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There's not a Hifiman in my life.

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Which would you recommend and why?
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Thermionicon
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Jun 6, 2021
Either the HE-X4 or the HE-4XX, the X4 has maybe better soundstage but after much back and forth swapping and trying different material it's hard to pick one or the other they're more alike than different though they do have minor differences. Overall the X4 might be a hair better but they both have fantastic bang/buck ratios-- stock cables sort of choke the sound; the New Fantasia silver plated ones really open up the top end: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B07J2J3MCW?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2_dt_b_product_details

Do the Massdrop HIFIMAN products have a dark timbre when compared against other hifiman products? And what kind of differences would you specify between those two, are there any changes notable?
Thermionicon
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Jun 6, 2021
No not dark, they both sound fast and lively, the better cables open up the air and treble detail a bit. The 4X has better bass pitch definition but both go nice and low; just the 4X bass level in the mix is slightly lower but are still full sounding. Maybe the 4X has slightly more holographic separation of instruments but really neither are congested...both are very musical --geez for under $150 they're a crazy good value!! It's hard to nit pick them at this price point. Now that I own both I don't want to sell one or the other Lol