HiFiMAN HE-560 Release Version
While the ebony veneer does make up for some of the loss, it just does not look as great as the pre-order version did. The release version is still a good-looking headphone, but it isn't quite the beauty the pre-order version was. The upgrades in sound performance, however, more than make up for the slight aesthetic set-back.
Hifiman HE-560 Planar Magnetic Headphones
Excellent sounding, comfortable headphones that give much more expensive headphones a run for their money. Definitely recommended.
HiFiMAN HM-700 Portable Player & RE-400 Earphones Review
The HiFiMAN HM-700 player with RE-400 earphones is geared towards a certain type of audio lover - and that would be those that refuse to compromise when it comes to their listening experience.
...the performance differences between the HE-400i and the HE-560 only become fully apparent when using upper-tier headphone amp/DACs (with good but not great amp/DACs the sonic differences between the headphones are still there, of course, but they are much less apparent). This, too, is good news for headphonistas on a budget.
Review: HiFiMan HE-400i Headphone
I think the HE-400i is a better headphone than the original HE-400 in every single way. I expect some listeners will prefer a more subdued treble and/or a little extra kick in the bass. But I can't think of a better deal in an audiophile headphone. This is not a low-priced alternative to an audiophile headphone -- the HE-400i is a real audiophile headphone through and through.
About HiFiMAN
The Rocky Mountain Audio Fest was recently held in Denver Colorado, October 10-12 at the Marriott Denver Tech Center. RMAF has been one of the most successful high-end audio shows in North America and attracts many audiophiles both from the trade and public. Within RMAF, is Can Jam, the premier headphone and personal audio show. HIFIMAN was one of the early supporters of CanJam and his year had a prominent display with lots of traffic. On hand for HIFIMAN was Founder and CEO Dr. Fang Bian, Summer Yin, Peter Hoagland, Eric Ming and Briana Jeffords. Featured was the HE-560, HE-400i as well as the upcoming RE300 in-ear phone and EF100 amplifier.