Best Open-Back Audiophile Headphones of 2023 | Moon Audio
Best Open-Back Audiophile Headphones of 2023 | Moon Audio
The HiFiMan HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet Headphones are the third version of HiFiMan's first planar magnetic headphones developed using nanometer-grade material. Already an outstanding reference headphone, the implementation of the Stealth Magnets technology to one of HiFiMan's most popular headphones takes it to the next level. Details are crisper, bass is more refined, mids are meatier, all while maintaining an excellent, wide soundstage and presentation. It makes one of the best headphones even better.
"The HE1000 has been one of my top reference headphones since its introduction in the fall of 2015."
~ Drew Baird, P.E., CEO and Founder of Moon Audio
The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet headphone is the 3rd iteration of the popular HE series headphone. It includes an advanced asymmetrical magnetic circuit which included over seven years of research and design into the ground-braking headphone that approaches perfect sound quality. Fasten your seat belts for a reference headphone with huge soundstage, lifelike details, and ultra transparency including the most luxurious product ever offered by Fang Bian of HeadDirect.
The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet uses planar magnetic technology to create sound. Unlike convention dynamic drivers, HiFiMan planar headphones utilize a very thin film in proximity to a magnet to create a sound that is detailed and lifelike with outstanding clarity. Generally, the thinner the film the lower the mass, yielding faster response and lower distortion, which in turn are key elements that create natural sound reproduction. In the HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet, the film used is so thin, it is a diaphragm in nanometer thickness which is a breakthrough core technology developed by HiFiMan and the first of its kind in a headphone application. To give you an idea of how thin the film is, if you were to view it from the side, it would be invisible to the naked eye. Working with this advanced material is extremely challenging yet the successful incorporation of this film as the HE1000 V2 planar driver is the cornerstone of remarkable sound.
Created to meet the need for driver protection, the HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet utilizes an "open-back" design for the best possible sound. The patented "Window Shade" is precisely structured to gain greater openness in the headphone design. It keeps the sound waves from a second refraction to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion, resulting in a wider soundstage, outstanding imaging, and remarkable clarity. Aesthetically, the "Window Shade" also provides a unique, high-tech look to the HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet.
Seven years of painstaking research on this groundbreaking design has produced a near-perfect reproduction of live music. It took the HiFiMan team that long 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 Diaphragm in Nanometer thickness and its magnetic partner. The result is Planar magic.
Ergonomic and comfortable, the headband is designed for greater reliability and durability. The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet headband is the result of clever industrial design. The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet has an improved headband that will accommodate a wider range of head sizes while applying correct pressure evenly. The metal headband structure is created via CNC milling and hand polishing. To adjust the headband, simply move each ear cup up or down until the top of the headband rests comfortably on your head and the ear cups surround your ears.
The newly updated HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet's ear pads have been specially re-designed to become thicker with an asymmetrical shape that follows the form of the ear cups. The pads are beveled so that they contour the shape of your head for superb comfort and extended listening. The premium ear pads also have a new 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.
The updated ear cups are trimmed down in size, reducing weight and increasing comfort. The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet's ear cup measures 11mm in thickness and the original version is 14mm. The new look is slimmer and sleeker.
The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet is supplied with a newly upgraded cable made of a further refined conductor (higher grade crystalline copper and crystalline silver) with an improved stronger structure. The new cable delivers better sound quality with a wider frequency range and lower signal loss. The cables are user-replaceable and have channel orientation for left and right. An L and R are indicated inside the headband. Once the cable is installed with the correct channel orientation, an easy way to tell left and right is the cable is connected toward the front of the ear cup. The cable will drape on the user's chest for greater comfort.
The HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet headphone package includes two different types of plugs: a mini 6.35mm (¼inch) 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
Meticulously crafted and quality-checked by hand, each HE1000 is sure to be perfect. Each one of HiFiMan's HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet headphones is assembled and repeatedly quality-checked by hand throughout the entire manufacturing process. To meet the critical standards set by HiFiMan, the surface finishing is handled and refined by meticulous craftsmen. With its unique design, exceptional function and exquisite craftsmanship, the HE1000 V2 Stealth Magnet is the ultimate luxury item that will redefine the audio landscape.