HiFiMAN is the new face of the high-end audio industry being established in 2007. Using orthodynamic drivers in their headphones has allowed HiFiMAN to produce cans that provide a true audiophile experience. As you reach the top of their range, the power that is given by the headphones is astonishing. Put them on and get lost in a world of you own.
Why we chose HiFiMAN
The goal that founder Dr. Fang Bian set for HiFiMAN headphones was to achieve a high quality ‘traditional sound’ rather than the ‘modern, digital sound’ that has become common place in portable audio. This is something that we are passionate about at Adair Acoustic. In an age of audio files rather than audiophiles, it is refreshing to see a new company heading in the direction against the grain. We love the fullness of analogue sound and are very excited to see how close to the real thing HiFiMAN are able to take digital music.
The History of HiFiMAN
HiFiMAN is the new face of the high-end audio industry being established in 2007 by Dr. Fang Bian whilst he was completing a Nanotechnology PhD in New York City.
The HiFiMAN story really began when Bian was a teenager. He became obsessed with the Sony Walkman and Discman, so much so that he began collecting damaged and discontinued models that he would refurbish and sell online. Later on Bian would help his parents assemble a home theatre system, it was then that Bian came up with the idea of a high fidelity version of the Walkman, and HiFiMAN (Hi-Fi Walkman) was created.
Though the initial idea behind the company was to create high-end portable players, it is HiFiMAN’s highly praised range of headphones that really put the brand on the map.
HiFiMAN has become especially known for its planar magnetic (or orthodynamic) headphones (HE-400, HE-500, HE-6), which offer a more affordable alternative to the highly-acclaimed electrostatic drivers. Planar magnetic drivers are basically a cross-breed of electrostatic and dynamic drivers. Like the dynamics, they use a magnetic field around a conductor with electrical current flowing through it to drive the diaphragm. Like the electrostatic drivers, the diaphragm is a thin flexible film, although differing in that the film has flat conductors on it. The diaphragm is immersed by a magnetic flux meaning that when the current is applied, the conductors (and diaphragm) move back and forth.