HE1000 V2 and EDX V2 Are Coming Soon

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  1. TeamHiFiMAN
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    During the 3-day Hong Kong High End Audio Visual Show (5-7, August), the HE1000 V2 will debut at the Hifiman booth (E04). Welcome to our stand for latest products and direct communication! Besides, we will also update wonderful pictures for such great audio feast.
     
     
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    HIFIMAN Updates Flagship HE1000 and Edition X Headphones 
                                   with V2 Designation
     
     Highly Acclaimed Planar Magnetic Models Receive Styling and Ergonomic Improvements
     
    Tianjin, China, August 01, 2016 -– HIFIMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced important updates to their two top planar magnetic headphones. The highly acclaimed HE1000 and Edition X have undergone several styling and mechanical enhancements that substantially improve their appearance, durability and comfort. To identify them, the new models will receive a V2 designation after their model names and therefore be known as HE1000 V2 ($2999 MSRP) and Edition X V2 ($1799) respectively. HE1000 V2 and Edition X V2 will be available in September at the same prices as the previous models.  
     
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    HE1000 V2 remains a cutting-edge, full-size headphone intended for reference use in the home or studio. At much less than 0.001 mm, its Nanotech planar magnetic driver is so thin it is not visible from the side with the naked eye. New features include an improved headband design that is lighter and stiffer yet will accommodate a wider range of head sizes. The ear cups are also slimmer further reducing weight and increasing comfort.    
     
    Regarding the enhancements to the V2 models, HIFIMAN Founder and President, Dr. Fang Bian commented, “Many years of R&D went into the development of HE1000 and Edition X and they have been highly praised by both reviewers and enthusiasts. Despite that, I am never satisfied with how things are, even with successful products. I am always looking to improve so we listened carefully to user feedback and acted on it. The V2 versions are lighter and more comfortable, better sounding and are enhanced cosmetically with a better fit and finish. I am especially pleased we were able to make these popular models even better with no increase in price.”   
     
    The weight of the HE1000 V2 has been reduced to 420g (14.8oz). 
     
    Beveled ear pads are thicker with a larger asymmetrical angle to yield better bass and improved sound stage. 
     
    High performance cables have always been a mainstay of HIFIMAN and the company’s flagship will now come standard with a three-core cable for improved sound quality.
     
    The newly updated HE1000 V2 also changes the ear pad material from Velour to Polyester to increase sound transparency and resolution. 
     
    Following on the success of HE1000, Edition X was launched in December 2015. Sharing a similar design with asymmetrical ear cups and window shade grille, X boasted high sensitivity of 103dB meaning it could be easily driven from most portable audio devices and smartphones. This enabled Edition X to be well suited for portable applications around the home, office or travel. Edition X also was priced at 40% less than HE1000. With Edition X V2, improvements include: an updated headband design to accommodate more head sizes, a metal yoke for increased stability and durability, enhanced cosmetics all around and an improved cable and thicker, better ear pads. 
     
    Also to increase transparency of the sound, the EDX ear pad material has been changed along with the HE 1000 V2.  The former Velour ear pads will now be Polyester to make the sound more crystal clear. There headband has also been updated similar to that of the HE 1000 V2.  It will now allow for a wider range of adjustment to accommodate various head shapes and sizes. 
     
    To take advantage of the Nano-Grade driver in HE1000 V2, HIFIMAN engineers designed an Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit. A painstaking process, it took the HIFIMAN team seven years to obtain the optimum balance between high driver efficiency and high sound quality. The innovative design of the double-sided, asymmetrical magnetic circuit is the perfect marriage of the Nanometer Grade Diaphragm and its Magnetic partner. 
                              
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    Window Shade Grill System
     
    HIFIMAN needed to create a special design solution that provides driver protection, is optimized for open-back design and that also yields the best possible sound quality. For HE1000 V2 and Edition X V2, a patented “Window Shade” grill made with premium alloys is the solution, precisely structured to gain greater openness in the headphone design. Its openness keeps the sound waves from second refraction to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion. The result is a wider soundstage, outstanding imaging and remarkable clarity.
     
    Aesthetically, as an added benefit, the Window Shade Grill also provides a unique, high-tech look to the headphones and an appropriate design complement to HE1000s premium alloys and wood trim as well as the contemporary “Mylar” gloss finish of Edition X. 
     
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                    Window Shade Grill Design                                          Hybrid Ear Pads 
     
    Form Follows Function: Asymmetrical Ear Cups + Beveled Hybrid Ear Pads 
     
    The ear cups of both models have been specially designed in an asymmetrical shape that follows the form of human ears. V2 ear cups are now slimmer to reduce weight and increase comfort. The ear pads are beveled so that they contour to the shape of the user’s head for superb comfort and extended listening as well as a good acoustic seal. The hybrid design of the V2 now utilizes polyester for increased resolution. 
            
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    Ergonomic headband design for extra comfort and to fit more head shapes and sizes 
    The revised headband is the result of clever industrial design. Entirely new thinking was needed that would accommodate the widely varied sizes of people’s heads while applying or distributing correct pressure evenly. This provides not only improved comfort but also a better seal of the pads around the ears and on the head for improved bass.  
     
