HiFiMan Shangri-La Jr (New $8000 Electrostat)
Sep 8, 2022 at 4:45 AM Post #511 of 517

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Get that man some CIEMS. Because there's no hope for him with over-ear headphones. Being Dumbo-eared is quite annoying because I don't like IEMs, yet my ears get in the way of headphones. At least Hifiman headphones have that thin layer of fabric on the inside of the earpad that lightly cushions the ear. I didn't find the Meze Elite that comfortable when I demoed it because my ears were pressed against the bare metal of the driver grille.

It wasn't this annoying when I first got the SGL Jr. In fact, I don't think it happened at all when I first had it. I noticed that the right earpad exhibited more foam wear than the left one, and the wearing of the earpad decreases its thickness and results in more contact between my ear and the driver. I'm still within the 1-year earpad warranty period, so I could try to see if Hifiman will send me replacement earpads. Though if it's a case of earpads wearing thin, I'd be back to taping my ears in another 6 months.
I wonder how the SGL Jr compares to the Susvara when properly amped?
 
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I wonder how the SGL Jr compares to the Susvara when properly amped?
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Tuning is very similar but the Susvara off the EF1000 (or even something that costs way less) is more resolving and engaging whereas the Shangri-La Jr off the Jr amp/BHSE is more open and relaxed. It's a different presentation altogether tbh. For my money I'd go Susvara.
 
Sep 8, 2022 at 4:34 PM Post #513 of 517

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Depends on what you prefer. I have the jr/BHSE combo and preferred it to the Susvara/WA33. If you like the presentation of electrostatic the jr is great. The Susvara was a little more pronounced in the treble region. I thought they were more similar than different.
 
Sep 8, 2022 at 9:11 PM Post #515 of 517

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I really want to try a Susvara one day. When I went to an audio store a month ago, they had just sold their open-box Susvara and they were on backorder so I couldn't demo them. I am under the impression that the SGL Jr plays second string to the Susvara, because when I was on the lookout for a used SGL Jr, a potential seller described them as a "brighter, more intimate Susvara". Yet here I read that the Jr is more open and relaxed, with a very different presentation. Different ears, different sound, I guess.

I went with the Jr because I wasn't interested in getting speaker amps or arcane headphone amps to drive the Susvara, or worrying if I was giving them enough juice or getting the most out of them. Also, the Jr is comparatively rare. You'll find hundreds of Susvara reviews from both publications and users. SGL Jr reviews are rare now and were even rarer when I bought them just earlier this year, so it's more of a gamble, and more of an adventure to try them. The call of the wild, I suppose.
 
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Get that man some CIEMS. Because there's no hope for him with over-ear headphones. Being Dumbo-eared is quite annoying because I don't like IEMs, yet my ears get in the way of headphones. At least Hifiman headphones have that thin layer of fabric on the inside of the earpad that lightly cushions the ear. I didn't find the Meze Elite that comfortable when I demoed it because my ears were pressed against the bare metal of the driver grille.

It wasn't this annoying when I first got the SGL Jr. In fact, I don't think it happened at all when I first had it. I noticed that the right earpad exhibited more foam wear than the left one, and the wearing of the earpad decreases its thickness and results in more contact between my ear and the driver. I'm still within the 1-year earpad warranty period, so I could try to see if Hifiman will send me replacement earpads. Though if it's a case of earpads wearing thin, I'd be back to taping my ears in another 6 months.
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Oct 21, 2022 at 4:27 PM Post #517 of 517

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