For those seeking a first-rate pair of planar magnetics, “XX” marks the spot. Our fourth collaboration with HIFIMAN, the Edition XX is a full-size, open-back headphone with the same basic shape and structure as its more expensive siblings: the HE1000, Edition X V2, and Ananda. For outstanding clarity and resolution, it uses the newly developed Neo Super Nano Driver, whose diaphragm—at just 1 or 2 microns thick—is 80 percent thinner than previous designs and 25 to 50 times thinner than human hair. The sound is airy and spacious, with a transporting level of detail. No dedicated amp? No problem. With a uniquely low impedance of 20 ohms, the Edition XX is easy to drive from your laptop or portable music player. Additional updates include a new symmetrical magnet structure and a more robust cable.
Note: Shipping is free to US members with subsidized international shipping.
When you join this drop before it goes into production, you’ll get some exciting perks:
The Edition XX’s construction should look familiar to fans of HIFIMAN. This model uses the same hybrid ear pads as the Edition X V2: a combination of fabric and synthetic leather that’s been specially angled for acoustics. Meanwhile, the beefy suspension headband comes from the Massdrop x HIFIMAN HE4XX. Hand-stitched with breathable protein leather, it’s made of spring steel so it can bend without losing its shape. The attention to detail is evident throughout, down to the robust steel gimbals with a black oxide finish and matching Allen screws. Finally, the cable is sturdier than ever, with an all-metal plug and a switch from 2.5-millimeter to 3.5-millimeter metal connectors to the cups.
Born in New York City in 2007, HIFIMAN has had a big influence on the audiophile world, and founder Dr. Fang Bian has always had close ties with the community. He started out on Head-Fi and attended local meetups while pursuing his doctorate at Columbia. When he realized his PhD research could be relevant to his passion—the music-listening experience and the audiophile products that improve it—he started talking with forum members and meetup attendees about what they’d like to see in the next generation of headphones. Since then, the company has been featured in TIME, Forbes, and CNET’s “The Audiophiliac,” and won the CES Editors’ Choice Award. HIFIMAN is a natural partner for Massdrop because our goals are so aligned. At its core, it represents a member of the audiophile community building a company that serves the rest of the community.
All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.
Estimated ship date is May 31, 2019 PT.
After the drop ends, payment will be collected and the group’s order will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all sales final. Check the discussion page for updates on your order.