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post #316 of 2777

Havent been to Head-fi for quite a while and this seems like the perfect pair for me. I can't wait for more impressions and release 

post #317 of 2777
We're all thrilled biggrin.gif be it HE-560 or 400i... Any release means that the other one is ( practically ) behind the corner as well biggrin.gif
post #318 of 2777
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Originally Posted by conquerator2 View Post

We're all thrilled biggrin.gif be it HE-560 or 400i... Any release means that the other one is ( practically ) behind the corner as well biggrin.gif
Well somebody will have to get both so se can decide obviously... smily_headphones1.gif
post #319 of 2777
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Originally Posted by chowmein83 View Post
 

Hey guys, this is going to be my first post here on Head-Fi, but I thought I'd share my impressions on the HE-400i since there doesn't seem to be many reports about this particular headphone. I'll focus on the sound quality here, especially comparing it to the other HiFiMan headphones I also heard while at the T.H.E. show last weekend.

 

Forgive me if I am unable to fully capture the nuances of the headphones' sound, as this is my first post and because I don't have really that high-end equipment back at home (my most expensive headphone is the Sennheiser HD598).

 

Be prepared for the massive wall of text that follows (lol).

 

First, a bit on the comfort of the HE-400i (and the HE-560 as well, since they share the same headband design). These things are extremely comfortable. The HE-400i's in my opinion were the most comfortable planar magnetic headphones at the show - it slightly beats out the HE-560 because of its lighter weight. The HE-400i and HE-560 headband did an excellent job of distributing the weight of the headphones around the head (which isn't that much to beign with, especially compared to the Audezes that were also at the show), and the clamping force was perfect - not too tight, but also not that loose either so the headphones wouldn't just move around while on your head. And the HE-400i and HE-560 were easy to just put on your head and start listening with a good seal - in this respect, this is much improved over the older generation HiFiMan headphones that I was able to sample (I listened to the HE-6 at the HiFiMan table, and the HE-500 at the Schiit table).

 

As for the HE-400i's sound... I thought it was excellent. Good amounts of treble and mids, but it also has some really awesome bass. I really enjoyed listening to bass guitars and the thump of the kick of drums with this thing - the quality and quantity of bass of this thing is amazing. And while there was lots of bass, I felt that it didn't really bleed into the mids or other frequencies, and it was extremely well controlled.

 

I wasn't sure what to expect from the mids and highs, given how some people have described how the HE-400 performs with regards to those frequencies. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The mids and highs of the HE-400i sounded natural, and I couldn't detect any real anomalies with it. Vocals on the 400i sounded really good, and I was pleased because this was one of the aspects I really look for in a headphone (also one of the reasons why I really love my HD598's). I wouldn't call this the airiest set of headphones in the world (the HE-560 definitely beat the HE-400i here), but I thought it did well in classical and orchestral music. Violins sounded great on the HE-400i (though I would still have to give the nod to the HE-560 here for a more realistic rendition of violins).

As for the soundstage (general impressions here, I go more into detail below), I was pleasantly suprised by it. I was prepared to be disappointed by the HE-400i's soundstage because I absolutely love the huge soundstage of my HD598's, but I didn't really feel that the HE-400i's soundstage was lacking. True, the 400i's soundstage is definitely smaller overall than the HD598's (especially in terms of width), but I felt that its soundstage exhibited decent depth and good height. The imaging on the 400i's was excellent (but slightly behind the 560's). Overall, I felt that the 400i's have a decently sized sounstage that most importantly is very cohesive (things don't sound so far out there that it doesn't sound good anymore).

 

Comparisons with other HiFiMan headphones (in addition to what I said above):

 

HE-400i vs HE-400 - unfortunately, I couldn't find a HE-400 at the T.H.E. Show, so I couldn't compare the HE-400i with its predecessor.

 

HE-400i vs HE-500 - I thought these two headphones sounded extremely similar to each other (keep in mind I did not listen to both of these headphones on the same setup). Both have plentiful (but not excessive) and excellently controlled bass, and both have very pleasing mids and highs that don't blend into the bass. However, I would have to say that perhaps the HE-500 is very slightly less veiled compared to the HE-400i (though I'm not sure whether this is due to the difference in setups).

 

HE-400i vs HE-560 - While I think that the HE-560 is technically better than the HE-400i (it definitely was more detailed, and less veiled/transparent compared to the 400i), I wouldn't say that the HE-560 is better in terms of enjoying the music, depending on the listener's preferences. Personally, I feel that the 400i is more of what I'm looking for in a headphone. The HE-400i's soundstage isn't that much smaller than the HE-560's, but it's a lot more intimate. The vocals (and pretty much everything else, including each instrument in an orchestra) in the HE-400i are brought much closer to you than in the HE-560, which I really enjoyed (I love that feeling of the singer seemingly being right in front of me). While I feel that the HE-560's are more detailed and slightly more clearer than the HE-400i (but not by as much as you would think given the difference in prices), I personally prefer the HE-400i because of its more intimate presentation.

