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. The first revisions came with a wooden box that looked rather sexy, but HifiMAN has chosen against it for its second and third revision, instead giving you a silver cable that will make a sound if you even think about...
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.
Equipment used :
Amplifiers : Onkyo TX-SR308 / iBasso T4 / Meier Porta Corda III
Sources : iPod classic (line out) / Samsung BD-D5300 / Meier Porta Corda III (USB DAC)
Other headphones used : Grado SR325i
EDIT (1/1/2012) : I have a new amp / DAC,...
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