Based on the well-respected HE1000v2, this new edition driver is 5db more efficient, allowing for use with portable devices. Using a thinner overall driver and an all-new Neodymium magnet structure, add the 95db sensitivity, and the result is all the detail and air of the HE1000v2 with a more immediate dynamic sound.
The Perfect Design & Build Quality for Sound Quality
Aesthetically, the HE1000SE looks like a cross between the HE-1000 V2 and the Susvara model. With a black headband and ebony wood trimmings, the HE1000SE is visually striking and conveys a luxury appeal. Perhaps the most characteristic of HiFiMAN’s house look is the window shade grill design, which, along with the metal housings, are CNC milled and hand polished. The headband combines a special metal alloy and the head-support features soft-grade calf-skin material.
Increased sensitivity using neodymium magnets
By increasing the sensitivity from 91 to 96 dB (decibels), HiFiMan’s HE1000se is easier to drive from any source, with a greater sense of presence and realism, especially when paired with high-performance electronics.
New to the HE1000se are neodymium magnets that increase efficiency and lower distortion for the true purity of sound. Neodymium is well-known for its incomparable magnetic strength in a small package, delivering consistently exceptional output comparable to larger and heavier ferrite magnets.With neodymium, the new model’s driver is faster and more dynamic, presenting every sonic detail for a more compelling performance.
Similar to the previous version, a patented “window shade” open-back design minimizes distortion by avoiding unwanted reflections and vibrations that misrepresent the artist’s performance. The result is a wide, natural soundstage that mirrors the experience of listening to live music in an acoustically accurate club or concert hall.
A Comfortable Diaphragm
The diaphragm is only one nanometer thick, yielding faster response and a high dynamic range that makes recordings come to life, satisfying the most demanding listeners, no matter the genre, from soft acoustic music to high-energy rock & roll, and every genre in between. Ergonomically, the HE1000se is exceptionally comfortable. The specially designed headband features a steady arch structure for stability and durability for years of usage without a change in fit. A new matte finish with ebony wood trim adds a smart, attractive touch that enhances the overall design.
Lightweight Material for Optimum Comfort
Comfort has always been a strong suit of HiFiMAN’s. The HE1000SE is no exception with its delightful use of lightweight material and even distribution support. Although it weighs only 20g more than the HiFiMAN HE1000 V2 at 440g, the headphone is built for hours of fatigue-free listening.
The design of the headband yolks allows for pivotal rotation of the housings, which helps in achieving a perfect fit for all head types.
HIFIMAN HE1000SE Final Thoughts
The HE1000SE is a fantastic set of headphones with a proprietary technology that delivers when it comes to sound. The build quality and material choices are precise, and every step of the way, they look like, feel like, and sound like true audiophile headphones.
Frequency response : 8Hz – 65KHz
Impedance : 35 Ohms
Sensitivity : 96 dB
Weight : 440g