The Ananda has more midrange presence, very noticeable with the double bass solo in the track “Blue”, but all along the album, the Ananda has a significantly warmer presentation. The Ananda is sometimes warmer and lusher in the midrange, has some more of that bloom, and a special kind of sweetness. Focal Clear vs HiFiMAN Edition X V2. The Ananda comes out as a bit brighter overall. I have an Elex and a 650, and while I think the Elex is an upgrade for most genres I don't really hear any improvement for some genres. Focal ELEGIA Audiophile Circum-Aural Closed-Back Over-Ear Headphones (Black/Silver) 4.4 out of 5 stars 75. In fact, that comparison of the Elear vs PM1 wasn’t justified enough for the review, which is why I didn’t include it. The background blackness is also blacker with the LCD-3. But the Sundara holds up quite well. Generally, the Schiit is good but less snappy than the Liberty. It is more open and present and feels a bit more nuanced. The HiFiMan Ananda are better critical listening headphones than the Focal Elear. Don’t get me wrong, they are easy to tell apart, but not in that shockingly striking way that you experience when going from HD800 to LCD-3, or that I experienced comparing the Ananda to the LCD-X. vs Sennheiser HD650: less tight bass on Sennheiser, almost “wooly” bass. Otherwise maybe Elegia pads from Focal would be the go, if the drop efforts fall short. Their sound quality follows more our target curve with excellent mid and treble ranges. They are similarly easy to on the amplification needs, although the PM1 is slightly easier. Violectric V200 vs Master 9 (unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Auralic Taurus vs Master 9 (both unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Questyle vs Master 9 (unbalanced) vs Leben CS300XS, Schiit Jotunheim vs Mytek Liberty (vs Taurus and V200), I also compared the two DAC/Amps I had at hand using the Ananda. This has the obvious side effect that previous Hifiman screw-on cables and 2.5 mm HE-1000 style cables won’t work with the Ananda (as well as the Sundara and Arya). Both are in the $500 to $700 range. I went through a range of amps with it, and I can conclude that the Ananda is not a very picky headphone: All the amps I have used bring out the goodness to a large extent. The midrange is significantly sweeter with the Ananda, possibly because of more midbass bloom. 4:30 am – Solveig Slettahjell: Time for some female vocals: The Ananda is a bit less thick in the mids, the vocals are very present and delicious, yet have more room to breathe, more detail and texture. I tend to prefer the LCD-3. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. It depends on the track, though. It is a bit smoother and more open, yet still lush and inviting. , the Liberty is slightly more open, but the rounder feeling Jotunheim is not bad at all. Another song that benefits the Ananda due to the warmer mids and the more present midbass. I generally still prefer a well-amplified HE-6 over the Ananda, except for the midrange. With regards to treble and bass, they are more similar, and generally level of detail feels similar. They sound similar, but not the same, and just as good. Ananda is great too – just more intimate in its presentation. Comparing Focal Elear vs Audeze LCD-XC . 1.5 m cable for portable use with 3.5 mm stereo plug, 3 m cable for stationary use with 6.35 mm plug. It also has that comfortable swivel that the Ananda sadly does not. With strings, I feel the same, the Questyle is in the middle of the Master 9 and the Leben, tonality wise. The HE560 has a tremendous bass – and so does the Ananda. The Ananda, Elex (which I thought were better than the Clears), and ESP950 are the most compelling options to me. It is not  a big surprise, since a song like this really makes some frequencies dominate. It is not  a big surprise, since a song like this really makes some frequencies dominate. But if I definitely liked the WA22 or Leben CS300XS a bit more than the rest, which may be an indicator that a high-quality transformer coupled tube amp might not be the worst choice. I compare the headphones using the Master 9 too, with similar results. The latter actually sounds more like the Leben here. Again, in direct comparison, the Sundara sounds a bit coarse and grainy. Now, the Ananda slams almost just as hard