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HIFIMAN’s SUSVARA is Here
 

HIFIMAN has announced the launch of their new flagship headphone, the SUSVARA. “SUSVARA is the spiritual successor to the legendary HE6 and keeping in that spirit, it is a Planar Magnetic headphone that pushes the boundaries of what a Planar can do. Representing the very finest planar magnetic technology and performance from HIFIMAN, it should only be paired with a comparable amplifier, one able to unlock all that SUSVARA is capable.” In addition to the launch of their latest headphone, HIFIMAN also announced that they’ve opened pre-orders for their flagship amplifier, the EF1000. Check out their announcement thread for more details.

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Currawong
Currawong
June 22, 2017 at 5:17 am
They definitely don't feel heavy.

It's interesting finding out what amps can handle them. I maxxed out an Audio-gd NFB-1AMP with some tracks. It didn't clip though and behaved perfectly.

My Studio Six technically doesn't have enough grunt and I can max out the volume, so I've been using them with the Audiovalve Solaris mostly. They are sufficiently lively-sounding that where the NFB-1AMP was a bit boring with the HE1000 V2, it seems like a nice match with the Susvaras. A Master 9 would likely be better still. I don't think that they are the most nuanced, but they make music, even stuff that isn't that dramatic, sound exciting.

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Oscar-HiFi
Oscar-HiFi
June 22, 2017 at 6:02 am
Currawong
They definitely don't feel heavy.

It's interesting finding out what amps can handle them. I maxxed out an Audio-gd NFB-1AMP with some tracks. It didn't clip though and behaved perfectly.

My Studio Six technically doesn't have enough grunt and I can max out the volume, so I've been using them with the Audiovalve Solaris mostly. They are sufficiently lively-sounding that where the NFB-1AMP was a bit boring with the HE1000 V2, it seems like a nice match with the Susvaras. A Master 9 would likely be better still. I don't think that they are the most nuanced, but they make music, even stuff that isn't that dramatic, sound exciting.

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Not that is a very nice setup... my measly Marantz PM-5005 looks terrible in comparison, but they sound great with it.

They really do require a hell of a lot of power 😀
Whitigir
Whitigir
June 22, 2017 at 6:16 am
Then power requirements alone, Utopia wins 😀
Whazzzup
Whazzzup
June 22, 2017 at 6:28 am
Whitigir
Then power requirements alone, Utopia wins 😀
I have not listened to utopia but my suspicion is that these are not direct head to head cans. I have not read a utopia description of its sound that compared to what I heard listening to susvara. So I think it will be preference of sound.
Currawong
Currawong
June 22, 2017 at 7:44 pm
The thing I'm missing with the Susvaras is the nuanced detail of the Utopias. I remember back when people were posting impressions of the original HE1000 and someone put a pair of Audeze pads on them and sealed up the bottom. I recall them saying that the result was much more impactful (or words to that effect) like the HE-6. The Susvara to me matches that description.

The Utopias, in comparison, require speed. That, to me, is why they seemed best out of two high-end tube amps.
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