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. Since you only need to screw 540 degrees clockwise to fasten them, the extra twist remaining in the cable keeps them securely fastened without having to overtighten.
The build is nothing special. Yes the R/L markings rub off.
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. In the end I decided that, despite the HD600's more refined sound, that the HE-400 had what I was looking for (tight, linear bass, excellent detail, and a 3D image).
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: 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! I have tried them with my Schiit Asgard solid state amp for weeks, but felt they need more that 1watt per channel (the Lyr has 6!).
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.
First of all - WOW. This is my first set of proper Hi-fi/Mid-fi cans. It's also easily the best sounding anything I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
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. After reading many reviews I decided to go for these planar headphones the Hifiman He-400 and also bought the Fiio X3 to drive them with.I was so excited when I received them that I couldn't wait to try them on.
Pros: When Driven at the right way you will be impressed
Summary: Engineer's dream, but lacks any comfort. 3 month owner.
Sound Quality excellent -
Lows - shame on you if you don't already know these are bassy.
Mids - average sound quality. limited range, but great detail.
High - slightly 'punchy'/undetailed and a bit bright, but still great.
No sibilance - you get the point.
Aesthetics - easy on the eyes, great look.
Weight - padding on headband wears out in a month.
Pros: Sound Quality excellent, no sibilance, aesthetics
Summary: Setup 1: Win7 PC -> USB -> Modi -> PYST -> Magni
Setup 2: Win7 PC -> USB -> E10k
Disclaimer: this is my first review on Head-Fi and I fully declare that I know (nearly) nothing. Please be kind.
Based on the reviews I read here and elsewhere, I chose to go with the HE400's for my quiet, at-home setup. My primary listening material is electronic house, jazz, and swing, so I figured I'd go with a headphone that everyone described as "fun" and "interesting".
Pros: Smooth, linear bass. Great detail in certain frequency ranges.
Cons: Frequency response "hole", somewhat uncomfortable, can be fatiguing, rigid cable.
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..due to the weight of these cans being on the heavier side.
Pros: Price to Performance Ratio, Tone and Imaging,
Summary: This review was originally posted on my blog [ http://noblehifi.blogspot.co.uk/ ].
Disclaimer: A big thank you to Electromod for loaning me the HE-400.
For those of you who don't already know - Hifiman are a Chinese company, although technically founded in New York (2006), their R&D department is in China. In just a few years they've made quite a name for themselves making high end portable audio players, amplifiers and headphones.
Pros: Balanced, Decent Bass Body, Not much Plastic
Cons: Rather Heavy, Slightly overzealous Clamp, Cable connection could be better - Not much really
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. Worth noting is that the HE-300 stands apart from the rest by using a “traditional” dynamic driver. Every other model in the HE-series is based on planar magnetic driver technology.
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