Fang from HiFiMan asked me to review the HE-300 headphones. I have been a big fan of HiFiMan’s planar magnetic headphones. But the HE-300 are not planars – they are dynamic driver headphones.
Pros: Nice warm, lush sound at an attractive price
Cons: Will for sure be too warm and bassy for some
Summary: Information :
Hifiman / Head-Direct was kind enough to give me a review sample of the HE-300. Please take note that the fact that this was given to me for free will not affect my bias for this review.
Pros: Build quality, Great bass, Smooth mids and treble, forgiving of poor quality recordings, incredible packaging, not demanding with amplification
Cons: Tight clamp for my head, somewhat stiff cable, pad locking system, lacks technicalities
I got the HE-300 for $150 without knowing what I was really getting. I was on the verge of purchasing the HD 598 instead, but my life needed some unknowing excitement…I guess.
A cardboard box. That’s all you need to know.
Summary: The HE-300s are one solid dynamic HiFi headphone , like most HiFiMANs I have tried "Treble" is the focus , very clean clinical and articulate but at the same time its not metallic or plastic sounding , Dr Biang sure has impressed me , before I get on I have to preface some things
1) The HE-300 has...
Pros: Unreal Treble extension for the price , Great Clarity , Spectacular Construction , Price , Speed for a dynamic , Fantastic Air , Highly detailed
Ipod 160gb lossless files
Ray Samuals Audo "The Hornet" amp
Cans uses to compare signatures:
Denon AH-D2000 - stock
Sennheiser HD-650 - stock
Let me start off with a special thanks to Fang from HifiMAN for letting me audition the HE-300's at home.
Summary: I bought these at less than half retail on a whim from Audio Advisor, looking to replace my aging Sennheiser HD 580's. Look at the picture...these are VERY NICELY made headphones! All aluminum components, with a steel headband, covered with leather...NICE!
Pros: Build quality
Cons: Heavy, clamps too tightly...cables noisy (pick up and amplify any movement).
Summary: First, I’ll like to thank HifiMan for the HE-300 sample. For the last couple of years, Fang @ HifiMan has brought a lot of attention to the company’s line of full size headphones by releasing some of the best planar magnetic headphone there ever are.
Pros: Euphonic and easy going sound, Price, Packaging,
Summary: There are a lot of dynamic headphones around on the market, with a very small percent being shared by orthodynamic’s and electrostatics. HiFiMan’s mostly known for their orthodynamic headphones, like the HE-500 & the HE-6.
Summary: I have these for about two weeks now and I can hardly believe how these have changed during this time. Always when I get new headphones I listen with them and leave other headphones dusting. The only ones that didn't impress me when I got them were HD800. I know sounds odd but that's how it was.
Pros: very good mids, comfortable, perfect bass quantity