Performance Build Quality Comfort Value PRICE $2,999 AT A GLANCE Plus Luxurious design Extraordinarily spacious sound Advanced nano-thin planar magnetic drivers Minus A big, definitely not-so-portable headphone Crazy expensive THE VERDICT The HiFiman HE1000 is pricey, but it sounds so clear and open other headphones sound dull and drab by comparison. What? $2,999 for headphones? Can they be worth it? Yes, and yes. It’s not just that the Hifiman HE1000 sounds more transparent, spacious, and dynamic than other headphones: With the HE1000, music arrives more intact—there’s more there there. The Hifiman HE1000’s open quality makes you realize not all open-back headphones sound equally open. You don’t have to be an engineer to understand why: Just look at the HE1000 ear cups’ thin horizontal blades that minimize reflections to a remarkable degree and expose most of the back surface of the diaphragm to the air.