A recent review I read compared the Edition XS to the Arya, which is several times the price and said it came pretty close. I have to say, that it's not an exaggeration. They are such a big step up from the Sundara, that I think it's easy to understand why. I think the XS is my favourite Hifiman from their entire lineup.
HIFIMAN INTRODUCES THE NEW EDITION XS, AN UPGRADE TO THE WIDELY POPULAR EDITION X
HiFiMAN, founded by owner Dr Fang in New York, is one of the leading personal audio brands. It is renowned for its critically-acclaimed Planar-Magnetic headphones that feature state-of-the-art driver technology. HiFiMAN stands apart, one of which is that they are a highly innovative company that strives to improve in every price range. Meet the all-new Edition XS planar magnetic headphones from HiFiMAN. Coming as a successor to the award-winning HiFiMAN Edition X, the latest Edition XS features an all-new Neo Super-Nano Diaphragm and Stealth Magnet technology. It leaves you in awe with deep-hitting bass response, lush vocals, energetic treble and a wide 3D soundstage. Enjoy your favourite music with the quintessential HiFiMAN Edition XS.
PLANAR MAGNETIC DRIVERS FUSED WITH NEO DIAPHRAGM AND STEALTH MAGNET TECH TO DELIVER PHENOMENAL AUDIO PRESENTATION
HiFiMAN has mastery in designing and developing full-sized planar magnetic headphones. The latest Edition XS uses a newly developed planar magnetic driver with an ultra-thin diaphragm coil known as Neo super-nano diaphragm that is 75% thinner resulting in fast response with excellent tonal balance. The driver produces a quick response with sound definition and less distortion. This new driver works in conjunction with stealth magnets, which prevent interference by allowing sound waves to flow through them undetected. It works by maintaining the integrity of the sound waves as they exit the diaphragm by reshaping the magnets themselves to reduce wave diffractions and distortion. HiFiMAN’s advanced magnet design is acoustically transparent, dramatically reducing wave diffraction turbulence that degrades the integrity of the sound waves. The reduced distortion yields pure sonic output that is accurate and full-range.
THE STEALTH MAGNET AND OPEN-BACK DESIGN OFFER WIDE FREQUENCY RESPONSE AND SOUNDSTAGE
HiFiMAN developed the stealth magnet design for their flagship Susvara and has featured the same technology with the latest Edition XS. For this, HiFiMAN has optimised the air turbulence and reflection of the sound waves inside the driver cavity. This design makes the magnet invisible in front of the sound waves and results in refined audio performance. Aside from improved acoustic performance, the Edition XS has a low impedance of 18Ω and sensitivity of 92dB. The HiFiMAN Edition XS's imaging and staging capabilities are progressive, providing you with a high level of precision. The Stealth Magnets allow a recording to come through more accurately. The HiFiMAN Stealth Magnet design enhances the perceived soundstage while enhancing the tone and timbre.
REDESIGNED WITH A NEW HEADBAND AND 3.5MM SOCKETS TO OFFER BETTER COMFORT
HiFiMAN has designed a new headband for the Edition XS. This headband is familiar with their recently launched HE400i headphones and offers better comfort and durability. The new headband is lightweight and ergonomically structured, offering maximum comfort for hours of listening pleasure. The exterior is matte black material, and the interior features high-grade memory foam for the most comfortable fit and elasticity. The headphone’s structural design supports overall durability that retains its comfortable fit for years of enjoyment. The Edition XS also features new 3.5mm sockets for connectivity which are similar to those found on most common audio devices. The included 3.5mm cable is user changeable and replaceable.
|MICROPHONE & REMOTE||NA|
|BOX CONTENTS||1. HiFiMAN Edition XS|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||China|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Hifiman Electronics India Pvt. Ltd
Address: No: 229, Ground Floor, 18th Main, 5th Cross,6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560076
Contact No: 080-48534996
Meet the King of HiFi
HiFiMAN is a leading audio brand that makes high-class headphones. It started in New York in 2007 and has since been making headphones that have broken all kinds of audio records. Today, the brand has its presence the world-over.
