Several months ago I received, as did a handful of headphone-minded audio journalists, a review pair of HiFiMAN’s latest HE-560 headphones. But, less than 24 hours after the headphones arrived, I got a message from the manufacturer that it wanted the review samples back, pending some pre-release design modifications that HiFiMAN had decided to implement. “Most unfortunate,” I thought to myself. “I guess we’ll just have to wait to see how the new model will finally turn out.”
Well, the good news is that the wait is now over, a fresh pair of revised HiFiMAN HE-560s having appeared out of the blue in my office earlier this week. The even better news, judging by the first couple of hours’ worth of listening I’ve been able to do, is that the sheer sound quality of these new headphones makes all the extra development time seem worthwhile.