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A $300 Set of Planar Magnetics? Whats the catch?

It seems stunning to find a pair of Planar Magentic Headphones at a $300 price point, and I was hesitant at first to purchase these because I already own many headphones that Im extremely happy with. I own the Sennheiser HD600s, the Shure SRH-840s, and the HiFiMAN RE-400 IEMs. As for sources, I own the Schiit Magni/Mode, FiiO X3/E12 Combo, HiFiMAN EF2A and an Onkyo TX-NR609 AVR. Boy was I glad that I did purchase these! Right out of the box they sound spectacular! And the sound is only expected to get better after burn in. Also included with the headphones is a Canare cable which is standard. A very nice cable for stock! What I first noticed in comparison to my HD600s was how much deeper and impactful the bass is. Its extremely controlled and sounds very tight. Ive never heard such clean and powerful bass from any other dynamic headphone Ive tried. To my ear, I would put the mids right on par with my HD600s and to me thats a good thing. The HD600s are known for their crystal clear mids and the HE-400s are right there with it. Another thing I notice with the Planar Magnetic design is how much larger the soundstage is. I feel like Im in the 3rd row at a concert and the sound has much more energy than my other phones. Energy is the best way I can describe it because I seem to feel every frequency rather than just hear it. Im not usually one for reviews and I want to keep this one short and sweet. This is the best $300 purchase Ive made in a long time. These headphones sound like they belong in a much higher price range and theyre very easy to drive at 35 Ohms. My portable rig and my Schiit Combo drive them flawlessly with extreme detail. My only gripes with these headphones are the earpads. Theyre very stiff and not very forgiving, but you can purchse a pair of Velour pads for $10 if you browse the web a bit. Hardly a dent in the wallet and this makes the comfort much better. I couldnt recommend these more.

- Bobby R, MI