 

Overall, I think the HE-400i's are very impressive, and are really a great value considering how close they sound to the 560's and how they pretty much sound just as good as the HE-500, both of which currently sell for more than what the 400i will cost.

 

Thanks for the impressions! I'm wanting to move up from my DT880s to around the $500 range and the 400i is my prime candidate. I'm wanting a headphone that has a bit less treble but more bass presence, and a warmer tonality along with a step up in speed and general refinement. If the 400i really sound almost like the HE500 then I think I'll love them. It's so great to see a nice planar like this that is not only comfortable but at $500 as opposed to the $900-1000+ that a lot of planars go for. I'm excited!

 

I can't wait for their release and my local store to have stock for me to audition.

post #320 of 2777
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Originally Posted by HeretixAevum View Post
 

 

Thanks for the impressions! I'm wanting to move up from my DT880s to around the $500 range and the 400i is my prime candidate. I'm wanting a headphone that has a bit less treble but more bass presence, and a warmer tonality along with a step up in speed and general refinement. If the 400i really sound almost like the HE500 then I think I'll love them. It's so great to see a nice planar like this that is not only comfortable but at $500 as opposed to the $900-1000+ that a lot of planars go for. I'm excited!

 

I can't wait for their release and my local store to have stock for me to audition.

 

No problem, glad people are finding my impressions useful. I was actually going to get the HE-400 at one point, but then I saw how the new 400i's were supposed to be more comfortable so now I'm waiting for that. Not that the old Hifimans' headband were extremely uncomfortable, but the new ones are just so much better.

 

I don't want to derail this thread, but have you actually had the chance to compare your DT880 to the HE500? I'm considering picking up a DT880 (because I think I can get it for really cheap) but I'm not sure if this is really a wise thing to do if I'm going to get the 400i later.

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Oh no, I've never heard a hifiman at all, I just mentioned the 400i sounding almost as good as the 500 as a sign of it's great performance value. The 500 is considered a fantastic headphone by a lot of people, and the description of it's sound makes me think I'd like it. So no, I can't comment on the relative performance of the dt880.

Since you're considering getting one, I'll say my biggest problems with them are a lack of tonal warmth and bass authority. It's a bit of a dry and occasionally thin sounding headphone with some material unfortunately, and it just doesn't have a satisfying bass presence with most electronic music and a lot of hip hop. The other major criticism they're known for is treble, but with me I quite like them. Very clear and extended while being smooth to my ears, I don't find the treble fatiguing though it will be with hot recordings. The treble is somewhat north of what I'd call neutral. Keep in mind your source influences this, and my headphones have a D2000 cable so that might also be relevant.

So if you can deal with those things you might want to try it, I have no idea what it's strong suits over the 400i will be, if any.
Edited by HeretixAevum - 6/15/14 at 1:32pm
post #322 of 2777

I've had the DT880s for about a year and love them...but I got the itch to upgrade, so I purchased a set of HE-500s a few weeks back.

 

Long story short, I LOVED the way they sounded, and HATED the way they felt. Granted, the Beyers are the single most comfortable set of headphones I've ever worn, so it's not a fair fight - but honestly, my neck hurt at the end of every day wearing the HE-500s.

 

So back they went - I'm still happy with my DT880s, but will definitely be trying out the HE-400i once it comes out.

post #323 of 2777
^ Yep, that's what's stopped me from being interested in any of the Audeze and Hifiman offerings (other than the expense) until now.
post #324 of 2777

^ Same here, I was about to pull the trigger on the HE-400, but decided not to because of the potential comfort issues. And I think I made the right decision - based on what I remember at the Newport show, the new HiFiMans were much more comfortable than the older models that they also had at the show. I would even say that their comfort levels approached almost Sennheiser-like levels.

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What do people think about the colours of the 400i? I've seen pictures of both the original chrome we've seen, but also a black version. I'm not sure which I prefer, but I like both and would be happy with either:

 

 

post #326 of 2777

black version is nice

post #327 of 2777

Is it really mutiple colors though? Saw it at the Newport show and they looked awfully close to my old he-400 pair in terms of color. Lighting for the he-400 can be deceiving, I've posted a pic of my he-400 in the past and someone wondered if it was just a differently colored he-500 when it was just the flash throwing him off.

post #328 of 2777

Surely not, that headphone looks pretty black to me. 

post #329 of 2777

Both version look better than the cheap-looking HE560... I don't really care that much about looks but I would definitely choose HE-400i over HE-560 anytime if I had to decide by looks.

post #330 of 2777
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Originally Posted by Ron12 View Post
 

Both version look better than the cheap-looking HE560... I don't really care that much about looks but I would definitely choose HE-400i over HE-560 anytime if I had to decide by looks.

I agree with you

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