Blending the perfect combination of style and sound, the HiFiMAN Sundara is the best planar magnetic headphone at its price-point. The NsD diaphragm brings out the natural tonality and timbre of your music while the build quality ensures that it lasts long — over your ears as well as on a stand.
The HiFiMAN Sundara is inspired by the Sanskrit word, 'Sundara,' which literally means beautiful. This gorgeous planar magnetic headphone is designed to be beautiful in every aspect — Be it in looks as well as sound.
Stunning Audio Playback
Experience a wide frequency response with faster and detailed playback with the HiFiMAN Sundara. The open-back earcups house a new Neo supernano Diaphragm (NsD). At a mere 1-2 microns thick, it is 80% thinner than the brand's previous designs. With these drivers, every musical detail is intact, just as the artist recorded it.
Gorgeous and Comfortable
The Sundara is designed to look stunning while staying comfortable. A sleek and sumptuous matte black finish adds panache to this over-ear. The weight-dispersing strap spreads the weight of the headphone evenly to avoid any pressure. The aluminium headband is lightweight and durable to ensure that it lasts long. The 3.5mm headphone jack is durable and compatible with most smartphones and music players.
This headphone does almost everything correctly and produces a very balanced/neutral sound but still has got fun to it with some coloration in the mid range and treble. The treble is the most shining part of the spectrum and has got a lot of detail to it without being harsh on the ears. The midrange is good but the bass is subjective. To me it depends on the genre of the song you listen to. The quantity of the bass is a little less but the quality of the bass is wonderful, has good slam and attack. The soundstage is decent. The sound is very lively. For this price this is a legend.
Sound reproduction is near natural. This is my first open back headphone. So far iam happy with this. Thanks to TAS team (delivery need to improve, it took 6days to deliver)
Great pair to own and need a serious dedicated amp to drive.
Now straight to the review
Imaging is pretty good. Soundstage is slightly wide the instrument separation and air of the headphone give the illusion of a larger width.Bass is not too much in quantity, but what's there is a very tasteful and punchy.Treble is very natural and not sibilant .Mids and Vocals are not as forward and offers a different experience due to the lack of warmth, as the treble is not as recessed, vocals sound more natural.
Coming from 599 and some other entry level IEMs, they sound very complete and nothing seems to be lacking in terms of sound or stage, which I felt in my earlier devices. I like its overall sound presentation and comfort is great for me as well. I am very satisfied with the product.
Firstly, would like to thank Pritam ji from the TAS team for all the help and guidance he provided while buying the headpones and also to ensure same day delivery.
I was smitten by this pair when I had attended one of the Hifiman listening sessions arranged by The Audio Store. It helped change my decision from getting a HE400SE to the Sundaras and I don't regret it at all.
So far, Sundaras have done more than justice to all the stuff I've thrown at it. Orchestral/OSTs, Metal, EDM/Trance, Indian Classical, retro rock & pop, to name a few genres. It renders everything beautifully.
A great set, if anyone is considering, you won't regret it!
Truly a next level experience in terms of sound and 'feeling' for people who are used to regular headphones.
Sensitive to EQ.
Clamping force is a bit tight. Headband adjustments require some 'brute force'. But then maybe it's all for a reason.
On a hot day, the earpads get hot. Not to extremely uncomfortable levels, but still noticeable.
Do I recommend them? Yes, definitely. Much much much better than my earlier Sennheiser HD599SE. But comfort on HD599SE is better.
Requires a reasonably good DAC - HIDIZS S8 and the older HIDIZS S3 (not S3 pro)drive it pretty well. This was surprising since S8 is rated at 30mW. Volume from the laptop jack is enough for me, but sound quality is definitely not.
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These are the best tips for my ears among the many branded tips I have tried. They seem to improve clarity, soundstage, clean the bass which improves it's textures. Only minus is that, they are not available to buy in one size, which is sad I should say.
The title says it all. Awesome purchase. Ear hooks are a bit sturdy, but for the price, no complains..awesome purchase
Excellent support from the Audio store.
The headphone is the best bang for buck product,
in terms of Audio Quality , i can't find anything wrong, maybe its because my ears were exposed to constant noise around me ever since i was a kid . I don't think most people can tell the difference between these or expensive ones.
I had been using Poweramp music player since 2020 with the Tin T2 plus and i was pretty much satisfied.
However I decided to change to UAPP and thus ordered the most budget dac i thought would be decent.
And this was more than that ..
The sound quality of my already stored flac files doubled through the T2 plus and the newly brought Salnotes Zero and CCA CRA...
The details were better.
Everything was clearer.
The bass was punchier and snappier and the resolution improved significantly.
I'm very happy and i firmly believe that you do not need more expensive dac , even for planar iems..
Instead spend your budget on iems .
The best planar under 20k
Can wear them for long sessions without fatigue, nice and comfortable.
BTR5 was perfectly recommended by Audio Store. and thanks for delivering within 24 hrs. With this i could listen to the details and njoy all kinds of genres except heavy metal...I am enjoying the 3.5 mm headfone much more than before now eagerly waiting to use it with 2.5 mm balanced....i have also used with car speakers which i didn't like and would not recommend this for the same.
After much reviewing & discussing with experts, decided to purchase this Headphone amps for my Massdrop Senheisser 6XX, which needed a powerful amp to drive the 300 ohms impedance.
I was blown away by the performance of this amps. And the finish and style of this amps is very much superior.
Worth every Rupee spent on this !!
Really manageable cable with no microphonics or noise....has made my Sundara sound better than stock due to 4.4 mm balanced option...go for it as there's no better option in 2k
The quality is very good and sturdy. I carry my Kz ZSN PRO X and Sennhiser cx 180 with Abigail dac on it. Got my ordered delivered very fast.
First of all thank you theaudiostore, for delivering within the given time, it got delivered two days before the estimate date of delivery.
These are really nice cable the build quality is great for the price.
It feels quite soft, no complaints regarding the build.
Talking about Sonic characteristics genuine speaking I didn't hear any drastic improvement or decrement in the sound quality.
What I feel it slightly increases the sibilance and sharpness in the higher frequency range.
I'm using it with my favorite SONY XBA A3. I know pairing these cable with Sony XBA flagship headphones it's quite weird choice but I believe the cables and not going to impact much on the sound quality.
In spite of wasting money on cable you could grab a better DAC.
Thank you 😊
I needed an IEM for replacement for my 1 more triple driver that got damaged. I already have a FIIO FH1S which has lossy treble so iI missed by 1 more triple driver sound signature. So 8 needed to occasioanlly have a different IEM. Initially thought of KZ ZSN pro but on the site ZS 10 pro was recommended so I purchased this. And I am not disappointed at all. For the price this one should actually compete with IEMs 3 times its price. I changed the eartips to foam ones. The lows are very slightly overdone but its fine. Regarding the store Audio store the color options that I wanted were availble here also it was few bucks lesser compared to other sites. My IEMS were delivered within 2 to 3 days. Extremely fast and intact packaging. Overall a great experience and definitely recommend anyone Audio store and also the KZ brand audio.
Stunning sound improvement
No Cables/ pure compact
Delivered within 24hrs , kudos to seller.
This is very good in both sound and in build. The sound is extremely good I would recommend that if someone wants to buy an IEM under 4000, this is the best at this price range.
Using this cable with Chord Mojo as it has only 3.5mm outs. This adapter works well with the earaudio balanced cable which I am using for the Hifiman headphones.
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