Originally Posted by Julez23
I’ve been using my AT R70x’s for about two years and just want to try something new.
I use my headphones full time while watching television/gaming on my TV.
Looking to stay in the wired open back family. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
It's hard to beat the he400i open-back headphone at $190 new on Amazon.
I've owned a number of headphones (PSB, various Grados, and Phillips SHP9500s) and this is the first one that I felt I'm actually stepping into real quality sound engineering. And yet its cheaper than the others I've owned, aside from the SHP9500s which costs around $80 to $120 usually.
The 400i has obliterated Grado headphones for me. I always loved grado for its treble energy. But no more.
My beloved $299 Grado 325e is obsolete and smudgy and inept after getting the 400i. They have a very similar sound but night and day difference in the competence of producing that sound.
An analogy for this could be the Grados (entire SR and RS lines) are like a sculptor creating a statue while wearing boxing gloves.
In comparison the he400i is like that same sculptor making that same creation but this time without gloves and equipped with fine tools and tweezers to get every detail more vivid.
But, it will depend on what you will be driving the headphones with in order to select he400i.
I use 400i on smartphone but it's the LG v30 with Quad DAC so the headphones can almost run at full power. And I still use a portable headphone Amp at times.
But with any other smartphone outside of the upper LG lines the 400i would definitely require a headphone amp to be heard well.
Also, hifiman is known for having quality control issues. In my case the brand new headphones had something sharp underneath the fabric of one of the cables where it plugs into the ear cup. I knew right away that this would start ripping the fabric and maybe more just from turning my head when wearing the headphones. After 6 months of the sound finally cut out.
I contacted hifiman and they asked me to send the headphones in and they would replace the cable but this meant I'd be a week or more without the headphones so I just bought an aftermarket cable on Amazon for 15 bucks and it's been fine ever since.
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