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- Advanced magnet design for acoustically transparent sound reproduction
- In traditional designs, the magnets get in the way of the sound waves, by reflection and diffraction. This creates constructive and destructive interference; as these points shift with frequency changes, there is a mass of wave interference taking place
- The use of “Stealth Magnets” on the SUSVARA means the sound wave reproduction can take place without the necessary magnets getting in their own way, ruining the sonic purity of their output
Nanometer Grade Diaphragm
- Combining the diaphragm with the stealth magnet technology produces audio with remarkable tonal quality and clarity
- Complex diaphragm construction
- High tensile strength and low thickness and mass
- Produces low distortion levels
- Dynamic response
- A thickness of under a millionth of a meter
- Gold coating conductor on the diaphragm
Window Shade System
- Carefully designed outer grille offers physical protection with minimal acoustic impact
- Crafting the grille for controlled secondary reflections avoids any unwanted vibrations
- Acoustic subtleties remain unhindered
- Optimized to avoid any resonant frequencies
- Ergonomic and comfortable headband
- Designed for reliability and durability
- CNC milled
- Hand polished
- Single crystalline copper wire combined with a single crystalline silver wire
- Special composition ratio and quantity of the materials ensures low resistance in the signal transmission
- High mechanical strength for daily use
- Asymmetrical design conforms around the human ear
- Comfortable distribution of weight evenly
- Secure sound grip
- Gently beveled pads
- Contoured molding to the user's head
- Provides comfort for long listening sessions
- Frequency Response : 6Hz-75kHz
- Impedance : 60Ω
- Sensitivity : 83dB
- Weight : 450g (15.9oz)
In the Box
- HiFiMAN SUSVARA
- Headphone Cable with 4-Pin XLR
- Headphone Cable with 1/4" Plug
I've been lucky enough to spend time with several high-end headphones over the past few years, from companies like Sennheiser, Focal, Meze and Hifiman. Simply put, the Susvara is the absolute best headphone I have ever heard. There is a reason, or a lot of reasons, it has remained at the top of the heap now for several years. To me, it is the perfect combination of accuracy, neutrality, soundstage, comfort and resolution. The Susvara manages to bring beauty and accuracy to every part of the frequency range without sacrificing one for the other. Listening to beautifully recorded music on these is absolute bliss. The only real limitation to these is that they are not about low end slam. If you're a bass head, these will leave you wanting. They perform well all the way down to sub-bass, but they do not emphasize the low end. They're all about balance and neutrality with just a lovely touch of warmth. The other limitation with the Susvara is that they do require strong amplification and can't be powered directly from a phone or laptop. But with proper amplification they take headphone listening to a whole new level. They are a technological wonder, although only you can decide if they're worth the asking price. I can only say that I feel very fortunate to have them.
These are by far the best headphones that I've ever heard. They sound so lifelike, natural and convincing. I listen to a variety of genres and so far everything I have played through them sounds amazing. I would describe the sound signature as fairly neutral with a slight hint of warmth. Very engaging, not fatiguing and supremely comfortable. Even with glasses on I can wear these all day. No hotspots or pressure of any kind. They simply disappear on your head. Clamp force is just right, I can bob my head in any direction without it coming out of place. Build quality could certainly be better, especially for the price. I purchased an open box unit, and it looked brand new. I would like to thank everyone at Bloom Audio for the opportunity to own these amazing headphones. Make sure you have at least an hour of free time before putting these on, you're gonna need it!
I chose the Susvara over Focal’s Utopia because the Utopia, to my ear, has a sharp, penetrating harshness in loud passages of violin, piano and soprano. I do not hear this in the Susvara, in addition, I experienced a full step up in overall sound quality.
The Susvara is very clear, natural and lifelike. Profoundly so.
The bass is full and deeply satisfying. Low notes on the cello are wonderfully detailed.
They are very engaging and interesting if you are giving full attention to the music. But there is no artificial drama or peakiness to cause fatigue on long listens.
Fit is excellent without too much pressure.
There are several disappointments outside the sound quality:
-The earpads are lower quality than the Utopia
-The wood layer is beautiful wood but its finish is not top notch
-The cable is lightweight and made with good copper and silver but the cover feels cheap.
I am using the Burson Conductor 3 Reference DAC/amp with gain at 40 to 50%. The combination results in a sound that is so like an actual live performance that I don’t believe it can be substantially improved upon by a more expensive DAC. Their warmth does not suggest the need for a tube amp.
Comments are primarily based on classical, singer/songwriter and R&B music.