Australian HIFI - - SHOW REPORT -

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

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