Founded by Dr.Fang Bian in New York in 2006, the company HIFIMAN make yourself known as a serious manufacture of audiophile music players in 2009 with the HIFIMAN HM-801. The first MP3 audio player from the American company makes a lasting impression with audio performances that are truly exceptional. Among the most beautiful achievement of the company, we can find the famous Planar-Magnetic hi-fi headphone HE-6.
This is what I wanted to tell you about the historical introduction to HIFIMAN. For those who wish to know more, do not hesitate to visit the manufacturer’s website. First of all, I would like to thank very warmly Messieurs Marvié and Unterhuber,without whom I would never have had the chance to test the headphone Ananda.You can afford this splendid headphone for the end of the year holidays through the company k55.ch for the German-speaking part of Switzerland and through Audio Visual Factory for the French-speaking part of Switzerland.Now that I’m done with the introduction, I can talk about the things that interest you all. What is this headphone worth and what are its strengths and weaknesses? First of all, when I received this headphone I wasn’t surprised about the beauty and the quality of its box that served as a showcase for this beautiful instrument. Sincerely, I was really impressed and delighted by the care given to the presentation and storage of the headphone and its accessories. Some people will tell me that this is not the most important thing,I understand the point of view, but I am sensible to the presentation and for me it shows, if the brand is
serious and careful with its creations from A to Z. Unlike the Grado company for example, whose headphones I like a lot for the medium, are presented I deplore in horrible pizza boxes which serve as packaging for their headphones. I fully appreciate the Grado headphones for its medium, but unfortunately not for the comfort, my ears do not support these pads that scratch you constantly. So Grado if you hear me, do not hesitate to take example on HIFIMAN for the presentation and comfort.
My first impression was very positive,and I was like a child who just unpacked a nice gift and cannot wait to enjoy. So,I started my listening right away by plugging the headphones on my trusty Marantz player. I tried several styles of music to see if he was more comfortable on a particular genre of music and to see, if the headphone outputof the player would be good enough to power it properly. He was up on all styles and the headphone output was up for this first review. But above all what a pleasure to have finally a headphone so soft and comfortable on the head. I was not used to this at all with my Grado and suddenly I spent more than an hour with this dear Ananda on the head without realizing it. Which is a very good introduction you will agree. I continued this time on the headphone output of my home theater Marantz to listen to soundtracks of movies, episodes on Netflix and sports and documentaries. There also no major problems and always this comfort and cleany restitution, pleasant and not aggressive or loud at all. I also tested it on my iPhone and listened to songs from YouTube. There, of course, the audio output of my iPhone was notsized to properly feed such an instrument and the session was less exciting,but I expected. It was not awful either. I tested it on the headphone output of my computer equipped with an Asus Xonar Essence sound card that is able to feed this headset. I listened to files in 24 bits / 192khz, dsd files from the best current suppliers and all with the software Audirvana for PC. There it was already much better and more interesting for the ears. And the headphone was much more involved than at the beginning of my listening. And no problem for it,it returned without worries and without flinching all that I gave it. I was falling softly but surely in love with this brave Ananda. It was now time to finish with the serious things and to give him the proper means, so that he could give full measure of its qualities.So, I plugged it in to my SPL PHONITOR 2 headphone amplifier. I would have liked to connect it to its dedicated amplifier HIFIMAN, but it was already tested elsewhere. It will be for next time without any doubts. I connected my sacds reader Marantz to the PHONITOR 2 and then wow, finally the pleasure I expected from the beginning. The headphone finally “woke up completely” and it was happy to be able to express itself freely and fully and to be able to show me the extent of its talents. I reviewed my favorite CDs and sacds and was just happy and happy with this dear Ananda, who allowed me to re-discover some of my favorite songs and gave others opportunity to reveal surprises and riches that I had not suspected before. Reading all this you will understand, that I fell under the spell, of this beautiful instrument. Be sides, I had a lot of trouble to make it, it was really not easy. For me on the value for money, it will be difficult to find better and as versatile musically speaking and with its dedicated amplifier it is even better, it says. In summary I recommend purchasing it without reservations and you will not regret. I wish in advance many joys and pleasures to the future purchasers of this headphone HIFIMAN Ananda. And for others if you have the opportunity or the chance to listen to one at an audio show go for it, do not hesitate. A very nice gift for the celebrations of the end of the year for those who do not have any ideas for new year’s gifts.Thank you HIFIMAN, go on like this! I’m looking forward to discovering your next creations. Thank you very much especially for allowing me to live a beautiful sound experience.