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HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping

HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping

HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Studio Comfortable Earpads Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping
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Features

  • High Sensitivity
  • Ultra Thin Diaphragm
  • Window Shade Grill Design
  • Asymmetrical Ear Cups
  • Unparalleled Portable Audio Performance

Description

Ananda is the culmination of years of development, lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers at their heart sing with unmatched agility and power sensitivity. High sensitivity allows use with virtually any smartphone or portable audio device. Low distortion and amazing sound quality. Ultra thin diaphragm for Lightning fast response, uncanny detail and Ultra low distortion window shade grill design greatly reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound. Asymmetrical ear cups follows the natural shade of the human ear. Hybrid headband design Anand 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 a metal construction for maximum durability. Making connections Ananda comes with our updated 3. 5mm headphone connectors. This offers users the most robust headphone connector we have ever used giving both maximum survivability and enhanced longevity. Unparalleled portable audio performance Ananda is the perfect companion for the supermini, a Sonic match made in heaven allowing you to experience sonic bliss wherever you may be. Specifications: frequency response: 8Hz – 55K Hz sensitivity: 103dB impedance: 25 Ohm weight: 14. 07 oz. (399G)


Product Dimensions 16 x 14 x 10 inches


Item Weight 14.1 ounces


ASIN B07DJ2ZBB3


Item model number Ananda


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 48 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #1,195 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 4, 2018


Department Unisex-adult


Manufacturer HIFIMAN Electronics


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Features

  • High Sensitivity
  • Ultra Thin Diaphragm
  • Window Shade Grill Design
  • Asymmetrical Ear Cups
  • Unparalleled Portable Audio Performance

Description

Ananda is the culmination of years of development, lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers at their heart sing with unmatched agility and power sensitivity. High sensitivity allows use with virtually any smartphone or portable audio device. Low distortion and amazing sound quality. Ultra thin diaphragm for Lightning fast response, uncanny detail and Ultra low distortion window shade grill design greatly reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound. Asymmetrical ear cups follows the natural shade of the human ear. Hybrid headband design Anand 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 a metal construction for maximum durability. Making connections Ananda comes with our updated 3. 5mm headphone connectors. This offers users the most robust headphone connector we have ever used giving both maximum survivability and enhanced longevity. Unparalleled portable audio performance Ananda is the perfect companion for the supermini, a Sonic match made in heaven allowing you to experience sonic bliss wherever you may be. Specifications: frequency response: 8Hz – 55K Hz sensitivity: 103dB impedance: 25 Ohm weight: 14. 07 oz. (399G)


Product Dimensions 16 x 14 x 10 inches


Item Weight 14.1 ounces


ASIN B07DJ2ZBB3


Item model number Ananda


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 48 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #1,195 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 4, 2018


Department Unisex-adult


Manufacturer HIFIMAN Electronics


Shipping

This product includes free shipping to all US addresses.


Delivery

Unless otherwise stated above, most products arrive within 2-3 business days. Larger items may take 6-9 business days. Tracking information will be automatically provided as soon as your order ships.


View our full shipping policy here.

Returns

This product can be returned within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. Please visit our returns center to begin a return.

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Features

  • High Sensitivity
  • Ultra Thin Diaphragm
  • Window Shade Grill Design
  • Asymmetrical Ear Cups
  • Unparalleled Portable Audio Performance

Description

Ananda is the culmination of years of development, lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers at their heart sing with unmatched agility and power sensitivity. High sensitivity allows use with virtually any smartphone or portable audio device. Low distortion and amazing sound quality. Ultra thin diaphragm for Lightning fast response, uncanny detail and Ultra low distortion window shade grill design greatly reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound. Asymmetrical ear cups follows the natural shade of the human ear. Hybrid headband design Anand 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 a metal construction for maximum durability. Making connections Ananda comes with our updated 3. 5mm headphone connectors. This offers users the most robust headphone connector we have ever used giving both maximum survivability and enhanced longevity. Unparalleled portable audio performance Ananda is the perfect companion for the supermini, a Sonic match made in heaven allowing you to experience sonic bliss wherever you may be. Specifications: frequency response: 8Hz – 55K Hz sensitivity: 103dB impedance: 25 Ohm weight: 14. 07 oz. (399G)


