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HiFiMan HE-560 V4 Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Adorama has HiFiMan HE-560 V4 Planar Magnetic Headphones on sale for $249 (price automatically reflected in cart). Shipping is free.

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Key Features:
  • Adorama Exclusive HE560 Headphones
  • Designed for reference use
  • The Power Of Magnetics: Single-ended drivers deliver a lifelike soundstage and spatial imaging
  • Light Weight & Comfortable: 30% lighter than comparable headphones
  • Cup Style: Closed-back
  • Includes:
    • HE-560 V4 Premium Planar Magnetic Headphones
    • Cable
    • 1/4" Adapter
    • 1-Year Warranty

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    • This is the lowest price we've seen for these headphones by $20 (Frontpaged several times at $269, most recently in March).
    • This price is $650 lower (72.3% savings) than the list price of $899.
  • About this product:
    • 4.3 out of 5 stars rating at Adorama
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These have the latest headband, which is not only much softer, more comfy but does not rely on rubber tension for clamp, so it should be much more reliable.

It also comes in a new color and box is marked Adorama exclusive
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The original HE-560 was discontinued with the Sundara as the approximate replacement. The HE-560v4 is an Adorama Only model. I own both the original and V4 and think they sound very similar to each other. The headband on the V4 is sturdier, and I think a lot more comfortable than the original 560. It looks less dorky too, although the original had wood veneer on the cups, that looked nice.

The HE-560 has more bass than the Sundara, I personally like the HE-560 (both versions) better, but the Sundara has perhaps smoother mids, highs, and a bit more detail. The 560 is one of my all time favorite headphones.

The discount from $800 is a bit fake (cause only Adorama sells them and they are frequently sold for $280). Still at $250-$280 I think there are few or no headphones that sound as good.

They do sound better with a headphone amp, but I do not think it is an absolute necessity. There are a lot of cheap amps that work GREAT with it like the JDS Atom, Schiit Magni (both versions) and Monoprice Liquid Spark (all about $100). Some dongles that put out a lot of power into low ohm headphones like the E1DA 9038D and the bargan Tempotec Sonata HD Pro work great.

ADD: "Noticeable sound difference compared to Sony XM4?" - Yes, they are totally different. The XM4 is a closed cup headphone that blocks outside noise, the 560 is open back that lets all noise in and lets others hear your music. HE-560 is much more audiophile listening in a quiet space. The HE-560 is much less audiophile listening in an airplane or on a bus.
Seems to be around 20 dollars cheaper from the last deal that went FP
https://slickdeals.net/f/14878243-hifiman-he-560-v4-planar-magnetic-headphone-269-free-shipping?src=SiteSearchV2Algo1

Great reviews in the above link if you're on the fence
I got these from Adorama back in February, and have been running them from the latest Schiit Modi/Magni stack.

They run well off the said DAC/Amp combo, and so far does not seem to have any QC issues that sometimes the cheaper collab models at Adorama and Drop are known for.

I won't go into detail on the sound since there's already a lot of high quality feedback on that out there if you search for it. But I will note that headphones are like shoes, and no shoe is perfect for all occassions. I use galaxy buds for gym, mobile calls, and active wear. My Bose QC for subway commuting and office use in open seating during normal times. These 560v4s are awful for those settings, but shine for home use when you have some privacy and quiet. Music, gaming, movies, will excel with these headphones. I own 4 mid-tier pairs, and these are my overall favorites. At this price, it's a fantastic value

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I do not have this, but I have the HiFiMan Deva(lesser quality headphones). The sound is excellent. And their support warranty is great.

I had issues with my headphones, and they replaced them no questions asked. Took about one week from time it left me till time they gave me new ones!
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I do not have this, but I have the HiFiMan Deva(lesser quality headphones). The sound is excellent. And their support warranty is great.

I had issues with my headphones, and they replaced them no questions asked. Took about one week from time it left me till time they gave me new ones!
What is the difference between HE-560 vs HE-560 V4, why the V4 are cheap? This or Sundara? Can anyone please answer?
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Seems to be around 20 dollars cheaper from the last deal that went FP
https://slickdeals.net/f/14878243-hifiman-he-560-v4-planar-magnetic-headphone-269-free-shipping?src=SiteSearchV2Algo1

Great reviews in the above link if you're on the fence
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Noticeable sound difference compared to Sony XM4?
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I heard you need good Amp for this. Not plug n play on your smartphone.
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What is the difference between HE-560 vs HE-560 V4, why the V4 are cheap? This or Sundara? Can anyone please answer?
The original HE-560 was discontinued with the Sundara as the approximate replacement. The HE-560v4 is an Adorama Only model. I own both the original and V4 and think they sound very similar to each other. The headband on the V4 is sturdier, and I think a lot more comfortable than the original 560. It looks less dorky too, although the original had wood veneer on the cups, that looked nice.

