HiFiMAN HE1000se Open Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

The HE1000se takes the excellent design of the HE1000 V2 headphones and adds HiFiMAN's innovative Stealth Magnets to greatly reduce sound wave interference

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The HE1000se takes the excellent design of the HE1000 V2 headphones and adds HiFiMAN's innovative Stealth Magnets to greatly reduce sound wave interference for a much cleaner sonic purity. This combination creates an incredibly detailed yet naturally sounding pair of headphones that manages to maintain comfort across long listening sessions. The HE1000se's incorporation of HiFiMAN's latest design concepts make this pair of headphones fantastic value for the hours upon hours of listening pleasure you will receive.


  • Nanometer Thickness Diaphragm
  • Stealth Magnets
  • Window Shade System

Nanometer Thickness Diaphragm
HE1000se uses planar magenetic technology to create sound. Unlike conventional dynamic drivers, HiFiMAN planar headphones utilize a very thin film in proximity to a magnet to create sount that is detailed and lifelike with outstanding clarity. Generally, the thinner the film means lower mass, yielding faster response and lower distortion which in turn create a natural sound reproduction.

In the HE1000se, the film used is so thin, it is a diaphragm in nanometer thickness which is a breakthrough core technology developed by HiFiMAN and first of its kind in headphone application. To give you an idea of how thin the film is, if you were to view it from the side, it would be invisible to the naked eye. Working with this advanced material is extremely challenging yet the successful incorporation of this film as the HE1000se's planar driver is the cornerstone of its remarkable sound.

Stealth Magnets
The latest innovation in the world of planar magnetic headphones is the development of a new design of magnet. HiFiMAN have called these "Stealth Magnets" after the core principle of anything stealth, to be as invisible as possible. Thus, the advanced magnet design used on the HE1000se aims to be as acoustically transparent, or invisible as possible. In traditional designs the magnets get in the way of the sound waves, by reflection and diffraction. This creates construcive and destructive interference and as these points shift with frequency changes, there is a mass of wave intereference taking place.

The use of "Stealth Magnets" on the HE1000se means the sound wave reproduction can take place without the necessary magnets getting in their own way ruining the sonic purity of their output.

Window Shade System
HiFiMAN utilizes an "Open Back" design for best possible sound. With the HE1000se, a patented "Window Shade" is precisely structured to gain greater openness in the headphone design. The Window Shade keeps the sound waves from second refraction to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion. The result is a wider soundstage, outstanding imaging and remarkable clarity.

Aesthetically, the "Window Shade" also provides a unique, high-tech look to the HE1000se.

The Headband
Ergonomic and comfortable headband is designed to fit for most people, with greater reliability and durability.

The metal headband structure is created via CNC milling and hand polishing. To adjust the headband, simply move each ear cup up or down until the top of the headband rests comfortably on your head and the ear cups surround your ears.

The Cables
HE1000se is supplied with a newly upgraded cable made of further refined conductors (higher grade crystalline copper and crystalline silver) with an improved stronger structure. The new cable delivers better sound quality with a wider frequency range and lower signal loss.

The cables are user-replaceable and have channel orientation for left and right. An "L" and "R" are indicated inside the headband. Once the cable is installed with correct channel orientation, an easy way to tell left and right is the cable is connected toward the front of the ear cup. The cable will drape on the user's chest for greater comfort.

The Ear Pads
The newly updated HE1000se ear pads have been specially re-designed to become thicker with an asymmetrical shape that follows the form of the ear cups. The pads are beveled so that they contour to the shape of your head for superb comfort and extended listening.

The premium ear pads also have a new surface that makes contact with the head. This material had been changed from Velour to Polyester to increase sound transparency. The surrounding pleather material has not been altered.

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