HiFiMan was founded in New York by Dr. Fang Bian. The company now operates from China but does not outsource either manufacturing or design. Headphones come from a factory in Dongguan. Music players come from another factory in Kunshan. R&D runs in Shanghai, software is developed in Shenzhen, and headquarters are in Tianjin. Unlike so many storied audio brands that have cut loose from their original motivation, 11-year-old HiFiMan continues to reflect the vision of Dr. Fang.
Although some HiFiMan products push past the $1,000 price point—notably, the company’s full-size planar headphones—most do not. All but one of the music players sell for less than $1,000. All but one of the in-ear monitors sell for less than $100. The SuperMini reviewed here is HiFiMan’s least expensive hi-res music player at $399. To get there, it took an unusual path.
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