The Sundara has seen several changes over the years. But the latest version of the Sundara is perhaps the best. You will need a powerful amplifier to drive this planar magnetic headphone, and when paired correctly, these are fantastic headphones for any audiophile.
REFERENCE GRADE SOUND WITH THE ALL-NEW NEO "SUPERNANO" DIAPHRAGM AND PLANAR MAGNETIC DRIVERS
Modern headphones typically use one of two driver technologies, The more traditional 'dynamic' driver and the more technical 'planar magnetic' driver. Sundara has planar magnetic drivers that give you a fast response within the frequency spectrum. The NEO "supernano" diaphragm of the Sundara is 80% slimmer than previous designs resulting in a quicker and more detailed response while retaining the lush musicality. If you favour a more reference-level tuning, you will enjoy the "Sundara" a lot. The HiFiMAN "Sundara" has excellent resolution and detail wrapped in a relatively refined and smooth presentation. Every nuance of your music will come to life.
A UNIQUE BLEND OF ELEGANT LOOKS AND PHENOMENAL AUDIO PRESENTATION
HiFiMAN excels in two key areas; build and sound quality. All of this is wrapped around the phrase "beautiful", the literal translation of the word Sundara (Sanskrit). Just like its name means 'beautiful'. Sundara's lovely fashion-forward looks in no way compromise on sound quality. The aluminium headband is lightweight but durable. The adjustable headband and earpads are made of synthetic leather and offer the comfort of the highest order. "Crisp" is the adjective you can think of to describe how the Sundara sounds. It's difficult to tell whether the Sundara's 'crispness' is a symptom of its frequency response or a personality attribute of its planar magnetic driver.
DELIVERING EXCEPTIONAL SOUNDSTAGE AND IMAGING FOR YOU TO EXPERIENCE A SONIC VOYAGE
"Crisp" is the adjective you can think of to describe how the Sundara sound. It is difficult to tell whether the Sundara's crispness is a symptom of its frequency response or a personality attribute of its planar magnetic driver. The soundstage, more than any other characteristic, is what sets the Sundara apart from any other headphone. It ticks all the boxes for clarity, tonality, scale, and dynamics. Be prepared to be astounded by Sundara's contribution of numerous subtleties. It delivers a holographic and airy sound maintaining coherence and cohesiveness. The HiFiMAN Sundara has a superb soundstage, excellent imaging, and a sense of depth and space thanks to its open-back design. The Sundara offers a fully immersive listening experience. These headphones are successful everywhere and add depth and body to every recording. As a result, listeners are treated to an intricately precise sonic voyage.
DELIVERING SUPERIOR COMFORT WITH PRESSURE DISPLACEMENT LEATHER STRAP AND FOCUS A PADS
If you have been a long-time HiFiMAN headphone user, the first thing you will notice about the Sundara is the modernistic clean lines and lack of fussiness, especially around the hinges and cups. The form factor is coherent with a more consistent matt black colouring and use of materials that seem better finished. Just like its sound, Sundara looks gorgeous too. Just leave them on the table; the matte black finish, and the earcup grills, are sure to grab your eyeballs. It has a very industrial appearance and robustness; they look like headphones that would survive an otherwise devastating fall. Sundara is pretty comfortable; The headband has a leather adjustment strap underneath for pressure displacement and comfort. The "Focus A" pads feel luxuriously soft; the clamp strength feels just right for the headphones to stay in place without squeezing your head.
EASY CONNECTIVITY WITH HIGH-GRADE CRYSTALLINE COPPER CABLE
Be it your smartphone, laptop or DAP, Sundara can connect to just about any device with its 3.5mm termination. HiFiMAN has spared no expense in designing the "Sundara," which features 3.5mm TRS female connections on each earcup for customising and swapping cables. The cable is made of high-grade crystalline copper and has a TRS 3.5mm jack on one end and 3.5mm headphone connections on the other. You can also upgrade to a balanced cable for a full-range experience. Although a single-ended connection sounds fantastic, the balanced connection gives the audio more depth and richness.
|DRIVER TYPE||Planar Magnetic|
|FREQUENCY RESPONSE||6Hz - 75kHz|
|CABLE TYPE||1.5m x OFC copper crystal cable|
1. HiFiMAN - Sundara headphone
|2. 1.5m headphone cable (3.5mm plug)|
|3. Pair of ear pads (mounted on headphone)|
|4. Owner’s Guide|
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||China|
|IMPORTER DETAILS||Importers Name: Hifiman Electronics India Pvt. Ltd
Address: No: 229, Ground Floor, 18th Main, 5th Cross,6th Block, Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka-560076
Contact No: 080-48534996
Meet the King of HiFi
HiFiMAN is a leading audio brand that makes high-class headphones. It started in New York in 2007 and has since been making headphones that have broken all kinds of audio records. Today, the brand has its presence the world-over.
An Audiophile’s Dream
HiFiMAN is known for its high-end planar magnetic headphones like the Susvara, HE1000V2 & Edition X V2. Recently it ventured into electrostatic headphones with the Shangri-La and Shangri-La Jr. No matter the driver unit, the high-end sound quality has been recommended by audiophiles and critics all over.
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"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
"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
"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
"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
"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 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
"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
"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
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.