Matthew Sampson takes a listen to the Hifiman HE-400S planar headphones costing $300 (£239).

“Being objective is difficult, especially when you go in with a strong bias. I wanted to be right, more than anything else, because I wanted to feel good about a personal purchase. When I got the Hifiman HE-400S, I already had experience with planar headphones, in the form of my Fostex TH500RP. They were bigger, they were sturdily built, they were luxuriously appointed, and, perhaps most importantly, they were a full USD 100 more expensive. So naturally, I didn’t want to get sudden work-related buyer’s remorse. Luckily I didn’t, but I also wished that I’d bought the Hifiman cans…”

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