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When i saw this drop i wanted to join immediately but there are a few things that bother me. how did you came up with the msrp of 300$ if they were never sold before? this is unique item only sold at massdrop so please don't use these selling methods it's beneath you. how is this best of massdrop if they never sold before? it really looks like a good deal regardless of the hype. but the fact that i have to pay VAT(17%) and 15$ shipping which makes it 131$ , more expensive than the hd598 that i got cheaper. futher more these are 100% blind purchase since no REAL consumer has them and all the reviews are sponsored. In any other case i would have joined this drop and not complain one bit about price shipping date etc... and hope for the best. This time i would do the right thing which is to wait some more for consumer reviews since i ain't gonna buy another HD598 level cans with abysmal bass. I think most of us just want a good all rounder and this looks like it. I'm sure we will see another drop of these if they're that good. :)
I believe the MSRP comes from the old HE300's which sold for $300. This is supposed to be in the 300-series lineage.
Well said, you're a more reasonable person than I :) I'm just going to have to hope that Hifiman delivers on their promise of improving upon the 300s.
Unbox therapy made a video with exactly these headphones :
Buy the Fostex MKIII T50RP. Hands down THE BEST headphones under 200 bucks, and very VERY easily better than these. They also happen to be planar.
yup, and they even beat the Hifiman HE-400i imo, and for only $90 after rebate if u live in the US. They are unbelievably good.
90$? no where i can find. cheapest i see them is 109$ from an authorized dealer. still a great price though. they were 90$ but the prices have gone up.
Well, just for some education, do you know what the "m" stands for in msrp? It stands for manufacturer's. It is not a price Massdrop makes up. Also, these are upgraded versions of the He-300 which sold for $300. These also have the updated design which is more comfortable to wear. Also, "Best of Massdrop" does not mean and does not say "Best Seller". Any and all Massdrop collaborations will have that note including items that sell very well. If they put their say onto a product to help determine specs, design and availability, it is a best of massdrop because it is a derivative product of the massdrop ideal. And also, I think everyone already knows this is a blind buy considering this is the first time ever anyone has seen these 350s and there are pretty much no reviews so it's not exactly necessary to kick that dead horse. People have said this about every single massdrop colab item. $100 isn't that much to just try them out and at the very worst, you can sell them for your money back and at best, you have a fantastic value set. All we have to go by is the response graph for now and overall, they are a very nice improvement over the 300s which were already popular at a much higher price. If this is a special reintroduction of a EOL set of phones, then I highly doubt there will be a million drops like the k7xx and the likes since that one is based on phones AKG still make and it's up to you to not get them or not. As you've said, there are no real reviews on them so in the same way you can't expect them to be fantastic without a grain of salt, you also have no right to trash talk about them (yet). For anyone who knows the he-300s and likes them, this will be an easy purchase no doubt.
he's not an audiophile though he says, doesn't explain the sound in detail enough
Never liked that guy's reviews. He doesn't seem to know what he is talking about.
Like I stated previously, I don't hate this randomfrankp kid but the video as I have already stated was really oxymoronic. Telling people how good a pair of headphones is without even describing the sound behavior/tones is NOT a proper review. It is instead A sales pitch.
I guess he is just looking for a few endorsements or promoting the cans. No harm linking it up again afterall since the faster these orders hit the max cap, the fast Hifiman gets to working/shipping on these.
He said they're better sounding than the ATH-M50. Not super descriptive, but it gives you an idea.
It's nothing much about frankp nor is it anything about comparisons. As I have stated previously why I linked the video in is simply because of those curious members.
What, I do know even without him saying is that these he350 probably be more balanced than the m50's since those are way to bassy to be a pair of cans for proper monitoring usage with an educated guess.
Totally agree about the reviewer doing a sales pitch. Moreover appears to be using a free Spotify account, that means 160 kbps :| instead of the premium 320 kbps.
Honestly the streaming quality doesn't affects much of your listening experience.
But, if you absolutely have to have the best experience listening to music on spotify I personally would advise making all your tracks available offline. The catch is that is not a free option either.
Yeah...I wouldn't in a million years call that a review. He pretty much goes on and on about things we already know simply from reading the Massdrop description. The looks and design don't need a review since it's just like many of their other models so all we need to know is the sound. He shows the response graph that we can already see, great. Open back equals sound leakage...ok great, we knew that. Open back has wider soundstage, yeah, open back does that to any set. Can't even go into how it actually sounds rather than calling it "more neutral" or "warm". Gives a nice punch? What about response speed? what about separation? What about decay? How does it respond and play with the midrange? Nothing, not a single bit of "review" to be seen. Also, comparing them to other headphones? Seriously? Saying that these sound better is nice but that doesn't mean anything unless you can describe why they sound better and go into the exact details for each. Sorry excuse for a review and no information was given.
MD should hv given one to Head Fi for review.
I'm not saying that Lew and Frank isn't good, but they are tech reviewers which as compared to Head Fi, can't really give a good breakdown and review of the HE-350.
I'm completely clueless as to what is decay, respond speed, separation. Would you then give an example of a headphone review that touches on these factors please?
These are only examples of some good reviews. Usually, I'd go to headfi for this kind of stuff but it's not to say that headfi is good ALL the time. Some headphones just aren't that popular and just don't get the same kind of attention and it'll be up to you to decide what a good review is and which ones aren't. It is your own responsibility to know when you're being jerked around by an idiot or a commercial disguised as a review.
I feel like, personally, I can't really use the MKIII, because (from what I see) they are really difficult to drive. I plan on using headphones on my phone around 95% of the time. An amp that can properly drive them would cost some more money as well as add bulk for me. I am just in a bad spot. I feel like the MKIII is a great choice, but perfect if you already have the power necessary. P.S. The only impression I have over the MKIII is from Z Reviews, and he loves it. I am just looking for a great upgrade from the M50 for use in the house on my phone for around $100.
I can run mine perfectly on my iPod.
I'm not sure what's up with Z. He may just have a really weird pair, or he might just listen to music way too loud. I myself listen fairly loud, and even still I don't have my iPod at full volume with the MK3's.