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Wireless Headphones - HiFi Man

With recent improvements in wireless technologies, as well as the development of wireless multi-room hifi systems such as Sonos and Olive products – wireless headphones have become more affordable and also much better sounding. Let’s be honest, wires can be very frustrating. Wireless headphones allow you to enjoy your music unencumbered and free from tangled nagging cables everywhere – giving you total listening freedom.

Since wireless headphones do not take their power from their source like wired headphones do, they require charging when low on power – due to their internal rechargeable battery. This means they are typically a little larger due to needing to accommodate a battery. Some are designed specifically for music on the go, when commuting or out and about, which are typically smaller and more portable.


HiFi Man, established in 2007 by Dr Fang, is a leader in planar magnetic headphone technology and is renowned for headphones that feature state of the art driver technology. HiFi Man headphones are also on demo in our showroom.

As well as their planar headphones, HiFi Man also design and manufacture "best in-class" dynamic headphone models, along with a selection of earphones and accessories. Some of their best known models include the HE400i, Susvara, Ananda and Arya headphones and RSR2000 and HM-Series portable players.

HiFi Man supply a range of portable players, desktop headphone amplifiers, in ear monitors (IEMs), as well as Reference series headphones from entry-level Sundara to the flagship Shangri-La Senior.

HiFi Man have gathered many awards and raving reviews in renowned HiFi industry publications for their products. HE-6 chosen as one of The Audiophiliac's best-sounding gear of 2012. RE-600 and HE400 were both EXC!TE Award Winners in 2014 with the HE400 having been named a RESI Award Winner two years prior. HE-560 won the 2015 "Audio Excellence Award", "CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards" and "2014 CES Editors’ Choice Award Winner".

HE1000 collected 2015 product of the year awards from both Soundstage! and HEADPHONE.GURU also winning the "CES Innovation Award Honouree" the following year. Its second reincarnation also went on to win the "Headfonics Best Open Headphone," "Audio Magazine Golden Ears," "hifi+ Cost No Object Headphone," "TAS Editors Choice Award" and "European Design Product Award."

Their current range is considered to be their best yet and with these products and many new additions coming soon, HiFi Man are widely regarded as one of leading designers and manufacturers of hi-fi headphones and portable audio products.

At present there are three main technologies utilised in wireless headphones: RF, infrared and Bluetooth. Each technology has its pros and cons – this guide aims to alleviate some of the confusion surrounding wireless headphones, and to make your decision when researching/purchasing a pair a whole lot easier. We only stock RF and Bluetooth headphones, as we believe Bluetooth to be superior to Infrared for short range wireless headphone usage. Infrared headphones use the same technology featured in television remotes, and as such, a clear line of sight is normally required between the headphones and the transmitter. As such, audio degradation will take place should line of sight be broken – resulting in poorer sound.

As the name states, wireless headphones that use RF communicate with their source via radio frequencies. Using a particular radio frequency band (e.g.2,400 - 2,483.5 MHz), wireless RF headphones are able to connect to their source wirelessly. Just like your tuner connecting to your favourite radio station, RF headphones are not effected by most physical obstructions, and as such do not need to be in clear line of sight of the transmitter. We recommend RF wireless headphones for use over longer distances than 10m, and in situations where more than one connection is required such as music sharing solutions.

Bluetooth operates using short length wireless protocols in the frequency band 2400–2480 MHz, and has become the technology of choice in virtually all mobile phones and portable devices. As such, the wireless transmitter is normally internal and already featured with devices, and so a separate transmitter will not need to be attached to achieve wireless connection as with RF wireless headphones. This contributes to the portability of wireless headphones – which is surely the point!

Due to the frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology used by Bluetooth, interference from other RF devices is minimised if not eliminated, allowing you to enjoy your wireless music without interference. Also, just like RF, Bluetooth wireless headphones operate using radio frequency, and as such do not need a clear line of sight to the transmission device – the headphones only need to be in range.

Bluetooth is relatively secure, and requires a pairing process between Bluetooth enabled devices – in this case, the source (e.g. phone, PDA, Bluetooth-enabled MP3 player) and the headphones. Because of this, a Bluetooth connection can only take place on a one to one basis. Unlike RF, this means that Bluetooth cannot be used to share a source with numerous devices. Bluetooth is the best choice for a (relatively) short-range connection, where portability and privacy are both an issue. The security of Bluetooth means you don’t need to worry about interference or people listening in to your audio.

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