The HiFiMan HE1000se open-back planar magnetic headphone is one of HiFiMan's higher-end audiophile headphones and a welcome addition to the HiFiMan HE1000 series. The third version of a distinguished model, the new HE1000 Special Edition features increased sensitivity for superior performance. Thanks to the lower impedance of 35 ohms and a higher sensitivity of 96dB, you'll get a greater sense of presence and realism, especially when paired with high-performance devices such as headphone amplifiers, DAPs, and DACs.
The HE1000se headphones have a very detailed and dynamic sound. It’s on the analytical side but it’s more natural than clinical. The HE1000se has a huge soundstage, making it especially suitable for classical music, and jazz. The bass response is quick with a sub-bass that stands out. The treble is energetic and airy with a pleasant tonality, and the midrange is textured and full of detail. The large soundstage gives instruments and small details a three-dimensional presence. Immerse yourself in the artist’s vocals with a clear, detailed, and smooth sound signature.
New to the HiFiMan HE1000se are neodymium magnets that increase efficiency and lower distortion for true purity of sound. Neodymium is widely recognized for providing incomparable magnetic strength in a compact size, providing consistently exceptional output that is equal to larger and heavier ferrite magnets. With neodymium, the new model’s driver is faster and more dynamic, presenting every sonic detail for a more compelling performance.
The HE1000se’s uses a nanometer thickness diaphragm, making it extremely responsive with lower distortion. The diaphragm is only one nanometer yielding faster response and a high dynamic range that makes recordings come to life, satisfying the most demanding listeners, no matter the genre, from soft acoustic music to high-energy rock & roll, and every genre in between. Next to the diaphragm sits the Stealth Magnets which reduce sound wave diffraction turbulence to deliver the purest, cleanest performance with no distortion.
The previous model, HE1000 V2, is one of the best-reviewed headphones in the high-performance personal hifi audio market. Cited by multiple reviewers as being the best headphone in its price range, it could easily have been left as is, but Dr. Bian is a firm believer that even the best can always be made demonstrably better.
"As popular as it may be, I believe it’s important to keep pushing the envelope with revisions that present a dramatic improvement in sound while maintaining the essence of what made the original such an overwhelming success with music fans and audiophiles who invest in the best equipment for enjoying their favorite recordings.”
— Dr. Fang Bian, Founder & CEO, HIFIMAN
The HiFiMan HE1000se retains the design seen in many HiFiMan headphones: ovular-shaped ear cups, window-shade grill design, and ergonomic headband. Similar to the previous version, a patented window shade open back design minimizes distortion by avoiding unwanted reflections and vibrations that misrepresent the artist’s performance. The result is a wide, natural soundstage that delivers an acoustically accurate listening experience that rivals a concert hall.
Ergonomically, the HE1000se is exceptionally comfortable, thanks to a specially designed headband that features a steady arch structure for stability and durability for years of usage without change in fit. The overall build of the open-back headphones uses metal parts and the ear cups feature deep comfy ear pads. Sit back and enjoy hours of fatigue-free listening. A new matte finish with ebony wood trim adds a smart, attractive touch that enhances the overall design.