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HIFIMAN Susvara Headphone Review

Rate this headphone:

  • 1. Poor (headless panther)

    Votes: 217 61.5%
  • 2. Not terrible (postman panther)

    Votes: 62 17.6%
  • 3. Fine (happy panther)

    Votes: 33 9.3%
  • 4. Great (golfing panther)

    Votes: 41 11.6%

  • Total voters
    353

IAtaman

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I think most audiophiles though including me really think that Susvara is so cheaply designed and made for a flagship headphone. BTW, Hifiman even confirmed my value proposition that no headphones should cost over $500 USD ever by requesting only $300 bucks to replace a broken Susvara with a refurbished one even when you're out of warranty and have no proof of purchase.

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I am not too worried about that personally. If you can make a headphone that sounds great and people are willing to pay couple of thousand dollars to acquire it, the fact of BOM is a few hundred dollars does not take anything away from it in my opinion.
 

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Well, well, well....looky here! A new Susvara, the "Susvara Unveiled". And only a small pittance of $8,000!!! Insanity. Also, the fact the driver is completely exposed is going to be risky, risky.

new-susvara-announced-v0-en4d677tpc4d1.jpeg
 

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"guys, we took 0.00000000001ohm of mechanical impedance, this is trully a new era"
 

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I do agree with you that distortion figures says nothing about the preference of these headphones. But it does say something about the design process. All those very sharp, high peaks - anyone who is engineering a headphone properly would not allow those peaks to be in the final product in my opinion, whether they are audible or not. Bad design, bad engineering. And I personally think it is kinda funny that such an audiophile favourite headphone that people can not speak highly of enough has such amateurish design.
and yet they sound fabulous and have been a popular HP for years now regarded as among the best or the best by many...imagine that
 

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Comes with covers that need to be used, when storing, to prevent damage to drivers. That absolutely doesn't sound like a recipe for disaster...........

Is that where the name comes from?, you need to remove the ear cup covers to unveil the sound?, if so that’s some classy trolling by HiFIMAN
 

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Like I said on headfi, I find it difficult to believe this would be much of a step up from my Audeze CRBN to the point its worth $8,000.
 

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Well, well, well....looky here! A new Susvara, the "Susvara Unveiled". And only a small pittance of $8,000!!! Insanity. Also, the fact the driver is completely exposed is going to be risky, risky.

new-susvara-announced-v0-en4d677tpc4d1.jpeg
Yep, my friend has one too.
 

allmanfan

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Like I said on headfi, I find it difficult to believe this would be much of a step up from my Audeze CRBN to the point its worth $8,000.
the CRBN has proven to be a huge disappointment,4500 list and you can buy it for 2k now used...
 

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The thing I don’t understand is that they are claim to be getting rid of the protective cover to eliminate reflections which actually was a source of a lot of the issues on the review here but, for $8k, I would expect them to develop some material like DCA has to do that instead and keep the drivers protected.

The expanse figured it out and does it for $4k instead of $8k. And with much better build quality. I also don’t see really any “advancements” outside of simply removing the driver protection that even warrants $8k.

I’ve been on head-fi for awhile and plenty of folks are skeptical about this release - it seems have to universal eyebrow raising happening right now
 

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"guys, we took 0.00000000001ohm of mechanical impedance, this is trully a new era"
Removing the grills from several Hifimans can have quite a significant (and measurable) effect on the sound, so I don't doubt it could actually have done something. This looks like too much for me though, the idea of having to put special covers on it after use.
 

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The thing I don’t understand is that they are claim to be getting rid of the protective cover to eliminate reflections which actually was a source of a lot of the issues on the review here but, for $8k, I would expect them to develop some material like DCA has to do that instead and keep the drivers protected.

The expanse figured it out and does it for $4k instead of $8k. And with much better build quality. I also don’t see really any “advancements” outside of simply removing the driver protection that even warrants $8k.

I’ve been on head-fi for awhile and plenty of folks are skeptical about this release - it seems have to universal eyebrow raising happening right now
Still there is already hype train starting (on head fi) by folks like goldie....
 

bodhi

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Nice that they fixed it. I'm sure review headphone is already on it's way to Amir.
 

Mr. Haelscheir

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Maybe removing the grilles will clean up some treble nulls or other roughness. Otherwise, for this price, I would expect a properly perfected planar driver with exquisite diaphragm installation precision and QC and hence markedly improved distortion performance and control of resonances. At least we got an improvement in sensitivity such that my FiiO K9 Pro ESS could probably do it well on high-gain balanced, whether or not anyone would take any measurements I take of it seriously.
 

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The brown they went for looks cheap. Original Susvara has a nice and classy look while this looks like a cheap knock-off.
 

staticV3

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what is the point of anything sent to amir that doesnt comply with the sainted Harman curve...?
Channel balance
Response smoothness
Bass extension
Harmonic distortion
Group delay
Impedance response
Sensitivity
Listening impressions

If you think that Harman target adherence is the only point of Amir's headphone reviews, then you should try actually reading one :)
 
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