T.H.E Show Newport 2015 Showstopper: HiFiMAN HE-400S Low-Cost Planar Magnetic Headphone
Back in the day, say 1997, we used to think the Sennheiser HD 25 was a very expensive headphone at $249. Then Monster Beats by Dre came along and the price of headphones started rocketing up. I think that broad increase in the acceptable price of headphones has slowed significantly, but in my view, it's settled down quite a bit higher than what I would consider proper pricing. Thing is, there's not much out there to drag the prices back down. The only way that's going to happen is if low cost headphones start sounding way better.
Well, if the HE-400S really performs as well as the impression I got at the show, these cans are going to totally disrupt the price/performance expectations at $300. What I heard has me questioning not whether they'll make the Wall of Fame, but how many headphones will be knocked off in its wake.
I should mention for those who attended the show and heard these cans as displayed, the the rig driving the HE-400S ($299) was really not up to the performance level of the headphones. When I hooked them up to my portable rig (AK120, CEntrance M8) they blossomed. If you heard these at the show and weren't impressed don't miss an opportunity to try them again on a really good rig. These are dy-no-mite!
Jeff Han will fill you in on the video.
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