Can this really be as good as a conventional system?

HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier System

HiFiMan is a big player in the personal audio game. For some time, they have offered a wide range of products ranging from $69 earbuds to a radical $30,000 headphone and 300B tube amp combination. They also sell a number of portable digital audio players.

For $2499 anyone could build a rather respectable contemporary playback system with loudspeakers. But if you are an apartment or condominium dweller, or if your living situation precludes playing music out loud, you’re probably going to want a personal listening solution. Is the HiFiMan Jade II going to provide the same quality of sound a loudspeaker-based system would? Will I get the soundstage, timbre fidelity, and fun I’ve come to expect from my open baffle speakers and tube amps?

HIFIMAN Jade II Electrostatic Headphone and Amplifier System Closeup

For that $2499 you can also buy the new Jade II headphone and amplifier system from HiFiMan. The headphones sell for $1399, and the amplifier for $1599, but buying them both together saves you $500. You get a gorgeous pair of electrostatic headphones which weigh less than a pound. You get a heavy and handsome solid-state amp. You basically buy yourself a turnkey personal audio solution. You just feed the amp a sound source via RCA or XLR cables, plug your Jade II headphones into the DIN plug in the front, and you’re good to go.

I have some experience with conventional, driver-based headphones in the $100- to $300-dollar range, but have never had the opportunity to get quality time with a pair of electrostatic headphones. I am eager to try these out.

I’m going to spend some quality time with the HiFiMan Jade II system determine how comfortable they are, how they feel after a few long listening sessions, and just how good they sound.