Joshua Valour. The Focal Elears are a top contender for best headphones in their price class, while the Focal Utopias are one of the very best headphones on the planet. The Ananda is easier on the power as well. But maybe the Ananda is finally a worthy upgrade from the HE-500? 4:30 am – Solveig Slettahjell: Time for some female vocals: The Ananda is a bit less thick in the mids, the vocals are very present and delicious, yet have more room to breathe, more detail and texture. Vicente Amigo´s dynamic guitar in “Tres Notas Para Decir Te Quiero” sounds marvelous on the G103P, as it did on amplifiers costing manyfold its modest price. Violectric V200 vs Master 9 (unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Auralic Taurus vs Master 9 (both unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Questyle vs Master 9 (unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Schiit Jotunheim vs Mytek Liberty (vs Taurus and V200), I also compared the two DAC/Amps I had at hand using the Ananda. Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. I find it hard to pick a winner. ), and I have a one-off flagship, and Zelda themed, Double Helix Cables balanced cable to pair it with. This has the obvious side effect that previous Hifiman screw-on cables and 2.5 mm HE-1000 style cables won’t work with the Ananda (as well as the Sundara and Arya). The Ananda is not lost at all with the small black box. 26dB/mW higher sound pressure level Focal Clear vs Focal Elear vs Focal Utopia - Duration: ... MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Open vs Focal Elex - Duration: 16:13. The HD800 has more space, the Ananda has more warmth, but they are not miles apart. Interceptor69 September 10, 2020, 6:01pm #56. The Ananda wins in midrange presence and amplifier sensitivity, the HE560 is to me a lot more comfortable and has better deep bass. But, they are sold by Drop, so I will get a hefty tax and delivery cost on top of the $700. This means that the Ananda has a somewhat softer presentation overall, lacking some of the visceral impact that some highly excursive dynamic driver headphones like the Focal Elear or Elex offer. The Ananda is fatter and warmer in the midrange, but without sounding less detailed. That being said, the Ananda seems to be a well built, light and decently comfortable headphone. Their sound quality follows more our target curve with excellent mid and treble ranges. Take it slow – Little Hurricane: Oh, the LCD-X has this deliciously meaty presentation. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. Joshua Valour. It has an open soundstage and high resolution. Montague Grant – Prins Thomas: My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. The planar magnetic Hifiman Ananda is one of two models that take over the style, looks and price/performance profile of the Himan Edition X-models. I find it really hard to prefer one over the other, but they are different. With regards to dynamics and detail, they are all quite similar and have what it takes. The Sundara feels more dynamical, it slams harder. But the Ananda really keeps up well in the bass region, and in addition, it feels a lot more open and spacious. The Ananda is more open, spacious and light on the touch. The Ananda comes out a tad cleaner and airier here as well. With regards to treble and bass, they are more similar, and generally level of detail feels similar. Forum Donor. Starting off with the Leben, both headphones sound great. Build: The Elear/Eclair's build exudes luxury, featuring a gorgeous metal body, fine mesh cups, and a headband covered in leather that feels great to the touch and with plush padding on the bottom side. The Elear is clearly more dynamic, darker and has tighter but sometimes more precise imaging. 37 points. Focal ELEGIA Audiophile Circum-Aural Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones (Black/Silver) 4.4 out of 5 stars 75. Vocals are more open sounding, in a nice and smooth way. I find it hard to pick a winner. Terminal 7 – Tomasz Stanko: Again, more resolution and spaciousness with the Ananda. The bass is less elevated, with a gentle bump around 100 Hz. I bought these from Massdrop and run them through a Topping D70 > balanced > THX 788 via Audirvana and oh my! Not very high fidelity, but it really brings out the differences in sound signature. The Jotunheim and Liberty are both good, and quite similar to the Ananda. Not that the Elear is not good, but my preference is clear. Diminishing returns hits real hard once you pass the HD650/K702/DT880 area, so be prepared for that. The Focal Clear performs well, although the sub-frequencies, below 50 Hz could use a little more energy. It has 3.5 mm mono-plug detachable cables, which seems to be the new standard for Hifiman, as they have abandoned the fragile 2.5 mm plugs. The bass is more textured, tighter and reaches deeper with the HE-6. It has a wider soundstage. It is slightly less up front. Forum Donor. Can anyone tell me from their experience with the two, the differences between Elex