An Audiophile’s Dream
HiFiMAN is known for its high-end planar magnetic headphones like the Susvara, HE1000V2 & Edition X V2. Recently it ventured into electrostatic headphones with the Shangri-La and Shangri-La Jr. No matter the driver unit, the high-end sound quality has been recommended by audiophiles and critics all over.
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"It is pretty light on the head and very comfy. They completely swallow your ears, which also means a good seal, but not too much pressure on the temples."Read More
"I find them quite balanced. Passive damping is very good - can hear everything outside when not playing, which adds to a natural, speaker-like presentation to the sound."Read More
First of all, I received the Edition XS on 31st March 2022, and I was impressed by it on the very first day itself. However, I took time until today not to get carried away by the initial enthusiasm and give a fair review of these headphones. This review will be divided into various sections.
My audiophile setup: Hifiman Edition XS running balanced from Xduoo XA10 (dual AK4493 class A 4w@32ohm Dac/Amp)
My Listening sources: Tidal, Qobuz, native mp3 files and YouTube
Build: There is no getting around it. Hifiman Sundara has better build quality than the XS due to the use of more metal in the construction. Sundara also feels more solid in the hand while weighing less. However, Edition XS has still good build quality for non-portable open-back headphones.
Comfort: This is a more subjective area. The Edition XS is very comfortable, far surpassing the Sundara. The earcups are much more spacious than the Sundara, and they also distribute weight more evenly. The headband also does not cause any pressure points on top of the head. However, YMMV
Sound: This section is the reason why I titled this review as "The Grand Sundara!". Imagine the sound signature of Hifiman Sundara but more open, grander in scale and with better bass punch and overall dynamics. You get an idea of the sound signature of the Edition XS. An interesting contrast from the Sundara, which I have noticed, is that this headphone has more vocal intimacy than the Sundara. At the same time, the sound stage, in general, is wider and larger in scale than the Sundara. This leads to a more enjoyable and slightly better-layered presentation of the sound than the Sundara. Here are some reference soundtracks and what to look for in each.
1)We’ve Just Begun-Sinne Beg: Soundstage, vocal forwardness, Layering
2)Naatu Naatu-RRR: Punch and Dynamics, fast-paced dance music
3)Komuram Bheemudo-RRR: Male vocals, ballad-like tonality and theme
4)Come away with me-Norah Jones: Female Vocals, melody
5)Liar-Sandra: Flute in the beginning portion, female vocals
6)Whiskey River-Willie Nelson: Male Vocals, busy instrumentation
7)Your Love (Extended Version)-Kate Linn: Sub-bass at the beginning
8) Straight Out the Gate-Tech N9ne: Hip hop, fast-paced music
We are so happy you took out time & elaborately reviewed the product. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better & informed decision.
An excellent headphone with a very wide sound stage. the clarity is exceptional.
It would have been 5 stars if not for two main issues:
1. Slightly sibilant. can be managed with a slight bass boost but its noticeable
2. very weak headband grip. i understand its meant to be light and easy on the head but it feels like its going to fall off if i move my head.
Overall a very good set of headphones that make my HD650 feel like closed backs.
We appreciate your honest review & ratings, Ashish Balachander!
I'd like to begin by saying this is my first purchase into the High end/Enthusiast headphone segment. These headphones were bought for-
1) Casual listening on a smartphone, and
2) Gaming on a Desktop using DAC/AMP and a mod mic attachment.
