Sonically, I have nothing negative to say about the Arya Stealth. It's detailed without sacrificing musicality or coherency. It's tuning leans bright but does not lack for bass or mid-range. Dynamics are excellent. Layering and imaging are very good. Soundstage is taller than wide but while vocals will present more closely, the depth of the stage can wow on certain sources and recordings. This would be my #1 headphone to demo for friends and family outside of the hobby to showcase what modern hi-fi can sound like.
While I do like the build and the ergonomics work for me, this will not be the case for those with smaller heads. These are large earcups and I do find that where you situate them on head can make a difference in their sonic presentation. I am a fan of the suspension strap headband but the material used is underwhelming for the price point. Comfort is not the issue, it's plenty comfortable it's just plastic-y and doesn't befit the price imo. The pads are comfortable, breathable, and feel quality but can creak, it can be a mild annoyance. The stock cable is also unacceptable. I'm assuming most in the hobby will have replacements to spare but that doesn't forgive a economy included cable. For these reasons I'd say it's a 4-star package.
This can be the only headphone you need (provided you don't need sound isolation). They work with all genres, require some drive but nothing unmanageable, and are just extremely well balanced tonally to please a diversity of tastes. I give HiFiMan a lot of credit, the dynamics with some of these Stealth versions seem to really punch without overdoing it.
I use mine with a Schiit Lyr running an RCA black plate fed by a SMSL Sanskrit and a Mojo 2. No issues on either setup. No real need to EQ. Love them for environmental gaming as well.
Any one who has heard that the Arya is not a worthy upgrade from the Ananda is wrong.
Aryas are so much cleaner , Warmer and better separation of instruments and vocals. Just a completely different and superior headphone.
Only buy from Bloom they are the best in every way. You can come to their office and demo if they have the item your interested in for demo.
Just great people.
HIFIMAN ARYA 2022 Stealth Magnets Version | Planar Magnetic Open-Back Headphones
Fantastic sound, lightweight and comfortable. Expensive, but worth every penny.