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I actually prefer the HD800S for clarity to the Arya, but Arya is more smooth and musical.
+1 I'm just curious how far apart they are.
That will be the best comparison we could hope for here. However, I would love to see the Arya duke it out with the Verite as well. It was on my short list for a while. I'm also very interested in that stand. Very nice!
My God that SE is beautiful. Aesthetically, it's probably the most gorgeous headphones on the market, IMO.
Can't wait to find out comparisons vs the Arya.
Yeah what stand is that? The Arya is a bit tight on my Omega style stand and I don't want the pads pushed in too much. I looked on Amazon but didn't find anything I liked.
Have a question and really not trolling:
Why do the more expensive Arya use the old yoke design and old less reliable adjustment design while the cheaper Ananda’s get the newer Sundara style headband that looks better and doesn’t have the same issues?
Seems kind of like they repurposed old Edition X’s while Ananda gets the new design
I think that the design of the Arya is made the way it is in order to maintain the original look of the HEK.
Must be the cost angle, 1000 v(1|2) at just above HEX V2 prices.
Look at the MD XX, it'll probably come packaged in butcher paper with that stupid old style HFM headband - to save $, and possible to drive sales of headbands from the HFM store.
Makes total sense. Better sound but slightly worse packaging...
Also lol @ butcher paper
I personally like the old design better plus, you can swivel the cups a bit to find better fit. I tried the new headband on the sundara and find that it barely fits my big head.
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My thoughts on the HE1000SE, HE1KV2 and Arya are summed up here :
The headphone stand for those asking, is from Room's Audio Line, available on the Thomann webshop. There are non height adjustable wooden ones in various finishes, and black/silver metal adjustable stands. Excellent quality, I've bought 4 so far lol.
As noted by others in reply, the Arya headband is based on the HE1K series, just made of cheaper materials. It's not the same as the classic HE400-560 yokes that were a reliability nightmare.
I have owned the HE-560V3 which has the sundara headband, and I also tried the HE-6SE a friend brought over for comparison with my headphones, and IMHO the Sundara style headband is much less comfortable unless you have a pretty small head size/diameter.
HE1000SE & HE-6SE
Makes sense. I have a small head so the Sundara fits just fine!
I am just about ready to get one of these and the Clear or the Utopia. Hopefully at CanJam I get a better feel for all three of them. Just a little afraid at the HEK comments that it can be a little too laid back, which may mean the Arya is too laid back too. I hope not. Was also thinking about maybe getting some used HEKV2's, later adding $1K ad see if Hifiman will bite and upgrade me to the HEKse.
I would rather wait until hekse drops to 1.8k. It will come.
I don't know what is the current street price for Susvara, but you can get a used one around 3.5k.
Personally, I decided not to spend over 2k on any headphone. That money will be saved for my speaker system.
My very first impressions of the Arya were that it was indeed too laid back. But that’s comparatively to SOME other cans. I ended up loving the musicality of the Arya; it’s headphone that sings.