Summary: This is one of my few reviews, Im not a type of person to give reviews when buying an item but this time I had too. I was looking for a good setting to have a portable hifi system and I knew to achieve this its not coming for cheap but also I had a budget.
Pros: When Driven at the right way you will be impressed
Summary: The price to performance ratio of the HiFiMan HE-400 is truly exceptional. The clamping force of new head band is tight and requires break-in. I prefer the the plush pads over stock pads for comfort. Once HE-400 is broke in, like a pair of old boots...they become comfortable but not super comfy.
Pros: Price to Performance Ratio, Tone and Imaging,
Summary: These are warm but detailed. They are fun to listen to, like the other Hifiman products (I have a couple).
I enjoyed using them and got a HE560.
Will give them as a gift to somebody. They are nice open headphones for the price. I can expect they will enjoy them.
Still working after a year of use.
Summary: The title is not exaggerated either, but of course to get the HE-400s to that level you need at least a decent DAC and a tube or hybrid amp like the Schiit Lyr to even hear what they truly can do. Otherwise most amps will will work just fine with them!
Pros: Price, stellar sound reproduction, fairly easy to drive, very snug
Cons: Headband is the chokepoint in the price, it's just ok. fairly heavy cans, and they are completely open
Summary: EDIT: My opinions and views on this set of cans has changed a fair bit after more extensive listening. Please see the link below for my updated opinions on these headphones.
Summary: I initially had my eyes set on the HE-500s but after some research I decided that the sound signature of the HE-400s may suit my tastes better as I predominantly listen to EDM (Tech House, Minimal, Trance, GOA, Psy). Initial impressions out of the box were quite impressive.
Summary: After using IEMs almost exclusively, I decided that it was about time to step into the realm of full-sized cans. I wasn't about to spend $1000, but I still wanted better than mid-fi sound. My options were pretty limited, and it came down to either the HD600 or the HE-400.
Pros: Spectacular bass, rich, engaging mids, great soundstage depth, and excellent detail retrieval.
Cons: A bit hot in the upper-most treble, and some upper-mid coloration
Summary: First things first, there is a simple trick that solves all the complaints about the cable connectors - simply rotate each 720 degrees counterclockwise to build up some torque before you screw each one on clockwise.
Summary: HiFiMAN HE400
By now I think most of us are familiar with the history behind the HiFiMAN HE-series headphones. What started with a single model has grown into a full lineup, with prices ranging from $1299 for the flagship HE-6 to just $249 for the entry-level HE-300.
Pros: Exciting, bold sound with great bass, engaging mids, and mostly smooth highs,
Cons: Stock cable is annoying (but easily replaced), highs can be edgy at times