They are 1.5 m and 3 m long, with a standard 3.5 mm and 6.35 mm plug respectively. Even 470 ohm ATH-R70x with single-ended cable is loud enough at volume level 65. I did not test it, but would be surprised if the Ananda will not sound great from a good portable amp. With Modo Antiquo´s strings in “The Young Vivaldi”, the Liberty is again crisper, the Schiit has a fuller, slightly less textured presentation. I like the thicker sound of the LCD-X, some might prefer the Ananda for its openness. The Focal Elear has a wider soundstage than the Mr. Speaker Aeon. The Ananda also sounds more open, with wider imaging. We strive to produce products that balance comfort with sound and cater to the communities that know quality when they see it. I found nothing wrong with the original Hifiman screw on cables, but I am glad to see that they move away from the 2.5 mm plugs. Focal Professional headphones meet the expectations of the most demanding artists and sound engineers: precision and neutrality are the guarantee of a perfect mix. Their sound quality follows more our target curve with excellent mid and treble ranges. E.g. The quality of the Ananda seems good, it feels solid enough, but I am a bit worried about the plastic parts where the hoop that holds the cups meets the headband. Comparing them both to the Auralic Taurus, it does indeed easily come out on top. Comparison winner. Both have a nice and present warm midrange. The Ananda has a more intimate and warmer presentation, but we are not talking about huge differences. They are quite different, but both are very good. The bass is heavier and more physical. Comparing Focal Elear vs Audeze LCD-XC . Headphones - Open Back. The Maze – Bendik Hofseth et.al: The Ananda has more midrange presence, very noticeable with the double bass solo in the track “Blue”, but all along the album, the Ananda has a significantly warmer presentation. With regards to general detail retrieval, it does not really stand back to any of the headphones here in this comparison, but it is not the best of the bunch with regards to dynamics and snappiness. For all the nice buzzwords, please check out Hifiman’s own descriptions. I immediately find the Questyle warmer sounding than the Master 9, it is, without doubt, a bit thicker in its midrange presentation – and it sounds really good. All in all, the Ananda does not stand back in performance to the LCD-X, but they are so differently tuned it is hard to describe. With Vicente Amigo´s “Compare Manuel” there is a trade-off between the more spacious presentation of the Master 9 and the fuller mids of the Questyle. Focal ELEGIA, FIRST HIGH-END closed-back headphones by Focal To enjoy an incredible listening experience in total privacy, without worrying about a noisy environment disturbing this moment of pleasure: this is the promise made and kept by Elegia. Unless you're willing to get Clear pads for the Elear (+$200) or can get a pair of Elex pads, I'd steer clear of the Elear. The midrange of the Ananda is very sweet and to me something special. Contact Us. Prins Thomas´slammy electronica drums of “Edmond”, is also equally punchyand satisfying. The HiFiMan Ananda are the best planar magnetic headphones that we've tested. The bass and drums hit harder and feel more dynamic with the Elear,: There is no doubt that this track plays to the Elear´s stronger sides. It is slightly less up front. The acoustic quality of this exclusive solution allowed Focal to avoid the use of any crossover or passive filtering process in order to achieve a frequency response from 5Hz to 23kHz. ShiZo Senior Member. It digs deeper in the bass, it has better dynamics, the tonality is more coherent, and it is cleaner across the range: The slight midrange bloom of the Ananda is exchanged for a very well balanced and even more detailed midrange. I also compared the two DAC/Amps I had at hand using the Ananda. Compared to the HE1000 v2, I just find the HE1000 v2 better: More resolution, better balanced, more extension. $600 - My Pick (1990) - https://amzn.to/2Lqxncv $700- Also Great (Elex) - https://www.massdrop.com MORE! Over the past several weeks, however, I've heard rumors of the HiFiMAN lineup introducing a number of 'stealth revisions'. High build quality and looks and with a sound way above other headphones in this price range. As with all headphones, preference is subjective: If you hate the forward sounding midrange presentation of e.g. It is also quite forward sounding, so