HiFiMan - Edition XS (Latest Release) - Audiophile Stealth Planar Magnetic Headphones (Ships in 2-3 Weeks) (C-Plan Specials)
HiFiMan - Edition XS (Latest Release) - Audiophile Stealth Planar Magnetic Headphones
Review from ecoustics:
Best Value Open-Back Headphones
HiFiMAN Edition XS
Affordable. Good build quality. Sound that is well refined, without any hardness in the top end. These are some of the words we both used to describe the sonic signature of the HiFiMAN Edition XS. Where HiFiMAN has struggled somewhat over the past few years has been in the quality of the construction. Some models offer superb sound quality, but rather questionable overall construction and durability. It’s hard to find a balance between sound quality and long-term durability with some of their products.
The HiFiMAN Edition XS go a long way to change that perception and we hope it’s the beginning of a trend for them in this particular price range.
The HiFiMAN Edition XS are a descendent of the HE1000 branch on the HiFiMAN tree, but there are a few steps in-between the HE1000 and the Edition XS. The first step were the original Edition X model that was a step down from the HE1000; it didn’t use premium materials and was better suited for portable use.
What’s most fascinating about the Edition XS with all of its new technology and improved ergonomics is the price difference between the previous version which retailed for $1,200 USD and new model that retails for $500.
It is entirely possible that this is the new benchmark for headphones below $500 and that may create two large problems for HiFiMAN. Keeping this headphone in stock and convincing consumers that they need to spend more for the Ananda or Arya.
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