What about caveats? Some of you will have discovered an online review declaring the Jade II system is a “dangerous” product capable of shocking its users. Frankly, I’m going to call that review erroneous to the point of almost irrational hysteria. I’ve used the Jade II system—and many other electrostatic headphone systems—for hours on end in both humid and dry conditions with zero problems. My opinion is that about the only way you could hurt yourself with the Jade II system would be to take it with you into the shower, bathtub, or swimming pool—something no music lover in his or her right mind would ever attempt. Enough said.
While the Jade II system is not in the strictest sense a ‘state of the art’ product in the way that HiFiMAN’s Shangri-La Jr or Shangri-La systems are (or in the way that MrSpeakers VOCE or Stax’s SR-009S headphones are), the Jade II package offers such heaping helps of the qualities most listeners seek in electrostatic systems that it qualifies as an unequivocal success. For many listeners, the Jade II system offers so much musical insight and enjoyment for such a sensible price that it may well represent all the electrostatic headphone system many listeners will ever need or want.
HiFiMAN Jade II electrostatic headphone system
Jade II electrostatic headphone
Type: Open-back electrostatic headphone
Driver Complement: Single full-range electrostatic driver with <0.001mm thick diaphragm and Nano-material coatings, thin metal mesh stators, and nano-material dust covers.
Frequency Response: 7Hz–90kHz
Bias voltage: 550V–650V
Weight: 365 grams (12.9 oz.)
Price: (The Jade II electrostatic headphone is included in the Jade II system, but is also available separately for $1399 US or £1249 UK)
Jade II electrostatic amplifier
Amplifier dimensions: 116 × 270 × 276 mm (4.6" × 10.6" × 10.9")
Amplifier Weight: 6.5 kg (14.3 lb.)
Price: (The Jade II electrostatic amplifier is included in the Jade II system, but is also available separately for $1599 US or £1299 UK)
Jade II bundled electrostatic headphone system price: $2499 or £2499 UK
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