Product Dimensions 16 x 14 x 10 inches


Item Weight 14.1 ounces


ASIN B07DJ2ZBB3


Item model number Ananda


Customer Reviews 4.1 out of 5 stars 48 ratings 4.1 out of 5 stars


Best Sellers Rank #1,195 in Over-Ear Headphones


Is Discontinued By Manufacturer No


Date First Available June 4, 2018


Department Unisex-adult


Manufacturer HIFIMAN Electronics


abunda_amazon_reviews Had read about people commenting on poor quality control on the headphone in the reviews due to the scratch that some have seen on the driver on their review units, or even some people after owning the headphone. So something i looked for before even listening to the headphone and to my recall I did not see any large marks on the driver. Wooo. Now give them a listen for a while (ifi xDSD DAC/amp). Remember them sounding really pleasing and even a big more sound than I expected. Little later in the listing, go to turn the volume up and hear a loud crackle in the left driver. A bit later another little crackle in the right driver (not as loud). Music is still playing through both driver, i'm tired, go to bed. Didn't really think anything of it at the time. Next day go to listen. Now something seems off, the headphone sounds a bit drunk in the treble and not as good. Bit confused. I look at the drivers and now i can see what looks like a big scratch on the driver. After finally pulling the pad off to see what I can see. It looks like a hair from the person assembling the headphone was caught between some layers in the planer driver. So when the headphone was turned up loud enough the voltage arched across the hair. vaporized the hair and scared the driver. Going to be avoiding HiFiMan for a while after this ... They went too cheap in the labor and environment to assemble this headphone in it would seem.;;Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018;;2.0 out of 5 stars;;Fine headphone, not made in a clean enough area. Avoid.;;Xiao Di;;;This review is for anyone considering these awesome headphones with an emphasis on comparing them to the Hifiman 400i's and Sundara's. Negatives- While they sound shockingly good driven from a phone, they are not well suited to portable use (due to size, cost, transparency etc.) but are perfect for critical listening at home. The sound will cut out if you press inward towards your neck on the input jacks. This happens accidentally if you turn your head sharply and push the plug into your shoulder. Not defective, just don't be rough with them. Also if you listen to rock/metal exclusively and want a headphone with a ton of punchy bass and rolled off highs you'd be better served by a pair of Audeze LCD-2's (or LCD2C's). Positives- These headphones sound amazing, absolutely sick. The bass goes all the way down (20hz), with nice detail. There is a focus on the clean mids and vocals are very present and rich. I think they nailed the highs because they are detailed, spacey and unfailingly smooth. The Ananda's party trick has to be the size of the sound stage they produce. When you combine the deep bass with the airy highs the effect is to create music with an absolutely enormous sense of scale. Music is big, full, and interesting. There is a place for each instrument to whirl away around your head in mesmerizing fashion. I know of no other headphone (at a sane price anyway) that combines this much bass with such an open sound stage. The Ananda's are well rounded and I can confirm they sound great with Jazz, Lounge, Funk and Pop. Saxophones and horns are smooth, acoustic guitars are clear and resonant. Rhodes piano's have lovely tone and clavinets are crisp. Synth sounds are beyond ridiculous and Electronica/Dance will leave you absolutely stunned!. While these headphones will treat your old favorites well, the real magic is in exploring the depths of Tidal looking for new music that really makes these phones go off. Try out Rhye, Fkj and Astrix "Deep Jungle Walk". This song will melt the synapses in your brain! The Ananda's are also very comfortable, my big ears do not touch the pads at all. They are very forgiving of placement and the size and weight are not a factor at all. The cable (2 lengths included) is unusual (like an I.V.) but works quite well. It is very light and not microphonic. I am running these with a Modi Multibit dac and a Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid with a Genalex Gold Lion tube and recommend all three. They Modi digs out the detail, the MCTH fills in the bottom end and the tube smooths out the top. 400i vs Sundara vs Ananda. 