CanJam at RMAF 2015: HiFiMAN Edition X Planar Magnetic Headphones
Boy, I just get done evaluating HiFiMAN's last offering and something new shows up. Fang Bian is a busy guy!
Taking what they've learned with the HE-1000which is a damned pleasant headphoneand packing it up into a headphone at a more affordable price is a really good idea in my book. No pricing is established yetFang was looking for feedback on where the cans should be priced at the show. Evidently, according to this page on their RMAF introductions, pricing has been tentatively targeted at a $1799 price point.
A primary goal for this headphone, according to Fang Bian, is its very high efficiency. Indeed, it seemed very easy to drive with my CEntrance M8though I doubt that's quite what he ment as the M8 is a gutsy beast. He claims they should easily be driven by portable devices, and mentions its ability to be driven from phones and iPods. I've got to question whether a $1700 headphone will really be used in that manner, but if it sounds good I really don't care.
On brief trade show listen I found the Edition X a pretty good sounding headphone. These new cans don't have the nano-scale thickness diaphragm of the HE-1000, but magnets, grill, and much of the rest of the headphone shares components with its more expensive sibling.
I'll definitely be requesting a sample as soon as production units are available. I neglected to ask for a timeframe, but knowing Fang it's bound to happen soon.