HiFiMAN, a designer and manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced their newest full-size planar magnetic headphone, the HE-560, intended for reference use in the home or studio. Replacing the company’s highly popular HE-500.
The HiFiMAN HE-560 is 30% lighter than comparable headphones allowing the listener to comfortably enjoy music for hours on end with minimal listener fatigue. A newly-designed headband adds to the increased comfort while beveled ear pads provide both comfort as and improved sound quality. To achieve a rich classic look as well as durability, the ear cups are made of premium Teak wood.
On the technical front, the HE-560 challenges the status quo with newly-designed single-ended drivers in open-back design that delivers the lifelike soundstage and spatial imaging that HiFiMAN is known for. Efficiency is increased to 90dB, which allows the HE-560 to be properly driven with a modest size amplifier. To capture every bit of detail, a premium cable comprised of Crystalline copper and Crystalline silver is included as standard.
According to HiFiMAN Founder and President, Dr. Fang Bian, “HiFiMAN headphones have enjoyed a loyal following among audiophiles and discerning music lovers for the last several years. While people liked the sound they kept asking us if we could make them lighter and more comfortable? The HE-560 is our answer. Our goals for this model as well as ones to follow were to make it as light as a dynamic headphone and not difficult to drive while maximizing its sound quality. The HE-560 represents three years of serious design and engineering work and I believe customers will find our efforts very worthwhile.”
Dr. Bian went on to add, “In addition to improving the ergonomics and comfort through lighter weight and improved headband, we also did years of cutting-edge research on this new single-ended driver. Though this design has had limitations in the past, our in-depth engineering has managed to greatly improve its efficiency and sound quality in every way. In addition, one of the most overlooked performance features in any headphone is its cable. I have always used the best cables possible in my headphones and am particularly excited about the one I selected for HE-560. It is made of a blend of crystalline copper and crystalline silver made exclusively for us and it sounds wonderful.”
● Newly-engineered, single-sided, planar magnetic driver provides superior soundstage and spatial imaging
● 30% lighter than other full-size planar magnetic designs for increased comfort
● Increased efficiency so it is easier to drive. Can be used with modest amplifier
● Beveled ear pads for increased comfort and improved sound
● Newly-designed cable comprised of crystalline copper and crystalline silver