400i= least bass, most treble distortion, decent comfort and compares pretty well considering the price. Sundara= better bass, slightly recessed vocals, smoother highs, terrible comfort (non-swiveling cups aggravated my jaw, sent them back). Ananda= best bass, elevated vocals, smoothest highs, largest sound stage, best comfort, and believe it or not -the best value of the bunch. All three sound similar enough that if you don't have a quality amp and dac you won't even notice a difference. The 400i's well amped, will sound better than the Ananda's with a cheap amp (Schiit Magni 3 level). Your dac and amp should cost at least $500 before it becomes worth it to move up from the 400i's. In short, the 400i's are like the girl next door. She is accessible and has all the goodies you need. The Sundara's are like a cheer leader, she has been working out her body and it shows. You think she is really something until in walks a super-model named Ananda. She has beauty, refinement and grace you didn't even know existed but now so desperately crave. She is a bit unobtainable but surprisingly easy to live with if you can land her and treat her right. You will settle down with her gladly. Surely someday, there will be a new model to come down the runway that sends all the boys chasing, but for now, Ananda is Queen. Thank you HifiMan. -Update, I added a Schiit EITR which absolutely cleaned up the sound and made it a bit punchier as well. I also added a Schiit LOKI equalizer. It is really nice to have. The Ananda's are well balanced so I don't radically adjust the sound, just little tweaks. It has revealed that there is a limit to the bass before it gets muddy. Overall, I think my set up has more or less pushed pushed the Ananda's close to their best. To ask for more is like wishing your Lamborghini was faster. Silly, but that won't stop me. After months of daily listening, I'm still in love and still surprised how much they can get out of a song.;;Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;If audio is an addictive drug, welcome to the hard stuff.;;Bearclaw;;;TL;DR - Get these headphones! It's really the best-in-class cans you can buy. First Impression: 1.) UNBOXING - The box is really quite cool. It sets the stage nicely and lets you know that the headphones inside will be substantial in sound and quality. The box itself is a hard shell with a leatherish material. Besides the headphones, the box comes with 2 cables, one is 1/4 in and the other is 1/8 in. 2.) DESIGN - The headphones look much better in person than the pictures. It gives off both a retro and a modern look. The matte black coating with the large silver grill really gives off a vibe. The cable itself is this milky translucent material and, when paired with the headphones, makes it one of the best looking headphones I have ever seen. Did I mention it doesn't tangle? The cable has a nice flex to it and really prevents tangling. 3.) COMFORT - I wore these headphones for about 4 hours the first night and I had no head fatigue after taking them off. The headband itself is a 2 layer system with a inner leather strip and an outer flexible metal band. The combo gives you a nice solid support without being too clampy. The earpads are really awesome. They're soft and surprisingly kinda breathable. My room can get off with all the electronics running and these didn't make my ears too hot. 4. ) SOUND - This is obviously the most important category. My daily listen right now is the Sennheiser HD650 and for a while it was hard for me to imagine replacing it. I also have the hifiman HE-500. That was my first pair of orthodynamic headphones. While they were great and really opened my eyes to the world of orthodynamic headphones, the weight and slightly fatiguing sound stage were ultimately the reason why I stuck with my 650 as my daily. This year I finally felt like I was ready to move to something in the 1kish range. There are a lot of options at that price range but ultimately I chose the Ananda based on the glowing reviews from the audiophile community and the looks (yes, it matters to me). This is a very balanced pair of headphones with really transparent and detailed treble without being overpowering. Unlike the HE-500 I had, the highs here don't feel over emphasized. This is perhaps the biggest reason why I chose this over the 650 as my daily. It really outshines the 650 in both detail and separation in the trebles without adding fatigue to the sound stage. The treble blends and diffuses nicely into the well rounded mids. There's really amazing separation in the mids and it creates a nice dynamic and spaciousness to the sound stage. I guess the best non-technical way of putting it is that it sounds very natural to the ears. The bass is very deep and well controlled. It adds depth to the sound stage by adding a precise deep region that really punches through. 5.) FINAL THOUGHT - I think it's safe to say that I love these headphones. The design and build quality are top notch. It's hard for me to imagine another pair of ortho headphones that can be more comfortable than these. But ultimately, none of that matters if the sound doesn't live up to its price tag. Fortunately, it does not disappoint. If you're in the market for an intermediate priced pair of orthos, definitely don't pass these up.;;Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018;;5.0 out of 5 stars;;The only headphones you'll ever need!;;Xiao Zhao

