The HE1000 V2 is an update to HIFIMAN’s best selling reference headphone, the HE1000. The new version offers lower weight, improved ergonomics and cabling, and a headband designed to fit a larger range of sizes than the original. The graphic below shows the updates and changes.

HE1000 V1 VS V2

Our Take


The HE1000 is one of our very favorite headphones, and the new version only improves the experience with a lighter design and updated earpads that improve the already lush comfort.  The headband can now comfortably accommodate smaller head sizes, removing the problem that many smaller users had with the original version. The sound, when well driven, is simply sublime, expansive and impactful with an inviting tone that makes you just want to keep listening all night. The HE1000 does a superb job of connecting listeners to the essence of the music, and as such it is one of our most highly recommended headphones. The versatile combination of reference resolution, spatial imaging, and powerful bass make it a great choice as an all-around high-end headphone.