Pleased to see that the HE Audio JADES are back on the radar again. For whatever reason, they have been somewhat of an understated headphone here on Head-Fi, a headphone whose excellence and exceptionality appear to have been overlooked. Vilified by some, lauded by others, they most certainly deserve far more credit and recognition, and should be placed well upfront in the pantheon of esteemed headphones. With the recent growing popular interest and entrepreneurial commitment to planar technology it would appear that variant headphone technologies are now on a level playing field and audiophiles wants and needs are being addressed and met. Re-enter the HE Audio Jade Headphone from Head Direct.
Personal 'wallet-emptying' recent acquisitions have made me realize the importance of source and synergy, hence the significance of amplification for one's headphones.
As you can see by my headphone stable, I am an avid electrostatic supporter, but also have great respect and aural adoration of orthodynamics (hence my LCD-2's), and of dynamic cans (hence my AKG K-1000's). My current spate of headphone A-B'ing has centered around my recent purchase of a Sennheiser Baby Orpheus (HE 60) and my Head Direct Jades powered by a Cavalli eXStata Hybrid amplifier. And of course mention should be made of the Stax O2’s.
Although I find that the O2 sound is somewhat euphonic and relaxing, it is a little dark and veiled for my liking, too much on the polite side. Excuse me if I take literary licence when comparing O2’s to Jades and to quote a couple of fellow Head-Fiers, whose observations mirror my own observations. According to ‘HeadphoneAddict’, Larry feels that …. “Jades have a more forward involving presentation, especially with nice rich vocals. Soundstage is wide but not deep and bass impact is closer to that of a dynamic headphone. The treble does not seem as rolled off at all and the Jades are not as dark as the O2 can be when used with the wrong source or tubes.” The following quote is attributed to ‘hew’, and although brief it is so very true in my eyes (ears) ….. “I have had the Jade plus the O2 for over 9 months. I love them both, but they give very different presentations. However, while the O2 appeals to my analytical side, the Jade is of the heart.”
I have only had the eXStata for the past few weeks as my source of amplification, but I have come to believe after many hours of listening that the Jades are even better than my HE 60’s. (Some feel that the Jades are actually closer to the quality of the HE 90). The Jades are very detailed and neutral, perfectly balanced along the frequency spectrum. Their top end is very liquid, rich and transparent. They are smooth and mellow and there is no fatigue factor. They have better bass than the HE 60’s. Once you put the headphones on, you are transported to your own world of sonic euphoria.
Let’s here more views and perspectives about these fabulous phones.