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HiFiMan Ananda BT - Biggest, Baddest, Bluetooth Headphones

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  1. The Socialist Nerd
    Audeze Mobius headphones are working super well. :D
     
  2. Soundizer
    Yes i am considering those, however I will only use as Bluetooth for Movies and Music.
     
  3. elctrokrdiogrm
    The hifiman rep at canjam said the Ananda BT had been pushed back until October. Apparently they're making significant upgrades to the DAC
     
  4. The Socialist Nerd
    I will be curious on how loud the HFM's DAC will push without distortion. Audeze does an exceptional job with theirs.
     
  5. Dobrescu George
    I'm also curious about how the DAC/AMP inside Ananda BT will fare, the normal ananda is rather hard to drive and takes advantage of good DAC/AMPs, so it will be quite intriguing to see how a portable one that's an all-in-one solution will be like
     
  6. ra990
    Anyone get these yet, they're supposed to be out now I hear?
     
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  7. Dobrescu George
    No clues yet (?)

    I did hear the original ananda this weekend and liked it quite a lot tho :)
     
  8. elctrokrdiogrm
    Looks like they're out today!
    https://store.hifiman.com/index.php/ananda-bt.html

    I wonder if this pricing is temporary or not, since I thought the Ananda BT were supposed to cost $1200. Hopefully, Hifiman has bumped down the pricing of the wired Ananda to 850 and will keep the Ananda BT at $1000, pretty good offerings for the price imo
     
  9. ra990
    I have one on order. Might be first one to get it here. Will report back on impressions once I get them and spend some quality time with them.
     
  10. VandyMan
    I ordered one last night. Thanks for the heads-up.
     
  11. bidn

    Thank you for these exciting news.

    I have found a recent (Aug.17) review with pics showing the insides and the FR curve:

    https://on-mag.fr/index.php/topaudi...-plus-esoterique-et-audiophile-de-la-creation

    The pics show non-replaceable batteries, a FR curve with a big treble peak like the wired version, and (also stated in the review) that no buttons for volume control, pause, play, next, previous track are provided, meaning you would have to reach back each time for your PC or for your smartphone (which is very strange, I could never have thought that these essential controls could be missing on a BT headphone ☹ , that does not make much sense to me).
    I hope that this reviewed version is a prototype or the initial, not commercialised version, but not the definitive one.
    I have hope it is the initial, not commercialised version because it mentions a price of € 1200.
    I hope very much that the definitive version has the normal controls on it.

    To those who ordered it: please let us know how things are.

    Have a nice weekend,
    bidn
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2019
  12. mark5hs
    This alone is a dealerbreaker. How stupid does HiFiMan think we are? This is a highly niche product made for an enthusiast market, not an iPhone for people who just care about shiny things.
     
  13. VandyMan
    So far, I'm not too happy with my Ananda BTs. I bought them to use with my Apple TV, but without a volume control that seems to be possible. They pair fine, but I get no sound. And the volume control on my Apple TV does not do anything. (I also have a pair of Sony WH1000XM3 and they change volume using the Apple TV remote or using their built-in volume control.)
     
  14. VandyMan
    Edit: issue resolved, see below
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
  15. VandyMan
    So, as a last ditch attempt, I paired my Ananda to my iPad, even though I don't plan to use the two together. To my surprise, the audio worked! I then re-paired it to my Apple TV and my HiBy R6 Pro and both of those now work too! The HiBy even switched to LDAC on its own. Hifiman customer support was very responsive. Bluetooth pairing can be a real pain!

    I still can't get the USB connection from the HiBy to work, but that may be a driver issue on the HiBy side. The Ananda beeps correctly when connected, but the HiBy does not see it. Anyway, I don't plan to use the USB connection, so I won't be spending time trying to fix it.

    Some quick impressions:

    - Comfort is very good. Clamping force is a tiny bit high for me, but otherwise very comfortable.

    - I like the looks and the build quality seems excellent. None of the Hifiman build issues that I've heard about.

    - Not having a volume or pause on the headphone is a pretty big inconvenience, but I can live with it. For example, I plan to wear the Ananda playing from my Apple TV, while I cook in the kitchen. I'd have to go into the living room to pause or adjust volume.

    - I'd prefer user replaceable batteries, but having to send these back to Hifiman in a few years for a battery replacement does not seem like that big a deal to me.

    - I don't want to say too much about the sound since I've only listened for a few hours so far. With my HiBy, it sounds excellent. Not as good as my ToTL headphones of course, but very enjoyable. With my Apple TV, they seemed kind of bright. I need to spend more time listening and allow for some break-in.

    - Lastly, the Ananda has a flashing blue LED. In a dark room, it is super annoying. I may cover it with duct tape, but then I will not be able to see when it is charged.
     
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2019
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