Hifiman previewed its new Sundara headphones at RMAF in 2017—which we reported on in the last issue of Australian Hi-Fi Magazine—but by the time CES 2018 rolled around they were available for sale (here in Australia—for $699—as well as in North America, as it happens) so that’s what HiFiMan showed… together with many other of its open-backed planar magnetic models.
The Sundara (it means ‘beautiful in Sanskrit) is an openback planar magnetic design that uses a newly developed diaphragm that Hifiman says is 80 per cent thinner than the diaphragms it uses in its HE400 series headphones. According to the company, this results in ‘a faster and more detailed sound quality and a wider frequency response.’ The company quotes that response as 6Hz to 75kHz, the sensitivity at 94dBSPL/mW and the impedance at 37 .
The Sundara’s build is similar to that of other Hifiman models, with a floating headband, but with improvements to the neckband and ear pads that reportedly ‘ allow users to listen comfortably for hours on end.’ Some users reported that the new band was more comfortable than the Hifiman’s HE-400i but less comfortable than its HE-560. The 3.5mm headphone adaptor Hifiman supplies with all its models has now also been improved.
More information is available from Australian Hifiman distributor, Melbourne-based Addicted to Audio. www.addictedtoaudio.com.au