Hifiman Edition XS planar magnetic, over ear, open back headphone. An updated version of the excellent X, Edition XS uses two newer Hifiman technologies to improve the sound quality: Stealth magnets and Supernano diaphragms. Stealth magnets are curved on the outside surface to improve airflow and reduce back-wave interference - this improves clarity and makes for a more spacious soundstage.
Hifiman Edition XS supernano diaphragms are 75% thinner than the original, with the thinner & lighter material improving clarity further. A low sensitivity means these still prefer a decently powerful amp and can produce very dynamic sound and excellent separation of instruments. Bass response is stronger with more power and depth than the Sundara.
Edition XS ear pads are thick, angled for comfort around the ear with tons of space for your ears and are very breathable. The headband has thick padding with no hot spots. Cable looks basic but feels durable, does not tangle or transmit noise - you do not notice it, which is what you want from the cable! Sensitivity is low, so feed these some good quality power in order to experience their max performance.
Hifiman Edition XS review : Headfonics.com review, 8.9/10: The Edition XS really likes my iFi gear, starting with the GO blu, the Gryphon, especially off the balanced output, and even off the 16-core hip-dac2 .... I could easily wear these all day long.... The HIFIMAN Edition XS has a large soundstage, precise placement, and imaging, an almost true tonality only rivaled by its much higher tier cousins plus the bass has finally arrived at the HIFIMAN house sound signature.
Hifiman Edition XS balanced cable: Check out the Meze cables in our cables section - there are great options for 4.4mm plug at $79 and a fancier one at $169
Hifiman Edition XS vs Sundara: Bass response, especially sub-bass, has better power and is more present and accurate with the XS. XS has an even larger feel to the sound. Very spacious ear cups.
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This was my first taste of planar magnetic headphones. After reading some very positive reviews I decided to take the leap and I can say this really is a wonderful sounding headphone. Great instrument separation, wide soundstage and a balanced low bass and treble sound. I’m very pleased with the purchase and thanks to Travis for recommending these to me. Very happy with my purchase.