The HifiMan Edition X deliver a comfortable listening experience with a balanced and open sound. Their build quality feels premium and looks unique, but the headband is a little weak. Also, they're not intended for casual use, and will perform poorly outside of a quiet, stable environment.
- Durable ear cup design.
- Excellent and open audio reproduction.
- High leakage, can be distracting to others.
- Bulky and heavy headphones.
- Sensitive to ambient noise.
The HifiMan Edition X stand out with their unusual design. They're incredibly comfortable headphones with a sturdy build quality. The ear cups, especially, feel durable and make use of premium materials. However, these are one of the biggest headphones we've tested so far. The ear cups easily cover a large area of your face, particularly on smaller heads. They're unstable, cumbersome and do not have any audio controls. Simply put, they're not made to use outdoors.
HifiMan Edition X are uniquely designed headphones. They have a retro style headband and very large, flat and open ear cups. They look and feel premium and are superbly well-padded with a suede-like cushioned fabric. However, the sheer size of these headphones makes them awkward to wear in public. The headband also feels a little cheaply built compared to the level of care put into the ear cup design.
The HifiMan Edition X deliver a comfortable listening experience. They're exceedingly well padded, with a suede-like material, that's soft and pleasant on the skin. The headband, although a little stiff is not too tight on your head. However, the size of these headphones could be bothersome for some listeners, and they're a little heavy even if the weight is well distributed.
These are not sports-oriented headphones. They're big and bulky, and although comfortable, they're not stable enough on your head to use while doing any physical activity. The large and heavy earcups will sway and slip off your ears if used while running or exercising. On the upside, the cable is detachable in case it gets hooked on something.
The Edition X are not headphones you carry around often. They're very big and bulky and don't fold into a more compact format. The ear cups lay flat, but don't save much space. They will fit into a backpack, but sadly, they will be too cumbersome for most smaller bags or handbags.
The Edition X have an above average build quality. The open ear cups are dense, and the open-back design is reinforced with a sturdy metallic grid. The headband also has a relatively simple design with a metal frame, that's a little thin, but feels sturdy enough not to break under a fair amount of physical stress. Sadly, the joints that connect the frame to the ear cups is a little plasticky doesn't feel as durable as the rest of the design. This feels out of place on a headphone of this caliber. The cable on the other hand is thick and coated in a braided fabric that's durable.
The HiFiMan Edition X sound great and reproduce tracks with remarkable fidelity. These headphones have low impedance, planar magnetic drivers, that can be powered by your phone. They deliver an even and punchy bass, an almost flawless representation of the mid-range and balanced high-frequencies which make instruments and vocals sound relatively crisp. They also have a very open design that creates a broad and spacious soundstage, ideal for critical listening.
Excellent Bass Range performance, which is expected of large planar magnetic drivers. Low-bass is extended down to 27Hz, and bass is virtually flat. High-bass is slightly overemphasized, by less than 2dB, which could add excess warm and boominess to the sound.
Very good Mid Range performance. The response is virtually flat, but with a 4dB tilt favoring low-mid. This slightly pushes the vocals/instrument to the back of the mix, adding excess boominess and boxiness to the sound. The jaggedness in the response is typical of most planar magnetic headphones, and not audible to most.
Above average Treble Range performance. Low-treble is virtually flat. The 5dB and 10dB dips around 5KHz and 10KHz respectively, are too narrow to be audible, but they could negatively affect the clarity and detail of vocals/leads and cymbals.
Excellent soundstage. The large and deep drivers of these headphones outperform the HD 800 S in the PRTF test. This shows that these headphones activate the same pinna filters that a loudspeaker positioned 30 degrees in front would do, pulling out the soundstage from inside the head to the front. Also, these headphones are extremely open, and by far the loudest we have measured so far. This will help the music merge with the outside ambience, and at higher volumes even activate the ambient acoustics.
Above average Imaging. Although the phase response is quite flat in the Bass and Mid ranges, there's a noticeable roll-off above 10KHz. It should be noted that that phase distortion at higher frequencies is quite hard to detect. Additionally, our test unit performed above average in driver matching tests.
Very good harmonic distortion performance. Although the response looks quite jagged, the narrow-band spikes won't be audible to most. The amount of harmonic distortion at 90dB SPL is quite good, however, there is a noticeable rise in the amount of harmonic distortion at higher volumes.
The Edition X are open-back headphones and are not designed to isolate listeners. Openness is one of the key components of their superb sound quality, but this also makes them unusable in everyday settings. They will distract anyone near you even at low-to-moderate volumes and also don't block any noise from your surroundings. They won't fare well in loud environments and are best used to enjoy high-res audio in private.
Poor isolation. The huge drivers of these headphones are completely open, and block very little. They provide no isolation in Bass and Mid ranges, and provide only 5dB of isolation in the Treble, which is negligible.
Poor leakage. These are the loudest and leakiest headphones we have measured so far. Not only the level of the leakage is extremely high, the profile is extremely broad too. Most headphones either level off at higher frequencies, or roll-off. But the Edition X keeps getting louder as the frequency rises.
No active features.
No compatible app.
In the box
- HiFiMan Edition X HeadphHeadphones
- 1/8" to 1/4" adapter
- Audio cables (x2)
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