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Top Amazon Reviews


2.0 out of 5 stars
By Xiao Di - Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
Fine headphone, not made in a clean enough area. Avoid.
Had read about people commenting on poor quality control on the headphone in the reviews due to the scratch that some have seen on the driver on their review units, or even some people after owning the headphone. So something i looked for before even listening to the headphone and to my recall I did not see any large marks on the driver. Wooo. Now give them a listen for a while (ifi xDSD DAC/amp). Remember them sounding really pleasing and even a big more sound than I expected. Little later in the listing, go to turn the volume up and hear a loud crackle in the left driver. A bit later another little crackle in the right driver (not as loud). Music is still playing through both driver, i'm tired, go to bed. Didn't really think anything of it at the time. Next day go to listen. Now something seems off, the headphone sounds a bit drunk in the treble and not as good. Bit confused. I look at the drivers and now i can see what looks like a big scratch on the driver. After finally pulling the pad off to see what I can see. It looks like a hair from the person assembling the headphone was caught between some layers in the planer driver. So when the headphone was turned up loud enough the voltage arched across the hair. vaporized the hair and scared the driver. Going to be avoiding HiFiMan for a while after this ... They went too cheap in the labor and environment to assemble this headphone in it would seem.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Bearclaw - Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
If audio is an addictive drug, welcome to the hard stuff.
This review is for anyone considering these awesome headphones with an emphasis on comparing them to the Hifiman 400i's and Sundara's. Negatives- While they sound shockingly good driven from a phone, they are not well suited to portable use (due to size, cost, transparency etc.) but are perfect for critical listening at home. The sound will cut out if you press inward towards your neck on the input jacks. This happens accidentally if you turn your head sharply and push the plug into your shoulder. Not defective, just don't be rough with them. Also if you listen to rock/metal exclusively and want a headphone with a ton of punchy bass and rolled off highs you'd be better served by a pair of Audeze LCD-2's (or LCD2C's). Positives- These headphones sound amazing, absolutely sick. The bass goes all the way down (20hz), with nice detail. There is a focus on the clean mids and vocals are very present and rich. I think they nailed the highs because they are detailed, spacey and unfailingly smooth. The Ananda's party trick has to be the size of the sound stage they produce. When you combine the deep bass with the airy highs the effect is to create music with an absolutely enormous sense of scale. Music is big, full, and interesting. There is a place for each instrument to whirl away around your head in mesmerizing fashion. I know of no other headphone (at a sane price anyway) that combines this much bass with such an open sound stage. The Ananda's are well rounded and I can confirm they sound great with Jazz, Lounge, Funk and Pop. Saxophones and horns are smooth, acoustic guitars are clear and resonant. Rhodes piano's have lovely tone and clavinets are crisp. Synth sounds are beyond ridiculous and Electronica/Dance will leave you absolutely stunned!. While these headphones will treat your old favorites well, the real magic is in exploring the depths of Tidal looking for new music that really makes these phones go off. Try out Rhye, Fkj and Astrix "Deep Jungle Walk". This song will melt the synapses in your brain! The Ananda's are also very comfortable, my big ears do not touch the pads at all. They are very forgiving of placement and the size and weight are not a factor at all. The cable (2 lengths included) is unusual (like an I.V.) but works quite well. It is very light and not microphonic. I am running these with a Modi Multibit dac and a Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid with a Genalex Gold Lion tube and recommend all three. They Modi digs out the detail, the MCTH fills in the bottom end and the tube smooths out the top. 400i vs Sundara vs Ananda. 