HiFiMan Sundara Headphones
Enter Sundara, the successor to the immensely popular HE 400i. These are extremely well-built and refined open-backed headphones from industry giant HiFiMan, full of lush detail and a level of comfort that may even make you forget you are wearing them! The top-notch engineering and upgradable cabling mean this shall be well at home in your music life for many many years.
The HIFIMAN SUNDARA is an open backed headphone with a specially
designed planar magnetic driver. The connection to which is made via the
supplied cable with socketed connectors which offers a secure and sturdy
connection yet allow for easy cable swapping. The headphone's relatively
high sensitivity is higher than is typical in a planar magnetic headphone and
allows it to be driven with some ease by conventional headphone amplifiers
and even many mobile phones. The SUNDARA also offers an impressive
frequency response range, from 6-75kHz and with all the dynamic realism
that HIFIMAN headphones are renowned for.
Compared with previous HIFIMAN headphones the SUNDARA features an
all new headband that borrows from our two previous designs. All of the
comfort and even weight distribution of the latter style but the more con-
ventional appearance of the early designs. This means you can enjoy your
audio in all possible comfort and with their angled pads, you can listen all
day long. Sonically they share the same HIFIMAN level of resolution and
even handed sonic performance across the acoustic spectrum that you
have come to expect. Smooth and highly extended, delicately nuanced
treble and rich, hearty, punchy and rhythmic lows too. Vocals and strings
are astonishingly true to life.
The SUNDARA is meant to be used by a wide range of sources, from the
upper end quality of a large desktop amplifier and yet it can also be run
superbly from our own little SuperMini. Power, control and finesse all sewn
up in to sumptuous headphone that we think is as visually stunning as it is
Compared to conventional dynamic drivered headphones, planar magnetic headphones have solved problems such as surface distortion of high frequency audio and the lingering vibrations in a dynamic loudspeaker. The large and heavy magnets used face a residual vibration due to the retained momentum in the driver as it moves. In a Planar Magnetic the utilization efficiency has been improved by the weight of drivers being reduced with the use of our ultra-fine diaphragm in the SUNDARA.
The thickness of the SUNDARA s diaphragm is a sliver of the width of a human hair. This light, high tensile strength material with HIFIMAN s patented Planar Magnetic technology are a perfect sound producing pairing. We have had to select from numerous prototype designs and production methods and the best-sounding materials yet keeping an eye on making such audio technology affordable. The ergonomic and comfortable headband is designed to fit for most people, with greater reliability and durability. The new SUNDARA headband retains the comfort of the weight spreading headstrap but the overarching headband has been contoured to a more human shape. The SUNDARA remains as comfy to wear yet makes a more urban visual aesthetic. The headband's more minimal look perfectly complements the matte black anodized finish which absorbs the eye as it does light. The new headband also incorporates a sleek unibody yolk attaching the frame to the headphone cups making a seamless ergonomic sweeping curve that is both elegant and functional. Its single piece of metal construction makes it durable enough to withstand the rigours of modern urban life.
To adjust the headband, simply move each ear cup up or down until the
top of the headband rests comfortably on your head and the ear cups
surround your ears.
HIFIMAN has been researching and developing diaphragms for many
years, this core technology has been further utilized in the design of
SUNDARA. The production, processing and installation of diaphragm
materials is highly complex, trying to create materials with both high
tensile strength and low weight. The driver's extremely low thickness
and mass means it can produce tremendously low distortion levels yet
offer a highly dynamic response. This, while difficult to achieve it is
made possible by HIFIMAN s extensive Planar Magnetic technology,
offering headphones that can be powered by nearly any portable
device or mobile phone. Yet, the SUNDARA can offer the listener a
perfectly integrated end result where the audio produced is of a
remarkable tonal quality and clarity.
The new outer grills have been designed with three key aspects, sound,
protection and aesthetics. The New SUNDARA grill strikes a perfect
balance of all three providing a sturdy protective outer barrier for the deli-
cate innards without disrupting their audio and does it all with a jet black
finish. The gently glossy sheen creates a striking balance against the matte
black cups. Black against black, shimmer against pure light absorption, it’ s
the perfect match to their sumptuous audio.
The cable configuration used for the SUNDARA is a crystalline copper
wire. Comprised of materials chosen to ensure low resistance in the signal
transmission and high mechanical strength for daily use which should
ensure a long and fruitful existence.
The cables are user-replaceable and have channel orientation for left and
right. An “L” and “R” are indicated inside the headband. Once the cable is
installed with the correct channel orientation, an easy way to tell left and
right is the cable is connected slightly toward the front of the ear cup. The
cable will then drape across the user’s chest for greater comfort.
The New SUNDARA makes use of a new 3.5mm socket for its cable con-
nection. This gives an even more sturdy and robust physical connection
for attaching the cables to and gives a greater surface area for signal trans-
mission to boot. Giving not only a boost to its audio potential but raising
the levels of punishment the connection can withstand too.
The symmetry of the ear pads on the SUNDARA conforms around the
human ear, comfortably distributing the weight evenly yet oering a
secure and sound grip. The pads themselves are gently bevelled, con-
touring and moulding to the users head thus providing superb comfort for
long listening sessions.
Frequency Response: 6Hz - 75kHz
Impedance: 37 ohms