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Gearhead October 2018: From Pricey Headphones to Cheap Guitars

New and noteworthy musical instruments, accessories, and books—including a primer on building cigar box guitars

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HiFiMan HE1000se Headphones
HiFiMan HE1000se Headphones

HiFiMan HE1000se Headphones

A $3,500 set of headphones? Really? Well, if that sort of thing is in your price range, you’ll want to give the HE1000se a listen. Designed with hi-res audio in mind, it uses compact neodymium magnets that increase the speaker drivers’ efficiency. The arched headband provides stability and durability, and you’ve gotta admit these ’phones look striking, with a “window shade” open-back design (which, we’re told, also minimizes audio distortion) and matte finish with ebony wood trim.

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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

Mac Randall has been the editor of JazzTimes since May 2018. Prior to that, he wrote regularly for the magazine. He has written about numerous genres of music for a wide variety of publications over the past 30 years, including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, The New York Observer, Mojo, and Guitar Aficionado, and he has worked on the editorial staffs of Musician, LAUNCH (now Yahoo! Music), Guitar One, Teaching Music, Music Alive!, and In Tune Monthly. He is the author of two books, Exit Music: The Radiohead Story and 101 Great Playlists. He lives in New York City.