400i= least bass, most treble distortion, decent comfort and compares pretty well considering the price. Sundara= better bass, slightly recessed vocals, smoother highs, terrible comfort (non-swiveling cups aggravated my jaw, sent them back). Ananda= best bass, elevated vocals, smoothest highs, largest sound stage, best comfort, and believe it or not -the best value of the bunch. All three sound similar enough that if you don't have a quality amp and dac you won't even notice a difference. The 400i's well amped, will sound better than the Ananda's with a cheap amp (Schiit Magni 3 level). Your dac and amp should cost at least $500 before it becomes worth it to move up from the 400i's. In short, the 400i's are like the girl next door. She is accessible and has all the goodies you need. The Sundara's are like a cheer leader, she has been working out her body and it shows. You think she is really something until in walks a super-model named Ananda. She has beauty, refinement and grace you didn't even know existed but now so desperately crave. She is a bit unobtainable but surprisingly easy to live with if you can land her and treat her right. You will settle down with her gladly. Surely someday, there will be a new model to come down the runway that sends all the boys chasing, but for now, Ananda is Queen. Thank you HifiMan. -Update, I added a Schiit EITR which absolutely cleaned up the sound and made it a bit punchier as well. I also added a Schiit LOKI equalizer. It is really nice to have. The Ananda's are well balanced so I don't radically adjust the sound, just little tweaks. It has revealed that there is a limit to the bass before it gets muddy. Overall, I think my set up has more or less pushed pushed the Ananda's close to their best. To ask for more is like wishing your Lamborghini was faster. Silly, but that won't stop me. After months of daily listening, I'm still in love and still surprised how much they can get out of a song.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Xiao Zhao - Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
The only headphones you'll ever need!
TL;DR - Get these headphones! It's really the best-in-class cans you can buy. First Impression: 1.) UNBOXING - The box is really quite cool. It sets the stage nicely and lets you know that the headphones inside will be substantial in sound and quality. The box itself is a hard shell with a leatherish material. Besides the headphones, the box comes with 2 cables, one is 1/4 in and the other is 1/8 in. 2.) DESIGN - The headphones look much better in person than the pictures. It gives off both a retro and a modern look. The matte black coating with the large silver grill really gives off a vibe. The cable itself is this milky translucent material and, when paired with the headphones, makes it one of the best looking headphones I have ever seen. Did I mention it doesn't tangle? The cable has a nice flex to it and really prevents tangling. 3.) COMFORT - I wore these headphones for about 4 hours the first night and I had no head fatigue after taking them off. The headband itself is a 2 layer system with a inner leather strip and an outer flexible metal band. The combo gives you a nice solid support without being too clampy. The earpads are really awesome. They're soft and surprisingly kinda breathable. My room can get off with all the electronics running and these didn't make my ears too hot. 4. ) SOUND - This is obviously the most important category. My daily listen right now is the Sennheiser HD650 and for a while it was hard for me to imagine replacing it. I also have the hifiman HE-500. That was my first pair of orthodynamic headphones. While they were great and really opened my eyes to the world of orthodynamic headphones, the weight and slightly fatiguing sound stage were ultimately the reason why I stuck with my 650 as my daily. This year I finally felt like I was ready to move to something in the 1kish range. There are a lot of options at that price range but ultimately I chose the Ananda based on the glowing reviews from the audiophile community and the looks (yes, it matters to me). This is a very balanced pair of headphones with really transparent and detailed treble without being overpowering. Unlike the HE-500 I had, the highs here don't feel over emphasized. This is perhaps the biggest reason why I chose this over the 650 as my daily. It really outshines the 650 in both detail and separation in the trebles without adding fatigue to the sound stage. The treble blends and diffuses nicely into the well rounded mids. There's really amazing separation in the mids and it creates a nice dynamic and spaciousness to the sound stage. I guess the best non-technical way of putting it is that it sounds very natural to the ears. The bass is very deep and well controlled. It adds depth to the sound stage by adding a precise deep region that really punches through. 5.) FINAL THOUGHT - I think it's safe to say that I love these headphones. The design and build quality are top notch. It's hard for me to imagine another pair of ortho headphones that can be more comfortable than these. But ultimately, none of that matters if the sound doesn't live up to its price tag. Fortunately, it does not disappoint. If you're in the market for an intermediate priced pair of orthos, definitely don't pass these up.

