HiFiMAN

HiFiMAN - Sundara

Enjoy GST Credit of ₹ 4,118 on your purchase. Info

Get 18% GST input

One of the reasons headphones and earphones in India are more expensive than overseas is because of the Goods & Services Tax in India. Don't let the GST input go to waste especially if you can avail an offset. All products sold on Headphone Zone carry a GST compliant invoice and all products sold include an 18% GST. Simply enter your GST number at the time of checkout.
EMI Starting from ₹ 2,411.

Buy Headphones on EMI

Go for an easy EMI scheme which allows you to pay for your orders over a convenient period. A minimum purchase value of Rs. 500 is required to avail the EMI facility and the facility can be availed for tenures of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months.

After checking out, Select the "Credit Card / Debit Card / Net Banking / EMI" option, which will then direct you to the CashFree Payment gateway. Select your card and check the installment value and the overall interest charged on the transaction. 

The interest rate charged varies from bank to bank. Here is a summary of the interest rates:

Bank 3 Months 6 Months 9 Months 12 Months 18 Months 24 Months
AXIS 12% 12% 14% 14% 15% 15%
STANDARD CHARTERED 13% 13% 14% 14% - -
ICICI 13% 13% 13% 13% 15% 15%
YES BANK 12% 12% 13% 13% 14% 15%
HDFC 15% 15% 15% 15%

These are annualized interest rates charged on a monthly reducing balance, which means that the principal amount is reduced with every EMI and the interest is calculated on the outstanding balance.

No processing or convenience fees are charged on any EMI transactions.

PLEASE NOTE:

  1. Minimum Order value for EMI eligibility varies from Bank to bank. 
  2. EMI purchases need to be made on a single credit card and cannot be split across multiple cards.
  3. EMI monthly schedules begin from the next card billing statement post the transaction date as determined by your bank.

  

Shipping Icon Shipping & Delivery

Tick Icon Free Express Shipping

Tick Icon Ships in 24 Hours

7 Day Replacement Guarantee Info

7 Day Replacement Guarantee

All products are covered by the Headphone Zone 7 Day Replacement Guarantee. This product is eligible for a free replacement in case you receive a damaged, defective or different item.

Please keep the product in its original condition with all accessories & packaging for a successful return. We may contact you to assess the damage or defect before issuing a replacement.

Read more
1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty Info

Warranty & Service

This product is covered by HiFiMAN's 1 Year Warranty against manufacturing defects. The Authorised service partner for all warranty claims in India is HifiMAN India.
Read more

7 Day Replacement Guarantee

All products are covered by the Headphone Zone 7 Day Replacement Guarantee. This product is eligible for a free replacement in case you receive a damaged, defective or different item.

Please keep the product in its original condition with all accessories & packaging for a successful return. We may contact you to assess the damage or defect before issuing a replacement.

Read more

7 Day Easy Exchange

This product is eligible for the Headphone Zone 7 Day Easy Exchange. Don’t like your purchase? Simply exchange it for another product of your choice!

Please keep the product in its original condition with all accessories & packaging for a successful return. Once returned & inspected, you’ll receive full store credit in your Headphone Zone account for you to choose another product.

Read more
HiFiMAN - Sundara (Pre-Owned)

Save ₹ 3,999/-

Buy Pre-Owned Arrow
HiFiMAN - Sundara (Pre-Owned)
Earn Club Audiophile points Info

Club Audiophile

Join Club Audiophile to begin your pursuit of great sound. Earn points and save on every purchase.
Learn more

Recommended Accessories


Chi-Fi
Excellence

Balanced Sound
Signature

Ideal for
Audiophiles

1 Year of
Warranty

Metal
Build

Open-Back
Design

Replaceable
Cables

Planar Magnetic
Drivers

Needs
Amplification

The Sundara has seen several changes over the years. But the latest version of the Sundara is perhaps the best. You need a serious amplifier to drive this planar magnetic headphone but paired properly, these are a fantastic headphone for any audiophile.
style=

RAGHAV SOMANI

Headphone Guru Info

About Raghav Somani

Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

DESCRIPTION

SUSHEEL. SATEEK. SUNDARA.