    The headband on HE1000 V2 combines a special metal alloy with fine calf’s skin to form a sturdy arch structure. The perforation on the calf’s skin helps to dissipate the heat. For additional comfort, the light mass also contributes to lessen the overall weight of the headphone. Edition X V2 utilizes pleather and allows for comfort and strength. 
     
    Making the Connection
     
    HIFIMAN only uses the finest cables for their headphones and each model features a newly upgraded cable specially designed for it. HE1000 is now supplied with a three core, crystalline copper with silver plated wire custom designed for wide frequency range, low signal loss and enhanced emphasis on the low end for quality audio reproduction. The HE1000 package includes three different types of plugs: mini 6.35mm, ¼” 3.5mm and 4-pin XLR connector so it can be used with a wide array of equipment. The plugs are easy to switch and quickly connected to different cables and amplifiers.
    The new V2 versions of HE1000 and Edition X will be showcased in the Rocky Mountain Event Center at the upcoming Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado, October 7-9, 2016. Dr. Fang Bian, along with HIFIMAN personnel, will be on hand to demonstrate the new headphones and answer any questions. 
     
    About HIFIMAN
    Founded by Dr. Fang Bian in 2007, HIFIMAN is widely regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of high performance headphones and portable audio products in the world. HIFIMAN is especially known for its critically acclaimed Planar-Magnetic headphones that feature state-of-the-art driver technology. The company also designs and manufactures best-in-class dynamic in-ear and on-ear headphones that have also garnered prestigious awards and rave reviews. 
     
    CONTACT INFORMATION
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    Dr. Fang Bian, Founder and President
    E-mail: fang@HIFIMAN.com
     
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  2. KewlMunky
    Any chance of making a version of the hybrid pads for the rest of the lineup? Curious how they would compare to the focus-a pads on my HE-6.
     
  3. Benny-x
    This is interesting news, but it's hard to understand from the description how any of these parts are different compared to the current HEK and HEX.

    Can TeamHiFiMAN do a clear side by side with pictures for what the physical differences are between the old and new versions? And then a comparison of sound trait differences?

    I already own the HEK, so I'm really interested in clearly what the differences are between V1 and V2, from HiFiMAN, not a 3rd party reviewer.
     
  4. Oldfella
    Hopefully, they will do the decent thing,and sell us the new pads, for our old HE1000!.
     
  5. Benny-x
    I understand most of the team is probably in Hong Kong at the show, but I'm surprised at the lack of HiFiMAN feedback here. Even if it was just at show pictures to show the new model revisions.
     
  6. supabayes
    Hello HFM, free to share more about the V2? Are the V2 cables available for purchase? 
     
  7. Jerseyboy
    It took the HIFIMAN team seven years to obtain the optimum balance between high driver efficiency and high sound quality.........but they couldn't work out that polyester ear pads were better than velour during the whole of that time......unbelievable !
     
    HiFiMan credibility = zero.
     
  8. supabayes
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    Chill man ... HFM rep should have a lot to share about the new V2. So let's clear the stage for HFM. 
     
  9. TeamHiFiMAN
    Sorry for the late reply.
    We are still working on the introduction of HE1000 V2.
    Please wait for a while.
     
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  10. ToroFiestaSol
    Are the headphones in the pictures the V2 versions?
    I don't know, they look identical to the original versions...can you confirm this please?
     
  11. TeamHiFiMAN
    HE1000 V2: a Newly Upgraded Version of the HE1000
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    HIFIMAN is world famous for some of the finest headphones ever made. But that doesn’t mean we rest on our laurels. Who says you can’t make a great thing even greater? Introducing HE1000 V2, the highly acclaimed HE1000 has undergone several styling and mechanical enhancements that substantially improve their appearance, durability and comfort. To identify them, the new model will receive a V2 designation after its model name therefore be known as HE1000 V2 ($2999 MSRP). HE1000 V2 will be available in September at the same prices as the previous models. 
     
     
     
    New Features
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    Improved Headband
    Improved headband design that will accommodate a wider range of head sizes.
     
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    Lighter Weight 
    The weight of the HE1000 V2 has been reduced to 420g (14.8oz).
     
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    The newly updated HE1000 V2 also changes the ear pad surface that makes contact with the head. This material had been changed from Velour to Polyester to increase sound transparency.  The surrounding pleather material has not been altered. Beveled ear pads are thicker with a larger asymmetrical angle.
     
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    Slimmer Ear Cups 
    The updated ear cup is trimmed down in size for a slimmer, sleeker look.
     
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    High Performance Cables
    HE1000 V2 will now come standard with a three-core cable for improved sound quality.
     
     
    HIFIMAN at Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show
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    HE1000 V2 made its official debut at Hong Kong High-End Audio Visual Show, 5-7 August, 2016.

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    We thank all those who came by to see us and look forward to seeing you again soon.
     
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  12. Benny-x
    Thanks for the new info. Looks detailed
     
  13. pedalhead Contributor
    Also, there are some questions from existing HE1000 owners who (rightly or wrongly) may feel put out by their "flagship" headphone being replaced so quickly.  Will you be recognising existing HE1000 owners by offering an upgrade path to the V2 and making the new pads (at least) available?
     
  14. TeamHiFiMAN
    About the updating service, we are still waiting...
    We will give you a better answer next month, please wait for a while.
    Thank you.
     
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  15. TeamHiFiMAN
    We have update this thread.
    Please see the new features of He1000 V2.
     
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