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I own all three headphones being discussed here, and basically I am of no help! I wouldn't want to rid myself of any of the three pair. Someone mentioned the word crisp to describe the 400i, I agree, the most energetic and lively sound of the bunch. Bass has great extension but doesn't slam. Which is where the X2's come in. Probably the best bass and soundstage of a open back in this price point, but are more for fun than analytical listening....nowhere near the same brightness and energy of the hifiman either. Now the HD6XX is just a nice cozy natural sound, nearly neutral but slightly colored to be very listenable, like a comfy pair of pajamas....but for your ears. Nothing about the sound is too pronounced, especially in the highs, to keep you from wearing them for hours. Someone mentioned the HD6XX having too tight of a clamp, this is easily remedied either by normal wear or by simply applying a bit of pressure to the metal bands on each side, not the plastic, but the metal.

In conclusion, I recommend all three, maybe for different reasons. All have a different sound signature.

400i's for more music and critical listening

HD6XX for a good all rounder, not as exciting as the 400i, but more relaxed and easier listening

X2's basically for movies and games, the soundstage and bass work perfectly here for this purpose, but the sound signature here is way too wonky to do any critical listening. They are still fun for music, but I usually find myself reaching for the other two.

Hope some of this helps Smilie
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I compared my 6xx to a friends on an ifi dac amp and really preferred the hifiman sound. Everything was much crisper and even the bass was fuller. Soundstage also seemed better. The sinheisser veil was very apparent making it seem dull as muffled in comparison. Parhaps this may be better for fatigue and longer listening though I would trade them in a heart beat. Also the 6xx has very tight clamp which makes them less comfortable to me. They are lighter though.
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In for one thanks
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These are amazing headphones. I highly recommend these. They don't require a very expensive DAC/AMP to shine and are solid all around performers.
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Any idea on how this would compare against the Massdrop HD 6XX and the Fidelio X2?
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great price. $100 less than I paid one year ago.
What makes it a special edition ?
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Any idea on how this would compare against the Massdrop HD 6XX and the Fidelio X2?
Quality wise, they are equivalent or slightly better than the HD 6XX depending on your tastes in music.
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Quality wise, they are equivalent or slightly better than the HD 6XX depending on your tastes in music.
Thanks! I did some googling and seems like they are in similar range of the Fidelio X2 which i own so gonna give it a pass as it seems like a side upgrade for me.

Anyhow good deal for those who want one!
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Any idea on how this would compare against the Massdrop HD 6XX and the Fidelio X2?
I compared my 6xx to a friends on an ifi dac amp and really preferred the hifiman sound. Everything was much crisper and even the bass was fuller. Soundstage also seemed better. The sinheisser veil was very apparent making it seem dull as muffled in comparison. Parhaps this may be better for fatigue and longer listening though I would trade them in a heart beat. Also the 6xx has very tight clamp which makes them less comfortable to me. They are lighter though.
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great price. $100 less than I paid one year ago.
What makes it a special edition ?
I think it's just the blue chrome color.


Anyone know how these stack up against the similarly priced monolith? I've been itching to get in to the planar game after owning several non planars. If I fall in love with them I'd jump into something more serious like the Audeze LCD-2's.


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Regular ones are $219 on Amazon now

https://www.amazon.com/HIFIMAN-HE...B00MULH672
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in 4 one, thanks.
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Anyone know how these stack up against the similarly priced monolith? I've been itching to get in to the planar game after owning several non planars. If I fall in love with them I'd jump into something more serious like the Audeze LCD-2's.


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I also have monolith and LCD2.
400i has wide cold neutral sound and LCD2 is dark and warm.
Monolith is warm too but lacking clarity and dynamics comparing to 400i and LCD2.
I do think $300 Monolith is just a hype.
I prefer 400i and LCD2 much more.
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I own all three headphones being discussed here, and basically I am of no help! I wouldn't want to rid myself of any of the three pair. Someone mentioned the word crisp to describe the 400i, I agree, the most energetic and lively sound of the bunch. Bass has great extension but doesn't slam. Which is where the X2's come in. Probably the best bass and soundstage of a open back in this price point, but are more for fun than analytical listening....nowhere near the same brightness and energy of the hifiman either. Now the HD6XX is just a nice cozy natural sound, nearly neutral but slightly colored to be very listenable, like a comfy pair of pajamas....but for your ears. Nothing about the sound is too pronounced, especially in the highs, to keep you from wearing them for hours. Someone mentioned the HD6XX having too tight of a clamp, this is easily remedied either by normal wear or by simply applying a bit of pressure to the metal bands on each side, not the plastic, but the metal.

In conclusion, I recommend all three, maybe for different reasons. All have a different sound signature.

400i's for more music and critical listening

HD6XX for a good all rounder, not as exciting as the 400i, but more relaxed and easier listening

X2's basically for movies and games, the soundstage and bass work perfectly here for this purpose, but the sound signature here is way too wonky to do any critical listening. They are still fun for music, but I usually find myself reaching for the other two.

Hope some of this helps Smilie
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I've had the 400i and the X2. I currently have the HD580, HD650 (same as the Massdrop), AKG K 701 and the HE-560. I didn't like the X2 much, cable noise drove me insane. The Massdrop are a great all-rounder particularly for relaxed listening, but I'd put the 400i a small notch above them.
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