Used Hifiman HE-400SE Open Planars for $131

Organic and manufacturer hype trains come and go in the world of audiophoolia, sometimes you get bang for the buck, sometimes you are just getting something to keep up with the Zeoses 😉

If you are planar-curious, but don’t want to drop big money, the new Hifiman HE 400 SE seems to be generating its own hype wave. Its new condition price at various sellers is $150 but if you are fond of paying even less, or helping “cycle” used headphones in the market, as of the time of writing, used prices start at $131 (“Used – Good” condition) at the Amazon website. Look for the USED options on the right-hand side of the desktop website…

If you have trouble locating the USED segment in Amazon’s ever-so-expanding product pages, this particular link automatically opens up popup-style the USED listing…

I haven’t yet jumped on this bandwagon but the price is definitely right on these. Stay tuned because I already have a backlog of headphonalia for blog-reviewing 🙂

PS: if you prefer new condition, you can get it for $150 at Amazon (links above) and at NewEgg (from the Hifiman NewEgg store)

Headphone sale at Massdrop!

Hide your e-wallets because there is a limited time Summer Sale at Massdrop ~ now known as “Drop” but for me, it will always be “Massdrop” 🙂

Among the headphone-alia, they have the following in the “OverOns” category (over-ears, on-ears):

  • Beyerdynamic x DT 1770 GO closed over-ears for $349
  • Massdrop X Focal Elex over-ears for $599
  • Drop + Sennheiser PC38X gaming headset for $139
  • PC37X of above for $95
  • Drop+ HiFiMAN HE-4XX for $159, HE-5XX for $199
  • Drpo+ Koss GRM-54X gaming headset for $29

Then among the earphones they have:

  • Massdrop NuForce Stride bluetooth for $15
  • Massdrop x MEE Audio Pinnacle PX for $49
  • Massdrop x Noble Luxe for $39
  • Drop+ Master & Dynamic MW07 GO truly wireless for $135

And on the DAC/amp front (but no DAPs):

  • Drop+ THX-AAA 789 linear amplifier for $249
  • Drop O2 + SDAC dac/amp for $129

Hifiman HE-560 V4 Planar Over-Ears for $269

More action at Adorama, as part of their limited time audio sales they are offering the new condition Hifiman HE-560 V4 Planar Over-Ears for $269 with free US shipping and handling…

Check with your favorite audiophile-audiophool websites and forums and YouTubes to sort out the various Hifiman options and versions and issues. It’s at least one full-time job 🙂

For more deals, check Adorama’s 240+ audio products on sale including headphones and their accessories… I will be going through these and posting more deals, but I can’t go through them all on the spot – I wish I was a 16-core AI bot ~ instead I’m a birdbrain with a Celeron brain-CPU 🙂

Hifiman HE-5XX Planar Magnetics for $220 [MD]

Planar time once again at Massdrop, Deputy Ambassadors of the Planar Republic 🙂

They are currently offering, as an in-stock drop (meaning it ships within a couple of business days from purchase), the new condition open-back over-ear wired Hifiman 5XX planar-magnetics, a Massdrop x Hifiman collaboration, for $220 with free US shipping and free US returns (discounted international shipping as well) with a 1-year manufacturer warranty…

This is the sixth Hifiman x Massdrop collaboration… Optionally you can purchase a 3-year MassDrop extended warranty for +$30. The extended warranty is US only…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $120

If you’ve been planar-curious but haven’t taken the jump in yet, here’s a lower risk price! Massdrop has dropped the price of the new condition wired open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-4XX planar magnetics to $120 with free US shipping and free US returns with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. My Oh My! These will ship in early December 2020.

You have an option to add a 3-year Drop warranty with accidental coverage for +$20, US buyers only. Normally I avoid optional $warranties$, but this is Hifiman 🙂 They average 4.4 out of 5 based on 1414 customer reviews over there, but do take a look at the 1-star reviews, thus mayhaps the $20 3-year Drop warranty is not a bad idea?

