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  • Mid-FI Shootout: HIFIMAN Edition XS vs Moondrop Venus

    HIFIMAN released their flagship planar magnetic headphones, originally costing a pretty penny but then released a more affordable version, the he1000. Over time, they released units like Sundara and Ananda, but there was still a gap in the price bracket of $300-700 dollars. This is where Edition XS fits in with its $500 US price point. It has plenty of improved features compared to its predecessors, such as the use of stealth magnets for better wave guard directivity and much thinner super nano drivers. I’ll review the XS first and then compare it to the Moondrop Venus. Build quality Regarding build quality, the headphones are lightweight. They have soft and thick ear pads that distribute the weight around the ears, and a soft headband. The structure, yolks cup holders, and ear cup grills are made from metal, and the ear cups are made from a glossy hard plastic. My only concern with the headphones is the glossy hard plastic, but it's not a huge deal. They are successors to a brighter model with improved magnets and drivers, offered at the original price of the Edition X. They have massive drivers in line with their Ananda, Aria, and h1000se, stealth magnets for better waveguide directivity, and thinner drivers for faster decays and lower distortion. They have an impedance of 18 ohms and a sensitivity of 92 dB/mW, able to be driven by portable devices but sounding better with dedicated desktop headphone amplifiers. Sound quality My favorite headphones were those that were technical yet organic and natural sounding. My number one headphone is the Hifiman Susvara, which is flawless. The headphones being discussed today are trying to mimic that kind of sound. They are warmer, more fun-sounding, and are more mid-range and mid-bass forward. There is more oomph and bass synergy compared to other headphones I've listened to. They play all genres of music well, from Vivaldi to aggressive dark music. They are genre master headphones that get technicalities right while trying to sound close to the real thing. Dynamics and transients Let's go deeper into dynamics and transients. Personally, I like when my headphones are fast and impactful, giving me a healthy dose of dopamine. High performance headphones need to cover all our needs and drive like a Cadillac when needed. I'm happy to report that these headphones are both super fast and fun, with a playful mid-bass. You don't need the biggest and meanest headphone amplifier either as they work great with smaller, budget-based amplifiers like Topping and SMSL. Sound stage Another impressive thing about these headphones is the sound staging capabilities. They compare favorably to the Moondrop Venus Venus. These headphones aim to mimic the sound of the speakers behind, using elongated drivers that cover the entire ear. The sound is open, wide and tall, with sounds seeming to hit the ceiling before reaching the ears. This is not common in regular headphones and provides a speaker-like experience. The Imaging is clear and defined and even the notes playing in the background are fast, clear, and defined. Detail retrieval Detail retrieval is great for this price point, but it won't outperform higher-end headphones like the Aria Stealth or the HE1000SE. The Edition XS still provides enough information but if you want more, you can upgrade to the Arya Stealth. The resolving abilities are fine, and they don't become foggy or distort at higher volumes even with less-than-perfect recordings. Bass There's a minor roll-off in the sub-bass below 30 Hertz by about 4dB. Immediately after that, the mid-bass region stands out as the most impressive part of the headphone. It highlights mid-bass notes even in soft tunes, blues, and jazz, due to its slight elevation. This makes the mid-bass groovy, fast, impactful, and clean with no distortion. Mid-range The mid-range is also quite nice, with a more linear response and no roll-off up to 1 kilohertz, making vocals fuller and more natural. Treble However, there is a small rise of 5dB at 8 kilohertz and a larger drop of 12dB at 5 kilohertz, making the treble not as bright as it could be. Overall, the treble delivery is extended, clean, and has plenty of shimmer and bite, but not as much as bright-sounding headphones. Frequency response I measured them and the raw frequency response shows mismatched drivers with dips and rises, particularly in the treble. There's also a small roll-off in the sub-bass and a tiny ringing in the bass region. Spectrogram shows low distortion with higher distortion in the sub-bass at around 84dB. Decay suggests a fast sound. Vs the Moondrop Venus Alright guys, let's compare the Edition XS to the Moondrop Venus, which is $100 more expensive. In terms of build quality and comfort, the Venus wins as it is well put together and comfortable for a longer period of time. The Venus is crafted only from metal and leather, while the Edition XS feels cheaper with a few plastic pieces. The Venus is also more sensitive and works better with portable devices. In terms of technicalities, they both sound fast, clean, and spacious. However, the Edition XS sounds taller and closer to a speaker-like experience. Tonality-wise, the Edition XS has a better balance and sounds more natural with a wider variety of music. The Venus sounds lightweight and has softer bass and mid-range, and a hotter treble delivery. The Edition XS works better with aggressive music and has a more even delivery. Conclusion Overall, the Edition XS is a better headphone with a higher level of expertise and a better sound. It's easy to like and enjoy and can be a mood booster. For the price, it's hard to find something better-sounding. Hence, the Edition XS receives the highest Gold Award.
  • "I Wanna Dance to These": Zeos on the final D8000 Pro

    “The kick drum on these is amazing. It’s more present than even the Susvara. And the Susvara did magical things. I’m not gonna knock it off the top of the hill yet. The reason I love the D8000Pro, though, is because it just pushes air around like it doesn’t give a fuck, which is not very Japanese. Usually, Japanese headphones are very refined and clean. These are fun. final made a fun headphone. "When I listen to it on my TA22 DAC/amp, you get that added tube sound stage. I wanna dance to these. I feel like someone who actually enjoys music designed these. And so, in conclusion, if you power the D8000Pro right and you give them a fun DAC/Amp combo, they will perform leagues better than any <$2000 planar.” D8000Pro Limited Edition Sound - in a nutshell “Sound placement, sound movement, the fullness of it….I’m trying to think how to describe this. This sounds like a normal headphone in the same way that the Lamborghini Aventador is a normal commuter car. You get in, and you’re like, well I guess because it has a seat and a wheel it’s the same thing as a Honda Civic. It is not.” “You know how when you hear something that’s got good bass extension, it feel like it’s alive? Now imagine if you could hear that feeling from 500Hz to 2500Hz. It feels like every frequency range is just excited and shaking and giving me the best of itself.”
  • The TOPPING DX1 is "The New Budget DAC/Amp King"

    Note: This article is based on the video "Topping DX1 - the new Budget DAC/AMP King!" made by Mr Ayrist on his YouTube channel and is ...
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