I just got in a lovely 4hr listening session with the Hifiman Edition XX. Even though I’ve only had them for a day, I am already in love. I am including my video first impressions which differs slightly, which happens over time.
Currently using the Focal Elex cables. I also used the HE560 cables. I refuse to use that “stock” cable that was tossed in the box by mistake at the warehouse.
I am using the Monoprice Monolith THX AAA 788 balanced. Also the Geshelli Labs Enog 2 Pro and Archel Pro stack.
Soundwise the Edition XX is just glorious. Bass is extended well, deep and impactful but under control and separation and tone are spot on. Mids are wonderfully displayed with a step back but full sound that is intimate. Mids are clean and clear, have timbre that is sweet and true, I don’t hear any graininess unless it is in the recording. Treble has amazing extension that can soar with the best but has a laid-back approach that keeps the sibilance away but allows for some edginess and crispness. Soundstage is wide but also intimate and engaging. Sounds swirl around the head in an amazing way that just can’t be explained at the moment except with wow. Imaging is good but does seem to lack clarity at times. Details are plentiful and presented well.
I will post impressions on my YT channel and here along with a full review in the future. I can’t wait to get more listening time with the Hifiman Edition XX