2017 European Product Design Awards, HE1000 Gets Silver

  1. TeamHiFiMAN
    Some nice words from the chaps over at the European Product Design Awards.
     
     
    In high-end headphones, planar magnetic technology offers
    incredible sound quality. Historically though, this technology
    burdens products with high weight and poor ergonomics
    making planar headphones uncomfortable to wear for long
    periods of time. High-end audio company, HiFiMAN, already
    recognized for outstanding sound quality, wanted a headphone
    with style and comfort, commensurate with its sound.
    When HIFIMAN set out to create this flagship product, their
    goal was to create the best headphone in the world. As the
    designer, our goal was for the HE1000 V2 to represent a new
    pact between HIFIMAN and the audio world: to embrace a
    commitment to beauty, comfort, and manufacturing quality as
    well as groundbreaking sound.
     
    Careful ergonomic study and iterative testing comprised the
    foundation upon which we built key aspects of the design. Our
    study of the skull and ears led us to design the asymmetrical
    form of the ear cup, which we developed to create an even
    seal around the ear while providing a large surface area for the
    planar magnetic driver.
    The goal for the headband design was to set a new standard
    for comfort in large planar magnetic headphones. We created
    a generous area of contact to distribute weight evenly and
    eliminated all unnecessary parts to create unparalleled comfort
    for the headphones which are often worn for hours on end.
     
    We employed manufacturing techniques for molding high
    quality plywood in the furniture industry to produce the
    lightweight durable wood rings for the ear cups that encase
    the drivers.
    The window shade grill system was designed to provide both
    driver protection, and greater openness for the open back
    design that yields the best possible sound quality.
    Finally, the overall physical structure of the assembly took on a
    minimalist design to save precious weight, reducing the piece
    to its essence.
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    https://productdesignaward.eu/winners/winner.php?id=8552
     
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    http://hifiman.com
  2. roskodan
    sorry but your wording is a little misleading here (put lightly that is):
     
    the text you provided is from your designer, as submitted for the contest, not from the chaps over at the European Product Design Awards (aka the jury)
     
    which is very obvious, if only you could read before copy pasting
     
  3. god-bluff
    'ergonomic'
    'beauty' 
    'minimalist'
     
    not the first words that come to mind when I see these.........things 
     
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  4. roskodan
    sorry soooorry sorry, how rude of me, i forgot to congratulate hifiman and their designer on the silver award, gz
     
  5. rthomas
    The words are definitely nice but they seem to be from Hifiman themselves.....
     
    I would like to take this opportunity to confer upon them the prestigious South East Asian Price Gouging Award for pushing the limits of headphone pricing.
    I look forward to  seeing what new and exciting price points they will come up with over the next 5 years.[​IMG]
     
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  6. Ancipital
    Does anyone else smell burning pants, or is that just the proximity to the newly renamed HFM Edition 6 Surströmming?
     
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  7. landroni

    Nah, we should just call it the Hifiman Susvara 6K... Anyone care to guess the target MSRP?
     
  8. Beagle
    I didn't know the Darwin Awards had a 'silver' category?
     
  9. yotacowboy
    These should be called "The Big D" headphones. And add some LED lighting for ambience.
     
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  10. Alphanewb

    Agreed, but they should also offer "teddy treats" to help tailor the treble response to your liking. Not to mention, some wood colored caulk would be handy to repair the plywood cups if necessary.
     
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  11. Ancipital
    So has the hasty renaming/homeopathic design reboot changed the weight much?
     
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  12. ChrisSC
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  13. Alphanewb
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