Hifiman Ananda Planar Magnetic Headphones - Stealth Magnets
Hifiman Ananda Planar Magnetic Headphones - Stealth Magnets
Open-back headphone designs are often higher-performance but have poor noise isolation and leak sound. Closed-back designs provide better noise isolation and leak less sound.
Over-ear headphones sit over your ear and surround your ear with a ring of padding. On-ear headphones are padded but rest on top of your ear. In-ear monitors are worn inside your ear canal.
Speakers and headphones use a device called a 'driver' to create sound. Different types of drivers have different strengths and weaknesses, but can all produce great sound. Common varieties include dynamic, planar magnetic, and electrostatic.
Connectivity refers to the method in which the headphones connect to the audio source. Headphones can be either wired or wireless.
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"The HiFiMAN Ananda has one of the most ideal frequency response curves for a wide range of music, coupled with excellent detail retrieval, speed, and imaging. Bass extends all the way into the sub-bass without any drop-off. It's tight, well-controlled, and doesn't drown out any of the rest of the frequency response. Mids are present, but not elevated, providing exceptional detail retrieval. In particular, 3-5khz isn't as noticeably dipped as is common with many other headphones, and this means piano tones, acoustic guitars, and female vocals come through with a unique clarity that isn't overshadowed by other parts of the mix. Treble is also handled exceptionally well without any peaks causing problems throughout the consonant range around 8.5khz. While the frequency response elevates to be moderately counter-clockwise tilted, it's still focused and non-fatiguing."
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The HiFiMAN Ananda is here! First announced at the Munich High-End show in May of 2018, the Ananda represents a shift for HifiMAN. The HiFiMAN Ananda Planar Magnetic Headphones have low distortion and high sensitivity making them so easy to drive that you could even drive them from your phone!
The lightweight planar drivers feature thin, responsive diaphragms that produce a wide frequency response of 8 Hz to 55 kHz. Asymmetrical earcups and a hybrid headband design ensure comfortable wearing and balanced weight distribution. The supplied 3.5mm headphone cable is detachable for safe storage and transport, and a 1/4" adapter is included to allow compatible connectivity with audio interfaces and high-end headphone amps.
- Low impedance and high sensitivity allow the Ananda to be a suitable companion for mobile devices
- At between 1 to 2 microns thick, the NsD (NEO supernano diaphragm) is 80% thinner than previous designs resulting in a faster more detailed response without compromising musicality
- Each earcup features thick padding, pleather covering, and a robust 3.5mm female connector
- The detachable 4.9' cable utilizes gold-plated 3.5mm connectors for maximum conductivity
- Asymmetrical earcups follow the natural shape of the human ear
- The headband is constructed of metal to maintain durability and incorporates a weight-dispersing strap for long-lasting comfort
Our take on the Ananda is that it has fairly neutral frequency response that's ever so slightly counter-clockwise tilted (brighter). The Ananda emphasizes clarity and detail but never gets harsh or sibilant, and simultaneously has well-known planar bass extension with minimal distortion for lower frequencies. The Ananda has a mid-sized stage that's presented more in front of the listener than laterally to the sides, and image distinction and instrument separation are both superb.
ANANDA is the culmination of years of development. Lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers at their heart sing with unmatched agility and power sensitivity.
Allows use with virtually any smartphone or portable audio device. Low distortion and amazing sound quality.
NEO "supernano" Diaphragm (NsD)
The all new NsD is 80% thinner than previous designs resulting in a faster, more detailed response while retaining lush musicality never before thought possible. At between 1 to 2 microns thick, the NsD diaphragm sets all be standards.
HIFIMAN has advanced its manufacturing processes to create this all new planar driver at unheard of prices. With the ANANDA at $699 retail, HIFIMAN has again set an all new bar for performance-to-value ration that the rest of the industry will have a difficult time following.
Window Shade Grill Design
Greatly reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound.
Asymmetrical Ear Cups
Follows the natural shape of the human ear.
Hybrid Headband Design
ANANDA has a carefully designed weight dispersing strap allowing the headband to afford outstanding levels of long-term comfort. The sleek and sumptuous matte black finish is combined with metal construction for maximum durability.
ANANDA comes with HIFIMAN's updated 3.5mm headphone connectors. This offers users the most robust headphone connector they have ever used giving both maximum survivability and enhanced longevity.
- Frequency Response: 8Hz - 55 kHz
- Sensitivity: 103 db
- Impedance: 25 ohms
- Weight: 14.07 Oz (399 grams)
Headphone sensitivity measures how loud a pair of headphones will be at a given signal strength. Headphones with higher sensitivity ratings will produce louder sounds than headphones with lower sensitivity ratings. It is measured in dB SPL (decibels of sound pressure level) per unit of power (typically 1 milliWatt) or sometimes unit of voltage (typically 1 Volt) from the source at a frequency of 1 kHz.
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
When driving headphones at high volumes, it is possible for the diaphragm (the ‘speaker’ inside the headphones) to be unable to move fast enough. This leads to distortion, manifesting itself as crackling, popping or the alteration of musical notes. Most headphones will fall below 1% THD.
Headphone frequency response refers to the frequency-specific sensitivity of the output. Frequency responses show the range that headphones are capable of reproducing—a graph shows which frequencies are accentuated over others. The ideal range covers the audible sound range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz.
|8Hz - 55kHz|
|Driver Materials & Size|
|Headphone Weight||399 grams|
Warranty differs from manufacturer to manufacturer. Warranty covers factory defects but most manufacturers do not cover drops, water damage, driver damage, mistreatment of the product, etc.. It is always best to look at the manufacturer's website for the most up to date warranty information.
|1 year manufacturer's warranty|