The brass gold plated housings are solid and built precisely. Unfortunately unlike the RE2000 flagship model this RE800 model has non detachable cables.
It is a shame that HiFiMan didn’t provide the detachable cables to use after market cables for the RE800. Also it would have been good to have further reinforcement as the cables connect with the earphones to future proof against daily usage and flex.
However I don’t see much chance of breakages as the stock attached cable is well built and seems identical to the RE2000 removable cable in terms of design/cable composition/build quality. The cable has a metal chin slider attached also.
There were no microphonics experienced and the cable has a quality feel to it. The finish on it was a little strange and felt a little bit like it was a prototype, however signature was not adversely impacted and it felt comfortable when in use.
The cable has a single ended L plug jack that was flush and secure on all DAPs we tried.
Specification/Booklet Supplied Information
The earphone comes with a comprehensive booklet talking about the history of HifiMan and discussing all aspects of the RE800 – below is a scan image of the document.
One of the most interesting aspect is the theory that nano topology of the diaphragm significantly affects and controls the signature.
Dr. Fang Bian has focused research on understanding how the geometric structure at a nano particle level can impact and control the output signature. It is certainly a very interesting statement, as an end user it is very difficult to validate the signature impact of nano topology but what we can say is that the RE800 certainly impresses with its clarity and musicality. We are very interested to try new topology structures in future releases.