Today begins another day of MajorHiFi Madness, as I stand amidst the after-party wreckage of my Denver hotel room. Walking carefully around broken headphones and what I can only assume are large piles of talcum powder, I make my way to my laptop. Must…write…about…headphones, my brain seems to groan. Rocky Mountain Audio Fest has proven quite the ordeal, thanks to an onslaught of new products. However, at the forefront of this flood are three new headphones from Chinese champion HifiMan.
New HifiMan Headphones Announced at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
New Hifiman Jade II Electrostatic Headphones
First up on the roster, we have the new HifiMan Jade II electrostatic headphones. Retailing for a solid $2499 (including the electrostatic amplifier), the Jade II lands well below the already-established HifiMan Shangri-La Jr. and Sr. models.
The Jade II borrows much of its technology from the higher-end Shangri-La headphones, while the amplifier features a custom design made from the ground up.
Both products are offered separately, as well, with the Jade II headphone running you a fair $1399 and the Jade II Amp costing a slightly-higher $1599. The Jade Line will be compatible with other electrostatic systems using the industry-standard 5-pin connection.
The Jade II Line will be available beginning in December 2018.
New Hifiman Planar Magnetic Arya Headphones
Additionally, the earcups on the Arya feature a housing similar to that of the Edition X, while the headband likewise uses a similar design.
Sound-wise, the Arya may be aimed at consumers unable to afford the premium sound of the HifiMan HE 1000 V2.
HifiMan’s Arya will be available in early November 2018.
New HifiMan HE5SE Limited Edition Headphones
Following on the heels of the HE6se (released earlier this month), the HE5se will offer HifiMan fans a chance to own a rare special edition HE5. This headphone, while building on the design of the older HE5, offers an update sound and appearance.
Limited to a production run of just 500 units, the HE5se utilizes wooden cups, improved build quality and headband. Also, the HE5se features HifiMan’s esteemed reputation for overall durability.
Each HE5se comes with a glass plate and laster etching commemorating the 10th anniversary edition of the HE5, the HE5se. This laser etching sports a signature by Fiang Bian, founder of HifiMan.
The Hifiman HE5se retails for $699 and begins shipping next month.