I heard the Hifiman HE-1000 phones at the Newport and San Francisco audio shows. I think they are amazing! I'm still considering a purchase but hate to abandon my beloved Stax phones. But YES, I could live happily with a pair and a high-quality tube headphone driver unit. Also, I have heard them with digital music players, like the Sony HAP-Z1ES, and the sound quality is stunning.
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I just found out about this (today), they are some new headphones that just came out (AudioQuest NightHawk $600) that a Audio Writer said is even BETTER than the hifiman he-1000's!!...
The review of the Audioquest Nighthawk phones is flawed. The reviewer admits that he is really a speaker guy, has AKG 701 phones as his go-to phones and warns not to critically listen for 150-200 hours minimum (for break-in). I love headphones, but an hour a day is plenty. That means six months before I'm comfortable comparing the Nighthawks to my Stax or even the Hifiman HE-1000 that they compete with. At $600 the Nighthawks are probably a bargain, but I'll stick with my Stax or spring for the Hifiman HE-1000 if I want a change.
I don't believe in it ,headphones will be headphones,yes they might dig out more details,but never will give impression of speakers,every model of headphones have they own imperfection.Reviewers usually it mask politely:)
Bullshit,then people in studios where recordings are made always must wait 200hours:D
These NightHawk headphones use the same speaker drives that the "world's best" Sony MDR-R10's! People pay as much as $6K! for these Sony R10's when they come on the used market!..