Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetic Headphones
Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetic Headphones
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Many headphone companies have tried their hand at planar magnetic drivers, but none have done it quite like HIFIMAN. The result of founder Dr. Fang’s PhD research at Columbia University, its driver technology has landed the company in TIME, Forbes, and CNET’s “The Audiophiliac,” and won it the CES Editors’ Choice Award Read More
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Zemumbler
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Nov 26, 2020
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Great sound. Well constructed
I'm grateful to massdrop for making my introduction to audiophile headphones affordable. Rich, open air sound, and very comfortable headphones.
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aphreshcarrot
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Nov 25, 2020
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Best Headphone under $200
It's a well built, comfortable, planar magnetic headphone for under $200. There's not much else to say. Clarity is incredible. Bass is not as mind blowing as a lot of more expensive planars but it's certainly not bad. I can't explain why, but this seems to respond incredibly well to an EQ, much better than my Beyerdynamic DT 770/990.
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KJM_92
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Nov 24, 2020
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Value for money
Preferred this to the HD58X which I previously owned in terms of overall sound quality and signature. Not sure about the overall build quality as certain parts seemed glued together and require careful handling if this headphone is intended to be used as a daily driver. My particular set has experienced some rusting/fading on the metallic parts after only 6 months of careful use.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
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watcherhd
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Nov 24, 2020
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Great great great!
My favorite headphone for the lasr year and a half, there is nothing to add. Listening mostly for rock and metal.
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JADC
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Nov 24, 2020
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for the $ its a steal
nice head phone. i added a balanced cable and it made a big difference.
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Musicality
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Nov 23, 2020
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Great sound that makes up for build and QC
Came with some QC issues out of the box (paint imperfections, nicks on the pleather on one of the earpads, and seemingly old-stock with the old Massdrop logo, and uncentered at that). However, even with all of those problems, these headphones sounded so engaging, musical, and resolving that I ended up just having to keep them. Drop customer service was also helpful and willing to process a return if I had chosen to do so. If you don’t have a pair of planars, I would recommend at least giving these headphones a listen.
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EggyPapa
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Nov 22, 2020
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Abysmal build quality, excellent sound.
Just to put this out there at the begining, I got these headphones in either the first or at least one of the earliest runs on massdrop (2018) so it's entirely possible that the build quality has improved since then. It should also be said that despite all the build quality issues I've had with these headphones, I still absolutely love them. They sound amazing, and for the price they are pretty hard to argue with, especially if you tend to listen to music which focuses more on the upper register. That aside though, I have had no end of problems with the build quality. I'll summarise the issues I've had with these headphones:
  • The screws that attach the cans to the metal portion of the headband are slightly too small, and tend to slowly work themselves out of the hole. This means I have to rescew the screws in every couple of days to prevent the headband from popping off on one side or the other.
  • Occasionally what I can only assume is the magentic membrane of the headphones gets stuck in the wrong position, making a weird sounding flopping-worping noise untill I give the cans a gentle pat on the inside and reset it to the proper position.
  • The cables for the cans are non-standard, very fragile just below the connector, and quite difficult to replace. It migth be easier in other countries, but the cheapest repalcement cable I can find in Australia is over $100 AUD and perpetually out of stock. Worst yet, the cable sits in a small indent in the cans, which means that many common over the counter 2.5mm jacks won't fit in them correctly so making your own cable can be quite a pain the proverbial.
  • The earpads started pilling and leaving junk in my hair within 6 months, however cheap aliexpress aftermarket earpads repaired that issue.
Minor nitpicks finally:
  • The branding and other markings started to break up and fade from visibility after a year or so.
  • The little cups you see in the image, which say HIFIMAN HE-4XX just above the cans pop off on their own volition every now and then.
  • The black / gunmetal metal finish on the metal part that holds the cans to the headband has worn away quite prominantely and looks awful.
All of these issues could have been resolved in the newer versions of the headphones, but I thought it best to put a buyer beware out nevertheless as this has been some of the worst overall build quality I've ever seen in a product. TLDR: Probably still worth it, but don't expect a set of headphones you'll be able to keep using for more than a couple of years without issues. These won't be like HD-600's where you can get ones from the mid 90's and they still sound amazing, I'll be surpised if any HE-4xx's last to the end of the decade.
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Would not recommend to a friend.
smalaki
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Nov 19, 2020
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i never get bored of these
I've always used this daily since I've bought this, over a year and a half now and I must say I always pick this up and enjoy listening with it no matter if I buy another set of new cans. They just end up getting handed down to sons, my wife or friends and family but definitely not this one.
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alii
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Nov 18, 2020
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"good out of the box, great fun with EQ"
So I got these from the recommendation of lifelongcaboose on reddit. I was really impressed, they are comfortable, heavy and sound great. I had to play around with the EQ a little bit before getting what I want, but it was totally worht it. Definitely recommend it to anybody looking to get into planars like I did. Feels luxurious.
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verusskolts
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Nov 18, 2020
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Very pleased with them, fully recommended <3
These are my first planar's, and I must say that personally it is the best I have tasted in a long time. They have a spaced out sound that is slightly noticeable at times, even if it has little impedance, they are somewhat difficult to really move, so I recommend an amplifier. I use a bravo audio v1, and they are more than perfect for these planar's
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