I got a chance to demo the HIFIMAN Edition X, and the report is very solid overall. Build is very good, but I’m not really digging the HIFIMAN headband adjustment. These have the same exact mechanism as the HE400S and 400I. To me this isn’t acceptable given the ridiculous price. It has always been difficult to adjust a HIFIMAN can, and the Edition X is no exception.
However, once you get a good fit, you won’t have to plan on taking these off any time soon. They are exceptionally comfortable, and rest on your head quite well. They are pretty bulky however with regard to size, so be prepared to look like a giant nerd with these resting on your head. They look like headphones that aliens would wear. Lol.
The ear-cups fully rotate 90 degrees both ways, and can fold flat on your desk, as well as stand up! They don’t collapse however. They plug into both ear-cups in a Y formation, and terminate in 2.5mm jacks. On the opposite end, the termination is the standard 3.5mm L-jack. You’ll be happy to know that they will sound phenomenal out of your portable device. I’m using them with my Android at the moment. The only issue I have is that I have to take my OtterBox off as the plug won’t fit with it on. The cable itself is fabric, and may fray over time.
The sound here is phenomenal. It’s warm, but crisp and detailed. I immediately noticed that I was able to discern vocals a lot better than I can with cheaper headphones. They have a great sense of air and instrument separation, and the soundstage is very good. It’s not magical or anything, just good. What is Soundstage? I also wouldn’t call it wide. It reaches out to about your shoulders. Don’t expect to be blown away, but you’ll definitely get that nice sense of air and the sound has more room to breathe.
The bass is there, and it thumps just enough. It kind of reminds me of an Audioquest NightOwl. It has a great amount of impact without being overbearing or muddy.
The mid-range and vocals are very present, and what I like about the treble is that it never becomes harsh or sibilant. What does Sibilant mean? It’s a very pleasant overall sound signature, with a nice attention to detail and clarity. This is the best way I can describe it. It’s non threatening, gentle, basically insert a synonym here. But, it’s not boring. That’s the kicker.
Build very good.
Clarity and detail.
Bass is phenomenal.
Great out of portable devices.
Headband adjustment annoying.
Fabric chord prone to fraying over time.
Too much plastic for a headphone at this price?
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They will work well with all genres. I like them with:
Thoughts from Stu’s notepad
I agree with Tyll from Inner Fidelity in regards to the sound. In essence, it’s very good, relaxing, and fun, but it kind of lacks some sparkle and resolve in the treble range. This keeps it from being worth the asking price. It’s more of a mid-tier headphone rather than top shelf.
I don’t personally have a problem with the materials used, but if I was spending this much on a headphone, I probably would question it. It’s remarkably comfortable, and doesn’t feel cheap per se, but you get a sense that more could have gone into it’s construction.
A remarkably satisfying listening experience. Comfort is phenomenal. Build is good, but could have been better. The HIFIMAN headband adjustment mechanism continues to frustrate.
I don’t think they are quite worth the asking price, but they’re still a wonderful headphone if you can get a deal on them. Interested in reading some reviews?
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