Recent Reviews


2.0 out of 5 stars
By Xiao Di - Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2018
Fine headphone, not made in a clean enough area. Avoid.
Had read about people commenting on poor quality control on the headphone in the reviews due to the scratch that some have seen on the driver on their review units, or even some people after owning the headphone. So something i looked for before even listening to the headphone and to my recall I did not see any large marks on the driver. Wooo. Now give them a listen for a while (ifi xDSD DAC/amp). Remember them sounding really pleasing and even a big more sound than I expected. Little later in the listing, go to turn the volume up and hear a loud crackle in the left driver. A bit later another little crackle in the right driver (not as loud). Music is still playing through both driver, i'm tired, go to bed. Didn't really think anything of it at the time. Next day go to listen. Now something seems off, the headphone sounds a bit drunk in the treble and not as good. Bit confused. I look at the drivers and now i can see what looks like a big scratch on the driver. After finally pulling the pad off to see what I can see. It looks like a hair from the person assembling the headphone was caught between some layers in the planer driver. So when the headphone was turned up loud enough the voltage arched across the hair. vaporized the hair and scared the driver. Going to be avoiding HiFiMan for a while after this ... They went too cheap in the labor and environment to assemble this headphone in it would seem.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Bearclaw - Reviewed in the United States on August 20, 2018
If audio is an addictive drug, welcome to the hard stuff.
This review is for anyone considering these awesome headphones with an emphasis on comparing them to the Hifiman 400i's and Sundara's. Negatives- While they sound shockingly good driven from a phone, they are not well suited to portable use (due to size, cost, transparency etc.) but are perfect for critical listening at home. The sound will cut out if you press inward towards your neck on the input jacks. This happens accidentally if you turn your head sharply and push the plug into your shoulder. Not defective, just don't be rough with them. Also if you listen to rock/metal exclusively and want a headphone with a ton of punchy bass and rolled off highs you'd be better served by a pair of Audeze LCD-2's (or LCD2C's). Positives- These headphones sound amazing, absolutely sick. The bass goes all the way down (20hz), with nice detail. There is a focus on the clean mids and vocals are very present and rich. I think they nailed the highs because they are detailed, spacey and unfailingly smooth. The Ananda's party trick has to be the size of the sound stage they produce. When you combine the deep bass with the airy highs the effect is to create music with an absolutely enormous sense of scale. Music is big, full, and interesting. There is a place for each instrument to whirl away around your head in mesmerizing fashion. I know of no other headphone (at a sane price anyway) that combines this much bass with such an open sound stage. The Ananda's are well rounded and I can confirm they sound great with Jazz, Lounge, Funk and Pop. Saxophones and horns are smooth, acoustic guitars are clear and resonant. Rhodes piano's have lovely tone and clavinets are crisp. Synth sounds are beyond ridiculous and Electronica/Dance will leave you absolutely stunned!. While these headphones will treat your old favorites well, the real magic is in exploring the depths of Tidal looking for new music that really makes these phones go off. Try out Rhye, Fkj and Astrix "Deep Jungle Walk". This song will melt the synapses in your brain! The Ananda's are also very comfortable, my big ears do not touch the pads at all. They are very forgiving of placement and the size and weight are not a factor at all. The cable (2 lengths included) is unusual (like an I.V.) but works quite well. It is very light and not microphonic. I am running these with a Modi Multibit dac and a Massdrop Cavalli Tube Hybrid with a Genalex Gold Lion tube and recommend all three. They Modi digs out the detail, the MCTH fills in the bottom end and the tube smooths out the top. 400i vs Sundara vs Ananda. 400i= least bass, most treble distortion, decent comfort and compares pretty well considering the price. Sundara= better bass, slightly recessed vocals, smoother highs, terrible comfort (non-swiveling cups aggravated my jaw, sent them back). Ananda= best bass, elevated vocals, smoothest highs, largest sound stage, best comfort, and believe it or not -the best value of the bunch. All three sound similar enough that if you don't have a quality amp and dac you won't even notice a difference. The 400i's well amped, will sound better than the Ananda's with a cheap amp (Schiit Magni 3 level). Your dac and amp should cost at least $500 before it becomes worth it to move up from the 400i's. In short, the 400i's are like the girl next door. She is accessible and has all the goodies you need. The Sundara's are like a cheer leader, she has been working out her body and it shows. You think she is really something until in walks a super-model named Ananda. She has beauty, refinement and grace you didn't even know existed but now so desperately crave. She is a bit unobtainable but surprisingly easy to live with if you can land her and treat her right. You will settle down with her gladly. Surely someday, there will be a new model to come down the runway that sends all the boys chasing, but for now, Ananda is Queen. Thank you HifiMan. -Update, I added a Schiit EITR which absolutely cleaned up the sound and made it a bit punchier as well. I also added a Schiit LOKI equalizer. It is really nice to have. The Ananda's are well balanced so I don't radically adjust the sound, just little tweaks. It has revealed that there is a limit to the bass before it gets muddy. Overall, I think my set up has more or less pushed pushed the Ananda's close to their best. To ask for more is like wishing your Lamborghini was faster. Silly, but that won't stop me. After months of daily listening, I'm still in love and still surprised how much they can get out of a song.

