I’m looking to dip my toes into planars, but I don’t have $350 right now for HiFiMan Sundaras. So, I’m looking at their little brothers, the HE400 series.
But there seem to be about four active versions of the HE400 series, and damned if I know the differences besides price. The versions:
HE4xx – The Drop version. Quality is a worry with all HiFiMan products, but even more so with the Drop version. $180.
HE400i – The old version, with the suspension headband. $185.
HE400i 2020 – The 2020 version, with the padded Deva headband. These may not be available anymore in North America, as they’re no longer listed on Amazon for US sale, and HiFiMan’s website says they only can sell them to the EU. $169.
HE400SE – This appears to be the latest member of the HE400 family, with a price of $149.
What are the sonic differences between these cans? Are there fit and comfort differences between the suspension headbands of the 4xx and old 400i and the padded, Deva-style 2020 versions of the 400i and new 400SE?
Anyone have any experience with the new 400SE?
Thanks in advance for answers to any or all of these questions.