when switching headphones, I need to get adjusted to its more energetic playing style. Like them both but if I had to pick I prefer the Beyerdynamic. The Sundara is harder to drive. It depends on the track, though. HIFIMAN SUNDARA Over-ear Full-size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Comfortable Headband Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping Black It basically sounds the same as the $1500 focal clear but with a hint less sub bass. Midnight City – M83: Another song that benefits the Ananda due to the warmer mids and the more present midbass. There are headphones that dig even a bit deeper in the bass, there are headphones that feel even a bit more snappy and dynamic. There's so much fuzz that the improvements in clarity don't really matter. The result is thus impressively realistic making the headphones virtually disappear and providing listeners with a truly unique high-fidelity audio experience. In a brief comparison between the Jotunheim and the Violectric V200, the latter clearly gets the upper hand. I will review the Arya later. Ting – IPA: Again, in direct comparison, the Sundara sounds a bit coarse and grainy. Simply put, the Ananda is a lot fuller and richer in the upper bass and in the mid-range. 1.5 m cable for portable use with 3.5 mm stereo plug, 3 m cable for stationary use with 6.35 mm plug. I'm someone who has really fallen in love with my HD650 and the comfort of drifting off into warm syrupy bliss. 3 Likes. It does lack some spaciousness and super fine detail but it has the power and slam that the Ananda needs. 99 $ 599. This subreddit is dedicated to a community of enthusiast and newcomers. Generally, the Schiit is good but less snappy than the Liberty. Own the Elex, the Clear is touted as a refined version with greater extension and smoother transitions between frequency ranges. I'm licensing to Rap, Hip-hop, Reggeaton, Trap, Spanish Music. Hifiman Ananda versus focal Elex? 5 comments. The small difference is the leading edge, the initial overshoots on the attack? This track sounds much better with the Ananda, the relaxed and detailed presentation gives it a sense of flow that the Sundara cannot match. The midrange is significantly sweeter with the Ananda, possibly because of more midbass bloom. The differences remain, but in a way that makes preference more of a toss-up. The HiFiMan Ananda are better critical listening headphones than the Focal Elear. I get the sense the Sundara excels at the big dynamics, the Ananda excels at micro-dynamics, to put it that way. We are all about making the right decision when purchasing new headphones. Log in or register to post comments; COMMENTS. It is more open and present and feels a bit more nuanced. Focal Elear. the (I think) "standard" 2.83V signal yields 2 watts at the speaker via increased current. drums and screams hit and scream harder on your ears with the elex plus the more natural frequency reaponse will give them a way more natural sounding experience. For the Elex, Massdrop have done something similar to my thinking, and made the whole headphone a Sony-esque matte black, including using a darker version of the cable from the Clear. Listen Wheezy Tech. Audeze LCD-2 vs Focal Elear. The DT 1990 is more analytical while the Elex is more fun, forward sounding. An example is that Focal Elex is not available from any australia seller. All in all, they are both great. 8 Core 99% Pure Silver + Gold Plated Hea... 8 Core 99% Pure Silver + Gold Plated Headphone Cable For Focal Clear Elear Elex Elegia Stellia LN006994 $165.00 Get the deal The voice of Solveig Slettahjell has some tiny bit more texture with the WA22, is a bit more full with the Leben. Except for the added midbass presence of the Ananda, they sound quite similar on this track. Please contact the moderators of this subreddit if you have any questions or concerns. Amplifiers used: Woo WA22 and Audio-gd Master 9. Joshua Valour. Interceptor69 September 10, 2020, 6:01pm #56. With “Marching Orders” by Led Bib, the bass is powerful with both, but the Liberty feels a tad tighter and cleaner all around, but not by much. Dekoni Audio is the premier provider of high quality replacement ear pads for audiophile, gaming and pro audio headphones. 