5.0 out of 5 stars
By Xiao Zhao - Reviewed in the United States on December 6, 2018
The only headphones you'll ever need!
TL;DR - Get these headphones! It's really the best-in-class cans you can buy. First Impression: 1.) UNBOXING - The box is really quite cool. It sets the stage nicely and lets you know that the headphones inside will be substantial in sound and quality. The box itself is a hard shell with a leatherish material. Besides the headphones, the box comes with 2 cables, one is 1/4 in and the other is 1/8 in. 2.) DESIGN - The headphones look much better in person than the pictures. It gives off both a retro and a modern look. The matte black coating with the large silver grill really gives off a vibe. The cable itself is this milky translucent material and, when paired with the headphones, makes it one of the best looking headphones I have ever seen. Did I mention it doesn't tangle? The cable has a nice flex to it and really prevents tangling. 3.) COMFORT - I wore these headphones for about 4 hours the first night and I had no head fatigue after taking them off. The headband itself is a 2 layer system with a inner leather strip and an outer flexible metal band. The combo gives you a nice solid support without being too clampy. The earpads are really awesome. They're soft and surprisingly kinda breathable. My room can get off with all the electronics running and these didn't make my ears too hot. 4. ) SOUND - This is obviously the most important category. My daily listen right now is the Sennheiser HD650 and for a while it was hard for me to imagine replacing it. I also have the hifiman HE-500. That was my first pair of orthodynamic headphones. While they were great and really opened my eyes to the world of orthodynamic headphones, the weight and slightly fatiguing sound stage were ultimately the reason why I stuck with my 650 as my daily. This year I finally felt like I was ready to move to something in the 1kish range. There are a lot of options at that price range but ultimately I chose the Ananda based on the glowing reviews from the audiophile community and the looks (yes, it matters to me). This is a very balanced pair of headphones with really transparent and detailed treble without being overpowering. Unlike the HE-500 I had, the highs here don't feel over emphasized. This is perhaps the biggest reason why I chose this over the 650 as my daily. It really outshines the 650 in both detail and separation in the trebles without adding fatigue to the sound stage. The treble blends and diffuses nicely into the well rounded mids. There's really amazing separation in the mids and it creates a nice dynamic and spaciousness to the sound stage. I guess the best non-technical way of putting it is that it sounds very natural to the ears. The bass is very deep and well controlled. It adds depth to the sound stage by adding a precise deep region that really punches through. 5.) FINAL THOUGHT - I think it's safe to say that I love these headphones. The design and build quality are top notch. It's hard for me to imagine another pair of ortho headphones that can be more comfortable than these. But ultimately, none of that matters if the sound doesn't live up to its price tag. Fortunately, it does not disappoint. If you're in the market for an intermediate priced pair of orthos, definitely don't pass these up.