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HiFiMAN HE-400

alaTest has collected and analyzed 246 reviews of HiFiMAN HE-400. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. Reviews about the usability and bass quality are on the whole positive. The comfort and price also get good views, whereas the noise isolation and portability get negative views.

sound, price, comfort, bass quality, usability

portability, noise isolation

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the HiFiMAN HE-400 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for HiFiMAN HE-400


alaTest has collected and analyzed 182 user reviews of HiFiMAN HE-400 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Headphones on People really like the usability and bass quality. The comfort and price also get good views. The noise isolation and portability get critical views.

sound, price, comfort, bass quality, usability

portability, noise isolation

95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

Jan, 2020

Expert review by : Steve Guttenberg (

HiFiMan HE-400 review


Superior sound quality is the reason HiFiMan quickly made a name for itself in the audiophile community, and the company continues to outperform sleeker-looking models from name brands like Beyerdynamic, Bowers & Wilkins, or Sennheiser. While those...

The HiFiMan HE-400 is a large, full-size set of headphones that use planar-magnetic drivers for exceptional sound quality usually reserved for pricier models.

They're expensive, and comfort isn't a strong suit.

First-rate clarity, detail, and bass impact by way of new driver technology help propel the HiFiMan HE-400 headphones to the top of their price class.

Jun, 2012

Expert review by : techPowerUp! (

Head-Direct HE-400 Planar Magnetic Headphones


The HiFiMAN HE-400 is definitely one of the best sub $400 headphones around for at home listening. It has the distinct orthodynamic sound and is tweaked to resemble the HiFiMAN house sound which is smooth with an emphasis on the bass and midrange. The...

Good Price / Performance ratio, Can be driven well by a modest headphone amplifier, Very pleasant sound signature, Can be driven out of powerful portable sources, Comfortable, Quality cable, Durable construction

Blue color might not appeal to all, Needs a decent amplifier to sound their best, Treble performance not impressive

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : AVguide (

HiFiMAN HE-400 Headphone (Playback 54)


True confession: I'm a great admirer of the most recent crop of planar magnetic headphone designs from firms such as Audeze and HiFiMAN. What attracts me to planar magnetic designs is the fact that they offer many of the benefits of electrostatic...

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Andrew Williams (

HiFiMAN HE-400


First Look: Can HiFiMAN's cheapest HE-400 planar headphones beat Sennheiser's HD 650?

HiFiMAN's HE-400 are the cheapest and easiest-to-drive planar magnetic headphones the audio specialist has made yet. Selling for just a third the price of the top-end models, while offering a similar sonic personality and build quality, they are easy...

Jun, 2012

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Best Headphones Owned


These are amazing, especially when paired with the EF-5 amplifier. Would recommend to people looking at headphones under $500. The quality and soundstage is unbeatable, works wonderfully with all types of music.

Excellent Bass, Amazing Sound Stage, Great Price, Comfortable

The Highs are a little to amplified, sometimes painful

Sep, 2016

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Best sound is EQed correctly at its price, it actually sounds better than both 400s and 400i if EQed right.


Most people hate this headphone because of annoying treble spike and low mid treble but if just need to tweek EQ to see its potential.

best sound at its price for sure, annoying treble spike can be EQed, soundstage, isolation, detail, instrument separation, detail

EQ is off but if you tweek it, lower 8k-16k range by -20db, (and possibly raise 2-4k by 5db) problem solved, not too comfortable

May, 2016

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Great, versatile headphones for the price


I'll start by saying that I have not owned a great deal of various pricey headphones. These are my best cans so far, but I've listened to a couple other comparable headphones that I'll mention later. Also, I'm not aiming to write a comprehensive review...

Almost even tonal balance, just the right amount of bass (and decent depth)

Annoying frequency reponse peak at ~1KHz

Apr, 2016

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Good entry-level planar


Hey guys! I know this is hardly the first review of these to ever be posted and I'm pretty sure everyone has covered all of the bases by now, but I've decided to throw in my two cents as well. Introduction: This is my first review here, so please don't...

Good bass, wide soundstage, great detail

Stock pads constrict the sound, cable connectors will kill the cable in a couple of years, relatively heavy and looks could have been better

Feb, 2016

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Warm but detailed


These are warm but detailed. They are fun to listen to, like the other Hifiman products (I have a couple). I enjoyed using them and got a HE560. Will give them as a gift to somebody. They are nice open headphones for the price. I can expect they will...

relatively detailed and fun to listen to

need more treble detail

Jul, 2015

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Good for rock


sorry my English is Google translate The sound of these hifiman immediately like it or hate it. They have a strong character, perfect bass, brilliant highs, medium tone mind incorrect. A few years ago I was involved with live recordings of classical...

Bass, head stage, dinamic range

No studio monitor

May, 2015

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