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World’s First Diaphragm in Nanometer Thickness

Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit offering perfect reproduction of live music.
Ergonomic and comfortable design fit for most people, with greater reliability and durability.
Patented “Window Shade” System reduces sound reflection to gain wider sound stage.


Significance of the Nanograde Material Nanometer-thick diaphragm, extremely high in tenacity and low in mass, guarantees perfect dynamic response. So thin it is invisible to the naked eye.


For my portion of this review, I’m going to focus on how I think HIFIMAN has really changed the landscape for top-of-the-line high-end headphones. To say that it has been a love affair since their arrival wouldn’t be much of a stretch. Previous to hearing these headphones, I thought this level of high-end quickness and tactility only came in the form of electrostatic headphones. But once you decide to go down that electro-static road, you very quickly realize that the costs can be quite prohibitive. Yes, you will need a dedicated electro-static headphone amplifier (I own the Cavalli Audio Liquid Lightning 2) and they don’t come cheap (between $4250 – $4750, depending on the Liquid Lightning 2 or Liquid Lightning 2T), the Woo Audio WES electro-static amplifier ($4990) or the HeadAmp Blue Hawaii Special Edition (starting at $5596). Stax manufactures its own brand of ‘energizers,’ but to really get the most out of your SR-007s or SR-009s, you really will need to go beyond these options.

So for more than two and a half years, I’ve been quite happy with both my SR-007s and SR-009s. They have provided me with the satisfaction of an incredibly quick and nimble sound, and all while never sounding dry or artificial. I thought this was the only path in order to hear this level of detail. Then, my HE1000s were delivered and things changed very quickly.

I want to preface this by saying I have also owned the HD800s for just over 5 years now and have heard them on some very well respected and vaunted setups (both tube and solid state). No other headphone has come as close to my Stax setup as the HD800s; that is until the HE1000s arrived. Read more