Hifiman Edition XS open back, over ear planar magnetic headphone. New for 2022. An updated version of the excellent Edition 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.
Supernano diaphragms are 75% thinner than the original Edition X, 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.
Ear pads are thick, angled for comfort around the ear and the headband has thick padding. 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!
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 of 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