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  • Planar Magnetics like you’ve never seen before: many headphone companies have tried their hand at Planar magnetic drivers, but none have done it quite like hifiman. Its driver technology has landed them in Time, Forbes, CNET, and CES Editors’ Choice Award
  • Extremely versatile: a pair of high-efficiency, open-back Planar Magnetics that don’t need a fancy amp to sound amazing. Listen to them directly from your phone, laptop, or desktop computer, or add a headphone amp to take them to the next level
  • Audio profile: the sound is smooth, engaging, and even across the frequency range, with airy, sparkly highs and the Planar bass slam that Hifiman is known for
  • Premium aesthetic, Comfortable feel: Comfort is king for the HE4XX, which features HIFIMAN’s Focus-A hybrid ear pads: the best-feeling, best-sounding pads the company has to offer made of soft, luxurious velour
  • A Revival of the original: old school Hifiman style with some structural improvements, the headband is made of spring steel — so it can bend without losing its shape — and hand-stitched with breathable protein leather
  • HIFIMAN: For audiophiles, by audiophiles: born in new York city in 2007, HIFIMAN has had a big influence on the audiophile world. HIFIMAN is a natural partner for Massdrop because at its core, both companies exist to serve the audiophile community

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Massdrop drop hifiman he4xx planar magnetic headphones headset over-ear on-ear open-back portable

PLANAR MAGNETICS LIKE YOU’VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE:

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.

Now, that tech is available at an unheard-of value in the Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX: a pair of high-efficiency, open-back planar magnetics that don’t need a fancy amp to sound amazing. Listen to them directly from your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer, or add a headphone amp to take them to the next level. The sound is smooth, engaging, and even across the frequency range, with airy, sparkly highs and the planar bass slam that HIFIMAN is known for.

Massdrop drop hifiman HE4XX removable cable planar magnetic headphones headset over-ear open-back

PREMIUM AESTHETIC, COMFORTABLE FEEL:

Comfort is king for the HE4XX, which features HIFIMAN’s Focus-A hybrid ear pads: the best-feeling, best-sounding pads the company has to offer. The foam has extra cushioning and is specially angled for acoustics, and the part of the pad touching the ear is made of soft, luxurious velour.

A revival of the original HIFIMAN style with some structural improvements, the headband is made of spring steel—so it can bend without losing its shape—and hand-stitched with breathable protein leather. Done in an exclusive midnight-blue colorway, the matte finish is soft to the touch and resistant to fingerprints. The attention to detail is evident throughout, down to the robust steel gimbals with a black oxide finish and matching Allen screws.

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HIFIMAN: FOR AUDIOPHILES, BY AUDIOPHILES:

Born in New York City in 2007, HIFIMAN has had a big influence on the audiophile world in the 10 years since its founding. Dr. Fang has always had close ties with the community. He started out on Head-Fi and attended local meetups while pursuing his doctorate at Columbia.

When he realized his PhD research could be relevant to his passion—the music-listening experience and the audiophile products that improve it—he started talking with forum members and meetup attendees about what they’d like to see in the next generation of headphones. HIFIMAN is a natural partner for Massdrop because our goals are so aligned. At its core, it represents a member of the audiophile community building a company that serves the rest of the community.

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SPECS:

  • Open principle
  • Planar magnetic drivers
  • Exclusive midnight-blue colorway, Soft-touch matte finish
  • Spring steel and hand-stitched protein leather headband
  • Focus-A hybrid ear pads with Adjustable sliders
  • Steel gimbals and Allen screws with black oxide finish
  • Silver printing with Laser-etched serialization
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz–35 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Impedance: 35 ohms
  • Cable: 4.9 ft (1.5 m), removable
  • Plug: ⅛ in (3.5 mm)
  • Weight: 13.1 oz (370 g)

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  • ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter

Hifiman HEX4 Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX Drop + HIFIMAN HE5XX Massdrop x Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Closed X
Drop + HIFIMAN HE-X4 Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX Drop + HIFIMAN HE5XX Massdrop x Beyerdynamic DT 177X GO Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Drop + Dan Clark Aeon Closed X
Driver / Design: Planar Magnetic / Open-back Planar Magnetic / Open-back Planar Magnetic / Open-back 45mm Tesla neodymium technology Planar Magnetic V-Planar Technology / Closed-back Planar Magnetic V-Planar Technology / Closed-back
Audio Profile: A distinctly warm and subtly dark tone all its own with improved sensitivity over the HE4XX. The sound is smooth, engaging, and even across the frequency range, with airy, sparkly highs and the Planar bass slam that HIFIMAN is known for. A brighter, more neutral take on the classic HE500 Series sound, with upgraded efficiency and a better fit than ever before Smoothed frequency response while retaining a punchy sound profile which make beyerdynamic a recording studio favorite. The latest generation Tesla driver offers a wide frequency range and a weighty, controlled bass. The Ether CX sound more like a pair of open-back headphones—clean, open, realistic, relaxed—while retaining the low sound leakage and high isolation you’d expect from closed cans. A naturally appealing sound that’s both warm and punchy, with a widened soundstage and a closed-back design.
Impedance / Sensitivity: 25 ohms / 91dB 35 ohms / 93 dB 18 ohms / 93.5 dB 32 ohms / 101 dB 23 ohms / 92 dB 12.5 ohms / 91 dB
Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz 20 Hz - 35 kHz 20 Hz - 20 kHz 5 Hz - 40 kHz
Cable: 4.9 ft (1.5 m), removable 4.9 ft (1.5 m), removable 4.9 ft (1.5 m), removable 6 ft (1.8 m), removable 6.41 ft (2 m), removable 6.41 ft (2 m), removable
Plug: ¼ in (6.35 mm) ⅛ in (3.5 mm) ⅛ in (3.5 mm) ⅛ in (3.5 mm) 4-pin XLR DUMMER 4-pin (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm)
Weight: 14.8 oz (420g) 13.1 oz (370 g) 12.5 oz (355 g) 14.6 oz (413 g) 15.2 oz (430 g) 11.5 oz (326 g)
Included: ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter, Pair of sheepskin ear pads, and velour earpads 4-pin XLR to ⅛ in (3.5 mm) to ¼ in (6.35 mm) adapter, 10" (25 cm) long, Soft velvet bag Carrying case, DUMMER cable with 1/4" termination, tuning foam inserts
Ideal Use: Ideally paired with a portable or desktop amp, they also sound great directly from your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer. Ideally paired with a portable or desktop amp, they also sound great directly from your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer. Ideally paired with a portable or desktop amp, they also sound great directly from your smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer. Tesla studio reference headphone for mixing, mastering, monitoring (closed) A low 23 ohm impedance allow the Ether CX to be driven with anything from a portable device while the closed-back design allows plenty of isolation for public spaces. Drive with a Drop amp at home for to get the most from these cans. Ideally paired with a portable or desktop amp, however they sound great directly from any portable device with 1/4" inputs.

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Sold By Amazon.com HIFIMAN Amazon.com Audio Advisor, Inc. Amazon.com Amazon.com
Color Midnight-Blue Silver,Black Black Black Midnight-Blue Black
Fit Type Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear
Headphones Form Factor Over Ear Over Ear Over Ear Over Ear Over Ear Over Ear
Item Weight 0.82 lbs 0.86 lbs 0.78 lbs 0.82 lbs 0.74 lbs 4.16 ounces
Special Features Tangle-free-cord, lightweight, open-back Lightweight Lightweight, tangle-free-cord, open-back ultra-fine diaphragm, 3.5mm connectors for enhanced durability Tangle-free-cord, lightweight, closed-back

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    3.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound - But, As You've Heard, QC/Build/Customer Service Needs Work
    By Samantha on February 11, 2021
    I'm glad I took the plunge after a year of research, debating whether or not trying a new driver technology (new to me) would be worth the money - it was [mostly] worth it. The sound quality is fantastic, in my opinion. It's like listening to my full range floor speakers: treble and bass are distinct from each other (thanks to the inherent "speed" of a planar magnetic driver, as opposed to having a dedicated driver for each range). I now know what "sub-bass" means (and, on that note, "speed"). Where my AKG K240S's were unable to give me bass where I knew there should be some, the HiFiMan HE-4XX gave me back my missing bass, without "muddying" the trebles, but, at the same time, the treble doesn't have that "sparkle" (another term I now actually understand after reading all those audiophile forums) that my AKG had. Very well could be because I tore all the foam and mesh out of my AKG to make them more open and airy. I hesitate to make any modifications to the HE-4XX, but I've seen some mods floating around regarding taking out the filters, etc. We'll see - I don't really like the idea of hairs/dust getting into these drivers.

