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post #1126 of 3090
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Originally Posted by preproman View Post

 

Nope - but they out perform the HE-400s by a few miles..

 

x2

post #1127 of 3090

Oh, we're talking about the HE-4? 

 

Yeah, I heard that too on a speaker amplifier, nearly up there with the big boys. Really saddening that it's so under appreciated.

post #1128 of 3090
In case anyone else is wondering why the HE4 is being discussed, it's because the HE4 is actually Hifiman's first attempt at a single sided magnet planar, which now has two new siblings in the 400i and 560.

So for anyone else who was wondering on the merits of a single sided design, the HE4 is a great first impression.
post #1129 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Austin Morrow View Post

I'm mostly excited about the pricing. HiFiMAN literally increased the price by a fraction of what Audez'e does. I mean, the $699 HE-500 to the $899 HE-650? That's nothing if the anecdotal reports of extreme comfort, amazing sound, and improvements over the HE-500 are all true. Kudos to Dr. Fang.

And then we have Audez'e, who, IMHO, came out with the LCD-3, doubled the price from $995 to $1995, didn't improve the comfort, uses a different wood and slightly different driver technology, correct? Oh, and the sound improvements are about 10% at the most, absolutely ludicrous in my eyes.

Seriously though, with the way HiFiMAN is going, they are going to do really, really good.


yea I agree 100% , I don't think I can buy another Audeze product at this point, I wanted to get a LCD 3/X  but they just feel out of reach and that I've been priced out of the market with the doubling of price compared to their earlier offerings.

 

I will jump on that he560 if I hear any solid impressions.

post #1130 of 3090

If the newer offerings just surpass their predecessors, they will be a bargain.

 

I was put off the Audeze by the darker signature and the price.

 

HE6 vs LCD-X is a no brainer IMO.

post #1131 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

In case anyone else is wondering why the HE4 is being discussed, it's because the HE4 is actually Hifiman's first attempt at a single sided magnet planar, which now has two new siblings in the 400i and 560.

So for anyone else who was wondering on the merits of a single sided design, the HE4 is a great first impression.

 

Memories, memories...

The HE-4 was y first step in the planar magnetic world... I never looked back since!

 

My journey might have been much different if I'd started with the HE-400... I probably would still have been amazed by the clarity, bass and transient speed (the "ortho sound") and that's probably what makes newcomers really like it.

Good news for them: these are the worst sounding planar, so they have a lot of more fun ahead!

 

And I'm not biased against the 400s (why would I be anyway?); I got them as a replacement for my HE-4 when they broke and was expecting something close to the HE-500 (that I owned) for a bargain price. Not quite there :o.

I sold them as soon as my HE-4 returned.

post #1132 of 3090

Hype rising up...

post #1133 of 3090
The HE-4 seems to be the headphone that flew under the radar for Hifiman, and yet, the single ended design is what the new headphones are based on. Seems like the HE-4 was really the future of their lineup, with the HE-400i and the HE-560 bringing that line of design to fruition (hopefully). With the HE-4 apparently having already been discontinued (although they are still selling it), it seems Hifiman feels the single ended design is where it's at.
post #1134 of 3090
It will at least make them considerably different from Audeze. Audeze can stick to the heavy as all hell double sided design, while HFM can better identify themselves as the company that brought the lightweight, single sided planar design to the current masses. the Abyss isn't a headphone for the masses, so I don't count it.
post #1135 of 3090
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Originally Posted by Mad Lust Envy View Post

It will at least make them considerably different from Audeze. Audeze can stick to the heavy as all hell double sided design, while HFM can better identify themselves as the company that brought the lightweight, single sided planar design to the current masses. the Abyss isn't a headphone for the masses, so I don't count it.
+1
Since comfort is up there with the sound for me, the significant weight reduction is important. Since HFM can tune single-sided magnets well enough, it's a very good decision to go that way.
I can't really imaging wearing a 650g+ headphone and feeling comfortably...
post #1136 of 3090
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post


+1
Since comfort is up there with the sound for me, the significant weight reduction is important. Since HFM can tune single-sided magnets well enough, it's a very good decision to go that way.
I can't really imaging wearing a 650g+ headphone and feeling comfortably...

weight/comfort is the only reason i don't have LCD2s right now.

 

glad i will be able to get orthos at the same weight as my TH600. the he560's may be my first purchase in a while. 


Edited by smellyfungus - 1/27/14 at 1:20am
post #1137 of 3090
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Originally Posted by ramaka View Post

HIFIMAN HE400-$299, HE500-$599 over at HiFiMan Store front:

http://www.head-direct.com/Products/?cid=8

Also, on their ebay storefront as well.

Interesting stuff from Hifiman, the 400 and 500 on their Ebay and Amazon stores are on sale but no discount for the He-4, go figure.

Those prices are probably clearance... fantastic deals indeed. Makes you wonder if the he560 is worth $300 more than the 500. Hmmmm....
Edited by Soundsgoodtome - 1/27/14 at 2:07am
post #1138 of 3090
Sad! I bought mine like-new for 614...and here is it brand new for less...
Though I did buy mine in July lol
post #1139 of 3090

$599 plus shipping is about what you paid?? :blink:

post #1140 of 3090
Erm... Maybe wink.gif why?
Edited by Nimzerz - 1/27/14 at 7:20am
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