To expand the audience of the SUNDARA and its State of the Art technology, HiFiMAN launched an unbeatable offer. The SUNDARA at eur 349. Reserve a unit until lasts. Price is going to come back at regular level at the promo end.
The Sanskrit word “Sundara” literally means “Beautiful” and this all new Planar Magnetic headphone fits this description in every way.
The Planar Magnetic Operating 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.
The PHONE AMP G100-W can be considered one of the precursors of the HiFi / HiEnd devices from Lake People and Violectric. The G100 was the first device from Lake People, which was widely used by professionals as well as private users. Professionals praised the sheer indestructibility of the case, while private users praised its high sound quality, which was not thought possible.
The PHONE-AMP G100-W contains everything that is still important to us today:
Here too, our technical guidelines were defined for the first time, which are unique in combination: Lowest noise due to low internal gain. As a result, a self-noise is usually not audible. Highest output voltage due to 60 Volt internal operating voltage.
Over 90% of all headphone amplifiers in the market have a maximum of half! This makes it ideal for high-impedance headphones. Powerful output power through powerful power amplifiers that can deliver significantly more power than a headphone needs. Ideal for low-impedance headphones - also magnetostats! Highest attenuation factor due to lowest output impedance. This gives you the best control over critical headphones and the assurance of a linear transmission.
By the way: the market success of the PHONE-AMP G100 led to the foundation of VIOLECTRIC! All this is not so long ago - but still a reason for us to revive the PHONE-AMP G100-W once again as a limited edition at a particularly favorable price.
- balanced inputs via gold plated XLR connectors
- unbalanced inputs with priority via gold plated RCA connectors
- PRE-GAIN: gain adaption in five steps
- no-SMD and channel separated circuitry for minimized crosstalk
- discrete amplifier design with 4 transistors per channel (V100 Technology !)
- NF transmission band exceeds 150 kHz (-3 dB)
- High-Grade Potentiometer Alps RK 27 with optimized channel balance and lowest cross talk
- toroidal transformer, large smoothing capacitors
- outputs with relay controlled switch-on delay
- ultra compact stainless steel case
|Balanced inputs:||2 x XLR (L / R), gold plated|
|Unbalanced inputs:||2 x Cinch (L / R), gold plated with priority|
|Amplifier Channels:||2 (Stereo)|
|Nom. input level:||+ 6 dBu|
|Amplifier Gain:||+8 dB|
|... with PRE-GAIN:||-4 / +2 / +8 / +14 / +20 dB|
|Frequency range:||0 Hz ... 150 kHz (-3 dB)|
|Slew Rate:||> 8V / usec|
|Dynamic range:||> 129 dB (A-wtd)|
|Noise:||< -101 dBu (A-wtd)|
|THD+N:||< -100 dB @ 10V in 100 Ohms (1W)|
< -100 dB @ 18V in 600 Ohms (5W)
|Crosstalk:||< -110 / -95 dB (@ 1 / 15 kHz)|
|Max. output level:||> 18.9 Veff in 600 ohms = 600 mW|
|> 16.5 Veff in 300 ohms = 900 mW|
|> 13.2 Veff in 100 ohms = 1750 mW|
|> 9.2 Veff in 50 ohms = 1700 mW|
|> 6.2 Veff in 32 ohms = 1200 mW|
|> 3.5 Veff in 16 ohms = 750 mW|
|Outputs:||2 x 1/4" phone jacks|
|Power supply:||230 / 115 V AC 10 VA|
|Dimensions:||129 x 42 x 170 mm (W x H x D)|
|Case Material:||Stainless Steel|
Introduction to Lake People
Established in 1986, we have since become your partner for professional audio electronics. Following our motto “tools - not toys”, we achieved highest reputation during the past years amongst our customers. These are private studios, broadcasters and TV companies. Also airports, congress and exhibition centres count on the reliability of our products made in Germany. This all began under the roof of Rosgartenstrasse 13 in the city of Konstanz. Here, three young guys started with the development and manufacture of limiters and noise gates but not too successfully in the beginning. The commercial survival on a very low level was made possible by the production of headphone amplifiers. From 1989 on, the production range was extended to level matching and balancing amplifiers such successfully, that it came essential to move to larger premises.
Since 1991, the new address read: Haidelmoosweg 52. Due to the developement of the first german 20-bit A/D and D/A converters in the beginning nineties, the name Lake People resounded throughout the land. Suddenly, the company was regarded as a high-tech brand, with a highly positive effect on its public reputation. The growing know-how led to many new products in the analog and digital domain during the following years. Although some projects turned out to be flops, most devices met the customers' requirements, with the effect of continuous growth of the company. By the end of the nineties the 140 m² of Haidelmoosweg 52 went cramping.
Again, a move to new premises came necessary. As it was obvious that rental facilities would not meet the demands, we decided to put up our own building. The company site was constructed in 2000 in a new industrial park in Konstanz, Turmstrasse 7a, just a hundred metres from the lake. Also in 2000, Lake People was transformed into a Ltd. company.