The HE400 has an almost long term history, and was one of HIFIMAN’s initial leap forwards into the standard earphone world. The all-new HE400se is an advancement of that unique HE400 model that takes the first plan with highlights like “covertness magnets” that comes from the last decade of planar attractive experience and sound examination at HIFIMAN. Its $149 cost puts it at a to some degree premium cost for standard shopper earphones, however makes it an outright deal in the audiophile class. Can the HE400se surprise the two universes? How about we take a tune in and see.
BUILD AND DESIGN Of HIFIMAN HE400SE:
The black and silver design of HE400se definitely makes a strong first impression. And the materials – many of which are shared with more expensive models in HIFIMAN’s lineup, help keep that momentum going. The synthetic leather-wrapped headband design is shared with the HIFIMAN Deva and HE-R10, and is definitely pretty upscale at this price point. While the frame is metal, the earcups themselves are plastic. The headphones are light for planar magnetic and I found them to be pretty comfortable. The only issue is that the headband, while cushioned, doesn’t always conform well to larger heads, which can create pressure points with extended listening.
The HE400se accompanies two links: there’s the first link which was packaged for the Chinese delivery and the “Global Edition” link which is sent with fresher units. The International Edition link is a whole lot better compared to the first. The first link is somewhat slim, hardened, and microphonic, so I’m extraordinarily appreciative that they incorporated a more hearty link for more current bundles. The global link is a more norm, dark elastic covered, silver plated copper link. It has a decent vibe to it, is not difficult to work with, and exceptionally low microphonic.
SOUND Of HIFIMAN HE400SE:
The HE400se sound is a lot of exemplary HIFIMAN. The sound mark is for the most part unbiased, with a smidgen of energy in the highs. The tuning is generally speaking even and regular, with great instrument tone. As far as the rudiments, the HE400se most certainly checks every one of the containers for exceptionally solid execution at its cost.
The subbass is somewhat moved off, with the sensation of a slight accentuation in the midbass. Bass instruments have great presence, yet certain bass instruments can feel marginally out of shape. While the earphones are genuinely delicate and can run off most any gadget, giving them some additional juice (all things being equal much as utilizing adjusted links for the iBasso DX160) truly helps the bass turn a corner, both fixing it up and adding some weight.
The mids are all around acknowledged and adjusted. There’s great clearness and detail, particularly thinking about the cost, and great load for vocals across an assortment of sorts. In like manner there’s great definition and a touch of splendor and shimmer in the high pitch, with the top end air just marginally moved off.
The soundstage and imaging makes me think about a scene my band played at one time where the stage was awkwardly little, however it opened up onto a shockingly enormous room. There are viewpoints that vibe to some degree squeezed, and the imaging isn’t especially exact, however there are likewise times when it feels enormous and open too. More muddled or instrumentally thick areas tend to get somewhat blocked, while the more basic, open sections keep a touch more size and in like manner lucidity.
I found that the HE400se increases pleasantly with great gear. There was recognizably more detail and a vastly improved feeling of room emerging from the SPL Phonitor SE than the iBasso DX160. The iFi ZEN CAN anyway demonstrated very skilled as a financial plan blending with the XBass and 3D+ pleasantly filling in some thickness in the bass and adding some more space to breathe in the soundstage individually.
The HE400se puts the vocals on Prince’s “How about we Go Crazy” front and center and in your face, while the remainder of the band feels somewhat further behind Prince. The soundstage feels wide, and there’s a fair of partition between the instruments. The bass drum hits have a touch of effect, however in general the instruments feel fairly laid back. That laid back feeling pivots when the closure guitar solo comes in and hits you with a crushing weight, splashed in fuel and set ablaze.
On the instrumental “Objets de Vertu” by The Omnific, the bass has an extraordinary lucidity with solid surface. The higher notes have a round perfection while the lower notes mix pleasantly with the bass drum hits to make a balanced effect. The remainder of the instruments take generally a secondary lounge, with the synthesizers adding a feeling of air and space, and keeping in mind that the accident cymbals have somewhat of a breezy sound, the drums all in all strong tight.
Aretha Franklin’s “A Little Bit Of Soul” pleasantly features the sovereign of soul’s voice on top of the fairly bustling cadence segment. The entire tune wound up being probably the best show of the HE400se’s imaging capacities, as the band, from the beat segment to the horns, feels plainly situated and all around scattered. The foundation artists are obvious and put, with a trace of individual voices and characters being detectable through the blend.
Aesop Rock’s “Hopping Coffin” shows that while HE400se’s bass is fairly moved off, it can in any case make some amazing profound bang under the right conditions. The bass hits have great surface combined with a profound effect. Once more, the most grounded feature is certainly the vocals which are available at the front of the blend in with a characteristic tone. The fairly inadequate synths have great detail, and are all around layered.