Hey I recently got a HD265 and I've been through what I assume are your posts on head-fi, unless there's someone else with such an impressive HD5x5 collection!Ah, ok, I was assuming it was a Senn from their 'Made in Ireland' period, which I'm a big fan of.
I recently bought and refurbed a pair of HD555, just so could I could complete the nomenclature from HD525 to HD565 (I know, drrrp)
I did the well-documented mod of removing the piece of adhesive rubber from inside the baffles and it transformed the sound from something mediocre to something quite impressive!
Assuming the HD560 comes later/higher in the more recent range?
Not a huge fan of the later mid-range models tbh and you can clearly see where costs have been trimmed and cheaper materials and components are used.
The older 5*5 series were far superior, and comfortable!
Here's a fun fact- did you know the driver capsules from the 5*5 range and the totl 6** range drivers were all interchangeable?
I've had a lot of fun swapping drivers around in different chassis. HD650 drivers in a closed-back HD265 chassis for sh!ts n giggles for example. The business end of the FR literally made my brain wobble!
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Wondering what pads you're using on them now that Sennheiser no longer make them. Mine came with some pleather pads but I have no idea if they're original; the material is more like stretchy bin liner to be honest. I'm thinking my best bet is to just put HD600 velour pads on and remove the backs to essentially convert them into a bargain HD565.
I have measurements of the HD265 in various forms (pleather vs velour pads, open vs closed) against my HD6XX which I can post but don't want to take up too much space here on an off-topic.
Regarding your initial post much earlier on, it is interesting to note that all those Sennheiser headphones you've got there, bar the HD265, conform well to the Harman target, with the only notable divergence being in sub-bass response. I think you can lay your worries over conformity to rest: headphones are for reproducing recordings, you can choose what to listen to. If anything having a known standard for something like headphone frequency response is a win in the battle against conformity as it allows everyone to more transparently listen to the recorded material, i.e. it allows you to express opinions on the material as it is rather than as it sounds coloured by your reproduction device. This is getting a bit too philosophical... no replies expected
I think the debate is set to roll on and that as with cables, there will be 2 camps; the believers and the non-believers.
I would say rather, in this case, there are those who have read and understood the Harman research, and those who haven't.