HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

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HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

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The Arya Stealth retains the original Arya’s 1.5m single crystalline copper cable which is a wire material HIFIMAN has been using since the original HE1000. I have no complaints about its performance sonically but the design feels more in tune with a portable headphone than a desktop or home use design.

Seriously if they were the same price, I would have gotten the Sony MDR-1AM2 which sells for ~180€ in my country. The Susvara sells for 6999€ The weight may look somewhat heavy on paper. On my head, the Arya are well-balanced and feel rather light. They are easy to wear for long periods of time without any irritation. Although the Arya are almost perfect sonically and incredibly flexible for all types of music and sound, it does not necessarily mean they are the perfect match for your needs. Carefully evaluate your priorities, learn your preferences, and make decisions based on those.HIFIMAN Arya is a flagship headphone from HIFIMAN, a headphone with a unique signature that will literally blow your mind, but in a very specific way. It has a pretty good price point of 1600 USD, and its main competitors will be HIFIMAN HE6SE, Kennerton Thror, and Crosszone CZ-1 Headphones. All of them are amazing, so the battle will be fierce.

The Arya Stealth has a relatively similar unboxing experience to the Deva and the Sundara. For original Arya owners, it is practically the same box but the internal organization is just slightly changed for the cable storage. The V3s are more like monitors- they will reveal mistakes in sound engineering, they will reveal more detail, and are just fantastic when you want to hear everything in great detail. If you’re concerned about the drive factor, relative to more portable headphones, and if you haven’t experienced harder to drive flagships before, I have to tell you, some weaker AMPs and weaker sources probably won’t exactly suffice, and Arya isn’t done right from an entry-level source, FiiO K5PRO, for example driving them power-wise, but not doing them justice. The stealth magnet design utilizes powerful neodymium magnets arranged in an array to achieve exceptional magnetic flux density. By precisely positioning the magnets, Hifiman engineers have created a uniform magnetic field, which contributes to improved driver control and reduced distortion. Furthermore, the stealth magnets employed in Arya Organic enhance the overall efficiency of energy transfer within the headphone's drivers. This optimized energy transfer results in improved transient response and enhanced audio dynamics. The third Arya variant was the Stealth Magnet Edition which incorporated HIFIMAN’s Stealth Magnet technology. As a follow-up, HIFIMAN has now released the Arya Organic which is the fourth edition, also with Stealth Magnet technology but with an added visual cue and a refined sound tuning profile.Using Arya while at a desktop is a purse pleasure. You don’t even feel them on your head and you’re actually more likely to want them on your head than having a speaker setup, simply due to the convenience of having a small soundstage at the level of your head, without having to bother your neighbors, but still having access to that wide space and comfort of having almost nothing on your head. Maybe I have a very strange taste but to this date, I thought the every single of them were really bad. As with all new HiFiMAN products, the Arya features 3.5mm headphone connectors that are angled at 10°, thereby lessening the pressure points associated with straight-angled connectors. These pressure points sometimes stress the connection, but the new design ensures a solid, reliable and long-lasting link between the headphone and the cable. The Power of Stealth It could be the tuning implementation responsible for the slight increase in bass presence which I bet was one of HIFIMAN’s goals with this model.

Up until the launch of the Meze Empyrean and Elite, I would have said the Arya Stealth form factor is one of the most comfort and well-balanced headphones you can get. It still is, though at 430g there are lighter in the market.The Arya’s presentation can be overwhelming until you adjust to the intensity, extreme detail, and clarity. Given enough power to drive them, they deliver sound akin to having an over-caffeinated neighbor showing up at your house to party on an early Sunday morning. Neither are particularly capable of relaxing. Company Overview A breakthrough core technology developed by HiFiMAN, it’s the first of its kind in headphone applications. Working with this advanced material is extremely challenging, but the successful incorporation of this film as the Arya’s planar driver is the cornerstone of its remarkable sound. Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit I don't think you can really go wrong either way- depending on what you want, but I wanted to just choose one of these (I shortly considered even keeping both!). HiFiMAN Arya vs HiFiMAN HE-560: the Arya and the HE-560 are quite close in terms of frequency response. The Arya have a somewhat leaner bass which is a tad more more controlled, more detailed and deeper (as it’s more concentrated in the lowest region) but less physical. On the other hand, the HE-560 have warmer mids: although they, too, have quite a bit of brightness, the overall balance is more neutral and therefore a bit warmer; the Arya are more detailed and better at separating instruments. Treble is where the most differences are: although the HE-560 offer plenty of detail, the Arya are a step above in that regard, although their treble is also more emphasised. Soundstage is wider on the Arya but deeper on the HE-560, while imaging is comparable and instrument separation is better on the Arya.

Hifiman designed the Arya’s high-quality metal headband with extra strength and a special high-grade plastic for lightweight comfort and rugged durability. I find it to be a very comfy headband, and it allows you to perfectly position the headphone on your head. The side pressure is perfect, the top of your head pressure non-existing. The Arya Stealth weighs just over 400g, but as the pressure is perfectly spread, it together with the soft perfectly sealing earpads (pleather + polyester, not velour) and asymmetrical ear cup shape, makes using this headphone a pure joy. Even for long listening sessions. HIFIMAN’s Stealth Magnet technology is acoustically transparent, dramatically reducing wave diffraction turbulence that degrades the sound waves’ integrity, maximizing accuracy. The output goal is transparent sonics, exposing every recording detail without extraneous noise. New “Stealth Magnets” reside in the asymmetric oval cups.Sweden has beautiful landscapes, and Amaranthe creates the same in their music. A perfect example of this is their orchestral version of Crystalline. The Arya presents with so much clarity that it just flirts with the line of sibilance and yet seems never quite to touch or cross it (this holds true for the treble as well). The second version employed a cloth screen behind the driver and that opened things up a bit as far as soundstage size and driver efficiency. Some consider the second version to be the best because of its ultra-wide staging abilities. Enough has been said and published about the Acoustically Invisible Stealth technology already, but basically the Stealth Magnets feature a special shape which allows sound waves to pass through without generating interference. Hifiman’s advanced magnet design is acoustically transparent, dramatically reducing wave diffraction turbulence that degrades the integrity of the sound waves. The reduced distortion yields pure sonic output that is accurate and full range. Over the past few years, HiFiMAN has been releasing revised versions of its popular Arya headphones. Right now, there are three versions of the Arya out there, and a new one has just launched as well. The Arya Organic looks to be the biggest update they’ve made to the Arya yet, but does it still contain everything people love about the original? What You Get For comfort, I think that the Arya is one of the most comfortable headphones I’ve personally tried. Despite their large form factor and full-size planar magnetic array, the Arya is remarkably light 404g, which keeps them from becoming fatiguing or tough to wear in prolonged listening sessions. As you’d expect from the giant ear cups, they provide a lot of room for your wears to fit in, as the pads are deep, angled and they provide plenty space in their inner diameter. Additionally, because it’s using the HE1000-style headband, the Arya distributes weight very nicely and has ear cup swivel; a feature that was somehow absent on the Sundara and Ananda. If I have any complaints for comfort, though, it’s that the ear cups, because of their size, occasionally feel like they reach a little too far down and put a bit of pressure on my jaw. By no means does this apply a painful amount of pressure, but it can apply enough to make it noticeable and a bit distracting. One last thing I should note is that the sports-clothing-like mesh used on the pads might irritate some users, particularly those with facial hair. Sound

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