Sundara has planar magnetic drivers that give you great sound. The diaphragm of this unit is 80% slimmer than the HE400 series. This gives you audio that traverses across a frequency range of 6Hz and 75KHz. Experience your music with every detail come alive.

Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Sundara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara

SOUNDS EXACTLY LIKE IT SAYS ON THE BOX: SUNDARA

Just like its name means ‘beautiful’. Sundara’s lovely fashion-forward looks in no way compromise on build quality. If you favour a more reference tuning you will enjoy the Sundara a lot, they have excellent resolution and detail all wrapped up in a relatively refined and smooth presentation. The aluminium headband is lightweight but durable. The adjustable headband and earpads are made of synthetic leather and offer comfort of the highest order.

Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Sundara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara

LOOKS AS GOOD AS IT SOUNDS

Just like its sound, HiFiMAN’s Sundara looks gorgeous too. Just leave them on a table and the matte black finish, as well as the earcup grills, are sure to grab eyeballs.

Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Sundara

HIGHLY OPTIMIZED DRIVERS AND 3.5MM PLUG FOR MOBILITY

Be it your smartphone, laptop or even DAP, the Sundara can connect to just about any device. This is all thanks to the 3.5mm plug. HiFiMAN has not left any stone unturned to create this headphone and this includes that extra tinge of durability to make it last for long.

Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Susvara
Headphone-Zone-HiFiMAN-Sundara

SPECS

SPECIFICATIONS
DRIVER TYPE Planar Magnetic
IMPEDANCE 37 ohms
SENSITIVITY 94dB
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 6Hz-75kHz
CONTROLS & CONNECTIVITY
WIRED CONNECTIVITY 3.5 mm
MICROPHONE No
COMPATIBILITY Universal
DESIGN & BUILD
WEARING STYLE Over-ear
WEIGHT 372g
GRILL Open-Back
CABLE TYPE 1.5m x OFC copper crystal cable
IN THE BOX
BOX CONTENTS
1. HiFiMAN - Sundara headphone
2. 1.5m headphone cable (3.5mm plug)
3. Pair of ear pads (mounted on headphone)
4. Owner’s Guidee

COMPARISONS

HiFiMAN - Sundara vs competitors
HiFiMAN - Sundara HiFiMAN - Sundara vs competitors
₹ 26,999/- ₹ 29,999/-

Audeze - LCD-1vs competitors
Audeze - LCD-1 Audeze - LCD-1 vs competitors
₹ 29,990/- ₹ 34,990/-

iBasso - SR2vs competitors
iBasso - SR2 iBasso - SR2 vs competitors
₹ 39,999/-

Beyerdynamic - DT 990 Provs competitors
Beyerdynamic - DT 990 Pro Beyerdynamic - DT 990 Pro vs competitors
₹ 14,499/- ₹ 16,489/-

Warranty
Sound Signature
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Balanced
Design Open Back Open Back Open Back Open Back
Wearing Style Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear Over-Ear
Frequency Response 6Hz-75kHz 10Hz-50kHz 3Hz-40kHz 5Hz-35kHz
Cable 1.5m straight cable 2m straight cable 1.8m straight cable 3m coiled cable
Replaceable Parts
Impedance 37Ω 16Ω 24Ω 250Ω
Best for Casual Listening Studio Monitoring/Casual Listening Casual Listening Studio Monitoring/Mixing
In The Box 1x HiFiMAN - Sundara Headphone
  1x 1.5m Headphone Cable (3.5mm Plug)
  1x Pair Of Ear Pads (Mounted On Headphone)
  1x Owner’s Guidee
1x Audeze - LCD-1 Headphones
1x 2m 3.5mm To Dual 3.5mm Cable With Reversible Connectors
  1x 3.5mm To 6.35mm Adapter
1x Zippered Travel Case
IBasso - SR2 Headphones
  Jack 3.5mm Cable
   Jack 3.5mm To Jack 6.35mm Cable Earpads
   Carrying Case
Beyerdynamic - DT 990 Headphone
  Coiled Cable
  Drawstring Bag
Experts Verdict "The Hifiman Sundara have one of the best audio reproduction that we've measured so far. They have a well-balanced mid-range that isn't too forward sounding with instruments and vocals."
Rtings
"LCD-1 have been engineered for comfort, convenience, and premium quality sound. It delivers tuned audio in a compact and travel-friendly package perfect for audiophile listening and mixing."
Headfonia

