Cheapest Open Back Planars?

What’s the cheapest available? I need 3 of them in identical condition for an experiment so used is no good. TIA.

HIFIMAN HE400i 2020 ?

$169 is not bad I guess. Maybe there’s something for even less?

The Gold Planar GL400 is technically a planar, though more of an on-ear form factor.


I looked at that - yeah on ear is not going to work :frowning:

The Massdrop + Hifiman HE-4XX is currently $160 on Drop.

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$140 using the new user coupon

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id have to check but maybe monoprice has a really cheap one? the 560 or 650 or something? or maybe that’s only if you catch it on sale…?

Took a look at Monoprice but they’re a couple $ more. Went ahead and ordered Hifiman HE400i 2020.

Thanks everybody :+1:


Is it okay if I ask what you are planning on doing?

:thinking: not yet :zipper_mouth_face:

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what’s differing with the 2020 over previous 400i?

New headband design. Haven’t tried it on, but since the 4XX was uncomfortable for me, I’m really tempted to get the 2020 400i because it looks very comfortable.

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HIFIMAN HE400i 2020 at $169

Yep, that’s what I got.

I wonder if it’s just a 4xx rebranded as a 2020.

The 4xx is a Drop-branded version of the 400i. They’re essentially the same pair of headphones. The only difference with the 2020 update on the 400i is the headband.

which is much needed as both old versions of the headbands are lacking in the durability department hopefully I dont see yokes cracking in a year.

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yeah seen plenty of this
hopefully the new headband design resolves it.

and seen plenty of this before they reinforced the yoke with steel