HiFiMAN Arya Full-size Over Ear Planar Magnetic Audiophile Adjustable Headphone
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While I think the Hifiman Arya is great for all types of genres or what I call an all-around headphone, some people may not prefer it. The Arya is lively and bright-leaning. If you are sensitive to treble or you prefer warm or bassy headphones, this may not be for you. The cable, despite being of better quality than the notoriously bad cable of the Ananda, it still is cheap and mediocre, not worthy of a flagship. Mostly edm/electronica and will also be pairing it with the chord qutest in the near future. I main the DT 1990 and plan to get the meze 109 pro's soon. I just want a planar headphone to complement those.
Bass tuning is reference flat with great sub bass extension and exemplary transition into the mids.
The included cable is a 1.5m long, single crystalline copper cable with cotton reinforcement, ending in a 6.35mm plug. If you start playing an well recorded high quality acoustic live concert, everything turns into an weird and unauthentic sounding mess.
Definition, layering and clarity are phenomenal while words like masking, mid bass bloat and muddiness are completely unknown to the Arya, you can clearly hear every single instrument and the faintest of the notes no matter how busy the bass line is.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. Let’s get into the treble. I think that this is the best thing about the new Arya SE. The treble response is absurdly fast, clean, and detailed, getting really close to HE1000se level, which is one of the most detailed headphones on the planet. The HiFiMan HE1000V2 is the big brother to the Arya Stealth Magnets. Looks-wise and sound-wise, it's easy to see the relation. Both have a natural sound with a touch of warmth and great detail retrieval. Now, the HE1000SE is a different story, with a more forward and analytical sound. I think the HE1000V2 and the Arya Stealth Magnets share more sound DNA.