HiFiMAN - Sundara (2021) (Unboxed)

Planar Magnetic Open-Back Headphones
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Balanced Sound Signature

Wired Headphones with a Balanced sound signature presents a precise sound and an enriching listening experience, where sounds are naturally presented without extreme emphasis on any region. With a pair of headphones with this sound signature, you can hear audio with clarity and detail. The sound is vivid and revealing, a perfect mixture of instruments and vocals, lows, mids, and highs. This sound signature works for most music listeners who like switching between various music genres like Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Folk and Pop.

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These headphones are designed for discerning music lovers. If you are someone who cares about audio quality "deeply," you'll want a pair of headphones like these.

You can expect them to present a refined listening experience. The audio quality exhibited by these headphones is a beautiful mix of musicality, technical brilliance and high precision.

These headphones deliver a spacious and open soundstage with utmost clarity and detail. Delve into pure sonic bliss with these headphones!


Open-Back Design

Headphones with an open-back design, allow air to pass through the earcups. This means that Open-Backs do not block any noise from around you, as closed-backs do, and music being heard will also leak outside to people around you. So they can only be heard in a quiet environment.

However, Open-back headphones do sound more natural and open. Open-back headphones create a feeling of space, presenting audio as if you are sitting at a live concert. Audiophiles swear by open-back headphones, and they sound quite different to closed-backs.

These headphones are perfect for critical listening sessions, mixing and mastering music. They have an accurate soundstage presentation and precise imaging.

Planar Magnetic Drivers

Planar magnetic drivers combine characteristics of several driver types. They employ magnetic fields akin to dynamic and balanced armature drivers. However, planar magnetic drivers, like electrostatic drivers, use a flat, thin diaphragm in contrast to a coil. The planar drivers are known for their quick transient response.

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The Sundara has seen several changes over the years. But the latest version of the Sundara is perhaps the best. You need a serious amplifier to drive this planar magnetic headphone but paired properly, these are a fantastic headphone for any audiophile.


Raghav Somani is the Founder & CEO of Headphone Zone. An avid audiophile and musician since 2008, his choice of headphones include STAX Electrostats, Audeze LCD 3, and for music on the go, the JH Audio Roxanne + Astell&Kern SP1000 is never too far away. On his playlist, you'll find A.R. Rahman, Michael Jackson, and the Eagles.

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"I am definitely pleased with the Sundara sounds. The treble, in particular, is done right. It is never harsh or overly peaky with excellent articulation and more than adequate levels of headroom."

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"Overall Sundara offer better detail and technical ability: soundstage is larger, imaging is more accurate. They offer a comfortable listening experience in terms of comfort, also in terms of sound."

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"The Hifiman Sundara have one of the best audio reproduction that we've measured so far. They have a well-balanced mid-range that isn't too forward sounding with instruments and vocals."

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"If you favour a more reference tuning you will enjoy the Sundara a lot, they have excellent resolution and detail all wrapped up in a relatively refined and smooth presentation."

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"The Hifiman Sundara does lovely things for a headphone of its price, and I think it’s something any audiophile should check out. It is reputed to be a relatively stylish headphone."

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"The Sundara provides a natural, tonally excellent presentation and one of the most accurate midrange timbres in its price range. Buyers would do well to choose the Sundara."

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"I found the Sundara to be a physically solid product offering at this price point. The look nicely stylish; build quality and materials are quite good; comfort is quite good; accessories are sparse."

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"If you’re looking for this type of sound, then you can’t go wrong with the Sundara. For the price it is going very impressive on a technical level and the build quality also is as good as it gets."

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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Nashvin Cunha Gomes (Panjim)
‘Ati-Sundara’ sonically

Before I begin to review the HiFiMan Sundara, I should mention I have been an AKG fan all these years. My last set of cans owned were the 712 Pro. So these will be the base underlying my review.

Even though price-wise it meant a step down, I was curious about the fuss revolving planar magnetic headphones. So I took a leap of faith and purchased these.

In all fairness, I now “get” what dynamic headphones lack. These unmasked a new layer of clarity. A pin drop can be heard as a pin drop without added articulations. They are hands down more detailed in comparison to any of my previously owned cans. They have a tad warm signature with a slight boost on the highs. For those who prefer a flat signature could invest in Sonarworks Reference Headphone’s app. It has an inbuilt profile configured for the Sundara which was a bonus for me! Audio is extremely clinical. Professionally this is of the biggest interest to me.

I have read reviews of the brand in the past and was aware of their issues with build quality. Sundara was an upgrade from their previously weaker cans. But here is where my disappointment crops in. Since these use a metal frame, they are heavy and the pads get clamped a little too hard on the ears. I’ve tried several adjustments but have not been able to find that sweet spot. The pads being circular tends to put uneven pressure on the earlobes. IMO these aren’t comfortable for long listening hours. I can’t go on with these for more than 20 min at a stretch. My ears start to sore and head stars to hurt as a result of the clamping force. This is the sad let down which I’m sure the brand will work on to make user comfort more pleasurable in the future.

I would have loved listening to these for longer periods of time but due to the discomfort I need to refrain and use them only for critical listening when mixing.
Possibly the discomfort is not a common affair. So if one wishes to enter the planar magnetic world, I would highly recommend these. I don’t think I can personally go back to dynamic headphones anymore. Thanks HifiMan for making these affordable and thank you HeadphoneZone for the speedy delivery.

Hi Nashvin Cunha Gomes,
We are so happy you took out time & elaborately reviewed the product with a comparison. We are sure this will help our customers to make an even better & informed decision.