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HIFIMAN Arya - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by XERO1, Oct 5, 2018.
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  1. franz12
    You need to hear the HE-1000SE. I think it may go well with your taste. It is bright/neutral. Very good dynamics. It doesn't sound soft.
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2019
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  2. kid vic
    That's very nice of you guys to hype the Sundara loan but I think everyone in this thread wants an Arya tour... Just imagine, with an Arya tour you could really silence the haters and naysayers!
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  3. Dobrescu George
    I see!

    I think that you won't have any issues, seems that HIFIMAN has much better QC lately, at least since I started reviewing them (?)

    I had one Sundara, one Arya, and RE2000 / RE800,

    A friend also has one Sundara, one HE4XX, one Ananda, and one HE6SE + EF100,

    One more friend has a Sundara

    I mean, of course, any single product will have issues at some point and there can always be a bad sample, but I think I've seen enough of their products to think that if none of those had serious issues or QC issues, then they improved a lot since the days when people say they had QC issues.

    I certainly can only talk about my experience, but it was fine. My friends are fine with HIFIMAN products. My friend who owns the larger list had 4 dead drivers with a pair of Quad headphones (got one pair, left died driver, asked for replacement, replacement came in dead, asked again, replacement came, then the working right side died, and at 10 seconds, the replacement left died as well, gave up and returned them entirely), so he ain't lucky with all products, but HIFIMAN was okay.

    About the sound, it surely is a good upgrade from HE4XX / Sundara, much more refined, much more emotional, deeper bass, more airy soundstage, better dynamics. But also much harder to drive, I hope you do have something to drive Arya with, from all the stuff I have, only DX200 / X7mkii / Mytek Brooklyn DAC+ / Burson Play / iDSD BL Micro can really drive them :)
  4. nwavesailor
    I do have a Burson Fun amp that may have enough power for the Arya. Burson specs have 2.1 watts at 32 ohms so we'll see!
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2019
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  5. jazzk
    I use a gustard h20 with my arya and it drives it with ease. also gives u single ended and balanced out for your phones. The h20 will drive any headphone out there!
  6. jazzk
    I have had my arya’s Now two weeks and here are some of my thoughts. Having just received a dyson facemelter balanced cable the first thing u should do is ditch the factory cable. What an improvement the facemelter is over the stock cable . I was able to talk Justin from headamp into selling me his demo pair at the recent carolina canfest and he said hifimans quality control has vastly improved from there sort of spotty past. Got to listen to hifimans Shangr la headphones on Justin’s blue Hawaii amp, that will setup was other worldly. These headphones surprised me being a big hd800 fan. I think these will become my new number 1 cans. Was able to listen to these against a bunch of high end phones at that meet and they are great value for the money. They are power hungry for sure so u need a pretty muscular amp to get the best out of them. Getting that solid silver balanced cable made a huge improvement in sq. My setup hp laptop/iPod to lks 004 to a gustard h20 ( or a ecp torpedo t3) running all solid silver cables. Having listened to some incredible setups at that canfest I’m pretty happy with my mid price chi fi set up and the aryas.
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  7. Dobrescu George
    Burson stuff has more than enough power, even Burson Play basic can drive them :)

    I don't know how they manage to make such powerful DAC/AMPs :)

    Interesting, I should try some upgrade cables for them :)
  8. protoss
    Can someone please clarify if the Arya is the cheaper version of a He1000v2?

    Is the Arya equal to the He1000 series? Or worst? Or better?
  9. jazzk
    Got to listen to both against the Arya. So little difference even the HE owners were impressed in the very subtle differences. The HE’s are much prettier but it is hard to discern the slight differences. A better ear than me who had the HE next to my table listened intently on his system with his and then the Arya’s and his conclusion was the Arya a bit more exciting but the HE a bit more resolving and maybe not as fatiguing long term. I only heard a slight difference but agreed his cans sounded better, as they should have!. I tried every can Justin from headamp brought and I thought these were a steal!
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  10. jazzk
    The upgrade to the dyson facemelter with these phones was dramatic in my system. If u can go balanced they made a huge jump in sq. I will be the first to admit I like a bit more bright sound so the super yummy bass and clear bright high notes is making me love my music again. Been said a thousand times on this site. Hearing things for the first time
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  11. dan3952
    You might like the Focal signature sound, if you prefer something that sounds more revealing, to the point of being fatiguing at times. They don't have a warm and lush signature sound that sacrifices detail (as you might expect from a line that has metal drivers), but are closer to the other extreme.
    Last edited: Apr 14, 2019
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  12. WhiskeyJacks
    So I thought it was the cable being made wrong but I realized today that my jacks left and right are reversed on my Arya headphones, I have to plug left side of cable into my right headphone jack to get right channel audio? has anyone else had an issue with this? Also same thing with left channel so I basically plug whatever cable I am using in reverse to make it work correctly.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  13. TeamHiFiMAN
    Hi there,

    Sorry to hear that. We just PMed you, if you could provide more infos so we can see how to help you.

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  14. Xinlisupreme
    @dan3952 i’m listening Ananda, and i think it’s the brighter Hifiman listened.
    Anyway I found Ananda warm in mid and mid-low area and sometimes hits hard in mid-high Sonic spectrum.
    Should I test Focal Clear?
  15. Zhangmikoto
    I love the back design of Hifiman's planar headphones, however, will that be dusty after several months?
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