SXR MUSIC GROUP

HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
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HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9
HiFiMAN HE-R9

HiFiMAN HE-R9

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SXR MUSIC GROUP
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MOP$8,947.00


General/Build/Comfort/Packaging

HiFiMAN is well known for doing headphones and some of their sources (DAC/AMP). Build quality is quite similar to HE400SE, with the exception of, the ear-cups are not open backed as this is a closed back headphone, headband’s cushion is more or less similar as well. It is also very comfortable to listen to for a long period of time. The ear-cups finishing made the headphone look very elegant, but at the same time, it is also prone to being a fingerprint magnet.

Sound Impression

HE-R9 tonality is tilting towards the warmer end of the spectrum. Personally, I find it to pair very well with an amp that’s neutral and cool sounding for a more dynamic listening experience if you prefer. Timbre sounds very natural as with most dynamic drivers.

Bass

  • The mid bass is punchy and tight, quality kind of bass i would say
  • Sub bass however, does sounds a little bit rolled off to my ears, but it is still sufficient to enjoy EDM tracks
  • Mid bass doesn’t bleed into the mids
  • Bass has good texture overall and doesn’t sound thin
  • The speed is good enough to handle tracks like Metallica’s Lux Aeterna, and Slipknot’s People = crap!, the speed drum doesn’t sound bloated/muddy and every hit can be heard clearly

Mids

  • The mids are not overly forward nor recessed,
  • Vocal for both male and females has good enough textures to them
  • Female vocal has a bit more energy compared to male
  • Upper mids are generally safe to my ears and not shouty

Treble

  • The treble here is very smooth and nowhere near energetic to my ears, perhaps a little too safe to my taste
  • Detail retrieval is alright but not the best in class
  • Not sibilant at all and never will be

Soundstage/Imaging

  • Soundstage is slightly out of your head, not exceptionally wide
  • Good height and width perception for the soundstage
  • Instruments can be picked up easily where it is coming from, but when the track gets a little busy, it does suffers a little
  • Good layering and separation for the asking price

Drivability

  • HE-R9 is not that hard to drive, but when fed with more power, it does perform at its best, in terms of slightly better dynamics, better bass in terms of control, a little bit more energy on the treble (depending on the amp that you are pairing it with)
  • A mid range/budget amp will do just fine
  • I have tested the R2R Module from Deva Pro (Blue-mini), they sounded quite energetic and a little bit more air on the top end, a very good synergy i would say