Edition X V2 Planar Magnetic Headphone Combines Superb Sound with High Efficiency and Comfort For Award-Winning Performance

New York NY November 10, 2016 – HIFIMAN, a leading designer/manufacturer of high performance headphones and portable audio products, announced that its Edition X V2 was named a CES 2017 Innovations Awards Honoree. A preeminent panel of independent industrial designers and engineers as well as prominent members of the trade media judge products entered into this competitive program. The Innovations award honors outstanding design and engineering in cutting-edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.


Leveraging much of the same technology from their celebrated flagship and 2016 Innovation Award winner, HE1000, the company’s Edition X V2 features asymmetrical ear cups, beveled hybrid ear pads, window shade grill design and ergonomic headband. Weighing only fourteen ounces and boasting a remarkable sensitivity of 103dB, Edition X can easily be driven by most portable audio devices such as a smartphone or iPod. HIFIMAN Edition X is available with a MSRP of $1799.

The highly acclaimed HE1000 and Edition X have undergone several styling and mechanical enhancements that substantially improved their appearance, durability and comfort. To identify them, the new models have been given a V2 designation after their model names and therefore are known as HE1000 V2 ($2999 MSRP) and Edition X V2 ($1799) respectively.

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Sharing a similar design with asymmetrical ear cups and window shade grille, X boasts high sensitivity of 103dB meaning it can be easily driven from most portable audio devices and smartphones. This enables Edition X to be well suited for portable applications around the home, office or travel. Edition X is was priced at 40% less than HE1000. With Edition X V2, key improvements include: an updated headband design to accommodate more head sizes, a metal yoke for increased stability and durability, enhanced cosmetics all around and an improved cable and thicker, better ear pads.

Also to increase transparency of the sound, the EDX ear pad material has been changed along with the HE 1000 V2. The former Velour ear pads will now be Polyester to make the sound more crystal clear. There headband has also been updated similar to that of the HE 1000 V2. It will now allow for a wider range of adjustment to accommodate various head shapes and sizes.

Window Shade Grill Design

Window Shade Grill Design

ybrid Ear Pads

Hybrid Ear Pads

Window Shade Grill System

HIFIMAN needed to create a special design solution that provides driver protection, is optimized for an open-back design and that also yields the best possible sound quality. For HE1000 and Edition X V2, a patented “Window Shade” grill made with premium alloys is the solution, precisely structured to gain greater openness in the headphone design. Its openness keeps the sound waves from second refraction to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion. The result is a wider soundstage, outstanding imaging and remarkable clarity.

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Aesthetically, as an added benefit, the Window Shade Grill also provides a unique, high-tech look to Edition X V2 and an appropriate complement to its high-tech mylar finish.

Responding to the Innovation Award, HIFIMAN Founder and President, Dr. Fang Bian commented, “This award is truly a great honor for me and my team and one that we will value. HE1000 and Edition X have taken us several years of painstaking hard work and they have been very well received by audiophiles around the world. However recognition such as the CES Innovation Award further shows that our efforts have been worthwhile.”

The prestigious CES Innovation Awards are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the producer of the International CES, the global gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, and have been recognizing achievements in product design and engineering since 1976.

The HIFIMAN Edition X V2 will be showcased in the Innovations display at the Sands Expo at the 2017 International CES, which runs January 5-8, 2017, in Las Vegas, Nevada. At CES, HIFIMAN will be exhibiting in the LVCC South Hall in # 21624 as well as the Venetian Hotel in Suite # 30-234. The Edition X V2 along with many other popular HIFIMAN products will be readily available to audition in both locations.


Founded by Dr. Fang Bian in 2007, HIFIMAN is widely regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of high performance headphones and portable audio products in the world. HIFIMAN is especially known for its critically acclaimed Planar-Magnetic headphones that feature state-of-the-art driver technology. The company also designs and manufactures best-in-class dynamic in-ear phones that have also garnered awards and rave reviews.

HIFIMAN also owns and operates Head-Direct, (Head-Direct is now replaced by HIFIMAN Store) an online webstore featuring the finest headphones and portable audio players available today, including HIFIMAN products.