Hifiman HE-4XX Planars drop to $160

Massdrop is back with more Black Friday 2020 offers, headlined by the new condition Hifiman HE-4XX planar-magnetic open-back over-ear wired headphones going for $160 with free US shipping and free returns. International shipping is discounted but not free. It comes with a 1-year warranty but optionally those in the US can add for an extra $20 a 3-year Massdrop warranty with accidental coverage.

This is not an in-stock drop. Shipping is estimated to begin in early December 2020.

Hifiman HE-35X Open Over-Ears (dynamic) for $75

There’s another bubbling under options for open-back dynamic over-ear headphones under $100 and it is currently on sale at the Massdrop website. “It” being the new condition Hifiman HE-35X going for $75 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shipping is not free but it is discounted. Customs and import duties are your responsibility…

This is an in-stock drop, meaning it is available to ship directly from the Massdrop warehouses. Needless to say, due to COVID, some delays are possible… It comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty…

PS: some of the other well-known open-back options under $100 include Grado SR80/60*, Sennheiser HD 5**, Audio Technica ATH-AD*, Philips SHP-9?00?, etc…

Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Open Over-Ears drop to $160

If you want to try out this “planar type” which has shown to have staying power, for a limited time Massdrop has dropped the price of the open-back over-ear HifiMan HE-4XX planars to $160 with free US shipping and free US returns. International shipping is discounted but not free (depending on location, situation, COVIDalia, etc)…

Also for a limited time, an open over-ear but dynamic headphone is on sale at Massdrop, the Sennheiser HD 58X Jubilee are going for $150 with free US shipping and returns.

Both of these headphones are in-stock and ready to ship. Their current shipping estimate is around two business days from ordering time. No long waits for them to be made by the Audiophool Elves and Dwarves under the Magical Mystical Audio Mountain 😉

Hifiman HE-35X Dynamic Open-Back Over-Ears for $75 w/FS & FR & 1-Year Warranty [MD]

This two-figure deal may have gotten lost in our previous Massdrop sale round-up, so it’s getting its own post to make sure people notice it, we are in the COVID-era after-all, you don’t have to spend 3+ figures on new audio gear 🙂

Hifiman has a reputation of headphones not being as sturdy as most other brands, just check the various forums. With that in mind mayhaps, Massdrop is offering this with free shipping, free returns (no questions asked) and a 1-year warranty. Plus you are only risking $75, not $2,000 🙂

With that out of the way, Massdrop is offering the new condition open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-35X for $75 with free S&H and free returns.

NOTE that this is a dynamic headphone, NOT planar-magnetic!

Hifiman TWS-600 truly wireless down to $79

IF you prefer to try your luck with truly-wireless earphones from headphone companies instead of consumer electronics companies, the new condition Hifiman TWS-600 truly wireless (with bluetooth 5.0 and low latency support) are currently down to $79 at the Amazon website, sold by the Hifiman Amazon store and the Gramophone Amazon store, both fulfilled by Amazon so Prime members get their fast(er) free delivery.

They also promise a range of up to 150 meters in open unobstructed areas (eg open fields), up to 38.5 hours playing time (WITH the charging case). They are IPX-4 rated, and per the product description over there, they “required” 10-20 hours of burn in 🙂

They average 3.8 out of 5 based on 110+ customer reviews and have near half of that in peer-answered questions…

PS: my only experience so far with “truly wireless” are the Jaybird Run TW, so I can’t help much 🙂

Hifiman HE-4XX Planar Open Over-Ears for $145 [MD]

IF you are planar curious but don’t want to break the bank, Massdrop is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-4XX open over-ears for $145 with free US shipping and free US returns with a 1-year manufacturer warranty [since this product is in partnership with Hifiman).

This is an in-stock drop, so it will ship in about a business day after your purchase. Your credit card will be charged about two hours after your purchase.

