HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

HiFiMan HE-400S intended by the manufacturer as the most inexpensive headphones made by a complex and expensive planar magnetic technology. Except Fostex T-series, the average price of these headphones is about 100 thousand rubles, so 26 thousand as new HiFiMan HE-400S – is, if not entirely free (assessing the market as a whole), it is a very interesting price. For example, the model HiFiMan HE-400i will cost considerably more expensive: in 43 thousand rubles.

Here is what he said the founder and head of HiFiMan in connection with the launch of the new model: “The original model HE-400 was the best-selling full-size headphones in the history of our company, and we still get requests to make them bigger. Over the years, we have invested a huge force in the planar magnetic technology, in ergonomics and industrial design of the headphones. Such our products as new headphones HE1000, of course reflect these big investments, although developments apply to affordable models such as HE400S headphones. Lightweight, comfortable, with high sensitivity and, of course, with excellent sound – all this is a direct result of our extensive research and engineering development. ”

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

Specifications HiFiMan HE-400S

  • Frequency response: 20 Hz – 35 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB
  • Impedance: 22 ohms
  • Weight: 350 g
  • Housing: plastic, steel
  • Ear cups: lekgosemnye, velor, foam
  • Cable: straight, 1.5 m
  • Attachment to the headphones: to both cups mikrodzhek 2.5 mm
  • Connector: L-shaped mini-jack, bundled adapter to jack
  • Options: printed user guide

Planar magnetic transducer is clearly visible if detach the ear cushions. The essence of this technology is that the flat coil is located on the transducer membrane. In theory, this provides advantages over the standard dynamic head, but requires a very complex construction and powerful magnets. However, the ideology of – nothing, everything is decided by the technical implementation. Like all the “traditional” headphones sound different, just sound different and all planar magnetic headphones. Be sure to listen to all.

It is interesting that in the passport manufacturer recommends “warm” music headphones on an average volume of 150 hours. We listened to the headphones 2 weeks, not exactly the timing with the total time. In our opinion, the headphones play well from the start of use and is unlikely to need to warm up.

Headphones are connected (for cost reasons) the most simple and compatible cable. Thanks to standard connectors and mutual connection plates, it can be easily replaced with a balanced XLR 4-pin, which will allow you to connect your headphones to the high-end equipment, such as a DSD-DAC Fostex HP-A4BL.

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

In the measurements used by software and hardware RightMark Audio Analyzer Pro. They used a test stand Brüel & Kjær 4153 – Artificial Ear / Ear Simulator (IEC 60318-1), produced in Denmark, worth around 5,000 euros.

These changes are as a reference, it is not necessary for him to guess the sound model. Brüel & Kjær Stand effectively emulates an acoustic impedance of the ear to the frequency of 16 kHz.

In order not to embarrass the most untrained readers measurements, we chose a smaller scale of the graph on the vertical axis, because it is, in our opinion, better reflect the subjective feelings. If you make a large scale, then there are huge emissions that listening is not as scary as in appearance. Following the same graph is shown in a larger scale, just as in previous articles that could be compared on the same scale.

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

Measurements show no mumbling in the LF and any abnormal bursts of HF, as it usually happens in dynamic headphones. Mid-range record straight. Failures at 4 kHz and 12 kHz, and a peak at 10 kHz EQ effectively cleaned enough adjustments to 3-4 dB. This is not just theory – we checked the adjustment of music and confirm a beneficial effect of equalization on tonal authenticity.

HiFiMan HE-400S: Impressions of listening

Sound Headphones HiFiMan HE-400S is very good. It is clear that it is a balanced timbre, but that’s not the point. The case in free sound at any volume. Headphones do not toil, and quietly, without pressure to transfer music, it makes a high-quality equipment. Sound column closer to than headphones-to. Wide stereo image, it is not inside the head and around. No sound is dull, not devoid of high, moderately bright, but not hush. Rather, it is closer to the very expensive planar magnetic headphones. From conventional dynamic headphones sound different, too. Most are close to HiFiMan HE-400S large open dynamic headphones, with the removal of the speakers from your ears for a substantial distance.

Unlike most expensive planar models have HiFiMan HE-400S easy feeding. On the other hand, looking at the price tag, did not expect such a high level of sound – rather, the fear of waiting for some kind of trick, such as that of the frequency generally will not play, and prepare for the standard justification of bunglers, “but the price.” However, the first impression was not so. On the contrary: “Wow! What fellows HiFiMan! »

Manufacturer right when he says that the developments and technologies for Hi-End is gradually being introduced in the mass model. There is a very noticeable. The open design and a flat emitter fused provide powerful bass reproduction, without a hint of mumbling. In the bottom area of electronic compositions, the bass is not enough. We tried the “subjects” bass below 50 Hz – headphones respond very well, they have something to play and 30 Hz, and 20 Hz. That is, in compositions with very low frequencies of these headphones is quite capable to announce the entire lower range.

HiFiMan can criticize, but with the caveat that the best sound you will, unfortunately, at multiple price increases. Wide stereo image, but not record. I would like to just above detail on the middle and lower color high. Is it possible improvement is very significant overpayment? Everyone answers this question individually, depending on your situation and readiness to pay for progress. In our opinion, HiFiMan HE-400S – uniquely successful model in its category it claims to be the leader. Well, there is no limit to perfection, and no limit price.

Compared with competitors HiFiMan HE-400S leave a very good impression of comfort. The main advantage of these headphones – a comfortable sound and comfortable fit for long hours of listening. This is not a figure of speech, even after two hours of listening ears, do not sweat, the head is not tired. For a large head and ears Europeans, such as that of the author, earphones fit perfectly. Ear cups are more than the German producers, closer to the Americans. Sami pillow unfastened and can be mounted in four different positions, but the defaults are sitting perfectly. The headband is also quite easy to find the optimal position – the design is taken from older models.

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones

With regard to the requirements of the amplifier, it is sure to need good headphones-amplifier. But the power of a thousand milliwatts is not required. If such a heavy 400i wound coil that squandered the sensitivity of almost 90 dB, then the coil easy. Volume and dynamics of the good possible on any headphones-mass models of amplifiers, including all mobile and miniature models. Modern smart headphones and shoulder, the provisions of 80-90% of the volume control missing, but the bass is blurred, lacking sharpness and depth, medium and high – dirty. Smartphone does not cure any equalizers, it is better to find an appropriate class sound source and amplifier. When switching from a smartphone to a landline power difference in the sound, and all just a huge, in all respects.

HiFiMan HE-400S: Conlusion

Manufacturer model conceived HiFiMan HE-400S as budget headphones in the class of planar-magnetic, no casualties in ergonomics and sound quality. And it is quite possible. Headphones surprised us on a sound and serious claim to leadership in its class. Of the minuses can be called modest packaging, which is due to the desire to reduce the retail price of the manufacturer.

Source: hifiman

HiFiMan HE-400S Review first affordable planar magnetic headphones was last modified: October 9th, 2016 by Tomas Shellby