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What are "planar magnetics"?

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Gabriel_Melaia
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Dec 18, 2019
Adding on to my reply - subjectively but also very much correlating with the technology - planat magnetic headphones (and to some extent their loudspeaker counterparts) have a very crisp clear sound, with excellent mids and more often better base than electrostatics. Good electrostatics often have clearer treble (some planars at the lower end have sibilance in my experience), but the better planars have amazing treble in my experience. Since this post is about the HiFiMan Edition XX - I have these (and Koss Electrostatics) - and the HiFiMans are considerably better throughout. I would say they are my end game for now - until my financial status changes ;-).
Gabriel_Melaia
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Dec 18, 2019
An explanation is too long for a quick post but check this out: https://www.innerfidelity.com/content/how-planar-magnetic-headphones-work They are also very similar to ribbon loudspeakers where the entire diaphragm is subjected to an electromagnetic force - not just a concentrated location like in the voice coil of a normal cone loudspeaker.