HiFiMAN HE400SE

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HiFiMAN HE400SE is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
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HiFiMAN HE400SE

Over Ear Open Back Headphones
£149
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With technology usually associated with much more expensive headphones, the HIFIMAN HE400SE delivers unbeatable value.

Planar technology made better value than ever
Although more expensive to make, planar magnetic headphones offer a number of advantages over conventional dynamic ones. These include lighter diaphragms for a faster response and a linear spread of sound across the speaker, reducing the level of distortion.

Stealth magnets for transparent sound
HIFIMAN’s advanced magnet design enables soundwaves to pass through the magnet, with as little disruption as possible. The acoustically ‘invisible’ magnets let the sound pass through without diffraction turbulence, giving you a purer, more transparent sound.

Easy to drive
A relatively high sensitivity makes the HE400SE easy to power. Although a dedicated headphone amp will always sound best, the HE400SE’s are efficient enough to be driven by most built-in headphone stages or even a portable.

Cool and comfortable
Large earcups envelope your ears for immersive comfort. The wide, lightweight headband evenly distributes weight over your head, making these headphones supremely cool and comfortable to wear for hours on end.

Enjoy the best headphone tech, for less, with the HIFIMAN HE400SE.
Overview
Type
Over Ear, Open Back, Planar Magnetic
Plug size
3.5mm with 6.35mm adaptor
Audio
Frequency Response (Hz)
20 - 20,000
Sensitivity
91dB
Features
On-Ear
Yes
Open back
Yes
Over Ear
Yes
Planar magnetic
Yes
Weight
Weight (KG)
390g
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Deliciously spacious and insightful sounding Deliciously spacious and insightful sounding. Comfort is important when it comes to 'phones and I find these encourage lengthy sessions given their moderate weight, pleasing cup and headband construction and well judged clamping pressure. On the proviso that you don't require the isolation that closed back 'phones offer and that you have some amplification to do them justice, then these are guaranteed to delight!
Date published: 2022-07-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost perfect. A quick background here. I've never listened to any of the really high-end headphones. Over the years I've had a Grado SR80 and SR125, Sennheiser Momentum and HD600, Denon D2000, Audio-Technica MSR7, Beyer 770, and a half-dozen more that I don't remember. Listening habits and tastes change over time. For a long time I thought the HD600 and the Momentum were as good as it got but I gradually began to crave a more exciting sound and gravitated toward the MSR7. Recently though I've been finding the MSR7 a bit too hot at the top-end, a problem made worse by the iFi Zen DAC I bought for my desktop. I wanted to try out one of these planar-magnetic 'phones I've been hearing about and the HE400SE seemed like the obvious choice as an entry-level model. I was not dissapointed. The highs are perfectly balanced. They sound just right. They are smooth without being dull and boring. I find myself playing song after song, which is a good sign. I would have given them 5 stars if they had a touch more oomph in the bass. The bass boost button on the Zen DAC works a treat. Or a gentle nudge on your EQ of choice will do the trick. For Windows I recommend FxSound. Two things to be aware of: these NEED an amp. My daughter tried them on her iPhone and literally heard nothing. And secondly, they leak a LOT of sound. To sum up, I'm very glad I bought these 'phones. They are comfortable for long listening sessions, and the sound is detailed and exciting without being harsh or fatiguing. A little lean in the bass though, but not disastrously so. I'm looking forward to trying out some of the more expensive planar-magnetics in due course.
Date published: 2022-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great sound and service I’m really impressed by the sound quality. The service was very helpful too.
Date published: 2022-05-11
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