Spending $2000 CDN on anything may be acceptable, but the instant you tell anyone that you spent that money on a pair of headphones, the only individual that will give you a nod with approval will be those that “UNDERSTANDS.” I am not here to sell you anything nor am I gaining any profit from this review, I do this out of passion and if anything, I was skeptical coming into all this. I mean, $2000 for a pair of headphones…. “it better gives me unbearable pleasure,” I thought to myself. At first, I felt like it was just a good pair of headphones. However, after spending more time listening to these, everyone around me realized that I left my HD650s on the headphone stand for way too long. Anyone who knows me will know that “THAT, means serious business.” Because, this usually happens when I like a pair so much better that I end up buying it… (RIP my wallet). For example, this happened when I picked up my HD650s and never again touched the hd598s for “serious listening.” I know there will be those that will assume this is because I’ve never listened to headphones this expensive before so, I will state it now for the sake of this review, I’ve listened to countless and the reviews for those are coming out as well. However, I do not like all of them and very little will make me jump and scream with excitement like a maniac. Now, I am not saying any pair of headphones is perfect so please read on before you decide on this purchase.
HiFiMAN Electronics is a designer and manufacturer of audio products including headphones, amplifiers, and portable audio players. Hifiman is known for its high-end audio products made under the brand Mee Audio. Its most popular products include the HE-400 which are full sized open back headphones and the RE-400 which is an IEM (In Ear Monitor). Both products are supposedly critically acclaimed for their sound quality
This unit was loaned to me by a friend that works as a distributor. My review will contain no bias as usual.
Frequency Response: 8Hz – 50kHz
Sensitivity: 103 dB
Impedance: 25 ohms
Weight: 399 grams
THE BUILD QUALITY
It comes with:
1.5m headphone cable (3.5mm plug)
3m headphone cable (6.35mm plug)
¼ (6.35mm) headphone adaptor
The headphone is heavy in specs but the ergonomic headband and padding makes the comfort excellent for long listening sessions.
The headphone is made from plastic for the most part. Although it is a high-quality plastic, I wouldn’t expect to see it on a headphone at this price range. However, it is understandable because the weight had to be cut down from somewhere to make the headphone light and comfortable as possible.
The only real problem is the scraping of paint when you adjust the headphones. A minor and a common problem with this “clicky” type of headphone adjustment. Another problem that rises is the flexibility of the headphone size. The headphone is not really meant for the smallest head. (watch my review video to see what I mean)
The Ear cups follows the natural shape of the human ear and thus gives the fit a “I’m home baby” kind of feeling. The inside of the pads also improved from the v1 as they upgraded from velour to microfiber-type material. This makes the headphones much more comfortable in my opinion
The window shade grill design does not only look great but supposedly reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound
Edition x V2 features the 2.5mm connectors, which is convenient which terminates in either 3.5mm or 6.35mm depending on the cable. The two cables that comes with the headphone is very nice as well, it is built to last a decade
The Edition x V2 uses the ultra-thin diaphragm for delivering incredible detail and lower distortion
Lower Frequencies: If I needed to describe the bass in one word, it would be “weird,” but in the most fabulous way possible. The bass is tight, punchy, dynamic, and exciting but not in your face. There is even great amount of sub-bass, again, not in your face but in the distant. It is a wonder, how you “feel it” when it’s so much further away from you than the HD650s. You know when you have a big headache and you can’t stand the bass that is seemingly wanting to punch your brains out? Staying up late to make reviews, it happened to me, maybe I’m weird and it’s just me, but these were the only ones that did not do that. These will give you a fine bass sensation even if you are suffering from a bad headache. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
Mid Frequencies: No matter how many descriptive audiophile terms I throw at you, you are going to need hear it for yourself because the mids are better than most headphone in this price range. I will not name all the headphones because it will ruin it for those reviews, please do understand… but all you need to know is that this is one of best mids I’ve heard. Of course, including the HD650s. I will attempt to do my best at describing it for the sake of this review. The mids are warm but not the “bleeding type” warm, the separation from mid bass to the strings is very clear. The strings are amazing and you may even hear the dust falling from the violin (obviously, an over exaggeration). It reminded me of the strings in the asura 2.0 earbuds but with more clarity and detail.
High frequencies: You get shivers. Not from the sibilance but from the details. I do not know if I am hearing the Window shade grill design (that is supposedly for clearer sound) at work or just the incredible drivers tuned to perfection but it is incredible. If I had the budget, I would buy these just for the high frequencies. (so please sign up for the patreon, lol). Anyhow, the clarity and crisp that comes out of these headphones is amazing. I’ve heard details I was never able to hear with my hd650s before. All this, and they are nowhere near sibilant. Hard to believe and hard to express all this in words, “how this is possible.”
Soundstage: I will use a single sentence to describe the soundstage. “wide or even wider in some tracks than a bookshelf speaker.”
Imaging: Accurate to death. You can pinpoint every instrument and where they are coming from. When gaming with these, you can hear the footsteps of your enemies from a mile away. I played battleground with these headphones and my friends accused me of using hacks. I was voted off a normal match on CSGO because I was accused of using hacks. If you get these just for gaming, you are crazy or just filthy rich but whatever the case, please join my patreon if you are that rich, lol. With all jokes aside, these are fabulous for anything from watching a movie to “serious listening sessions.”
High Sensitivity allows users to practically use any device to drive the headphones
Samsung s7: its runs off fine and its crazy how efficient these headphones can be but it sounds a bit lean out of the phone, in my opinion
Samsung s7 + Oppo ha 2 se: the improvement is significant. Clarity and crispness in the highs become fully equipped. Mids are clear and incredible as usual but the bass can feel a little loose (use the bass boos, and you lose a bit of the mids for some reason)
Schiit stack: sufficient power and clarity. I think this my budget recommendation for any headphone that needs sufficient power and extra clarity added through a DAC. Nothing really loses out
Schiit Jotunheim: Although it sounds fantastic, this is overkill for most people. The only reason you would get these is to use the balanced output for more balanced crystal clear sound with uncompromised bass response.
I find this headphone the best headphone I’ve tried so far and would like to purchase one myself, one day.