Review : HiFiMAN HE400S
Posted on 04 February 2016
HiFiMan HE400S Headphones reviewed in The Absolute Sound by Julie Mullens
Read the full review here : http://www.theabsolutesound.com/articles/hifiman-he400s/
Billed as one of the highest-efficiency planar ’phones on the market, the HE400S is a noteworthy bargain within its category. These lightweight, comfy cans are also realistically priced at $299—among the least expensive planar ’phones to be had. There was a kind of effortlessness to their playback, with a largely neutral presentation that was crisp, clean, and open. Quite often, their dimensionality even resembled loudspeaker-style soundstaging.
These phones would make a great choice either for hi-fi fans on a budget or for audiophiles who are simply after a basic, high-quality, lightweight headphone for go-to convenience or travel.
I enjoyed the overall sense of involvement and envelopment within the music, thanks to a striking degree of realism—noteworthy at this price. The HE400S seemed to have a natural way of elevating even (well recorded) lowest-common-denominator tracks (e.g., mp3s and Red Book) into something a bit finer. Great sounding, and a great value. QED.