alter headphones. My 400i's had a lot of issues. Paper was left on the magnets that caused a terrible sound which I had to remove myself which was a pain and the grill on the right earcup rattled with deep bass. I also had the right 2.5mm jack go bad and upon repairing it noticed they only had a couple strands of the wire actually soldered to anything causing the failure. My right earcup also has issues turning since the plastic bit it slides up and down on was assembled with one half higher than the other which leads to the lower half rubbing on the ear cup. Minus that plastic bit all issues are easy to fix but I had none of that with the 560's. They are both really good and can be similar in sound quality.
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How does this compare to 400i?
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i didnt compare them side to side but from what I heard, he560 is much more regarded and started off at $899 when they were released. I think he-400i were $399 or $449 at start.
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This is a pretty good price.

Hifiman has had some QC issues in the past. It looks like Adorama is an authorized dealer per https://hifiman.com/dealers, so you'll get warranty support unlike some other stores.
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How does this compare to 400i?
The 400i is very good for its price category but the 560 is substantially better. Fuller sound, deeper bass bass, more detail. I heard them both back to back at the 2016 NY Hifi Show (no headphones at the 2017 show Mad )

The 560's were absolutely worth the additional money to me. I've been very happy with my pair. But be aware that the 560's are probably less efficient than the 400's. They absolutely need a headphone amp. My 560's are just barely enjoyable being driven by my iPhone, in a quiet environment.

The 560's for this price are a steal.
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It depends how deep you are in. I unfortunately bought these for much more a while ago and ended up selling them at a slight loss. I did keep the 400i's if that means anything. They are very close. The 560's are built better imo since I had to do a lot of fixing on my 400i's which I didn't have to do with the 560's. I find the 400i's a bit brighter being slightly sibilant in some tracks but not most while didn't notice much if any of that with the 560's. The bass was better on the 560's seemingly going deeper and the sound stage was wider on the 560's imo. What ended up leading me to sell the 560's was the sound of the 400i's after I removed the dust cover from the grills. It made a massive difference in my case. It made the sound stage wider and nearly identical to the 560's and oddly allowed the bass to go much deeper bringing the 400i's shockingly close to the 560's with the only real difference being sound signature and not sound quality. Removing that dust cover also seemed to have helped with the highs as well. It just wasn't worrth keeping both at that point. IMO if you can find the 400i's under $200 I would pass on these and get the 400i's but I do think if you have to pay more than $200 for the 400i's you should really consider the 560's. The increase in build quality is worth the extra $100-$150 and you don't have to remove anything to have the 560's sound nearly perfect. $350 is a great deal for these and the definite choice if you are scared to fix or alter headphones. My 400i's had a lot of issues. Paper was left on the magnets that caused a terrible sound which I had to remove myself which was a pain and the grill on the right earcup rattled with deep bass. I also had the right 2.5mm jack go bad and upon repairing it noticed they only had a couple strands of the wire actually soldered to anything causing the failure. My right earcup also has issues turning since the plastic bit it slides up and down on was assembled with one half higher than the other which leads to the lower half rubbing on the ear cup. Minus that plastic bit all issues are easy to fix but I had none of that with the 560's. They are both really good and can be similar in sound quality.
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When I first started the journey many years ago I auditioned the 560s side-by-side with the LCD 2 & 3s at a store and I personally strongly preferred the Audezes (which led me to my first big ticket headphones purchase with the LCD2s). Prices have come down since but the Audezes are still more expensive. For someone wanting a pair of quality planars these are excellent for the price.
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This or hd650?
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......I auditioned the 560s side-by-side with the LCD 2 & 3s ....I personally strongly preferred the Audezes. For someone wanting a pair of quality planars these are excellent for the price.
I owned the LCD 2 and the 560s at the same time, and far prefer the crisper more detailed (for me) sound of the 560s to the somewhat darker sound of the LCD-2.

Both quality phones, but the 560s are my favorite over ear phones. They certainly require an amplifier to get the best from them (like most planars).

If you have an amp and are looking for a step up in your home over ear phones, these are at $350 a great choice.

A lot of reviewers prefer them to the HiFiman Sundara Model [majorhifi.com] which is their apparent replacement.
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I owned the LCD 2 and the 560s at the same time, and far prefer the crisper more detailed (for me) sound of the 560s to the somewhat darker sound of the LCD-2.

Both quality phones, but the 560s are my favorite over ear phones. They certainly require an amplifier to get the best from them (like most planars).

If you have an amp and are looking for a step up in your home over ear phones, these are at $350 a great choice.

A lot of reviewers prefer them to the HiFiman Sundara Model [majorhifi.com] which is their apparent replacement.
The LCD2s have better build but also heavier thus reduced comfort (my reason for selling my LCDs). I agree the LCD2s are dark and I'd say even slightly muddy, another reason I sold mine, but they can still be very appealing for those who like that sound signature. But yeah, in terms of sound preference, definitely highly subjective.
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Not close. Should be this or M1060?
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This or Beats.......just kidding 😁. I love my 560s. I'm using an AUNE T1 MK2, which maybe underpowered? But my ears have been babied. Wish I only paid $350
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Wow amazing deal! I purchased mine at 699.00 and it was one of my best purchases
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