HiFiMAN SUSVARA is an Over-Ear Full-Size nanometer-diaphragm/stealth-magnets Planar-magnetic Headphone.
The Susvara represent a new level of absolute performance for HIFIMAN’s line of planar-magnetic headphones.
Combining the dual-sided magnet design of the fabled HE6 along with the nanometer driver material of the lauded HE1000, along various other advances, the Susvara brings out another realm of detail and precision.
Like its cousin, the HE6, the Susvara is a very power hungry headphone, and when well paired with an excellent quality headphone amplifier of proper power output, it lets you experience unparalleled performances by any other planar-magnetic system.
Even the most seductive picture of the HiFiMAN SUSVARA headphones doesn't do justice to this groundbreaking planar-magnetic model. They're huge, yes, and they sound and are built like no other design in the world.
- SUSVARA's groundbreaking drivers – anchored by an ultra-thin, nano-particle*-coated sub-.001mm-thick diaphragm – provide unsurpassed high frequency response, speed, and resolution that in turn deliver reference-setting openness and responsiveness that mirror that of live music.
- As for distortion? SUSVARA comes as close as humanly possible to eliminating it.
- The use of "stealth magnets" proves equally incredible. Inspired by multi-hundred-million-dollar fighter aircraft like the F-117, which allows radio waves to pass through the surface and renders the jet invisible, these special magnets allow sound to pass through unimpeded and result in an entirely pure signal.
- As elegant to hear as it is to see,HiFiMAN's patented Window Shade Grill system optimizes driver protection and maximized open-back performance. You'll relish immersive soundstages, analytical detail, and sublime resolution you'll hear during playback.
Of course, as should be expected from any audio equipment that commands top dollar and promises unprecedented experiences, SUSVARA touts luxury finishes that complement its spa-like comfort.
SUSVARA's ear cups are custom-designed in a unique shape that follows the form of human ears. Similarly, the beveled ear pads contour to the shape of your head for added comfort. Finally, the sensible headband combines a special metal alloy with fine calf skin to form a sturdy arch structure. The perforation on the calf's skin helps to dissipate the heat while the light mass keeps the overall weight of the headphone shockingly low – SUSVARAonly weighs a touch over 13 ounces.
With SUSVARA, all the stars are aligned. And with PlayStereo's Try it for 30 Days Formula, there's no reason not to experience the newest in state-of-the-art headphone listening for yourself.
Stealth Magnets Based on Cutting-Edge Fighter-Jet Technology, Preserve Absolute Purity
In traditional magnetic designs, magnets obstruct the sound waves and, by diffraction, create both constructive and destructive interference. As these points shift with frequency changes, a mass of wave distortions takes place. The use of "Stealth Magnets" on SUSVARA means the sound-wave reproduction occurs without the necessary magnets getting in their own way, degrading the sonic purity. The inspiration behind the design stems from fighter aircraft like the famed F-117. Radio waves can pass through the surface of stealth aircraft, rendering the aircraft virtually "invisible" before the radio waves reach it. HiFiMAN adapted this idea to the magnets to allow sound to pass through unimpeded.
Window Shade Grill System Translates Into Wondrous Openness, Prevents Distortion
SUSVARA utilizes the proven Window Shade Grill system. This signature design provides driver protection, is optimized for open-back design, and yields the best possible sound quality. It is precisely structured to gain greater openness that keeps the sound waves from second refraction and reflection to avoid unwanted vibration and distortion. The results: exceptionally wide soundstages, outstanding imaging, and remarkable clarity. As an added benefit, the Window Shade Grill provides a unique, high-tech look and an appropriate design complement to SUSVARA's premium alloys and wood trim.
Form Follows Function: Asymmetrical Ear Cups, Beveled Ear Pads, and an Ergonomic Headband
SUSVARA ear cups are specially designed in a unique shape that follows the form of human ears. The ear pads are beveled so that they contour to the shape of the user's head for superb comfort and extended listening. Comprised of a special metal alloy with fine calf's skin to form a sturdy arch structure, the ergonomic headband is the result of clever industrial design that accommodates the widely varied sizes of people's heads while evenly distributing correct pressure. This provides not only improved comfort but also a better seal of the pads around the ears and on the head for improved bass.
Acoustically Invisible Stealth Magnets.
The advanced magnet design used for the first time on the SUSVARA, aims to be acoustically transparent, dramatically reducing wave diffraction turbulence which degrades the integrity of the sound waves. The result is reduced distortion, yielding a purer, more harmonious sound that is audibly so.
The driver’s incredible thinness, less than a millionth of a meter and extremely low mass means it can produce tremendously low distortion levels yet offer a highly dynamic response. By combining this diaphragm and “Stealth Magnet” technology each working in harmony, the audio produced is of a remarkable tonal quality and clarity.
The “Window Shade” on the SUSVARA has been painstakingly optimised to avoid any resonant frequencies. This leads to superior aural purity, tonally clean and unadulterated yet provides practical protection for the ultrafine diaphragm and additionally offering an appealing visual aesthetic.
Frequency Response : 6Hz-75kHz
Impedance : 60Ω
Sensitivity : 83dB
Weight : 450g (15.9oz)
* Nanoparticles are particles between 2 and 200 nanometres (nm) in size with a surrounding interfacial layer.
** The HiFiMAN Susvara comes with an extended 3 years warranty ( n.b. It's never necessary)
The Planar Magnetic operational principle
You can think of planar magnetic drivers as a sort of crossbreed between dynamic and electrostatic drivers. Like a standard dynamic headphone, planar magnetic headphones use the magnetic field around a conductor that has electrical current flowing through it to drive the diaphragm. Like an electrostatic driver, the diaphragm of a planar magnetic speaker is a thin sheet of flexible transparent film, but unlike an electrostat, the film has very thin, flat electrical conductors (wires ... but very flat ones) in it.
HiFiMAN at a glance
Founded by Dr. Fang Bian in 2007, HiFiMAN is widely regarded as one of the leading manufacturers of high performance headphones and portable audio products. HiFiMAN is especially known for its critically-acclaimed Planar-Magnetic headphones that feature state-of-the-art driver technology. The company also designs and manufactures best-in-class dynamic in-ear drivers which have also garnered awards and rave reviews. HiFiMAN also owns and operates Head-Direct, an online webstore featuring the finest headphones and portable audio players available today, including HiFiMAN products. In demo at PlayStereo Studio and other authorized dealers.