So far, I have made do with a pair of Audio Technica M50Xs for both (without an AMP) , which for the last 6-and-half years had served as a reliable and robust daily driver. They have had 4 ear cushion changes and one headband change so far, but after one of the drivers finally gave in, the headphones started sounding unacceptably muddy at the lower end--It was finally time to put these to rest in the hall of fame.. (Right beside my now deceased logitech g503 and other *upto 10 year old random gear, that I still hold onto for a nostalgia factor! I guess I'm a romantic that way :)
That also meant it was now time to start looking for a worthy successor. Yes, there are some pretty high end gaming headphones out there(even in this price bracket) and yes, the sensible thing to have done was to simply get a razer blackshark V2 Pro or even another m50x really, since I am pretty comfortable and familiar with the sound signatures on both. This time though, I decided to venture out of the "hamburger with cheesy fries and a large coke" order and into the "steak with a glass of red wine" listing, and even though I knew that 35k couldn't really get me Wagyu steak or a glass of Bourdeoux, I knew what I'd be getting would still be a considerable step up from the Hamburger!
So upon discovering that I have probably recieved a defective pair--since the right side of the headphones isn't working, I have decided to not panic (tech will always break down eventually, trust me I know) and patiently wait for either a replacement, or a confirmation call from the headphone zone inspection team as was promised(once I ship it to them) --following which more will be added to this review along with what rating I think this headphone deserves.
Not buying an AMP along with these headphones was another naive mistake on my part, since I assumed the DAC built into my ROG phone 5 and PC would suffice to power these 18ohm cans. This I think has now been rectified with a purchase of the iFi Hip DAC 2, which should technically be enough to drive the planars if I understood the spec correctly. Could this also be why aside from the low volume, there is no sound out of the right earpiece? If so, it would save me a lot of hassle just to wait for the amplifier to test things out rather than ship these back to you guys :) A quick response from anybody familiar with this issue would be a great help...
I am writing this after spending 4 hrs with the Edition XS.
I am not into headphones, never was. The idea of having a heavy thing on the head to listen to music never thrilled me. I have a serious stereo setup. Like, seriously serious and I love it. The problem is, I don't get much time to be in that perfect listening position more than 3-4 hrs a week. For my love of music, I decided to get some portable gear. So, I started with a mid-range Fiio triple driver earphones (don't remember the model) and the R2R Cayin RU6 USB DAC+AMP (the RU6 is brilliant). I liked the experience very much and thought of upgrading (the problem with all audiophiles right). After some research, I zeroed in on the Hifiman Edition XS (not the standard headphone tech) and Chord Mojo 2. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get the Mojo yet as it went out of stock by the time I wrapped up my research and decided to hit the ‘add to cart’ button. Thus, I hooked up the Edition XS with the RU6 that I have (yes…I had to change the setting to high gain and crank up the volume to 85% to drive the Edition XS) and played some of my beloved hi-rez/lossless tracks. Now the difficult part – describe the experience. I’ll just say – It made me smile and I felt I am listening to my primary stereo system. Beautiful soundstage and excellent clarity across frequencies.
The only thing that I feel could have been better is the head band. Something like Ananda would have been more comfortable.
Now I am thinking, what have I gotten myself into? What next?
Hey Shankar, we are glad to know that you have been having an amazing time with your Editions. Thank you for taking some time out and sharing your listening experience with us by writing down an elaborative review & giving us awesome ratings. Cheers!
Delivery - 5/5 (delivered with in 24hrs)
Sound - 5/5 for me. Using these for more than 3 days it gets better and better. Very good sub bass. Detail retrieval is very good - Played rdr2 with this and it's like I'm "in the game".
some songs rcmd:
Men I Trust (garage sessions)
VULFPECK /// 1612 , Dean Town
AC/DC (Live At River Plate, December 2009)
Kendrick Lamar - N95 , Alright.
Mac Miller - Self Care, Good News.
Built and fit - 3.5/5 . Headphone wire and pads are meh (notbad/notgood). It's very comfortable and perfect fit for me but this headphone has a very weak clamping force - this is the only downgrade / dealbrake for some, I think if you sneeze hard it'll fly off from your head.
Thank you for the awesome ratings, Philip Okram!