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Price Point

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

These headphones sound great and are very affordable, but just know what you are getting. If you're looking for some great sounding headphones to listen to around your house using a headphone amp, these would be a great buy. But if you're looking for something to take to the gym, or use at work you'll probably want to look elsewhere. Pros - Excellent sound quality

Positive
Kyuss75
3 years ago

Hifiman Sundara

(1/1)

2. Sundaras: everyone was lauding them as the best headphone under $500 and then some; 4XX didnt really give me any reason to keep it, no competition to the Sundaras; HD 560S was bought to get the Sennheiser comfort (and they live up to that); Focal Elex was bought because Andrew from the Headphone Show got a unit that was almost as good as the Focal Clear, I decided to roll the dice; Focal Clear was bought because I liked how the left driver of my defective Focal Elex sounded, so I begged my local hifi dealer to sell me the Focal Clears for the equivalent of $900 USD (and success, thank you Addicted to Audio); Focal Elex were returned for a refund to the abysmal company known as Drop.

Neutral
SaladTheDankEngine
2 years ago

Sound Quality

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/3)

My wife disagrees, but I think movies sound punchier and more intimate on grado cans. And they have the side benefit of letting two people listen to something and just talk like nothing since they leak like mad. But again, all round? These babies, hands down.

Positive
Colin M.
5 months ago

Hifiman Sundara

(1/7)

The HiFiMan Sundara 2020 are open-back, planar magnetic headphones designed for neutral sound. They're the next generation of the HiFiMan Sundara 2018 and are advertised to have redesigned ear cup padding. They're very comfortable, although they trap more heat against your ears than the 2018 edition. They have a well-balanced sound profile, a wide and spacious soundstage, and a very consistent audio delivery

Positive
Jake Thauvette
2 months ago

Comfort

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/2)

All-day comfortable with ease (they can get a tiny bit warm with the alcantara pads in a hot room, but not even close to unacceptable) and utterly zero squeaks or creaks (looking at you, Audio Technica AD700's) The one, ONLY gripe I have with them is the nice cable they have is too short for anything other than a desktop amp or device RIGHT in front of you. BUT, it's replaceable, and lots of companies make cables for them. Side benefit is you can get a balanced cable for them, and if you get a BTR5 as well, that amp has a balanced output option. So they can sound EVEN BETTER

Positive
Colin M.
5 months ago

Hifiman Sundara

(1/1)

I upgraded to these from the 400i. The build quality is much better. The old plastic u joints holding the ear cups sometimes would snap. The new metal frame looks much more robust, and the comfort is great

Positive
Brad Bortner
4 years ago

Fit

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

It's not long enough for comfortable PC/ living room AV receiver use for me, so I ordered a replacement cable when I bought the headphone. The replacement cable is that red one that everybody else is buying. I clipped the "braided" part off, and now they're really cool looking red cables. They click really nicely into the headphones - better click than the stock cable

Positive
Samantha
1 year ago

Hifiman Sundara

(1/1)

They're very comfortable, although they trap more heat against your ears than the 2018 edition. They have a well-balanced sound profile, a wide and spacious soundstage, and a very consistent audio delivery. However, like most open-back headphones, they're only intended for use in quiet environments, like at home or in a studio.

Positive
Jake Thauvette
2 months ago

Warranty

Drop + HIFIMAN HE4XX

(1/1)

Customer service is not amazing. Warranty is nothing special. Oh, and the stock cable is a cable. It's not great

Negative
Samantha
1 year ago

Hifiman Sundara

(1/1)

I bought a pair of Sundara's in Feb. They sounded great and everything was good but, within three months one side of the ear padding had fallen off and the other side was on its way. I tried to register the product twice before filing a warranty claim with no response via email. I then called the customer service number but there was no answer

Negative
Joan9562
3 years ago

Durability

Hifiman Sundara

(1/1)

6. Sennheiser HD 600, $520. Before you say they need an amp, I got a chance to test these, plugged them into my phone and they sounded fine. At this point and above everything is basically "really expensive, so I want to know that the extra investment will give me sound and build quality superior to the HD 560S

Positive
darrentv
2 years ago