HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones

The HiFiMan Sundara headphones are a pair of over-ear headphones with planar dynamic drivers.

What is a Planar Dynamic Driver?

Sometimes referred to as orthodynamic headphones, planar magnetic headphones differ to the more traditional dynamic headphone. Dynamic headphones generate sound by using a coil of wire (often called a voice coil) attached to a diaphragm, and a suspension is created to allow the coil and diaphragm to move back and forth like a piston, moving enough air to produce sound. However, depending on the quality of the dynamic headphone speaker cone, there will be inconsistencies across the frequency spectrum meaning that though many dynamic headphones have a very nice sound signature, they are not necessarily 100% accurate when they reproduce an audio signal. Dynamic headphones also deteriorate quicker over time.

In contrast, planar magnetic headphones use an incredibly thin, lightweight and resilient film diaphragm (around 1/10th the thickness of a human hair), stretched over a sturdy frame, and placed between magnetic arrays. In these headphones, the coil is unwound and spread across this film diaphragm. As the current flows, the magnetic field is created within the headphone that causes the diaphragm to move.

The film diaphragm in planar magnetic headphones is often lighter than the air it is moving, meaning that they can be driven with an incredible accuracy. The sound they produce features faster transients, more responsive bass, more detailed highs and a wider dynamic range than other headphones.

As the voice coil is spread over a larger area than in traditional headphones, planar magnetic headphones are also much better at dissipating heat and can handle a huge amount of power without distorting.

Planar magnetic headphones for low distortion
Although more expensive to make, planar magnetic headphones offer a number of advantages over conventional dynamic ones. These include lighter diaphragms for a faster response and a linear spread of sound across the speaker, reducing the level of distortion.

Super-thin diaphragms for enhanced detail and speed
Featuring supernano diaphragms that are 80% thinner than previous designs, the SUNDARA’s benefit acoustically. Thinner diaphragms are lighter, meaning music is faster to respond and react to differences in tempo. Lighter weight also makes for superior high-end detail and a more nuanced sound. In short, the sound is more lifelike than ever.

Easy to drive
A relatively high sensitivity makes the SUNDARA easy to power. Although a dedicated headphone amp will always sound best, the SUNDARA’s are efficient enough to be driven by most built-in headphone stages or even a smartphone.

Robust yet light
With a chassis constructed from sheet metal, not plastic, the SUNDARA headphones are durable and long lasting. Despite this, the slim, aluminium chassis design means they’re comparatively lightweight – especially given their enveloping design.

Built for comfort
Large earcups envelope your ears for immersive comfort. The wide headband evenly distributes weight over your head, making these headphones supremely comfortable to wear for hours on end.

Hear the difference that planar magnetic design makes, for less, with the HIFIMAN SUNDARA.

Overall, this type of headphone features higher sensitivity, can play louder with tighter control and reduced colouration, and more controlled directivity. However, their design means they will suffer from more leakage than traditional dynamic headphones.

Specifications

The Sundara features an all-new innovative headband design for an accurate fit and increased comfort, as well as an all-aluminium ear enclosure. The newly developed diaphragm is 80% thinner than the HE400 series, resulting in a wider frequency response (6Hz - 75 kHz), and faster, more detailed replication of your favourite songs. With 37 ohms impedance and a sensitivity range of 94dB, value this great in planar headphones from HiFiMan was unheard of until now.

HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones

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HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones

The HiFiMan Sundara headphones are a pair of over-ear headphones with planar dynamic drivers.

What is a Planar Dynamic Driver?

Sometimes referred to as orthodynamic headphones, planar magnetic headphones differ to the more traditional dynamic headphone. Dynamic headphones generate sound by using a coil of wire (often called a voice coil) attached to a diaphragm, and a suspension is created to allow the coil and diaphragm to move back and forth like a piston, moving enough air to produce sound. However, depending on the quality of the dynamic headphone speaker cone, there will be inconsistencies across the frequency spectrum meaning that though many dynamic headphones have a very nice sound signature, they are not necessarily 100% accurate when they reproduce an audio signal. Dynamic headphones also deteriorate quicker over time.

In contrast, planar magnetic headphones use an incredibly thin, lightweight and resilient film diaphragm (around 1/10th the thickness of a human hair), stretched over a sturdy frame, and placed between magnetic arrays. In these headphones, the coil is unwound and spread across this film diaphragm. As the current flows, the magnetic field is created within the headphone that causes the diaphragm to move.

The film diaphragm in planar magnetic headphones is often lighter than the air it is moving, meaning that they can be driven with an incredible accuracy. The sound they produce features faster transients, more responsive bass, more detailed highs and a wider dynamic range than other headphones.

As the voice coil is spread over a larger area than in traditional headphones, planar magnetic headphones are also much better at dissipating heat and can handle a huge amount of power without distorting.

Planar magnetic headphones for low distortion
Although more expensive to make, planar magnetic headphones offer a number of advantages over conventional dynamic ones. These include lighter diaphragms for a faster response and a linear spread of sound across the speaker, reducing the level of distortion.

Super-thin diaphragms for enhanced detail and speed
Featuring supernano diaphragms that are 80% thinner than previous designs, the SUNDARA’s benefit acoustically. Thinner diaphragms are lighter, meaning music is faster to respond and react to differences in tempo. Lighter weight also makes for superior high-end detail and a more nuanced sound. In short, the sound is more lifelike than ever.

Easy to drive
A relatively high sensitivity makes the SUNDARA easy to power. Although a dedicated headphone amp will always sound best, the SUNDARA’s are efficient enough to be driven by most built-in headphone stages or even a smartphone.

Robust yet light
With a chassis constructed from sheet metal, not plastic, the SUNDARA headphones are durable and long lasting. Despite this, the slim, aluminium chassis design means they’re comparatively lightweight – especially given their enveloping design.

Built for comfort
Large earcups envelope your ears for immersive comfort. The wide headband evenly distributes weight over your head, making these headphones supremely comfortable to wear for hours on end.

Hear the difference that planar magnetic design makes, for less, with the HIFIMAN SUNDARA.

Overall, this type of headphone features higher sensitivity, can play louder with tighter control and reduced colouration, and more controlled directivity. However, their design means they will suffer from more leakage than traditional dynamic headphones.

Specifications

The Sundara features an all-new innovative headband design for an accurate fit and increased comfort, as well as an all-aluminium ear enclosure. The newly developed diaphragm is 80% thinner than the HE400 series, resulting in a wider frequency response (6Hz - 75 kHz), and faster, more detailed replication of your favourite songs. With 37 ohms impedance and a sensitivity range of 94dB, value this great in planar headphones from HiFiMan was unheard of until now.

Diaphragm

Newly Developed Diaphragm that is 80% Thinner than HE400 Series Resulting in a Wider Frequency Response, Faster and More Detailed

Driver Dynamic Drivers
Ear Cups All Aluminium Ear Enclosure
Cable Sturdy 3.5mm User-replaceable Connector Design
Frequency Response: 6Hz - 75kHz
Impedance: 37Ω
Sensitivity: 94dB
Weight: 440g (15.5oz)
  • HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones
  • Detachable dual-sided 3.5mm cable with a 6.35 adapter included

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HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones Black

HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones

£299.00

HiFiMan Sundara Planar Dynamic Driver Over Ear Headphones

£299.00
Colour: Black

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