as the Sundara and is still generally more resolving across the spectrum. This track sounds much better with the Ananda, the relaxed and detailed presentation gives it a sense of flow that the Sundara cannot match. Not very high fidelity, but it really brings out the differences in sound signature. Joshua Valour. Interceptor69 September 10, 2020, 6:01pm #56. Almost Like the Blues – Cohen: Again, two different presentations that are easy for me to like, but I tend to prefer the Ananda. The Jotunheim and Liberty are both good, and quite similar to the Ananda. Midnight City – M83: Another song that benefits the Ananda due to the warmer mids and the more present midbass. Amps used: Woo WA22 and Audio-gd Master 9. But the Sundara holds up quite well. I immediately prefer the Ananda, it is lusher, its cleaner in the treble, or at least that’s how it feels like. Even the little G103P – which brings me a long way into Ananda-heaven. The Leben is again warmer and fuller sounding, as lovely as always. The other headphone is called Arya, and sports a higher price tag, different driver technology and headband. Interceptor69 September 10, 2020, 6:01pm #56. Own the Elex, the Clear is touted as a refined version with greater extension and smoother transitions between frequency ranges. Cellophane – METZ: A noisy little tune this one. This headphone should sound good with just about any quality source. Going on to some string music, the two solid-state amps seems to present more of that nice and dry texture, but I still love the Leben. But all things considered, I find the Ananda offers the best sound for the money of the Hifiman headphones mentioned here. In general the bass is better extended in the Elex so it has more impact and rumble than the HD650, and the treble is a bit more crisp/clear but these differences are not night-and-day like a lot of people will say. High build quality and looks and with a sound way above other headphones in this price range. I’m getting Focal Elears extremely soon (will be delivered in a few short days! 99. It has a wider soundstage. My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. Focal Elex vs Audeze LCD-1 [sound demo] - Duration: 18:34. oluv's gadgets 19,735 views. 1. Young Vivald – Modo Antiquo: Same thing with the strings, Ananda is probably the classical listeners preferred choice. I prefer the Ananda, mainly because it is less fatiguing and has a more present midrange. With Solveig Slettahjell´s smooth female vocals, the CS300XS is simply too delicious to bear. It is more “in your face” transparent, and has deeper and tighter bass – as well as being more comfortable (for me). 3 Likes. It has the technicalities to hang or better headphones in the $1000-$2000 range. Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. The voice of Solveig Slettahjell has some tiny bit more texture with the WA22, is a bit more full with the Leben. May 6, 2020 #2. However, there isn’t much for me to dislike with the Ananda, except that Hifiman didn´t keep the swivel action on the headband they used to have on previous designs. Joshua Valour. The bass is a lot tighter, the soundstage is more precise and deep. I find it really hard to prefer one over the other, but they are different. will_f , May 2, 2020 Fantastic all arounder, but yes, it is rather intimate in height and width, although the stage and realism factor is noticeably better than my PM1. You can only award one per comment section. They have a lot in common. Why is Audeze LCD-2 better than Focal Elear? The Focal is quite a bit brighter and leans toward a more “reference” tuning, with some peaks around 6 and 10 kHz. But they are quite close, and considering the huge price difference, that is a big win for the Ananda. In conclusion I do prefer the Liberty for the Ananda. Especially vocals are a delight. With Vicente Amigo´s “Compare Manuel” there is a trade-off between the more spacious presentation of the Master 9 and the fuller mids of the Questyle. All in all, the Ananda does not stand back in performance to the LCD-X, but they are so differently tuned it is hard to describe. In many ways, the HE1000 v2´s presentation is not very different from the Ananda´s. Sort: Clear All. Amplifier: Audio-gd Master 9 (unbalanced). Haydn/Berio – Alban Berg Quartet: The Ananda is fatter and warmer in the midrange, but without sounding less detailed. It has the technicalities to hang or better headphones in the $1000-$2000 range. The DT 1990 is more analytical while the Elex is more fun, forward sounding. The Ananda has Edition X/HE-1000-style ear shaped ear cups and Sundara-style headband. 