HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Review 8

HiFiMAN HE-1000 V2 Planar Magnetic Headphones Review

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HiFiMAN came close to perfection with the HE1000. It almost has a perfectly flat frequency response, excellent ergonomics, and looks that match its $2999 price tag. As such, it came as quite the surprise when rumors about a V2 of the HE1000 surfaced a while back, most thinking HiFiMAN could not pull more out of the HE1000 design.

HiFiMAN proved people wrong by introducing the HE1000 V2 with quite a number of substantial upgrades. The biggest changes are the now even fatter and more inclined pads and the thin Edition X type cups. Underneath the hood is more dampening around the structural supports for the driver and magnet array, but otherwise, a lot of the parts have been carried over from the V1. The weight is also down 60 g, which should make them slightly more comfortable!

Due to the launch timing of the HE1000 V2, there is now an upgrade program which allows those with the V1 to upgrade to the V2 for $650. This is a pretty good deal even when considering the resale value of the V1 prior to the launch of the V2.


  • Impedance: 35 Ohm
  • Sensitivity: 90 dB
  • Frequency Response: 8 Hz - 65 kHz
  • Weight: 420 g
Impedance and sensitivity remain unchanged as the driver carried over from the V1. Weight has also gone down by 60 g.
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