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There’s something undeniably magic about electrostatics. Whether it’s loudspeakers or headphones, their ability to resolve inner detail, to reproduce music with immediacy, transparency, and focus is unparalleled. Utilizing an almost massless thin film membrane, they have long been regarded as the Holy Grail, and what they do as magic.


ENIGMAcoustics came into existence with that belief. And as a company devoted to electrostatic design, we made a statement right out of the gate with our groundbreaking Sopranino electrostatic super tweeter. Its design, built around our patented SBESL™ (Self-Biased Electrostatic) technology, eliminates the need for an external AC connection to provide a polarizing voltage.


This patented SBESL™ technology is implemented now─as a miniaturized work of art─in the DHARMA Hybrid Electrostatic Stereo Headphone. The result, not unexpectedly, is high frequency response that extends to 50 KHz, and sweet, nuanced, sound that will take your breath away. Augmenting the electrostatic HF element for lower frequencies is a 50mm Wagami paper based dynamic driver, which provides not only bass extension to 15 HZ, but palpably impactful mid bass as well. It transitions seamlessly to DHARMA’s electrostatic tweeter with a phase coherent first order slope.


At 380 grams, DHARMA is comfortable. It is also an ergonomic and stylish design featuring a high-grade aluminum alloy housing and sound that will envelope the listener in nothing less than electrostatic serenity.


The Dharma D1000 headphone takes full advantage of ENIGMAcoustics’ SBESL (Self-Biased Electrostatic) technology, offering electrostatic transparency, focus, and inner detail without the need for an external energizer to provide a polarizing voltage. Instead, the bias voltage is derived from the signal itself in a proprietary manner, making Dharma, according to the company “an easy to use, convenient, and with its light weight, very comfortable headphone.”


As mentoned above, as an hybrid electrostatic design, bass and mid-bass are handled by a unique and proprietary Wagami paper-based dynamic membrane, with stiffness, mass, and internal damping optimized for use with an electrostatic HF driver. Transition between the electrostatic and dynamic drivers is seamlessly accomplished via a phase coherent first order crossover employing precision audio grade, tight tolerance components.


Frequency response            

15–50 kHz

Nominal impedance           

26 Ohms


Less than 0.3% (1 kHz, 1mW)


95 dB (1 kHz, 1mW)


Around the ear, open back

Standard plug                   

¼” (6.3 mm) stereo


380 g (without cable)

Cable length                     

3 meters



MRSP  $ 1,300.00

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DHARMA D1000 at CES 2015
Enigmacoustics Dharma D1000 Headphones
Enigmacoustics Dharma D1000 Headphones
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