HIFIMAN ANANDA is an efficient planar magnetic headphone that can be driven even from a smartphone with a good DAC inside it. Ananda has lightweight, ultra-fine planar drivers for amazing agility and power sensitivity. With the NsD (New “super nano” Diaphragm) which is 80% thinner, the sound is faster, with a more detailed response while retaining the lushness which was never possible before.
High-quality, crystal-clear audio for maximum comfort
The sound is exemplary, and the open-back design contributes to the comfort and overall sound of the Ananda headphones. The sound was excellent on difficult to reproduce mass instruments and choruses, and it also earned high praise for acoustic instruments and hard rock.
Ananda is one of the new generations of planar-magnetic headphones that are much more sensitive and easier to drive. Its high sensitivity (103dB) enables the Ananda to be used with almost any smartphone or portable audio device. Here’s a planar-magnetic headphone that is both portable and at home on a desktop.
NEO “Supernano” Diaphragm (NsD)
HiFiMAN’s Fang Biang has long been on the front edge of plana magnetic design technology. The all-new NsD NEO super nano diaphragm is 80% thinner than previous designs, resulting in a faster, more detailed response while retaining lush musicality never before possible. At between 1 to 2 microns thick, the NsD diaphragm sets all new standards, allowing you to hear what you’ve previously been missing.
The Window Shade Grill Design
The “window shade” grille design reduces sonic reflections for clearer sound. It has been painstakingly optimized to avoid any resonant frequencies. This leads to superior aural purity, tonally clean, and unadulterated. At the same time, it provides practical protection for the amazingly thin, highly responsive diaphragm. It also contributes an appealing visual aesthetic.
Asymmetrical Ear Cups
Ananda’s asymmetrical ear cups are designed to follow the natural shape of the human ear for comfortable listening for extended periods. And the earpads are exceptionally comfortable. In fact, the HiFiMan Ananda headphones are extremely comfortable to wear.
HiFiMan’s open-back Ananda uses an extremely thin, lightweight driver membrane. , the Ananda uses planar-magnetic drivers instead of electrostatic ones. Its “super nano” diaphragm is 80% thinner than its previous designs in this price category and is only 1 to 2 microns thick. What this means sonically is that the driver is faster and more detailed. The leading edges of transients, such as drum rim shots, strummed strings on a guitar, or the ping on brass instruments are reproduced with startling clarity, as they are in real life.
Ananda boasts 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 HiFiMAN has ever used, for maximum durability and enhanced longevity. The included cable is an OFC copper crystal wire measuring 1.5m in length with a right-angled gold-plated 3.5mm TRSS jack.
Last words about this product
With its advanced planar magnetic technology and ultra-thin diaphragm, the Ananda sounds similar in many respects to the company’s more expensive offerings. Better still, it can be used on-the-go with a smartphone or portable audio device. The Ananda is the top performer in its price class and a great value.
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