HiFiMAN Edition X Headphones
HiFiMAN, a designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced their newest full-size, open-back, planar magnetic headphone, Edition X.
Leveraging much of the same technology from their flagship HE1000, the company’s latest model features asymmetrical ear cups, beveled hybrid ear pads, window shade grill design, and ergonomic headband. Weighing only 14 ounces and boasting a sensitivity of 103 dB, Edition X can easily be driven by most portable audio devices such as a smartphone or iPod. HiFiMAN Edition X is available now with a U.S. MSRP of $1,799.
To take advantage of the ultra-thin driver on Edition X, HiFiMAN engineers designed an Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit. A painstaking process, HiFiMAN engineers were challenged to obtain the optimum balance between high driver efficiency and high sound quality. The innovative design of the double-sided, asymmetrical magnetic circuit is a combination of the X’s planar diaphragm and its magnetic partner.
HiFiMAN needed to create a special design solution that would provide driver protection, be optimized for an open-back design and that also yields the best possible sound quality. For Edition X, a patented “Window Shade” grill was the solution, precisely structured to achieve an open headphone design. Its openness keeps the sound waves from second refraction to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion. The result is a wider soundstage and improved imaging and clarity. Aesthetically, the window shade grill also provides a unique look to Edition X and an appropriate complement to the Mylar finish of the ear cups.
The ear pads of Edition X have been specially designed in an asymmetrical shape that follows the form of the ear cups. The pads are beveled so that they contour to the shape of the user’s head for comfort during extended listening as well as a good acoustic seal. The hybrid design has velour on the surface for optimal comfort and sound.
The headband combines a lightweight metal alloy with soft pleather to form a sturdy arch structure. The perforations in the headband help to dissipate heat.
Edition X is supplied with a high-performance cable made of single crystal silver, designed for wide frequency range, low signal loss and
enhanced emphasis on the low end for quality audio reproduction. The cable package includes two different types of plugs: mini (6.35 millimeter) and 1/4” (3.5 millimeter) so it can be used with a wide array of source equipment.
According to HiFiMAN founder and president, Dr. Fang Bian, “Following up on the wonderful success we have had with HE1000, I wanted to offer a headphone with similar features and performance yet one that would be more portable and not require a large expensive amplifier. With Edition X, we reduced the weight and greatly increased the sensitivity so that it sounds very good off a smartphone. Having a headphone like Edition X in our lineup will allow us to reach a wider audience of music lovers.”