4:30 – Solveig Slettahjell: No doubt here, the Ananda´s rendering of the female vocals is in a different class. It really has an appealing sound signature. £906.09. Both play well with both amp the Audio-gd Master 9 and the Woo WA22, but especially the HE560 becomes more fun on the WA22, which energizes the mids a bit. I will review the Arya later. But the Ananda really keeps up well in the bass region, and in addition, it feels a lot more open and spacious. Headphones - Open Back. The two cables supplied with the Ananda are of an ultralight “wire inside tube”-design, very similar to that of the HE-1000 v2. I can run single-ended HD650 to comfortably loud volume at volume level of 54, and Focal Elex on XLR cable is loud enough at about 42, both at Low Gain. It depends on the track, though. The bass is heavier and more physical. Own the HE-500, honestly prefer its sound to the Elex (a close second) as I … The Ananda comes out a tad cleaner and airier here as well. Amplifier: Questyle CMA800R, Source: Audio-gd Master 7. The separation is better on the Ananda, the soundstage is wider. It has a delicious midrange presence. The Ananda feels slightly less busy over all than the PM1. Also different marketing strategies among different companies in different areas are different, such as stocking and pricing. But these cans are so differently tunes, that directly comparing them is hard. I'm licensing to Rap, Hip-hop, Reggeaton, Trap, Spanish Music. Which headphone would I find a better fit as a hd650 upgrade? Amplifier: Questyle CMA800R, Source: Audio-gd Master 7. The Ananda´s soundstage is again wider. The Ananda feels slightly less busy over all than the PM1. Even though it in many ways feels like a crossover between the HD800 and the LCD-3, the warm mid-range is more reminiscent of Sennheiser HD650 and Oppo PM-1, just with more resolution. Sales & Expert advice 800.606.6969 or 212.444.6615. We are all about making the right decision when purchasing new headphones. My chart was 4 ohms. That said I'm really happy with the Elex and have apparently been lucky and had no QC issues. The acoustic quality of this exclusive solution allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process in order to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 23kHz. Playing Stanko´s “, the cymbals are a bit crisper with the Brooklyn, there is a tiny bit more space around instruments, a bit more snappiness. Let us hope Hifiman sticks to the 3.5 mm. Contact Us. The two cables supplied with the Ananda are of an ultralight “wire inside tube”-design, very similar to that of the HE-1000 v2. This means that the Ananda has a somewhat softer presentation overall, lacking some of the visceral impact that some highly excursive dynamic driver headphones like the Focal Elear or Elex offer. Amplifiers used Leben CS300XS and Cary SLI-80  (HE-6 on speaker taps) Mytek Liberty DAC. I tend to prefer the LCD-3. It is lighter sounding and more effortless with the delicate instruments. Prins Thomas´slammy electronica drums of “Edmond”, is also equally punchyand satisfying. So, if you value serious broadness in your listening experience, you might be disappointed by the Mr. Speaker Aeon Flow. Mids. The Focal Elears are a top contender for best headphones in their price class, while the Focal Utopias are one of the very best headphones on the planet. It has an open soundstage and high resolution. With regards to general detail retrieval, it does not really stand back to any of the headphones here in this comparison, but it is not the best of the bunch with regards to dynamics and snappiness. 