HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier

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HiFiMAN Jade is back!

When HiFiMAN introduced its first electrostatic headphone, Jade in 2008, it quickly became a favorite of audiophiles and music lovers who fell in love with its natural, expansive soundfield.

Today, HiFiMAN introduces the Jade II, a worthy successor to the original that benefits from many years of research and development. The new Jade II builds upon the reputation of the original HiFiMAN classic with sonics that epitomize electrostatic speed and performance.

Additional product details can be found here.

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100+ Head-Fier
Pros: Neutral tuning; smooth vocal; decent resolution... Annnnd most importantly, that alluring green driver!
Cons: Non-adjustable in drivers' angle; cables made irreplaceable; Bass lacks punchiness
Disclaimer: This one is not a tour unit, I purchased it. I didn't participated the tour because HFM didn't organise it here in China..

The purchase of the Jade II came about when I decided to take a break from the dynamics headphones, I tried a lot of them back then, various colours of TH900, HD800/s, Denon's D7000 series, etc.,
I was thinking, ‘why not try something else? like electrostatic headphones?’
Coincidentally, I stumbled upon an alluring priced STAX T8000, so I grabbed the bargain and started my electrostatic journey.
However, I still needed a pair of electrostatic headphones to complete the system. Initially eyeing the L300LTD, yet I couldn't find one at the reasonable price. So, I turned to a local dealer and bought a Jade 2 instead.
So basically, I didn't buy the officially matched Jade II Amplifier because, well obviously, I had better ones; besides, my friend told me that the official ones can't really drive it very well...

Linn Selekt Organik→STAX T8000

Back to the topic
I'd like to start with an introduction to the Appearance first
I don't know if you'd call it that in your neck of the woods, but in China, whenever the Jade 2 is mentioned, people tend to use another word to describe it: fly's eye (
because of the mesh grille and the gradient purple-green color)

In fact, fly-eye green is a rather deprecating description, there are way-better words to describe this kind of green. I personally have a strong fondness for the green tone of the Jade II's driver. It embodies the verdant hues that could be found in the lush foliage of the forest——
It's like a glimmer of morning light weaves through the towering trees and dense canopies, creating dappled, deep, and saturated green. This is what Jade 2 looks like to me.

Although the current stealth version of he1000 v2 and arya have been coated with a film of the same green colour, the jade2 looks much more impressive with such a complete and LARGE verdant driver.

Though the black matte finish of the Jade2 frame looks very metallic at first glance, it's actually made of plastic. The frame is made of plastic
as is the driver hanger
making it kinda feel like a cheap plastic toy when you hold it in your hand...

By the way, the angle of the driver is fixed and not adjustable... which, I do really think should be improved

Sound impression:
Overall tuning

The tuning of the Jade 2 is quite balanced, without any apparent bias.
The overall style is slightly bright, but as I mentioned above, its three-frequency distribution is very balanced, so it won't make the vocals sound particularly bright or any part of instrument feels very bright.

The vocal of the Jade2 is as neutral as its overall tuning, very neutral without any obvious seasoning, maybe slightly leaning towards cool but not to the point of being cold or unpleasantly harshness. The transition between the mid and high frequencies is very smooth. Perhaps different from most users here, the tracks I listen to most often are anime tracks. During the audition, I chose the song "Aiobahn - resonance (ft. KOCHO)." In this song, the transition of the Aiobahn's voice from low to high tones is very smooth, and such natural transition and crystalline clear vocals are the two main reasons why I like electrostatic headphones.

As for the resolution/instrument separation, although the Jade 2 has a rather 'decent' resolution, it doesn't seem to emphasise it much; instead, it presents the vocal and instrument more softly. Jade 2 doesn't much emphasise the separation between instruments to make the spacing between each instrument distinctly noticeable, the boundaries between instruments are not very sharp; instead, sometimes, the boundary sense of instruments on the Jade 2 is slightly blurred, or should I say 'soft'?
Interestingly, my TH900 was quite the opposite in this aspect; the TH900 violently separated details, making it possible to clearly distinguish the contours and boundaries of each instrument.

Points I think could be improved

As a basshead, I feel there is room for improvement in the bass of the Jade 2. Of course, the bass of the Jade 2 are by no means deficient or incomplete; the lower midrange is sufficiently full, ensuring adequate vocal density without sounding hollow. Overall, the issue with the bass lies in its lack of 'existency'. Sometimes, there is insufficient impact, making it feels weak and somewhat insubstantial. Besides, there could be more low rumbles to create a sense of atmosphere, but that's also what Jade 2 in lack of I think.

