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"A Steal, Pure and Simple"
One of the best values in full-size headphones, the HiFiMan HE-300 utilizes dynamic drivers and low impedance, so that they are easy to drive from a portable device like an iPod or iPhone. But the HE-300 can also be used in a high quality hi-fi system with exceptional listening results.
"Hifiman has done it again, the HE-300 has set a new standard of performance for its price class," raves Steve Guttenberg at CNET.com.
"The HE-300s are one of those rare occasions where good performance meets a very attractive pricepoint," notes MG28 in his MeetGadget.com review on July 25, 2011. "Based on the performance these headphones deliver, they are sure to become a massive success. At $299 these are a steal, pure and simple."
Impressive Sonic Signature
The HE-300 combines the advantages of a traditional dynamic design, such as 93 dB sensitivity and high output. But it offers the familiar sonic signature of HiFiMan's top-of-the-line reference models, which have made a huge splash with critics and headphone loves alike.
Comfortable Over the Long Haul
This is one comfortable headphone to use for extended listening sessions. It weights just 9.5 oz. and pampers you with a leather headband and soft velvet earpads. The HE-300's robust cable is 9-foot-long cable terminated with a 3.5mm plug. A 6.3mm adaptor is included. The cable is detachable and can be replaced and upgraded at a later date, if you are ever so tempted.
"I really think that the musicality aspect can go head to head with the big boys and even beat some of them," reports Headfonia.com. "The result has been nothing short of pure musicality."
"The HE-300 also sounded fine plugged into my iPod Classic. That open quality is a rare treat, compared with my usual in-ear headphones. Neil Young's Live at Massey Hall, 1971 is a gorgeous, audiophile quality recording, and it was sounding so good it was hard to believe it was coming out of an iPod. Not all full-size headphones are suitable for portable use, but the HE-300 definitely is. As you can see, Hifiman has done it again, the HE-300 has set a new standard of performance for its price class."
- Steve Guttenberg, CNET.com, January 12, 2012
"I really think that the musicality aspect can go head to head with the big boys and even beat some of them."
"Pair it with anything from the Burson HA-160 to the ALO Continental, and the result has been nothing short of pure musicality."
- Mike, Headfonia.com, August 5, 2011
"The HE-300s are one of those rare occasions where good performance meets a very attractive pricepoint. Based on the performance these headphones deliver, they are sure to become a massive success. At $299 these are a steal, pure and simple."
- MG28, MeetGadget.com, July 25, 2011
Audio Advisor - HiFiMan HE-300 Headphones
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|Unbelievably well made....|
20 years ago, I bought a Sennheiser HD 580 from AA. Paid $300 retail, and glad to get it too, as it was at that time a Stereophile Class B set of cans. Sonically, they have stood the test of time. But after 20 years, the material underneath the earpads is actually starting to ROT, as is the material between the drivers and and the earpads. So, I thought it was time to try another set of cans. Enter the HE 300s. I dutifully broke them in for 150 hrs, as the manual suggests. Cut to the chase...sonically, these are very close to my beloved HD 580s. The difference is subtle. There seems to be a very broad and narrow dip in the midrange, compared to the Sennheisers, maybe 1 db or so. The HE 300s seem to be a bit better at pulling apart all the rhythmic details of the music, and giving it to you in a relaxed way. But the HD 580s are a bit warmer sounding, and seem to give you a bit more of the SOUL of the music. My take, your choice. Both are excellent cans. I returned these because they were just not as comfortable as the HD 580s. Dont get me wrong; these cans werent bad in that regard. Its just that the Sennheisers are SUPERB in that area, and once Id put them back on, my body would whisper Keep these... So I did. But I have a really big head 62 cm circumferance, size 7 and 5/8s. With a more average size head, these would no doubt be more comfortable. And take note, these things are FANTASTICALLY put together, especially for the money! They should last a lifetime. So if you have a normal size head, and are looking for an all purpose set of cans, and dont need sound isolation, I can recommend these.
|- Marc B, NM|