Are the HIFIMAN RE-400 As Great As You Think?
Now the thing we’re going to be looking at
the HIFIMAN RE-400 inner
Now if you’ve never heard of HIFIMAN they’re
a company from China that originally started
off by making good quality, good value for
money earphones that would outperform brand name
competitors that were many many times the
My first pair of good in-ear earphones were
the HIFIMAN RE-0’s and ever since then I’ve
had a bit of a soft spot for the company because
I think that everything they make is good
value and really sensibly designed.
Now since the introduction of the RE-0 they’ve
branched out into making much more expensive
high-end earphones and headphones so it’s
really interesting to see the RE-400, which
is basically HIFIMAN attempting to reset their
entire lineup of earphones and trying to recapture
some of the same magic they got with the RE-0
at the $99 price point.
And HIFIMAN is so confident in the RE-400
that they’ve also nicknamed the RE-400 the
‘waterline’, which implies that they believe
the RE-400 is the reference point for not
only what they can achieve with $99, but what
the entire industry should be doing for $99.
So that’s a pretty big claim, so it’s worth
taking a closer look.
The RE-400 has a simple but really quite sensible
We have the really light machined aluminium
body and a relatively thin nozzle so that
it will fit in most ears quite well.
However, I found the included tip selection
didn’t quite fit my ears so I’ve been using
Sony silicone Hybrid tips with my RE-400’s.
We have here a strain relief that’s quite
We have a cable that is actually rubber all
the way up to the strain relief and then fabric
wrapped all the way down to the plug.
So presumably, this is to, you know, improve
durability while reducing cable noise.
What we have here is a quite substantial plug,
so, all in all, it’s not a fancy design but
it is practical and well thought out.
Now I’ve mentioned the RE-400’s in a number
of previous videos as a good alternative but
now that it’s actually time for me to describe
their sound to you it’s actually a little
difficult because they are just neutral, understated,
In terms of signature, they’re just on the
slightly warmer side of neutral with a slight
emphasis on the bass, but nothing overblown.
And it’s actually kind of interesting because
most HIFIMAN models have been considered under-emphasised
in terms of bass.
In terms of sound staging, they are very clean
You don’t get an incredibly spacious sounding
soundstage but you get something that’s quite
So overall they’re just really balanced earphones
where nothing really jumps out at you but
what you hear is really really balanced.
You know there are earphones out there that
I think have more interesting sounds.
So perhaps say the XBA-40 which has that crazy
holographic soundstage or maybe the EX1000
which has that kind of smokey, dry, romantic
But if you wanted something that was balanced
it’s really hard to go past these especially
These are really good earphones and I really
I think HIFIMAN has absolutely hit the mark
in considering these a waterline reference
So I recommend anyone at all, who’s interested
in collecting in-ears, go out and buy a pair
of these, these are fantastic.
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