and Sundara and which one would you choose? Starting off with Vicente Amigo´s dynamic guitar in “Tres Notas Para Decir Te Quiero”. Prins Thomas´slammy electronica drums of “Edmond”, is also equally punchyand satisfying. Sort: Clear All. I’m getting Focal Elears extremely soon (will be delivered in a few short days! The sound signature between the two headphones is not dissimilar. Compulsion – Röyksopp: The LCD-X is thicker in its presentation. £906.09. But the trend is similar to before. Joined Sep 7, 2018 Messages 470 Likes 308. The Elex burst is included below. The background blackness is also blacker with the LCD-3. As much as I like the HE560, I must say I immediately find it a bit lacking in mid presence, and this is very obvious in direct comparison to the Ananda. The Ananda is more detailed and controlled in the bass region. Hifiman Ananda versus focal Elex? In many ways, the HE1000 v2´s presentation is not very different from the Ananda´s. It really has an appealing sound signature. The Focal is quite a bit brighter and leans toward a more “reference” tuning, with some peaks around 6 and 10 kHz. The result is thus impressively realistic making the headphones virtually disappear and providing listeners with a truly unique high-fidelity audio experience. They are 1.5 m and 3 m long, with a standard 3.5 mm and 6.35 mm plug respectively. Comparing them both to the Auralic Taurus, it does indeed easily come out on top. £906.09. the Sennheiser HD650 or the Oppo PM1, you might not be as happy about the Ananda as I am. The HiFiMan Ananda are the best planar magnetic headphones that we've tested. Also, R.E.M.’s “How the West Was Won..” is an easy win for the LCD-3. Own the Elex, the Clear is touted as a refined version with greater extension and smoother transitions between frequency ranges. But they are quite close, and considering the huge price difference, that is a big win for the Ananda. Young Vivaldi – Modo Antiquo: Putting on some strings, the HD800 is back: The superior soundstage is great with classical. After all, the HE-500 did call for a more transparent successor, but with a similar tonal balance. Sennheiser HD800 vs Focal Elex Comparison - Duration: 21:02. chuckolatte 903 views. They are similarly easy to on the amplification needs, although the PM1 is slightly easier. Focal Utopia Attack and Decay Envelopes from 10-Cycle Burst At a glance the decay envelope doesn't look any faster than Elex, which is already quite fast. I want to thank Duet.no for providing the review sample. The CS300XS is a tad more delicious, and not at all less snappy and dynamic. The quality of the Ananda seems good, it feels solid enough, but I am a bit worried about the plastic parts where the hoop that holds the cups meets the headband. Wheezy Tech. Print Email. $1499. Haydn/Berio – Alban Berg Quartet: The Ananda is fatter and warmer in the midrange, but without sounding less detailed. Thanks for your submission to r/headphoneadvice. Focal Elear. It has a delicious midrange presence. Focal Elear $ 980. I also compared the two DAC/Amps I had at hand using the Ananda. Focal ELEGIA Audiophile Circum-Aural Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones (Black/Silver) 4.4 out of 5 stars 75. Own the HE-500, honestly prefer its sound to the Elex (a close second) as I … I generally still prefer a well-amplified HE-6 over the Ananda, except for the midrange. The Ananda is definitely a smoother ride with more micro detail. Ananda vs Focal Elear . Live Chat. In conclusion I do prefer the Liberty for the Ananda. May 6, 2020 #5. the (I think) "standard" 2.83V signal yields 2 watts at the speaker via increased current. Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. The Ananda is marketed as an easy to drive full-size headphone, and with a rated efficiency of 103 dB and an impedance of 25 ohms, it certainly seems to be more suited for semi-portable/lightweight systems than most of Hifiman’s previous offerings, which usually needs quite a lot of power sound at their best. The mids definitely sound more balanced and has much better male vocal presentation. The fact is that measurements and listeners have said there is a sound difference with the Elear and Elex. Hifiman Ananda versus focal Elex? E.g. It is more open and present and feels a bit more nuanced. I’ve found this to be common in many planar magneti… The more up-front sound of the Oppo is nice and engaging, but if I could have the Ananda sound in the PM1 housing, I would not hesitate. Compare this to the Focal Elex for example, and this one doesn’t really win any beauty pageants amidst such competition. As with all headphones, preference is subjective: If you hate the forward sounding midrange presentation of e.g. Similarly good, I must add. The other headphone is called Arya, and sports a higher price tag, different driver technology and headband. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. The Ananda comes out a tad cleaner and airier here as well. will_f , May 2, 2020 With strings, I feel the same, the Questyle is in the middle of the Master 9 and the Leben, tonality wise. That is where the tiny remainder of swivel action is allowed. I feel that the true Elex ship has sailed. His completely subjective judgement will ensure that readers will leave this website even more confused than they were when they arrived. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. The Ananda´s soundstage is again wider. But for me, having a sweet, slightly pronounced midrange reminiscent of the HD650, but with more resolution, wider and deeper soundstage as well as great bass- and treble extension, is a fabulous thing. The two cables supplied with the Ananda are of an ultralight “wire inside tube”-design, very similar to that of the HE-1000 v2. The Elear is clearly more dynamic, darker and has tighter but sometimes more precise imaging. It basically sounds the same as the $1500 focal clear but with a hint less sub bass. Azzaharat – Eple Trio: My impression that the Sundara is more dynamical but less nuanced still holds up with the WA22. My impression that the Sundara is more dynamical but less nuanced still holds up with the WA22. The fact is that Focal hasn't been specific about how the Elear and Elex are different (I'm just seeing heresy that a spokesperson said differences in tuning are just with pads). However, the Ananda does scale well with a better amp. Let us hope Hifiman sticks to the 3.5 mm. The Maze – Bendik Hofseth et.al: The Ananda has more midrange presence, very noticeable with the double bass solo in the track “Blue”, but all along the album, the Ananda has a significantly warmer presentation. I have an Elex and a 650, and while I think the Elex is an upgrade for most genres I don't really hear any improvement for some genres. It is also quite forward sounding, so when switching headphones, I need to get adjusted to its more energetic playing style. I’ve been borrowing an Ananda for about a week and it’s very competent. The Sundara feels more dynamical, it slams harder. It has decent sub impact and extension, but like most planars, people who are looking a lot of midbass impact similar to what many dynamics can provide may be disappointed. The bass and drums hit harder and feel more dynamic with the Elear,: There is no doubt that this track plays to the Elear´s stronger sides. The Focal Elear has a wider soundstage than the Mr. Speaker Aeon. The HiFiMan Ananda are better critical listening headphones than the Focal Elear. 2 - Focal Elex At this price and the reviews, especially from users, they sound like a no-brainer buy. Amps used: Woo WA22 and Audio-gd Master 9. Amplifiers used Leben CS300XS and Cary SLI-80  (HE-6 on speaker taps) Mytek Liberty DAC. share. Hifiman Ananda Planar Magnetic Headphones. I find it really hard to prefer one over the other, but they are different. I get the sense the Sundara excels at the big dynamics, the Ananda excels at micro-dynamics, to put it that way. Rocket – Smashing Pumpkins: Here, with the massive wall of bass and fuzz guitar, they seem more different. It is managing to convey both the snappiness of the Mytek and fullness of the Schiit. I compare the headphones using the Master 9 too, with similar results. Anyway I would without hesitation recommend the Focal Elex for $700. Haven't heard the Ananda, but Hifiman also have QC issues, just FYI. Comparison winner. The more expensive Arya has it, but in the previous generation, even the least expensive headphones like the HE400S had swivel-action headbands. My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. The difference in slam is to some degree leveled out by the WA22 (I believe the Master 9 was being held back because I didn’t use the balanced output). Only 1 left in stock. Cellophane – METZ: A noisy little tune this one. Audeze LCD-2. Update Der Ananda ist nach ca,80 Stunden in allen Belangen noch besser geworden , nun ist er mein Lielingskopfhörer Meine Kofhörer AKG812, Focal Elear, Focal Clear, T1 .2.Gen. I'm someone who has really fallen in love with my HD650 and the comfort of drifting off into warm syrupy bliss. May 6, 2020 #2. Again, the Ananda is wider and more open sounding, but the Elear has a better sense of separation and dynamics. The LCD-2C’s bass, like most planars, is quite linear. Posted by 4 hours ago. But the bass and dynamics are definitely Sundara’s stronger side. The Ananda comes out as a bit airier and a bit cleaner. Hi, my 10 year old BD-Player (Pioneer LX52mk2) has just finished working - I played a disk and it froze after 20 minutes, and did not want to play another disk even after a cold reset - it read and read and never got into any menu.Since reading in disks got slower and slower in the preceding year I think there is a problem with the drive. Two cables are included, one with a 6.5mm plug and one with 4-pin XLR, allowing an easy match-up with the variety of desktop amps Massdrop and others make. Focal Clear vs HiFiMAN Edition X V2. They are both great headphones with similar qualities. 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