    Now about that build quality. At first glance it was fine. Headband is okay, materials are pretty nice, metal is sturdy, a bit stiff at first but loosens nicely over time. However, the tension on the headband adjustment points, where the headband connects to the metal frame, is too high, does not adjust smoothly, and is not consistent across the sides - one is more "jumpy" than the other side. Also, neither side stays where I've set them because that tension is too high, so the headphones naturally push down to their shortest fitting if you're not wearing them... and while you're wearing them.

    I had a rattling in my right ear cup after a few days. Only when I jostled it/moved it just right. I noticed it at first when moving the headphone, then later in a song. I reached out to HiFiMan customer service and they were quick to suggest that I remove the ear pad and check for debris, etc. No debris was found, but looking through the driver with a light, it looked like a wire was touching the drive on the other side (outer side). I asked them if they could do something about it - as well as the rusting screws on the metal pivots at the ear cup connection - and they took all of my information... then went radio silent.

    I had asked if they would send me a replacement while mine was being worked on, if that was even an option, and, of course, there was no answer to my question (does *any* customer service group actually answer the questions you ask?). Since they took my address down, I assumed they were sending me a box or something, but then I read the actual warranty and it suggests that shipping costs, etc. on on the customer... so it was then that I decided I'd take the grill off and do what I could. I wasn't happy about having to open up my headphone to that extent as soon as I was, but I also wasn't keen on having to box the thing up and pay for shipping, maybe to only get a refurbished-something back, maybe in worse condition, etc.

    Took the grill off, saw that a wire was making direct contact with the driver between the magnets. Pull the wired up and bent it a bit so that it would lean across the magnets instead of in between.

    I didn't tell them to cancel the ticket right away. I wanted to see what they would do/say. A week and a half later, I tell them to cancel the ticket. Not that they're listening anyway, right?

    Then I get a clicking in my *left* ear cup. That's just today. A different sound than the wire thing - sounds like the driver is moving when I press on the ear cup with *any* force - not pressing them into my head like a lunatic or anything, just taking them off/putting them on. Normal usage forces, stock ear pads. I think it might be debris, and I'm over the honeymoon stage/paranoia of opening them up, and... oh, did I mention that the ring on the right grill isn't even flush with the headphone? There's one section that sticks up that shouldn't.

    Anyway, I open the left ear cup and there's no debris except what was already in there from the factory (not nothing, mind you). But I do notice a little orange debris here and there. Now that I think about it, I saw some on the grill on the other side at some point, figured it was dust. Didn't think it'd be rust (the screws I complained about weren't all that bad - maybe even added character to the headphone).

    A couple of screws in my left ear cup are rusted to heck.
    These headphones came like this. My house is dry as a desert in the winter, the heater is always on and I can't even breath at night is how bad it is. I *wish* we had enough moisture in the air to make something like this happen. No, these were rusted when I got them, and I'm only just now finding out. That bit of orange debris here and there was rust, probably.

    So, I now have a clicking that I can't fix on my end, I don't think, and, taking a closer look, I have a rusted internal screw on the right side, too, but it's not as bad. So, at least 4 rusted screws, two of which are so bad, you can barely tell those are even screws.

    I've emailed customer service again, asked them to maybe not close the ticket yet, see what they can do for me, send me a pack of replacement screws at the very least so I can swap in clean ones. I'm willing to do that. They sound good enough that I don't want to not have them, and I really don't want to pay for shipping on... this thing that should have been sent to me in perfect condition to begin with, but just wasn't because... they just didn't feel like it? Because they couldn't just use normal, rust-resistant screws that *literally* every other headphone manufacturer uses? I've never had a headphone see any rust, on any part, in my 25 years of wearing headphones. What in the world.

    So, there you go. The rumors are true. Quality control/materials needs work. Customer service is not amazing. Warranty is nothing special.

    Oh, and the stock cable is a cable. It's not great. It's not long enough for comfortable PC/ living room AV receiver use for me, so I ordered a replacement cable when I bought the headphone. The replacement cable is that red one that everybody else is buying. I clipped the "braided" part off, and now they're really cool looking red cables. They click really nicely into the headphones - better click than the stock cable.

    Ah, and the clamping force/weight of these are much higher than my AKG were. Going back to the K240S is like putting a cloud on my head compared to these (I have aftermarket, plush pads on those), but shoot, the HiFiMan sound so good, I'm not going to go back to my other cans any time soon (or dynamic drivers, unless someone can convince me that an Audeze LCD-2 isn't my endgame, because I imagine it would be. I was going to say HiFiMan Sundara, but now I'm not so sure I want to take anymore risks, you know?)
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