This is the latest 2021 version with Stealth Magnets.
Arya has skyrocketed to become one of our best selling headphones. It's quite easy to see why. It offers among the very best price to performance ratio of anything on the market and easily is one of the best sounding open back headphones under $2000. Check out our full review to learn more.
Arya is the culmination of HIFIMAN's work. Never has a company brought this kind of Planar performance at this price point. Fast, wide soundstage and mind-blowing detail make the Arya a must-listen. HifiMan Arya features a driver based on the HE1000 V2 headphones, one of the best drivers on the market in our opinion, which raises the sonic characteristics to a considerably higher level than similarly priced products.
“Our HE1000 series is an audiophile favorite. In particular, the 1000 V2 continues to be one of our best-selling models to date,” said Dr. Fang Bian, Founder and CEO, HIFIMAN Electronics. “Our experience working and reworking the technology until we reached sonic perfection gave us the ability to adapt many of the same technical features in a headphone that is accessible to a wider audience of music lovers.”
With an ergonomic design to comfortably fit most listeners, the Arya incorporates such HIFIMAN features such as the patented “window shade” system that reduces reflections to widen the soundstage. A super-thin diaphragm guarantees faster response and the bare minimum of distortion.
As with all new HIFIMAN products, the Arya features 3.5mm headphone connectors that are angled at 10°, thereby lessening the pressure points associated with straight-angled connectors. These pressure points sometimes stress the connection, but the new design ensures a solid, reliable, and long-lasting link between the headphone and the cable.
Nanometer Thickness Diaphragm
A breakthrough core technology developed by HIFIMAN, it’s the first of its kind in headphone applications. Working with this advanced material is extremely challenging, but the successful incorporation of this film as the Arya’s planar driver is the cornerstone of its remarkable sound.
Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit
Years of research into planar driver optimizations led HIFIMAN to utilize an asymmetrical design with smaller magnets on the side facing the ear. This reduced interference in sound wave transmissions from the diaphragm.
Metal and High-Grade Plastic Construction
HIFIMAN designed the Arya’s high-quality metal headband with extra strength and a special high-grade plastic for lightweight comfort and rugged durability.
Bold, Black Aesthetic
With its class HE1000-style shape and striking good looks of its all-black exterior, the Arya is a statement of both aesthetics and sonic excellence.
- Frequency Response : 8Hz-65kHz
- Impedance : 32Ω
- Sensitivity : 94dB
- Weight : 404g (14.3oz)
In the Box
- HiFiMAN ARYA
- Crystalline Copper cable with 6.3mm jack
Bloom Audio 5 stars. Headphones by Hifiman Arya Stealth 3.5. Andrew really takes care of his customers.
My experience with the Arya has been elating. The comfort is simply perfect and, though they seem to perform exceptionally in all aspects (despite the rather weak punch/slam), certainly the most notable characteristics are in the soundstage and imaging. The vertical and forward depth is quite amusing; certain sounds and/or instruments are notably more forward in placement than others, while there is also a sense of scale that is impressive with well-recorded orchestral music. With good production, the bass can sound as if it's emanating from in front of you rather than seeming like it's being delivered directly to your ears from the drivers. The Arya tends to provide the illusion of listening in a large room with good forward presentation. The vocals can sometimes seem more distant than I'd like, but it depends upon the production. These seem well-rounded, though with these I've been appreciating orchestral soundtracks much more than I previously had.
I owned the Edition X V2's in the past, and these are the perfect upgrade to them! Love them and love Bloom!
The buzz is 100% true about Arya. This headphone is probably the best over ear listening experience I’ve had. It’s also a very difficult experience to describe. “The music becomes part of you” is corny as hell but it’s the way I can put it. To my ear it’s perfect. For me, the blow Focal away for comfort and signature.
Just buy them.
First off, these were "open box" headphones and I have to say that I could not tell the difference between these and a brand new pair. Even the tape on the box itself looked like it was applied at the factory. Bloom Audio isn't lying when they claim their open box items are "like new". And the hype about the Arya is true. The clarity, dynamics, and soundstage are the best I've heard on any headphone so far. Worth every penny. And my experience with Bloom Audio couldn't have been better. I will definitely look here first before buying any audio equipment in the future.