"For less than $200, it's not hard to understand why these are considered by many to be a classic pair of cans for audio producers and music lovers alike."
Soundguys

FAQs

WARRANTY & MEDIA REVIEWS

1 Year Warranty

Don't sweat it, this HiFiMAN Sundara comes with a 1 year warranty from HiFiMAN that covers manufacturing defects. All products featured on Headphone Zone are backed by an original manufacturer's warranty.

Read more about HiFiMAN's warranty in India.

Headfonics

"I am definitely pleased with the Sundara sounds. The treble, in particular, is done right. It is never harsh or overly peaky with excellent articulation and more than adequate levels of headroom."

Read More

SoundPhile-Review

"Overall Sundara offer better detail and technical ability: soundstage is larger, imaging is more accurate. They offer a comfortable listening experience in terms of comfort, also in terms of sound."

Read More
RTings

"The Hifiman Sundara have one of the best audio reproduction that we've measured so far. They have a well-balanced mid-range that isn't too forward sounding with instruments and vocals."

Read More

Head-Fi

"If you favour a more reference tuning you will enjoy the Sundara a lot, they have excellent resolution and detail all wrapped up in a relatively refined and smooth presentation."

Read More
Headphonesty

"The Hifiman Sundara does lovely things for a headphone of its price, and I think it’s something any audiophile should check out. It is reputed to be a relatively stylish headphone."

Read More

The-Headphone-List

"The Sundara provides a natural, tonally excellent presentation and one of the most accurate midrange timbres in its price range. Buyers would do well to choose the Sundara."

Read More
Inner-Fidelity

"I found the Sundara to be a physically solid product offering at this price point. The look nicely stylish; build quality and materials are quite good; comfort is quite good; accessories are sparse."

Read More

Headfonia

"If you’re looking for this type of sound, then you can’t go wrong with the Sundara. For the price it is going very impressive on a technical level and the build quality also is as good as it gets."

Read More

Customer Reviews

Based on 28 reviews
89%
(25)
11%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
N
N.D.S.G.
Just Amazing

when i received this headphone and heard first time, i was not that impressed. But after burning @ 50 hrs, listening experience is drastically changed and it is out of world. I am very much thankful to Raghav and headphone-zone team for introducing this masterpiece in India. You guys are doing wonderful job. Thanks again.

n
n.g.
A very good product at this price, Audiophile grade (highly recommended)

Great Product, sounds fantastic (its a bit dark compared to similar planars), I've hear that the Audeze ones are a little warmer. In any case, do keep in mind that this will be a little heavier than your usual headphones and would be restricted to mostly listening sessions at home. There is a bit of treble, but very controlled, in certain cases this would be very enjoyable.

This would require an amp.

My only gripe here is that the product seems to come not manufacturer or factory sealed, therefore keeping you guessing about its newness. I feel a manufacturer seal is essential when it comes to expensive products, so that the consumer has confidence on what he receives. I have highlighted this to the HFZ team. They seem like a friendly bunch and i recommend having a chat with them about any product listed before placing an order.

N
N.
Is this the best headphone ever?

It all started when I got bored for using my 8 years old Beats Solo HD on xbox and was not interested in using the Sony 1000XM3 while playing games. I was searching for gaming headphones and reading about them and then read few articles on how Philips SHP9500 + V Moda boom pro is the best gaming combination. They said since Philips SHP9500 is an open back so the sound staging is better plus I thought I could hear my wife calling me. So open backs, huh! Started looking for the Philips one but couldn't find one in India which is selling at correct price.

My next choice was Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro with Schiit stack (all based on readings/videos - no experience with openbacks yet). Meanwhile I started switched off the equalizer on my Sony 1000XM3 and started enjoying it. While I was discussing the headphone with my audiophile friend Kashyap (also known as KCM) and Addy, they told me about Hifiman Sundara. The price was double my budget but they said it is a different technology. Planars, here I come.

