Originally Posted by Focker
I tell you what, you guys have more patience than I do lol. I've been close to pulling the trigger on a pair of hifimans three or four times in the last several months, but every time I revisit the HE400 there is some issue with it. Then I see you guys linking to the customer service thread and I see Erik (what's the deal with him calling everyone "dear", btw?) posting this in response to people asking about further revisions to take care of the sibilance issue: We do not plan to do any change to the latest HE400 because we already made a little adjustment for it (even if it is not perfect yet). Next, we gonna make more headphones which will sound much better than HE400."
I really don't understand this at all...I see where Fang posted that they were going to take care of this issue, and that's great. I've read all the comments about how this is still a new company or whatever, but isn't it pretty clear that there is a QC issue at the point of production that needs to be addressed? I'm sure these are great headphones when they are working like they're supposed to, but just reading about some of your experiences is pretty crazy.
If my understanding is correct, large-membrane planar magnetic headphones have just been too novel to be produced with consistency over the last couple of years, both Audez'e and Hifiman had trouble with that. HE400 is an entirely different driver assembly structure relative to HE5/5LE/500/6, so it's as though they started from scratch. The same case was with LCD3s, HUGE HUGE amounts of "veiled" complaints (diaphragm tension issues) as well as "driver cutting out" complaints (probably tracing adhering issues) even now.
Quite different from making the typical dynamic driver headphones, where everything is down to a tee and manufacturers can freely tweak things like dome diaphragm patterns and magnet structures etc without the least worry things like aluminum tracing bonding falling out, or bar magnets causing resonance, or not enough surface tension on the diaphragm etc, that these planar mag productions experience.
That being said, Hifiman's HE500 and HE6 has become much more consistent and problem-free now as they've been making them for a while now and have refined their driver assembly methods, and so has Audez'e's LCD2 rev2 production. Us early adopters want to hear new products so we in a way are guinea pigs, but for those who worry about these things, just wait one full year and these new products should become utterly reliable too.