HIFIMAN Shangri-La: The New Electrostatic Headphones From HIFIMAN
Jan 5, 2016 at 10:37 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 1,052

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A photo from Fang's blog: the Shangri-La stats from HIFIMAN.
 
They are at the CES right now, anyone heard them yet? will be available for audition at the CES 2016.
 
Availability: first half of 2016.
 
Price: not yet determined but won't be cheap..
 

The Shangri-La amp with 300B tubes
 
Links to impressions/reviews
 
@chowmein83: Versus the Sennheiser Orpheus 2
 
Jan 5, 2016 at 11:31 PM Post #3 of 1,052
I can only imagine these will cost even more than the HEX? Guess business is good for HIFIMAN lol. 
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Jan 6, 2016 at 7:03 AM Post #8 of 1,052
I'm willing to pre-emptively jizz about these.  Jade 2.0 cometh *unnnnghhhhh*
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 2:14 PM Post #9 of 1,052
HFM be doing thangs. 
 
Are they the only company that currently makes a dynamic, elctrostat and planar now?
Edition S: dynamic
Shangri-La: electrostat
everything else: planar
 
Sennheiser doesn't make a planar
Fostex doesn't make an electrostat
Koss doesn't make a planar
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 2:15 PM Post #10 of 1,052
  I can only imagine these will cost even more than the HEX? Guess business is good for HIFIMAN lol. 
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my guess is they price them the same as the HE1000, but also release a HFM amp for them that gets you for another $1500 or so.
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 3:55 PM Post #11 of 1,052
According to the founder and CEO of HIFIMAN on his Weibo (China's version of Twitter). The Shangri-La electrostatic headphone and amplifier combo isn't going to be cheaper than a BYD Tang SUV (MSRP CN¥300,000~250,000 or about $45,750~$38,000 USD).
 
Source (In Chinese): http://www.weibo.com/2907914434/DbatB5epw?type=comment#_loginLayer_1452109342968 
 
 
 
Edit: Add full translation of his tweet;
 
"Let's talk about something a bit more serious. HIFIMAN is going to show the codename Shangri-La electrostatic headphone engineering sample at CES Las Vegas next week. It featured submicron thickness membrane plated with nanoparticle. The amplifier featured 300B tubes. These tubes are the best 300B tubes in the world made by Mr. Liu himself from TJ FullMusic Tubes. The headphone and amplifier combo won't be cheaper than a BYD Tang. It will be released in the first half of 2016."
 
(note: His last few tweets before this one were about a BYD Tang he owned. This is why he use it for comparison.)
 
 
Edit#2: The starting price of the aforementioned SUV is CN¥300,000 (~$45,750), but apparently there are government incentives for plug-in hybrid car in China. If it was taken into account the starting price of the SUV will be about CN¥250,000 or ~$38,000 USD.
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 4:27 PM Post #12 of 1,052
ROFL, they just want to outdo the Orpheus II price
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... it sure will make some headlines.
To be able to call this kind of dough, they better improve the manufacturing quality a little.
$3k for the HEK already seems a stretch even for those who love the sound.
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 5:11 PM Post #14 of 1,052
I'll try to get ears on these on Friday when I hit CES.
 
Jan 6, 2016 at 5:27 PM Post #15 of 1,052
my guess is they price them the same as the HE1000, but also release a HFM amp for them that gets you for another $1500 or so.


Sounds like it.
External design is virtually identical to the HEK. No detachable cables by the looks of it :)
 

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