99 $ 599. Thanks very much and good luck on your search for headphones! Hi, my 10 year old BD-Player (Pioneer LX52mk2) has just finished working - I played a disk and it froze after 20 minutes, and did not want to play another disk even after a cold reset - it read and read and never got into any menu.Since reading in disks got slower and slower in the preceding year I think there is a problem with the drive. The LCD-X has a lush, intimate and very full-bodied, almost thick presentation, though still feels rich in detail. But, they are sold by Drop, so I will get a hefty tax and delivery cost on top of the $700. The Ananda has a more intimate and warmer presentation, but we are not talking about huge differences. The Ananda is marketed as an easy to drive full-size headphone, and with a rated efficiency of 103 dB and an impedance of 25 ohms, it certainly seems to be more suited for semi-portable/lightweight systems than most of Hifiman’s previous offerings, which usually needs quite a lot of power sound at their best. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. The LCD-3 has a dryer presentation, but not always, and its bass definitely reaches deeper and has more slam. The Focal Elex on drop doesnt even ship to Germany, it's so sad . Focal Hi-Fi Headphones: Exploring the brand’s high-end lineup. The Ananda seems to me to be something of a combination of the LCD-3 and HD800. Save me – Röyksopp: The Ananda is more detailed and controlled in the bass region. I find it really hard to prefer one over the other, but they are different. As much as I like the HE560, I must say I immediately find it a bit lacking in mid presence, and this is very obvious in direct comparison to the Ananda. That being said, the Ananda seems to be a well built, light and decently comfortable headphone. Ting – IPA: Again, in direct comparison, the Sundara sounds a bit coarse and grainy. Now, going totally budget with the Ananda is not nearly as bad as one could expect. With regards to treble and bass, they are more similar, and generally level of detail feels similar. I find it hard to pick a winner. The CS300XS is a tad more delicious, and not at all less snappy and dynamic. As much as I like the HE560, I must say I immediately find it a bit lacking in mid presence, and this is very obvious in direct comparison to the Ananda. Homesick – Airbag: This song sets them apart more than before. Vicente Amigo´s dynamic guitar in “Tres Notas Para Decir Te Quiero” sounds marvelous on the G103P, as it did on amplifiers costing manyfold its modest price. The more expensive Arya has it, but in the previous generation, even the least expensive headphones like the HE400S had swivel-action headbands. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music tho … They do not sound too far apart. My chart was 4 ohms. Sennheiser HD800 vs Focal Elex Comparison - Duration: 21:02. chuckolatte 903 views. Compare this to the Focal Elex for example, and this one doesn’t really win any beauty pageants amidst such competition. The background blackness is also blacker with the LCD-3. WORLD's MOST EXPENSIVE HEADPHONES | SENNHEISER HE-1 Review. You get a lot of what Hifiman has to offer from the Ananda, but the HE1000 v2is still a significantly better headphone. The separation is better on the Ananda, the soundstage is wider. With regards to dynamics and detail, they are all quite similar and have what it takes. The Jotunheim and Liberty are both good, and quite similar to the Ananda. In a brief comparison between the Jotunheim and the Violectric V200, the latter clearly gets the upper hand. The Ananda is brighter, with a wider soundstage, and tends to be nicer with vocals. Customer Service 800.221.5743 or 212.239.7765. I find them both to be very open and spacious, but the HD800 is still the king of  the open soundstage. I'm someone who has really fallen in love with my HD650 and the comfort of drifting off into warm syrupy bliss. Playing Yazz Ahmed´s “. Take it slow – Little Hurricane: Oh, the LCD-X has this deliciously meaty presentation. Starting off with the Leben, both headphones sound great. Focal Elegia Over-Ear-Kopfhörer, ohrumschließend, Schwarz/silberfarben. It has similar sound-staging but is better especially in depth. The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. No items to compare. save. The bass and drums hit harder and feel more dynamic with the Elear,: There is no doubt that this track plays to the Elear´s stronger sides. But for me, having a sweet, slightly pronounced midrange reminiscent of the HD650, but with more resolution, wider and deeper soundstage as well as great bass- and treble extension, is a fabulous thing. I also compared the two DAC/Amps I had at hand using the Ananda. We strive to produce products that balance comfort with sound and cater