- Jan 16, 2017
Who are you calling young? I’m in my 40’s and have been listening to high end audio for decades. I’m glad you love the 400i. To me, it’s entry level. There are very few Hifiman models I wouldn’t take over it, and I’ve owned most of them.
We get it. You love them. That’s your opinion. Other people get their opinion as well. They’re nowhere near TOTL status. To my ears, not even close.
Calling out to (perhaps) younger listener's who wish to enjoy great headphones (the HFM 400i) -that COMPETE with the BEST at, as was just noted $200. USD !
Legions of pro listener's and technical spec's speak to its superb performance, but if that's not enough for the few listener' out there -so be it.
For passionate /critical listener's (particularly those with clear budget), end your search with the 400i and instead look to superior cabling, source and power
to elevate the listening experience further. It's unfortunate there remains listener's who cannot appreciate (nor understand) the critical aspect of cable
contribution to performance, and so run out, buy this-that-the-other product; listen, sell, buy again .... endlessly not realizing the other contributing factors
that define performance.(SQ) capability. It's called experience, expertise.
RE: " ...I sure hope no-one is paying $499 for the HE-400i." (Pricing was from a 2014 Stereophile 'review/update' on the HFM 400i)