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I never heard of any maker not disclosing vital specifics of the product. It's like buying a car and the seller does not tell you what kind of engine is inside...
... you've never heard of Intel? You've never heard of ATi? You've never heard of XGI? You've never heard of Trident? You've never heard of 3DFX? You've never heard of Nvidia? You've never heard of AMD? You've never heard of PowerVR? You've never heard of HP? You've never heard of Micron? You've never heard of Microsoft? You've never heard of Hewlett Packard? You've never heard of Dell? You've never heard of Xiaomi? You've never heard of Qualcomm? You've never heard of Samsung? You've never heard of Apple? You've never heard of Foxconn? You've never heard of Logitech? You've never heard of McDonald's? You've never heard of Facebook? You've never heard of Google? You've never heard of a Chromebook? You've never heard of Obamacare or the Obama Administration (If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor + It's okay to target conservatives and political parties that are not us with false taxes, slander, and libel )????
Just where in the world do you live that you get internet and can post on this site but have NEVER heard of any of those previously aforementioned companies or political shenanigans?
The desire of tech companies in particular to hide, obscure, or otherwise fail to document aspects of their hardware has long been a barrier towards a number of computational products working on the Linux Kernel. Graphics drivers in particular are a hot mess since most graphics producers are very keen to not disclose any information on their hardware.
Even a quick check through Amazon.com at audio products shows that Hifiman is hardly an exception in disclosing aspects of audio performance. Good luck figuring out what drivers Sharkk, Anker, Creative, Altec-Lansing, Logitech, Axess, or almost any others actually have in their products.
So; again; where exactly are you that you can make such a statement... apparently sincerely?
Do you have a stake in this deal? You must have, judging by your lengthy and emotional response...
By that logic they have said what the "engine" is. It's a planar magnetic driver. The frequency response and THD graphs are the headphone equivalent of 0-60 times. The ohm rating is the horsepower number. If Chevy came out with a special collaboration Camaro and said it had a V8 but omitted what V8 they based it on but gave all of the performance numbers, no one would care. I guess I don't see why people are having such a large hangup on this driver thing.
That makes sense, however it's a consideration if someone already owns one of HIFIMan headphones. It would matter to know the driver.
Say I already own 400i - should I buy this drop? If it's the same driver - I would pass, but if's better - then I would consider...
Hmm... I see your point. However, damping materials, cup materials, wave guides, and acoustic filtering material can all make the same driver sound vastly different. Just look at the Fostex T50-RP, depending on how it's modded it can sound like a completely different headphone. Another example is Beyerdynamic's DT 770, 880, and 990. I'm pretty sure they all use the same base driver and they all sound substantially different from each other. But I guess that really doesn't help you if you already have an HE400i or S. It's a tough call and since audio is so subjective even reviews really don't help much. My attitude is "if I don't like it, I can always sell it." Headphones hold their value pretty well and since this is a special Massdrop edition you can probably almost get your money back.
Is this drip supposed to be better than HE400i in terms of construction?
I'm not sure how they will hold up over time. However, I do like that they use metal for the yolks instead of the black plastic yolk of the i/S. People have complained about the build of the HE-400 but I have had mine for years and I haven't had any problems with it.
Highly doubt "better" just "different." Though I think the pads are bringing this closer in profile to the 400i...If it isn't just a 400i straight up.