to the communities that know quality when they see it. Haven't heard the Ananda, but Hifiman also have QC issues, just FYI. Also, R.E.M.’s “How the West Was Won..” is an easy win for the LCD-3. It's an open secret that the Elex is a re-painted Elear with Clear pads attached, so these impressions can be considered to be equivalent to impressions of the Elex. My impression that the Sundara is more dynamical but less nuanced still holds up with the WA22. Compared to the Sundara, it is several steps up with regards to sound quality, especially general resolution and effortlessness – even though the Sundara might be better at big dynamics. Not that the Elear is not good, but my preference is clear. The main quality that the LCD-3 has more of than the Ananda is pure dynamics. Audeze LCD-2 vs Focal Elear. It is lighter sounding and more effortless with the delicate instruments. I’ve found this to be common in many planar magneti… The LCD-2C’s bass, like most planars, is quite linear. In many cases, these revisions occur due to c… It's very easy to use - if a comment on your post is considered helpful, please reward them by using the term !thanks. $1499. Nikes – Frank Ocean: The HD800 has more space, the Ananda has more warmth, but they are not miles apart. Clear Professional Professional open-back headphones. If my chart is 8 ohms, it shifts a row, with 1 watt as the power at the 2.83V sensitivity.. The Ananda comes out as a bit brighter overall. Trio in C op 87 – Beethoven / Les Vents Francais: With this nice wind instruments trio the Ananda has the upper hand. It basically sounds the same as the $1500 focal clear but with a hint less sub bass. With something like Black Car by Beach House, there is an improvement but it's not huge. There's so much fuzz that the improvements in clarity don't really matter. £906.09. For all the nice buzzwords, please check out Hifiman’s own descriptions. They are quite different, but both are very good. Audeze LCD-2. I want to thank Duet.no for providing the review sample. I bought these from Massdrop and run them through a Topping D70 > balanced > THX 788 via Audirvana and oh my! Detail and resolution seem to be on a similar level, even though they are more obvious on the brighter Ananda. Fly Forward – Higdon/Hahn: This track sounds much better with the Ananda, the relaxed and detailed presentation gives it a sense of flow that the Sundara cannot match. With “, by Led Bib, the bass is powerful with both, but the Liberty feels a tad tighter and cleaner all around, but not by much. Ad. I’m going to start threads on the Ananda and ESP950 with impressions later … Again, more resolution and spaciousness with the Ananda. Especially noticeable with Vicente Amigo’s flamenco guitar (Ciudad des las Ideas), where the LCD-3 simply is marvelous. These open-back over-ears have generously-padded earcups to ensure a comfortable listening experience, even if you're wearing them for hours at a time. The more up-front sound of the Oppo is nice and engaging, but if I could have the Ananda sound in the PM1 housing, I would not hesitate. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. 67% Upvoted. But it has none of the Ananda weaknesses. Terminal 7 – Tomaz Stanko: Again, the Ananda is wider and more open sounding, but the Elear has a better sense of separation and dynamics. Playing Yazz Ahmed´s “Inspiration, Expiration”, the Liberty is slightly more open, but the rounder feeling Jotunheim is not bad at all. The HD800 is more open and spacious, but also more clinical or cold sounding. Same thing with the strings, Ananda is probably the classical listeners preferred choice. It wasn’t just the slightly better treble compared to the Elex, or inserts allowing them to be tuned to taste, but the design. But the Ananda’s midrange presentation is in a different league. The HiFiMan Ananda are the best planar magnetic headphones that we've tested. Stanko´s  “Terminal 7” feels more spacious with the Taurus. The already mentioned Arya is rated at at 90 dB / 35 ohm which is the same as the HE1000v2 and a significantly heavier load for the amplifier. Montague Grant – Prins Thomas: My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. The difference in slam is to some degree leveled out by the WA22 (I believe the Master 9 was being held back because I didn’t use the balanced output). Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. Ananda vs Focal Elear . There is no doubt the Taurus is a capable amp. Focal ELEGIA, FIRST HIGH-END closed-back headphones by Focal To enjoy an incredible listening experience in total privacy, without worrying about a noisy environment disturbing this moment of pleasure: this is the promise made and kept by Elegia. Press J to jump to the feed. Headphones - Open Back. The Elear has a beautiful grandness, which is a little lacking in the Aeon. report. Similarly good, I must add. The Ananda is easier on the power as well. Having golden ears hardwired by lossless silver to his brain using ultra-pure diamond solder, Mr.Headphoneer is in a totally unique position when it comes to critical listening. Quad Era 1,Denon AH D … The Ananda also sounds more open, with wider imaging. High build quality and looks and with a sound way above other headphones in this price range. It is really hard to pick a winner. When I try them both with the Cary SLI-80. The Pioneer never was a fast player. The Sundara feels more dynamical, it slams harder. I find the HD800 to sound a bit drier. Current Gear: Pi2AES -> Schiit Bifrost 2 ->Schiit Saga S -> Schiit Lyr 3 or Woo Audio WA6-SE ——->Focal Clear, Focal Elex, Aeon Flow Closed, HD6XX, ZMF Auteur Fantasy gear: Nothing on the horizon. Especially noticeable with Vicente Amigo’s flamenco guitar (Ciudad des las Ideas), where the LCD-3 simply is marvelous. The Sundara feels more dynamical, it slams harder. hide. These open-back over-ears have generously-padded earcups to ensure a comfortable listening experience, even if you're wearing them for hours at a time. The differences remain, but in a way that makes preference more of a toss-up. As with all headphones, preference is subjective: If you hate the forward sounding midrange presentation of e.g. There are headphones that dig even a bit deeper in the bass, there are headphones that feel even a bit more snappy and dynamic. The fact is that Focal hasn't been specific about how the Elear and Elex are different (I'm just seeing heresy that a spokesperson said differences in tuning are just with pads). With regards to amplification, the Ananda sure scales with the amplifier, but seems to not require a lot of power – which is a good thing. 18:34. Both have a nice and present warm midrange. I really like the Ananda here. The Elear is clearly more dynamic, darker and has tighter but sometimes more precise imaging. The Ananda´s soundstage is again wider. No headphone does it all perfect. Compared to the Master 9, it seems a tad brighter and with more obvious treble detail with the string instruments of Max Richter’s “Vivaldi-Recomposed” (Spring). 26dB/mW higher sound pressure level I prefer the Ananda on Stanko´s “Terminal 7”, the treble is nicer, it is rounder and feels more delicate. Young Vivaldi – Modo Antiquo: Putting on some strings, the HD800 is back: The superior soundstage is great with classical. A noisy little tune this one. The Ananda is more detailed and controlled in the bass region. Also, R.E.M.’s “How the West Was Won..” is an easy win for the LCD-3. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. Compared to the HE560, Ananda takes a lot of the great qualities from the older sibling, adds some midrange presence, and requires a lot less of the amplifier. The Ananda is fatter and warmer in the midrange, but without sounding less detailed. The Maze – Hofseth, Eilertsten et.al. But the SP400 has more than enough power to drive normal headphones well. The fact is that measurements and listeners have said there is a sound difference with the Elear and Elex. Focal Elear $ 980. The thicker tone and slight lack of fine detail that held the HE500 back a bit are exchanged for lightness and transparency. 8 Core 99% Pure Silver + Gold Plated Hea... 8 Core 99% Pure Silver + Gold Plated Headphone Cable For Focal Clear Elear Elex Elegia Stellia LN006994 $165.00 Get the deal vs. vs. 17 facts in comparison. They are practically all-black, expect for the metallic silver finish on the cup hinges and logo. It is from a company called mass drop that does bulk buys and adds some of their own design changes. 2 - Focal Elex At this price and the reviews, especially from users, they sound like a no-brainer buy. 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