Sometimes <é> ends up sounding much much higher, like [i:] (similar to Hungarian: <í>), and even at times (or from some singers) it sounds like something more central, like [ɨ:] (kind of like Russian: <ы>). The reason I am careful to point out that my only input is from song is because I've heard some singers in English produce something that sounds like [ɨ] for /i/. I'm not looking for comments on singing best practices of course; but if it relates, please tell me. :)
For some Hungarians are <é> and <í> exactly the same, or is this a result of singing?