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HiFiMAN HE-300

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  • HiFiMAN HE-300

    Front

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    Detachable cord screws into each earcup

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    HE-300

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    Open-back earcups produce a wide soundstage

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    Solid construction

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    Velour earpads and leather headband

Item #: 818HE300
 

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Our take on the HiFiMAN HE-300

by David Brown
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HiFiMAN HE-300

If you're ready to get more out of your music, HiFiMAN is here to help. This young company has turned heads in the audio world with their impressive line of planar magnetic headphones. Now you can enjoy the warm sonic signature of their planar drivers in an affordable dynamic driver headphone — the HE-300. The open-back design creates a wide soundfield, giving your music an organic quality, with deep bass and smooth mids and highs. The HE-300 is a great way to jump on the HiFiMAN bandwagon without breaking the bank.

These lightweight, comfortable headphones are sturdy and as easily paired with a portable music player as they are with your home system. The HE-300's neutral tonal balance performs well with a wide range of musical styles, and the soft velour earcups will keep you listening for hours. The detachable cable is substantial and connects into each earcup, indicating HiFiMAN's dedication to sound quality. Plug them directly into your music source, or pair them with a separate headphone amplifier for improved bass response and clarity.

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Highlights:

  • 50mm dynamic drivers
  • open-back design for spacious soundstage
  • large velour ear pads for long-lasting comfort
  • detachable cable connects to both earcups
  • frequency response: 15-22,000 Hz
  • sensitivity: 93 dB
  • impedance: 50 ohms
  • weight: 14.9 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Fit Style
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Around-the-Ear
Earcup Type
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Open
Noise-canceling
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No
Bluetooth
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No
Frequency Response
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15-22k Hz
Sensitivity
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93 dB
Impedance
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50 Ohms
Weight
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14.9 ounces
Cord Length
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120"
Airline Adapter Included
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No
iPod Control
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No
Volume Control
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No
Built-in Microphone
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Product Research
What's in the box?

  • Silver over-ear headphones
  • 10' Cable with left and right proprietary screw-on terminals on one end and a straight 3.5mm plug on the other end)
  • 3.5mm-to-1/4" Adapter (installed on cable)
  • Cloth pouch

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Features

Overview: The HiFiMAN HE-300 over-ear headphones feature high-performance 50mm dynamic drivers that provide a warm, pleasant sound signature, similar to that of the planar magnetic headphones like the HE-400. The high sensitivity of the HE-300s makes them easy to drive with a portable device, such as an iPhone or iPod. The headphones store in the supplied black velour pouch.

Cable: The supplied 10' cable is made of braided silver conductors. It has a screw terminal for each ear cup to ensure a secure connection. The cable terminates into a straight 3.5mm plug. A 1/4" adapter is included for connecting to your home components.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 15 Hz to 22k Hz
  • Impedance: 50 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 93dB (@ 1 kHz, 1 mW)
 
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5 out of 5

Great Quality, Relaxing Sound!

Written By Thomas H, Sanford, NC on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
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When Crutchfield dropped these from original pricing to $150 I had to snap them up after reading some masterful reviews in the head-fi community. These headphones are simply smooth and sweet with every genre I have thrown at them. They are no critical listening phones as they are not made to be ultra clear. They have an open back design but are more semi-open in their sound stage and noise reduction. With lower resistance and higher sensitivity, they can be run right out of your 3.5 mm output (however, not to very loud/detailed volumes). With a proper dac and amp these guys SING!!!! Perfect for my ears as I do not like shrill treble (slight roll-off with them). Anyone looking for a smooth listen with comfort that can last all day, these are your solution.
Pros:
Comfortable Smooth Sound No need for an amp
Cons:
Amp brings out better sound Cable is very microphonic from factory and can be annoying at times...Cable is also flimsy and can "fold"
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Hi-FiMan HE300

Written By Larry T, Peoria, IL on Saturday, November 02, 2013
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These headphones are truly one of these best values in all of audio. The fit and finish are second to none. They are extremely comfortable to wear, even for extended periods of time. I would characterize these as very neutral, and very very organic and musical. They will definitely benefit from a nice headphone amp. I would NOT hesitate to say if you are looking for a great value, reasonably priced, great performing set of headphones......BUY THESE!!!!
Pros:
Fit & Finish, comfort, outstanding sound
Cons:
Absolutely NONE
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