A 3-year “Warranty and Accidental Coverage” is offered for an additional +$20 for US addresses. Given Hifiman’s reliability woes, this may not be a bad idea. Check the MD comments and your favorite audiophool audiophile forums for more on this…

Used Hifiman RE-400a In-Ears for $22

If you want to try out the Hifiman RE-400 series of earphones but don’t want to pay new condition money or risk too much because of Hifiman’s quality control issues, then one option is the Way of the Used because Amazon Warehouse Deals (AWD) has the RE-400a in-ears (the “a” for Android buttons) going for $22~ in “Used – Very Good” condition. These are sold by AWD actual, not iffy used marketplace sellers…

Hifiman Eartips for RE400 & 600 for $4 w/free S&H

IF you are looking for extra/replacement eartips for the Hifiman RE-400 and RE-600 in-ears, the official Hifiman Amazon store is offering them in new condition for $4 with free shipping. This ships directly from them and it is not Prime eligible. But that means all US customers get free shipping, not just Prime members.

As of the time of writing they have nine sets available (you cannot order more than nine)… Per the pictures over there, each set consists of four different pairs of eartips… If you are not familiar with them, research them before making a purchase (as usual)…

Hifiman Ananda Open Over-Ear planars for $849

We haven’t turned into a Hifiman blog 🙂 It’s just that when you start price-checking one store or manufacturer, other models tend to come up, and if there are notable price differences and/or offers, then the posts keep on coming…

In this case, the new condition open-back over-ear planar-magnetic Hifiman Ananda headphones are available in new condition for $849 and in “Used – Like New” for $799 by marketplace seller “Hifi Heaven” through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

This ships directly from Hifi Heaven and it is free shipping but not Prime eligible. Hifi Heaven is a B&M A/V store in Wisconsin (think Green Bay Packers) and authorized Hifiman dealers

Used Hifiman HE-560 Planar Open Over-Ears for $319

Amazon Warehouse Deals dive time now, where we find the Hifiman Amazon store offering the “Used – Like New” Hifiman HE-560 planar-magnetic open over-ear headphones for $319 with free shipping. This ships directly from Hifiman’s store and it is not Prime eligible. Per the info in the listing over there, this is the “2.5mm plug version”…

Here’s a written-on screenshot of the aforementioned offering:

ALTERNATELY, there are plenty of used listings of these at Adorama

NOTE: if you are not familiar with the Hifiman Reliability Saga, be sure to check the various audio forums and blogs as they appear to have higher than average breakage rate, so keep that in mind if making a purchase…

Pre-order the Hifiman HE-35X for $90 for a limited time [MD]

A new exclusive is coming at Massdrop! A new “fruit” of their co-operation with HiFiman, available for pre-ordering right now [what Massdrop calls “in the works”], it is the open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-35X headphones, a dynamic, an improved driver over the HE-350 per the listing over there. Not everything Hifiman makes is planar after all 🙂

The listing stresses that their durability has been improved, which was a must have given the many problems Hifiman users had experienced ~ as you can see in various forums and blogs and such…

This “in the works” has a special pre-order price. If you place an order before April 19 in 2019, you will pay $90 instead of the headphone’s regular price of $120. There is also a limit of 750 units available for this run, so the offer ends when they run out or when the deadline arrives – whichever happens first.

Being an “X” product, it comes with a 1-year manufacturer warranty. Note the shipping date however, late August 2019 that’s four months from blog-post date!

Hifiman HE-560 V2 Planars for $250 [or $166 Used]

It’s doorbuster time at Adorama! For a limited time, they are offering the planar magnetic open-back over-ear Hifiman HE-560 V2 headphones for $250 with free shipping… Note that these are the V2, not the first generation… Or you can go used for $166 in “Fair” condition…

New at Massdrop (Thursday 9am ET): Hifiman Edition XX Open planars for $600

UPDATE: the shipping estimate has been revealed, it is the end of May 2019, that’s almost seven months from now, so patience is a virtue even for the patient ^_^

Massdrop strikes again! The date of interest this time is Thursday November 1st at 9am eastern! At that very point in time, after the Halloween festivities are over, they will launch a brand new custom co-brand headphone, the Hifiman Edition XX, an open-back planar-magnetic over-ear headphone. The verbiage at Massdrop says that at 20 ohm, an amplifier is not required, it can be driven from a laptop or portable media player. But what about the Sandisk Clip Plus? 🙂

The price is revealed in the listing, it will be $600 with free US shipping and subsidized international shipping. It will come with a 1-year manufacturer warranty which makes sense since it is a Hifiman x Massdrop co-operation.