If the high frequencies were raised slightly further, the Jade 2 would likely achieve the airy quality characteristic of STAX headphones: that sense of sound freely flowing on stage, as if you were immersed in a vast theatre.


In summary, I think the Jade 2 is pretty good.
Of course, if the headband frame could be replaced with metal, the hanger designed to be adjustable in angle, and the cables made replaceable, that would be perfect.
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New Head-Fier
Hifiman Jade II Review - beautiful but lackluster
Pros: Detail retrieval, resolution, separation, comfort, smooth treble, easy to listen to
Cons: Weak bass, size and weight of setup, small soundstage
Jade II Review


Excellent detail retrieval, separation, and resolution. Light weight, comfortable for long periods, zero sibilance even on tracks with lots of female vocals and harsher treble. You can always hear everything without having to focus overly hard on a given aspect of the music. Vocals are extremely natural and detailed in nature. Sometimes the presentation is very musical in character but other times it’s clinical and dead. Volume knob on the amp has a very nice, solid click as you turn it. Build quality between the amp and headphones is appropriate for the price range. Articulation of busy vocals is exceptionally good “J’s” by We Are The Flesh has very sibilant and congested sounding rhyming in it and the Jade handles it well. Micro details (tiny percussion and syntheziser notes)

Mostly suitable for acoustic genres and those without much low end past upper/mid bass.


Cost. Amp size and weight, the amp isn’t quite something you’d put on display either. No remote control (unacceptable for the price point) Stock non-removable cable feels kinda cheap (not appropriate for the price point). Bass extension is “there” but quantity is pathetic. Bass quality is pretty good, especially in the midbass, but it’s impossible to hear and enjoy without a perfectly quiet listening environment or unless the track has a preponderance of bass. Even when paired with a warm DAC like the Modi 3 the bass quantity is simply not there past midbass. Soundstage is similar to the HD 58X, it’s tiny as ****. Imaging is subpar for the price point. Any sense of “air” is firmly inside the head, with zero soundstage extension beyond the head. Absolutely no bass slam at all. Even unsuitable for classical music as there is no true authority to the low end (which bass cellos and pipe organs require).
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1000+ Head-Fier
Pros: Stunning transparent and neutral sound, lifelike imaging, feather light, comfortable
Cons: Headphone, though sturdy, due to the materials doesn't feel as premium as price tag implies.
Headphones are HUGE (I've an above average head and I'm on the smallest setting).
Nondetachable cable.

For as long as I’ve been into this spiraling hobby, electrostats always come up in conversation as a top tier option to strive for. Recently I was finally able to listen to the legendary Stax SR-009 (paired with equally infamous gear) and immediately understood what made them special. Sadly, that was the end of my experience, the audio meet. Until Hifiman allowed me to take part in their Jade 2 tour. Finally, after being able to experience an extended listening period, using my music and equipment, I understand what makes not only electrostats but the Jade 2 a truly special piece of equipment.

A little about me
I would like to say that first and foremost I am NOT an “audiophile” but rather an audio enthusiast. I listen to music to enjoy it. Do I prefer a lossless source? Yes, of course. But I can still be very happy streaming from Pandora or even my YouTube “My Mix” playlist. I also prefer equipment that sounds the best to me personally regardless of what frequency response it has or rather or not it's “sonically accurate” and I always have and shall continue to encourage others to do the same.
I'm a firefighter for both the civilian and military sector and the cliché of wanting to do this since I was born couldn't be more present with me. I've worked hard over the last several years to earn this position and now it's time for me to work even harder to keep it.
I enjoy fishing and relaxing to audio products and then reviewing them to help others decide on what products would work for them. Few things make me as an audio enthusiast/review feel more accomplished than when someone tells me that I helped them find the type of sound they've always been looking for.
Now, the sound signature I personally favor is a relaxing, warm and sensual sound that just drifts me away in the emotional experience of the music being performed. Yes, accuracy is still important but I will happily sacrifice some of that if I'm presented with a clean, warm sound that can wisp me away into an experience that makes me yearn for more.
My ideal signature are that of respectably forward mids and upper bass range with the bass being controlled but with some slight decay. I like my treble to have nice extension and detail reveal with a smooth roll off up top as to not become harsh in the least. Examples of products that have given me chills and keep giving me the yearning for more feels are (in no particular order) Bowers & Wilkins P7, Oppo PM-1/2, Empire Ears Hermes VI & Zeus XIV, Audeze LCD-XC, Meze Headphones 99 Classics.

