The very aptly named HiFiMan has been around since 2007, and I first became aware of the company from the ads for their high performance portable file players. They have developed into a one-stop shopping destination for portable audio lovers. In addition to players, they currently offer headphones, headphone amps, cables, accessories, and a DAC.
I have seen many positive reviews from professionals and, more importantly, the user community, of HiFiMan products. Users often noted exceptional comfort, sound quality and value. The company is especially known for planar headphones. Planar ‘phones are noted for exceptional dynamics and resolution. For review, I received their $99 RE-400 In-Ear Monitors (IEMs). In the distant past, I have had iffy relationships with "ear buds." I was never able to find one that was comfortable or that stayed in my ears. I did discover, recently, that ear bud designs really have come a long way. I reviewed, and very much liked, the Paradigm SHIFT E3m ear buds. I found them to be quite high in fidelity and comfort.
The RE-400 comes in a very classy package, with a custom storage box. They come equipped with buds installed, and you get three additional sets of varying size and shape. I ended up using the tips included on the shipped sample. The L shaped mini jack is of very high quality as well. The workmanship appeared to be top shelf across the board.
Other features include:
- 8.5mm Titanium Diaphragm
- Neodymium magnet
- OFC Copper Cabling
- Driver designed and manufactured by HiFiMAN