The big unknown that will be revealed tomorrow is the shipping estimate. This is a new product, so I’m guessing don’t expect it to arrive in 2018 🙂

Hifiman Mega Mini DAP for $60 [MD]

It’s DAP time now at Massdrop. Hifiman makes digital audio players as well, and their new condition MegaMini player is currently on offer at Massdrop for $60 with orders shipped by Massdrop in late November 2018. Music is stored on a microSD card, and this DAP supports capacities up to 256GB. A manual and a cable are the other things included in the box [in addition to the player [obviously] and the packaging materials].

The “drop” (aka offer in Massdrop speak) runs for the next five days and change {from blog-posting date}.

Hifiman HE-560 V3 Planar Over-Ears for $299

Hifiman trade-offs return. The company has an above average issue with physical problems of their headphones, so if you are not already aware of that, be sure to read up on it before making a decision on this offering…

For a limited time, Adorama is offering the new condition Hifiman HE-560 V3 planar-magnetic open headphones for the special price of $299 with free shipping. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout. They come with a 1-year limited warranty…

Hiifiman HE-560 Planar Over-Ears for $350

The new condition Hifiman HE-560 Planar Magnetic open-back over-ear headphones are on sale again for $350 with free shipping at Adorama for a limited time. No coupon, no rebate, just add to cart and proceed to checkout…

Note however that Hifiman has above average quality control issues with some of their headphones, so if you are not familiar, check the various audio/headphone forums. In other words, you are more likely to have to return or deal with manufacturer warranty. If that’s something you hate with a passion, you may want to resist the sale temptation…

Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350 returns for $100

The new condition Massdrop x HiFiMAN HE-350 is back again as an “in-stock drop” at for $100 with free USA shipping. The in-stock drops run for 24 hours each, and at the end of the 24 hour cycle, the orders from those 24 hours are processed and shipped. This means you could get your headphones within a week depending on location.

They come with a 1-year warranty since they are a Hifiman x Massdrop partnership. These are open-back over-ear dynamic headphones, not planar-magnetic.

You can see them all at our Massdrop In-Stock Drops Tracker

HIFIMAN HE400i Special Edition (Chrome) for $179

If the quality control issues don’t scare you away, good until 4/16/18, coupon code 50OFF gets you the new condition HIFIMAN HE400i Special Edition (Dark Blue Chrome) planar-magnetic over-ear headphones for $179 with free shipping at BuyDIG which offers free 45-day returns which is a plus if you experience quality-control issues within that period, but if anything happens after that, you’d have to take it with the manufacturer warranty.

Used Hifiman RE400i Earphones for $29 w/FS

If the quality control concerns with Hifiman products don’t scare you away, Electronics Expo has the open-box “Used – Like New” Hifiman RE-400i in-ears for $28.77 with free shipping directly from them through Amazon Warehouse Deals. All accessories included and they are an authorized dealer per the listing.

Used Hifiman Edition S Open/Closed On-Ears for $79

As of the time of writing, there are two units available of the Hifiman Edition S open/closed dynamic on-ear headphones going for $79 by seller “Audio Advisor” with the orders fulfilled by Amazon, so Prime shipping for members.