Equipment used at least some point during the review
-PS Audio DigitalLink 3 w/ Cullan Stage IV Upgrade
-Sennheiser HDVD800
-LG G8 Thin Q/HP Pavilion
-Playing Pandora, YouTube, and various format personal music

I am by no means sponsored by this company or any of its affiliates. They were kind enough to send me a product for an arranged amount of time in exchange for my honest opinion. I am making no monetary compensation for this review.
The following is my take on the product being reviewed. It is to be taken “with a grain of salt” per say and as I always tell people, it is YOUR opinion that matters. So regardless of my take or view on said product, I highly recommend you listen to it yourself and gauge your own opinion.

The Opening Experience
Why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience
Please allow me to explain why I feel so strongly about the initial unboxing experience with a product. Maybe it’s due to my southern roots in the hills of eastern Kentucky, but I’ve always been raised under the pretense of when you introduce yourself to someone for the first time you present yourself with confidence, class, character, pride, and competence. You greet the other person with a true warm smile, eye contact and a firm handshake. Anything less or short implies to other person that you either don’t care about them, are too full of yourself, too busy to be bothered by the likes of them, or worse, just generally disrespectful.
As a consumer, I take this same belief to when I open a new product. Why? Because think about it this way. How else can a company introduce themselves to their customers? How do they present their products? Are they packaged with pride and presented in such a way that makes the listener eager to listen to them? Or maybe they’re just wrapped up and placed in an available space. How about the box itself? Is it bogged down with jargon that says look at this, look what I can do. I’m better than anything on the market and here’s why read this and check out that. Or, is the package clean, simplistic and classy? As if saying to the customer ‘Good day, pleasure to meet your acquaintance. Please give me a listen and allow me to show you what I can do and allow my actions to speak louder than my words.’
This is why I feel so strongly about the initial presentation of a product, and I feel it’s truly a shame more people don’t. But with all that aside, let’s discuss how this product introduced itself shall we?



Starting with the amp. This thing is a brick with grips. The amp boasts a very solid and impressive feel, being made of all aluminum, with the weight and looks to complete its role of a power house. Boasting a power button, 2 electrostatic inputs, a source input selector button, and a volume knob with a set max and min (doesn’t free spin )on the front, it all stays simple and straightforward. Moving to the rear, you’ve the power input with the voltage selector switch right under it (a good implementation that allows personal sales to different countries), and then both balanced and unbalanced source inputs on the back. There’s really not much negative to say about the Jade 2 amplifier. It’s built, at least IMO, very well.
Moving to the headphones. The first thing I noticed about the Jade 2 headphones was how incredibly light they are, at least from memory, they’re the lightest headphones I’ve ever felt. The headband and grille is made of lightweight (obviously) but very sturdy aluminum with the head strap sporting what feels like faux leather. The headband adjustment and driver cups are the only parts that I’m not sure about. The website doesn’t mention any plastic being used but these two pieces feel very plasticy but that’s neither here nor there. The earpads use a faux leather and cloth hybrid (my personal favorite) that, at least to me, looks and feels like it can’t be user replaced (but I didn’t push/pull very hard on anything). The driver cups are connected to the frame using 2 bolts which only gives the pads an up/down range of motion but no side/side. A negative I do have about the headphones is that these things are HUGE, as in the headphones themselves and not just the pads. I have a decent size head and I have to put the Jade 2 on their lowest adjustment setting so for those, like my wife, who’ve a smaller head, it's not very practical to listen to these headphones.
Finally, moving down to the cable. The cable is not detachable, though it looks and feels respectively durable, if something were to happen then you’re going to be out a more than likely costly expense to ship them to Hifiman (or authorized/similar repair facility), pay their fee and then ship them back.
But in conclusion, my final thoughts on the construction of the Jade 2 system is that Hifiman did a very good job at making their $2,500 system both look and feel as premium as their price implies it should.



The Jade 2’s comfort is, for those who can wear them, incredibile. The Jade 2 pretty much disappears on your head they’re so light plus the padding has the goldilox level of support and give. I don’t receive any microphonics from the cable when I move around in my seat and the strap doesn’t mess with my head/hair even after very long listening sessions (I do keep my hair quite short as well). I can see some having problems finding the sweet spot on their head due to the Jade 2 not having any side/side movement of the pads.



