Originally Posted by jexby
thanks for your impressions, certainly a worthy contribution since not much other info has been documented (yet).
you may have helped me save $400 if I pass on HE-560 now. cheers!
couple questions for the Hifiman masses:
1. are the HE-400i pads the "same" as the HE-560? (ie. angled and material?)
2. is the HE-400i cable material/length the same as HE-560?
3. what jack sizes come with the HE-400i? 3.5mm with 1/4 adapter?
I went to the same show as well and tested out the he-400i and talked with Fang for a short bit about them. Can confirm the pads are the same as the he-560 at least from what I saw, didn't confirm that directly with Fang but they looked identical and felt the same. The cable on all the hifiman cans at the table and what was on the he-400i can change but don't remember much about it particularly but it was a 1/4 inch end so couldn't give it a listen with my x5 and my music.
From my initial listening impressions which was rather quick I will say the comfort is lot better than the he-400, sound is a lot airier than the he-400, and the plugs were slightly angled so that will be nice for omega stands. Didn't get much listening in as I wanted to talk with Fang a bit about them. He said the really big thing with the he-400i was they don't have all that trouble with distortion like the he-400 has and that technology has changed quite a bit since the initial he-400 and he strongly recommended me to sell my pair of he-400 and snag the he-400i more than a few times. Asked about the pads and he said yes they will be available to purchase separately and should work with older hifiman models but once again suggested I get the he-400i Also the he-400i are going to be very efficient headphones.