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live ! Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetic Headphones $169.99 fs @ md

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  • Massdrop x HIFIMAN
  • Open principle
  • Planar magnetic drivers
  • Exclusive midnight-blue colorway
  • Soft-touch matte finish
  • Spring steel and hand-stitched protein leather headband
  • Focus-A hybrid ear pads
  • Adjustable sliders
  • Steel gimbals and Allen screws with black oxide finish
  • Silver printing
  • Laser-etched serialization
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz–35 kHz
  • Sensitivity: 93 dB
  • Impedance: 35 ohms
  • Cable: 4.9 ft (1.5 m), removable
  • Plug: ¼ in (6.35 mm)
  • Weight: 13.1 oz (370 g)
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  • ¼ in (6.35 mm) to ⅛ in (3.5 mm) adapter
  • Manufacturer's 1-year warranty
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How do these compare to the Sennheiser 598s?
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Why the hell is this notifying me for a deal alert for "protein"
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Why the hell is this notifying me for a deal alert for "protein"
Because the headphones have a protein leather headband
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Because the headphones have a protein leather headband
Protein leather?

Is that some sort of beef jerky? ​Ha ha
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$100 less than the Monoprice M1060s. Comparison? I assume these are equivalent to the Hifiman 400i [hifiman.com] (specs are the same).
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Protein leather?

Is that some sort of beef jerky?
Protein leather, better known as "vinyl".
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$100 less than the Monoprice M1060s. Comparison? I assume these are equivalent to the Hifiman 400i [hifiman.com] (specs are the same).

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Here are some measurements for the HE4XX:

Link @ superbestaudiofriends.org [superbestaudiofriends.org]
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The drivers look like 400i that I have. The response chart shows a slightly weaker bass than either the 400i or 400s with more treble variance. Testers of the product are not allowed to discuss it before the drop goes into effect on the massdrop boards and headfi. Which is a little fishy. The build quality looks to be a massive step up over either the 400i or 400s though. Still I'll probably give them a shot.
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I didn't notice earlier, but there's a better description on the comments page:
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From our first conversation with Fang, we wanted to work on an accessible priced, open back, planar driver headphone, based on the HE-400 line (HE-4, HE-400, HE-400i, HE-400S, etc). Initially, the conversation wasn't going anywhere, but following the success of the HE-350 and RE-00, we started to make progress. In the year since those launches, we've worked closely with the team at HIFIMAN to develop the 4XX, based on the related Massdrop community activity.
Here are some of the parts I'm most excited about:
HIFIMAN Planar Drivers - This is the tech that put HIFIMAN on the map. When reviewing planar magnetic headphones, most people talk about the speed of the driver and the low frequency "slam". Speed (as a subjective term) generally creates a greater sense of realism; after you reach the point of diminishing returns on resolution, speed is (imo) going to have a huge impact on your experience. Through our collaboration, this technology is available at an all time low cost of $169.99.
Focus-A Earpads - Earpads have a massive impact on the sound, and an even bigger impact on the comfort of the headphone. Unfortunately, we often have to compromise here, choosing a less comfortable earpad because it results in better acoustic performance. Focus-A pads are universally regarded as incredibly comfortable. Soft velour is the only material that contacts your skin, and the foam inside is soft to match.
New Headband + Colorway - Where HiFiMAN's original headband design had some structural challenges (heavy materials, small contact points), they had a stylistic elegance few would debate (unless you're a Float fan, then you get to complain). In working on this collaboration, we were able to bring back the original headband structure, while solving the construction problems cited in Massdrop discussions. The colorway is new as well, featuring midnight blue earcups with black accents throughout.
Thanks for your interest and feel free to respond here with questions. That said, if the answer to your question is clearly stated in the description, I will apply a 10 day shipping delay to your next Massdrop order (jk but please read, our team spends tons of time making the descriptions as useful as possible).

This has been a great project and we're excited to finally make the announcement : )
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$100 less than the Monoprice M1060s. Comparison? I assume these are equivalent to the Hifiman 400i [hifiman.com] (specs are the same).
From what I've gathered from the discussion it may be closely based on the 400i but has been tuned differently than all the 4___ versions thus far, so who knows what it will really sound closest to.
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$100 less than the Monoprice M1060s. Comparison? I assume these are equivalent to the Hifiman 400i [hifiman.com] (specs are the same).
Compared to HE400i, the headband seems fragile and uncomfortable. I think they must sound different. Otherwise, how the HE400i survives.
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Testers of the product are not allowed to discuss it before the drop goes into effect on the massdrop boards and headfi. Which is a little fishy. The build quality looks to be a massive step up over either the 400i or 400s though.
The build quality looks like going back in time to use leftover parts from the original 400.
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The build quality looks like going back in time to use leftover parts from the original 400.
The leather headband and connection pieces do. The metal yokes look better. Which was the problem with the original 400. The headband and that plastic connector piece broke all the time.
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