The new condition price is $129 by various thru Amazon

Hifiman HE-400i Planar Over-Ears for $186 after coupon

The inclusion of Beach Camera in the eBay coupon promotion using coupon code PSPRINGBF can get you the new condition Hifiman HE-400i Planar Headphones for $186~ with free shipping. The price before the coupon is $219. Note that Hifiman has above average issues with build quality, so keep that in mind before buying! Offer ends 4/1/18 at 8am pacific or earlier if sold out.

[DEAD] Used Hifiman Sundara Planar Over-Ears for $339

As of a 3/24/18 recheck, this sold out in USED condition…

If the Hifiman construction issues don’t scare you away, their Sundara over-ear planar-magnetics are available in “Used – Very Good” condition for $339 with free shipping by seller “Audio Advice Online” (AAO) through Amazon Warehouse Deals. They ship directly from AAO and are not Prime eligible. The new condition price is $499.

[DEAD] Hifiman MegaMini DAP for $84 after coupon

This eBay flash-sale coupon expired…

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Hifiman RE-400i In-Ears for $30 w/free S&H

If you are comfortable with the risks of a Hifiman headphone purchase (quality control; or below average lack thereof), then to the NewEGG Flash headphone sales we go where the new condition Hifiman RE-400i in-ears are offered for $30 with free shipping by Electronics Expo. The offer ends on Tuesday morning (or earlier if sold out). The “i” stands for iPhone buttons on the remote.

Heads Up (Tuesday 12pm ET): Hifiman RE-400i In-Ears

If you are a fan of Hifiman and are not deterred by their quality control issues, NewEggFLASH is planning to launch a Hifiman RE-400i in-ears offer on Tuesday at 12pm eastern. They don’t reveal the sale price or the seller before it goes live, so we will all find out after it goes live.

[DEAD] Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX Planar Magnetics for $170 w/FS

This sold-out/run-out very quickly…

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Open-box Hifiman HE-400i Planar Magnetics for $120

Planar temptation! BuyDIG is now offering the open-box HIFIMAN HE400i Special Edition (the dark blue chrome color scheme) for $120 with free shipping and free returns. That’s right $120! This is an open-box closeout sale of the “while supplies last” kind. They are open-back over-ear planar-magnetic headphones. Certainly not a bad price! The biggest risk is Hifiman’s quality control with their headphones falling apart, so keep that in mind [check various audio forums for more on that front].

Under “Package Contents” it says this comes with a 1-year warranty. Further down the product listing there’s also an option for a Mack 3-year extended warranty for $20 more.

Speaking of BuyDIG, they are offering the new condition Teac TN-400S Belt-driven Turntable with S-Shaped Tonearm in the gloss black color scheme for $229 with free shipping until March 3rd. No coupon/rebate needed.

Open box Hifiman RE-400i for $25 w/free S&H

The first of two Hifiman in-ear posts! The Hifiman RE-400i (with iOS mic/remote) is available in “Used – Like New” (Open Box) condition for the very specific price of $24.77 with free shipping, sold by authorized dealer Electronics Expo through Amazon Warehouse Deals. This ships directly from Electronics Expo, so everyone gets free shipping, however, it is not Prime eligible.

Used Hifiman RE-400 In-Ears for $20

Used action continues, this time it is the Hifiman RE-400 in-ears (no mic/remote) available in “Used – Good” condition (no further details given), sold by “Audio Advice” with the order fulfilled by Amazon (Prime shipping) through Amazon Warehouse Deals.

HIFIMAN HE4XX planar magnetics for $170 [MD]

The HIFIMAN HE4XX planar magnetics were an “in-stock drop” (I need to update the Massdrop Tracker page), but they are not an in-stock drop anymore!

As of the time of writing, they are a conventional Massdrop drop, running for the next 15 days and change (from blog-posting date) for the same old price of $170 with free US shipping. The shipping estimate is mid-March 2018, with all sales final. They come with a 1-year warranty as they are a co-branded product with Massdrop.

450 units are available for this drop, with up to five per customer, but they have not reset the counter at the top of the page, so we have no way of knowing where we are in this 450 drop. All units will be serialized per the product description.