The HE-560 has more bass than the Sundara, I personally like the HE-560 (both versions) better, but the Sundara has perhaps smoother mids, highs, and a bit more detail. The 560 is one of my all time favorite headphones.

The discount from $800 is a bit fake (cause only Adorama sells them and they are frequently sold for $280). Still at $250-$280 I think there are few or no headphones that sound as good.

They do sound better with a headphone amp
, but I do not think it is an absolute necessity. There are a lot of cheap amps that work GREAT with it like the JDS Atom, Schiit Magni (both versions) and Monoprice Liquid Spark (all about $100). Some dongles that put out a lot of power into low ohm headphones like the E1DA 9038D and the bargan Tempotec Sonata HD Pro work great.

ADD: "Noticeable sound difference compared to Sony XM4?" - Yes, they are totally different. The XM4 is a closed cup headphone that blocks outside noise, the 560 is open back that lets all noise in and lets others hear your music. HE-560 is much more audiophile listening in a quiet space. The HE-560 is much less audiophile listening in an airplane or on a bus.
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At this price, these headphones are a no-brainer. I got them at 269$ and love them. They ABSOLUTELY need an amp- so, don't even think about driving them with a cellphone or via computer outlet. They emphasize highs with a greater resolution than the lows. They are super comfortable and worth every penny.
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Quote from Groch :
The original HE-560 was discontinued with the Sundara as the approximate replacement. The HE-560v4 is an Adorama Only model. I own both the original and V4 and think they sound very similar to each other. The headband on the V4 is sturdier, and I think a lot more comfortable than the original 560. It looks less dorky too, although the original had wood veneer on the cups, that looked nice.

The HE-560 has more bass than the Sundara, I personally like the HE-560 (both versions) better, but the Sundara has perhaps smoother mids, highs, and a bit more detail. The 560 is one of my all time favorite headphones.

The discount from $800 is a bit fake (cause only Adorama sells them and they are frequently sold for $280). Still at $250-$280 I think there are few or no headphones that sound as good.

They do sound better with a headphone amp
, but I do not think it is an absolute necessity. There are a lot of cheap amps that work GREAT with it like the JDS Atom, Schiit Magni (both versions) and Monoprice Liquid Spark (all about $100). Some dongles that put out a lot of power into low ohm headphones like the E1DA 9038D and the bargan Tempotec Sonata HD Pro work great.

ADD: "Noticeable sound difference compared to Sony XM4?" - Yes, they are totally different. The XM4 is a closed cup headphone that blocks outside noise, the 560 is open back that lets all noise in and lets others hear your music. HE-560 is much more audiophile listening in a quiet space. The HE-560 is much less audiophile listening in an airplane or on a bus.
Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. I got Fidelio X2Hr and Bose qc-35 ii not comparable though. I am looking if these sound something better and I have dragonfly red amp.
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Hifiman makes great HP. Customer service is great. I own 400i, Ananda, and Arya. Each is a worthy upgrade from one another. Excellent sound and bass. I actually love the Arya more than the HD800S I once owned.
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Waiting for he6 deal
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Thanks a lot for the detailed explanation. I got Fidelio X2Hr and Bose qc-35 ii not comparable though. I am looking if these sound something better and I have dragonfly red amp.
I have these and x2hr (and hd 598) with budget Schiit stack and it depends on your usage for sure. For gaming I don't really have a preference between these vs the x2hr. For much of music I listen to though, it's quite a difference. The HE560 sounds so much cleaner, especially around mids and has a wider soundstage.

Both are great headphones for money and for casual listening either is fine. But if I want to get completely lost in the music the only one I can do that with consistently is the 560s.
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I have these and x2hr (and hd 598) with budget Schiit stack and it depends on your usage for sure. For gaming I don't really have a preference between these vs the x2hr. For much of music I listen to though, it's quite a difference. The HE560 sounds so much cleaner, especially around mids and has a wider soundstage.

Both are great headphones for money and for casual listening either is fine. But if I want to get completely lost in the music the only one I can do that with consistently is the 560s.
Perfect. I've got it. I am looking for music absolutely. I will try this out. Thanks bud.
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I'm a noob. Which amp would work good with this? I've never bought a small amp for headphones. I would be listening to music through my pc.
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