HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

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HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone

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The HIFIMAN Arya have an unusual design in the headphone world, but it works to their benefit in comfort over long listening sessions. The over-sized earcups are made to wrap around the ear and distribute the clamp force across a larger area. The design is very effective and leads to a feeling of spaciousness that works well with soundstage. The powerful Fiio M17 (full review soon) is one of the best DAPs on the market right now. Not only is it powerful, but it is also technically strong, just like a high-end AK DAP. The synergy with the Arya Stealth is balanced mode is good and you here get the typical powerful bass and full mids, delivered in a smooth and musical way. The depth and layering here is very good, and there’s a nice sub bass rumble, but the bass isn’t as controlled as with the higher end desktop amps. If you have no desktop amp available, the M17 is the next best thing. Good with the Arya Stealth, but just not like a desktop amp.

If you like a softer, slightly slower and more tube presentation, then the AudioValve Solaris is a great amplifier to look at. Again, the combo is not cheap, but impressive it is. My Technics SU-G700 speaker amp isn’t the best “source” for many different headphones, but the synergy with the Arya Stealth this time round is very good, especially of you like a more vocal forward presentation. Vocals are also outstanding. Female vocals tend to cut forward like Rihanna in Love the Way You Lie , but there’s a sweetness and realistic timbre. Male vocals are lush and enjoyable, like Ed Sheeran, 50 Cent, and Eminem in Remember the Name . Claudio Sanchez in Pearl of the Stars and Wake Up was particularly evocative when heard through the Arya Stealths. The Arya Stealth drivers have excellent PRaT, and they sound like they are always perfectly in control, no matter how difficult passages your throw at it. It’s a balanced sound with overall a good amount of body and presence from lows to highs. The presentation is energetic and very dynamical. The Arya Stealth is extremely easy and addictive to listen to because of the way it blends technical excellence with musical strength. It’s soft on the ears, yet the detail retrieval is very good and the delivery smoother. You can’t go wrong with that. The Arya Stealth is one those headphones that wants to make you listen to more songs all the time. You easily get lost in the music with this one. The cables are user-replaceable and have channel orientation for left and right. An “L” and “R” are indicated inside the headband. Once the cable is installed with correct channel orientation, an easy way to tell left and right is the cable is connected toward the front of the ear cup. The cable will drape on the user’s chest for greater comfort. The Ear PadsFor those of you who’d like to know more about Hifiman and their founder, there’s always this interview we did with him: https://headfonia.com/q-n-a-saturday-hifiman/ HiFiMAN was founded by Dr. Fang in New York – USA and is one of the most well-known personal audio companies in the audiophile word that offers a wide variety of Hi-Fi Reference and Premium class products like Portable Audio Players, Planar Magnetic & Dynamic Driver Headphones, Desktop Amplifiers, Earphones, IEM’s and TWS Headphones & Monitors. The Arya is made from a combination of steel and high quality plastic which leads to a nice compromise between sturdiness and being light The Stealth goes further here, giving the aggression a nice little boost with its more intense energy delivery and added cleanliness. Trails and reverbs are easier to hear fading out in the distance now. The Arya in its first edition had a few minor quirks here, notably in the 6khz and 8khz region, making it prone to sibilance with certain songs and sometimes being a bit too aggressive with genres like metal. The V2 fixed both quirks but kept the clarity and airiness.

Both Headphones do offer a decent performance in terms placement and separation of instruments and the vocals. However, the Arya Stealth Magnet Version is again ahead when it comes to the sense of airiness, depth and wideness of the stage. Instruments such like acoustic guitars or violas are reproduced with a nice sense of body and fullness. Pianos and violins on the other hand are represented with a gorgeous level of extension and resolution, which tended at the very beginning to sibilance and sharpness, which for the most part disappeared after some intensive burn-in, especially after the first 100 hours. But I do have similar reaction to the Arya spatiality, which is even more evident with acoustic music like chamber classical, worldmusic, jazz or any well recored instrumental music, than pop or overcompressed and sampled modern recording that don't have lot of loudness amplitude diversity for the instrument to blossom naturally in soundscape...feed the Arya with best music in the world, and it will amaze you by translating the true nature of accurate spatiality, bigger than what normal headphones should be able to achieve. There’s nothing really new with the design of the Arya Stealth, and the metal and high grade plastic built headphone features the typical shape of earcups and headband as we have seen many times before. The Hifiman Arya are exceptional planar headphones that offer an oversized spatial experience with top-notch imaging, transparency and clarity.


For gaming, there’s enough body and presence to sound great in action scenes. Hiding out from tanks in Battlefield 2042 was thrilling. The treble is the star of the show with the Arya. It's effortless in detailing, open and airy in snap and decay, it have this appealing brilliance and sparkle to it too. The highs are out of your head, adding airyness to spatiality and extra dimension in sharpened sound layering. How good is the Arya Stealth?! Waw! It isn’t cheap or available to everyone but the performance for the price is highly remarkable.

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