Definitely more modern, functional and ergonomic, almost Stax-like (which is fine by me) but still unique enough. The older style definitely looks more 'vintage' which I also like, but I think it's still a good approach. I think the color scheme looks better on the HE-400i in these pictures given the new headband materials. Also, you'll notice if you look close that the SMC connectors appear to be slightly angled towards the front
Nice catch, no more cables hitting my shoulders! There doesn't seem to be anything Hifiman hasn't improved so far which is awesome. Ok ok maybe the connector types but I can live with that.
Edited by beaver316 - 1/8/14 at 9:25am