I discussed further with Salim from hpz, and he asked me what kind of music i listen, I told him almost everything and he suggested Sundara and Audeze LCD 2. I watched more reviews and my bank account and finalized Sundara and was waiting for it to be restocked. Meanwhile, I had some points at work which could be converted to Amazon vouchers. I checked that hpz accepts amazon pay as one of the payment method and we were sorted.

One fine day I got an email that headphones were in stock, I ordered instantly and they were delivered after 2 days. I also ordered ifi hip dac and that too arrived. Time to test the new headphones. I was excited.

I connected it to my computer and played a flac file. It sounded very shrill and sharp. I could see all my new headphone dreams flushing away but then I got reminded of the burn thing. Not sure if it true or not but started using the headphone and within 2-3 days I noticed that the sound is more clear and smooth now. I don't know if burning is a placebo or Stockholm Syndrome, but I started loving the sound. I experienced what a sound stage is, how bass sounds great without being over bassy. Everything sounded better and open (did we say this IS an open back). I could converse to my wife while listening to music and it was a different experience.

I am playing most of the songs from Tidal (Turkey one - cause its cheaper) and everyday I am discovering a new sound in songs that I have been listening since last 10-15 years. I am not an audiophile and probably will not ever become one, but I know my music and enjoy it. These planars enrich the experience of enjoying music.

PS:- Now I am looking for a case for this one, along with the headset and mic combo i talked about above.
PPS:- Register with Hifiman to get an extra 3 months of warranty.

D
D.B.
My Last Headphone Purchase?

I had worked my up from the Grado SR80E to the Sennheiser 599 SE then to the Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro and finally the Audio Technica ATH R70x. Each stop along the way had been an enriching experience - with each headphone bringing its own distinct sound. With the ATH R70X I had felt that I had reached the pinnacle as I was not sure if there could be anything better. But I wanted to try a planar. The Sundara had rave reviews across considerable time from all reviewers - so that was the obvious choice. And it turned out to be even better. The separation is even better than the R70X; the sound is faster. And I've not even played the headphones for the duration recommended by HiFiMan for burn-in. So I'm pretty much certain that this will be my last headphone purchase in quite some time if not forever. An electrostatic one? Maybe - but definitely don't see myself feeling the urge anytime soon

Thank you for sharing your review with us.

A
A.K.
A benchmark planar at this price point.

I’ve been a huge Audeze fan and these are my first Hifiman pair of headphones. Just two words can describe the overall performance of this pair and those words would be “clean” and “natural”. Yes, they sound clean and natural in all frequency ranges. The bass is fast and can go a little below 30hz which is great and not too overpowering, mids are clear and highs are sufficiently natural and clean. These have become my favourite planars at this price range as they exceed all expectations in terms of performance and sound at this price point. My reference point of comparison are my Audeze LCD1 and LCD2c. LCD-1 seems brighter than these in the highs and LCD2c sounds a bit darker. Overall, these are a perfect balance for any genre of music that I’ve tried them with.
And they’re efficient. They don’t require a high end amp to drive them to their limits. I’m a total metal head and the way my music sounds on these is just spectacular.
Best of all, headphonezone’s excellent delivery times and commitment to serve customer needs in these different and somewhat tough times has me won over completely. Thanks for making this brand available in India at affordable prices and kudos to the audio engineering behind this pair.

S
S.D.
Probably the best planar magnetic headphones package

This is probably the best buy if you are looking for a starter high end headphone. The sound reproduction on these pair is amazing. The detail in the bass is amazing and the treble is crystal clear. (if you are just looking for bass and vocals go with sennheiser).
It is a easy to drive headphone so amp is not need for most parts but a dac with a little warmer signature will make your day.
The build quality is also amazing and the ear pads are very comfortable
There have been issues with Hifi Man quality control so you might get unlucky and have the driver fail on you for that I would suggest to immediately contact hifiman service center.

S
S.B.
HOLOGRAPHIC

“I am not an audiophile or an audio-whatever”. Having said that, you have been warned to take my layman review with a grain of salt/ sugar/ aspartame or whatever that suits your weight loss plan. With that out of the way and without wasting any more time in the foreplay of fondling with the build quality, comfort et Cetera. I’ll dive in directly into the thick of thing—the sound.

