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HIFIMAN Arya - Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by XERO1, Oct 5, 2018.
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  1. tylerfutrell
    Ok, when I'm at 3:00 on Atom it's low gain, and pretty loud. High gain is 10:00 to be loud. So it's possible you could benefit from a little more power, but I'm sorry I can say for sure. Hopefully someone with a THX will respond. :)
  2. MrRandomDude
    How badly do these headphones leak? My roommates sleep 1 door apart, and I'm curious if they'd be able to hear my music when they're sleeping. For reference, I've had the ZMF Auteur and HD650, and those are fine. Thanks!
  3. Karister
    Did you see this thread: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/schiit-modi-and-magni-comparison-to-bifrost-and-asgard.643368/? Very old and probably about older gens of Schiit Audio but author had 50% success ratio in A/B test between Modi + Magni and Bifrost + Asgard combos. I am considering Schiit Audio for my Aryas as well. However, I would need to break my rule of not buying audio equipment without auditioning. Schiit is not available in my country and needs to be imported. But Loki is very tempting. Could let me get rid of Aryas 10kHz peak which I do not really enjoy. When I eq it down with PC I find Aryas just perfect to my taste. But this makes my audio dependent on PC which I do not like.

    I tested Audeze two yeras ago and their lack of convenience was the main factor of not going with LCD2F. While I agree that Aryas are good in terms of comfort, they are not leaders here IMO. My Nighthawks were much more comfy. I think Focal Clear/Elear are better as well but I used them only for about 1h when auditioning. Anyway, it is matter of personal preferences. I like loose HPs that I don't feel closely fit to my skin. By the way, interesting thing in Aryas is that when I pull ear pads about 1cm away from my head, a lot of sub bass emerges. Sounds fun. I wonder if this could be achieved with custom pads.

    They are fully open. When I run at average volume other in room are able to hear song lyrics and I can understand TV. But I do not think that they can be heard through closed doors. They are still headphones, not speakers. Probably if you were able to run them so that they could be heard through closed doors, your ears would beg for mercy
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2019
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  4. DarKu
    Hey guys,
    Finished my Arya review and did some measurements as well.
    Will soon post my review here as well.
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
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  5. lagadu
    I had a chance to try these.
    I'm currently courting the idea of getting a set of cans that will contrast with my lcd-x nicely but I'm pretty damn sensitive to treble and I find stuff like the hd800 to be unlistenable because of it. After what I read about them I was fairly skeptical but I had the time so I figured I'd give them a try. I was pleasantly surprised; I didn't find the treble to be harsh or too bright and the mids had more presence and warmth than I expected them to. I'll likely be going back and taking my dac/amp with me for a second round and decision.
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  7. tylerfutrell
    I'm treble sensitive too - most of the time it's not a problem on Arya, just a moment here or there when a tambourine or something smacks on a track with elevated treble already.
  8. Adaptivemotion
    I currently own the HE-500 with a Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold amp and an Audiolab M-Dac.

    Would I hear a big difference in audio quality if I decided to purchase the Arya and a RME ADI-2 DAC?
    Last edited: Jul 21, 2019
  9. webmi
    Have paired the Arya with my LCD-X for contrast aswell. In comparison i like the LCD-X for its contour and the Arya for its texture.
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  10. mixman
    Yeah Audeze's in general make good pairings with Hifiman. Sort of opposites in the tonal spectrum.
  11. lagadu
    Good to know I'm not insane, I really want to hear it with my equipment and music.
  12. tylerfutrell
    A big difference, yes. Whether you'd like it more or not, I can't say :) Arya with RME would be an extremely clean, resolving combination. Not much warmth there, if you want that.
  13. Adaptivemotion
    Thank you for the reply.

    I did order the RME ADI-2 DAC today, it should be here tomorrow. The thought is to replace the Audiolab M-Dac and use the RME as a dac only together with the Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold fully balanced.

    I managed to get an offer on a 20 - 30 minutes used Arya at a 13% discount from full retail price, I'm still thinking about it but I might bite on that offer if no better deal comes up in the near future.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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  15. tylerfutrell
    I'd go for it :)
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