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2014 FAVORITE HEADPHONES $250-$699

HiFiMAN HE-400 with Rev2 Drivers $399 Frankly, HiFiMAN stumbled out of the gate with HE-400, experiencing a rash of driver failures with its first production run that necessitated a hasty driver re-design. Happily, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the version equipped with Rev2 plana


HiFiMAN HE-400 with Rev2 Drivers
$399
Frankly, HiFiMAN stumbled out of the gate with HE-400, experiencing a rash of driver failures with its first production run that necessitated a hasty driver re-design. Happily, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as the version equipped with Rev2 planar-magnetic drivers sounds markedly better than the original model did. With Rev2 drivers, the HE-400 is quite well balanced, unusually open and transparent for its price. It’s also better than most at revealing subtle inner details in the music. The effect is like a scaled-back, but still quite good, “junior” version of the firm’s superb HE-500 (described below). The HE-400 is the least expensive planar-magnetic headphone on the market and among the easiest to drive. In a pinch, you can drive it directly from an iPod, though it sounds best when pushed by a good portable amp. hifiman.us, head-direct.com
HiFiMAN HE-500
$699
HiFiMAN’s HE-500 is one of the greatest headphones on today’s market and we felt it offered excellent value at its original $899 price; at it new $699 price, it’s a steal. The HE-500 delivers bass power and definition that are the best our reviewer has ever heard, with excellent top-to-bottom balance. The HE-500 separates instruments clearly without sounding overly analytical or aggressive. It also exhibits very low grain, so that inner details are well conveyed. While the HE-500 is not the last word in reproduction of microdynamics, its capabilities in this area are to some degree dependent on the quality of the amplifier you use. Though more sensitive than most HiFiMAN planar-magnetic models, the HE-500 still needs a high-quality amp that can deliver ample power. hifiman.us, head-direct.com
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