Before I start this section. It should go without saying but though I link YouTube videos when I’m giving examples, this is for convenience only. If applicable, I HIGHLY encourage you to listen to the music I’m referencing on as high a quality as possible to experience the fullest sound possible.

From the time one presses the play button on their track of choice you’ll immediately understand what makes this Jade 2 system special. The level of transparency rivals or beats any other headphone that I can think of, they just disappear. Soundstage feels natural and accurate with the imaging quite pinpoint. The Sennheiser HD800 S comes to my mind when listening to the Jade 2. Minus soundstage, I feel like the Jade 2 is an upgraded HD800 S in most aspects but shares a similar analytical and stale sound, as well as a small treble spike and bass dip as well.


The highs on the Jade 2 are clean, controlled and have great extension. There’s also a presence of airiness that not many other headphones can relate to. A piece I found recently thanks to an awesome anime (Kono Oto Tomare! Sounds of Life) called “Tenkyuu,” IMO really shows off the capabilities of the Jade 2 system in relation to treble as well as the treble peak it sometimes has. And if the Koto isn’t your thing “A Moon Filled Sky” by Tenmon is another great piece but really gets high on the sharpness.


The mids really are full of body and emotion being played through the Jade 2. Despite not really having any accent to the mid range, the Jade 2 makes the artists voices sound so real and true that I find it very difficult to listen to them and not have my eyes close to take in all the sound. John Moreland’s “Hang My In The Tulsa County Stars” is just one of many of his songs that really come to mind when I talk about experiencing emotion by the artist. Female vocals are also just as, if not more, impressive. Rebecca Pidgeon’s “Spanish Harlem” also sounds as if she’s singing right to you but when listening to that song while writing this, I really got full sense of how black the background is on the Jade 2. It’s hard for me to put that phrase into words but the only thing present was just her and the instruments to accent her. I didn’t hear any background noise floor, static nothing. Sad I can’t listen to other headphones through this because the Jade 2 amp’s noise floor really impresses me.


Hmm. So, the bass on the Jade 2 is what I would call audiophile quality but not enthusiast quantity. There’s bass on the Jade 2 in respect to control, speed, and minimal to no decay but there’s is not a slam or impact to them or at least to the degree that makes enthusiasts really get into their rock, metal, or house (etc…) music. I can insert as many different examples as I can google search but my overall thoughts about the bass will basically be repeated.



To summarize my thoughts on the Hifiman Jade 2 system, Hifiman, IMO, created a wonderful product that even when taking its price into consideration, performs very respectable compared to other TOTL products such as the Sennheiser HD800 S I mentioned earlier. The Jade 2 is $2500 for BOTH the headphone and amplifier. To me, when considering how well they’re built and how comfortable, though very large, the Jade 2 headphones are and, objectively, how analytically sound they are, I would not be surprised if the Jade 2 becomes a staple in many of electrostatic or rather headphones in general conversations about what a solid step towards an audiophile sounding endgame (though endgame is a rather ambiguous term that truly doesn’t exist).

Also, make sure to check out my unboxing and review videos. They’re pretty awesome AND you getta put a face to the Army-Firedawg name. If this review helped you out at all please hit that thumbs up button for it really helps me out a lot. Till next time my friends, stay safe.


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Great review...always enjoy hearing your take on headphones. I would love to know your thoughts as a direct comparison to the PM-1 which I assume is still a favorite of yours. I sold the PM-1 a few years ago and still somewhat regret it...I found the Jade II to be a very enjoyable headphone with very few negatives if any really at all.
Thank you very kindly for you compliment, I really appreciate it. My comparison of the Jade 2 to my, yes, still beloved PM-1, is pretty much exactly like the HD800 S. The PM-1 is still, by far, one of the most musical headphones I've ever heard to date (still trying to find tower speakers that share its sound) where as the Jade 2 is incredibly analytical but also "stale" sounding. In relation to what a "traditional" audiophile would look for in a headphone I can, at the very least on a personal note, wholeheartedly recommend the Jade 2. To me, it takes what makes the HD800 S so renowned but just a little bit better; even though the soundstage isn't as big as the 800, I think it sounds more true.
Superb review! As for the Cable nitpick, who has ever seen and Electrostat with detached cable? I haven't. I don't think it would be feasible or Safe, for that matter...


I'm starting to get lost in the hifiman range. There are so many models that it becomes difficult to choose, I find. For this reason thank you all for your detailed and well explained reviews.