Here go,

To my ears, hifiman Sundara sounded good right out of the box although with a touch of restrain and sound being just a tad bassy for my taste, they got me good right from the start. But something about the headband, it felt like the ear cups on either side are trying to cave into my skull.

It’s been a month now listening to Sundara
and I am convinced to the bone that Sundara are the headphone I been looking for. The sound is clean, very well separated and appears to be just pleasantly flowing out of the ear cups while sundara barely seem to be making an effort in making that sound so good. Although I still find the bass on sundara, to be a shade more for my taste but that doesn’t come in my way of enjoying the music anyhow. Also the handband seems less hostile and seem to hate me little less now.

I must say Sundara do sound adequately loud when I drive them from my iPhone but as many have noted, they do scale a lot better with a good amp. In my case I use FIIO Q5, at low gain with volume dial resting at 1’ o clock; which is my preferred spot when I am listening to sundara. I rarely have to dial the volume past 2’o clock unless I am listening to full dynamic range recording like Bolt Thrower’s 1989 album ’Realm of Choas’.

I am not exactly a ‘high volume junkie’ but
if I’ve to pretend being one for a while and crank the volume all the way up to 80% or more so on my Q5. Sundara still sounds very coherent without busting a single seam at any frequency range. Vocals, Cymbals, snares and guitars continue to rein in their domain without any serious trespassing issues. In fact, I really enjoyed listening to Sundara at the volume I wouldn't have dared to listen if it was my rather misbehaving but beloved —M50x.

My only gripe against Hifiman Sundara, is the cable. While there’s nothing bad with the quality of cable; it’s just that annoying quality of the cable to hold shape. It refuses to be straight or lie flat on the table. They can rightfully be called—The memory cable.

Finally, I would want to thank my headphone Guru, Salim Lakdawala for showing me the light...errr Sound.

P
P.
Syrup for your ears!

After much thought, I decided to get rid of my isine20s and jump onto Hifiman bandwagon. Glad that I did.

I took a leap of faith as I had read a lot about QC issues with hifiman products. The unit feels well built and has a robust feel to it.

These do a Harman target very nicely.
Bass is sufficient and has definition. It is not boomy or thumpy.
Midrange is sweet and with just a hint of forward.
Treble is kind of okay. I would not term it as super resolving.
I prefer to use them without eq.

Sundaras have made me a Hifiman fan. Arya is next on the radar.

Tip: Register for an extra 3 months of warranty.
Unboxing: https://youtu.be/42zRk8NU7bk

M
M.
Most Sundara!

Being stuck between the K712 and the Sundara for a while, I was earlier aligned towards the AKGs for their massive soundstage as I needed cans for both critical listening and occasional mixing. The Sundara although known to have a slightly narrower soundstage were said to be much more detailed and deep which was something I preferred more and so I finally went with the Sundara. I must admit though that there's a great deal of R&D gone into Planartech in recent times which is pretty evident from the sound. There is a massive improvement over HifiMan's first gen planars like the HE400. The Sundaras are fairly easy to drive, even from a typical android(Wouldn't recommend it though). The Sundara achieves an unprecedented level of fidelity and boasts of unmatched rivalry at this price point. In short you really do get the sound you've paid for, if not just more. I would recommend not to judge them immediately before the burn-in as it significantly flexes the driver and makes it much more capable of imparting vibrations into the diaphragm(post 80 hours of playback) after which the Sundara becomes much more Sundara. The recommended burn-in is around 150 hours.

Speaking of color it is particularly neutral in the Mid range with comfortable Highs and fast, clean, thumpy Lows extended well below. It does justice to all frequencies, giving a near flat response. Leaving aside the 800 series, these can compete with HD600s IMO. In terms of comfort, I really vouched for IEMs over cans, but now I've realised that certain cans can be extremely comfortable even for extended periods of use(~3-4 Hours, the only bummer being the heat) all thanks to the enlarged contact surfaces of the pads, they significantly reduce pressure around your ears. I've come to realise that planars do have the potential to pave their way into the future as they tend to mimic the characteristics of electrostatics (which undoubtedly are the holy grail of sound production) under a budget. But again that's just my opinion.