2) Ananda vs HD800 Amplifier Violectric V200, Schiit Jotunheim Multibit DAC. They are practically all-black, expect for the metallic silver finish on the cup hinges and logo. With “, by Led Bib, the bass is powerful with both, but the Liberty feels a tad tighter and cleaner all around, but not by much. May 6, 2020 #5. I get the sense the Sundara excels at the big dynamics, the Ananda excels at micro-dynamics, to put it that way. They also interact more with the pinna and create a more open soundstage than the Focal. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, hifiman ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. HIFIMAN SUNDARA Over-ear Full-size Planar Magnetic Headphones with High Fidelity Design Easy to Drive by iPhone/Android Comfortable Headband Open-Back Design Easy Cable Swapping Black This has the obvious side effect that previous Hifiman screw-on cables and 2.5 mm HE-1000 style cables won’t work with the Ananda (as well as the Sundara and Arya). Print Email. Azzaharat – Eple Trio: My impression that the Sundara is more dynamical but less nuanced still holds up with the WA22. It is more “in your face” transparent, and has deeper and tighter bass – as well as being more comfortable (for me). In many ways, the HE1000 v2´s presentation is not very different from the Ananda´s. Detail and resolution seem to be on a similar level, even though they are more obvious on the brighter Ananda. With Modo Antiquo´s strings in “The Young Vivaldi”, the Liberty is again crisper, the Schiit has a fuller, slightly less textured presentation. These are small tweaks or changes to the headphone after release that don't warrant any public changes to the product line, such as a 'version 2.0'. They are really very different. The difference in slam is to some degree leveled out by the WA22 (I believe the Master 9 was being held back because I didn’t use the balanced output). The Ananda has a great soundstage, reaches deep in the bass and has delicate highs. The Ananda´s soundstage is again wider. The Ananda, Elex (which I thought were better than the Clears), and ESP950 are the most compelling options to me. It is lighter sounding and more effortless with the delicate instruments. But the bass and dynamics are definitely Sundara’s stronger side. Live Chat. Headphones - Open Back. The main quality that the LCD-3 has more of than the Ananda is pure dynamics. They have a … After all, the HE-500 did call for a more transparent successor, but with a similar tonal balance. It is very light, and I find it comfortable enough, but I. miss the swivel action of previous models. The LCD-X has a lush, intimate and very full-bodied, almost thick presentation, though still feels rich in detail. Most of the build is metal, and the cups are large and well-made. 37 points. The Elex is an amazing pair of headphones for USD$700 (or even less than USD$500 for a used pair), but it still sounds different from the Aeolus. A NOS pair would be ideal. Amplifier: Questyle CMA800R, Source: Audio-gd Master 7. $1499. The Ananda wins in midrange presence and amplifier sensitivity, the HE560 is to me a lot more comfortable and has better deep bass. This was most noticeable in orchestral music; I never got the sense of decay I hear from actual performances. That said I'm really happy with the Elex and have apparently been lucky and had no QC issues. Stretching G – BHZ: This slow improvisation is delicious with both. The Ananda is more detailed and controlled in the bass region. They are priced at USD 999 and 1599 respectively. 26dB/mW higher sound pressure level Close. Focal ELEGIA, FIRST HIGH-END closed-back headphones by Focal To enjoy an incredible listening experience in total privacy, without worrying about a noisy environment disturbing this moment of pleasure: this is the promise made and kept by Elegia. The Sundara feels more dynamical, it slams harder. I went through a range of amps with it, and I can conclude that the Ananda is not a very picky headphone: All the amps I have used bring out the goodness to a large extent. In general the bass is better extended in the Elex so it has more impact and rumble than the HD650, and the treble is a bit more crisp/clear but these differences are not night-and-day like a lot of people will say. All in all, these are two great headphones with slightly different presentations. The LCD-3 wins in dynamics and bass performance, the Ananda in airiness and midrange presence. Now, the Ananda slams almost just as hard as the Sundara and is still generally more resolving across the spectrum. The Ananda´s soundstage is again wider. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. As much as I like the HE560, I must say I immediately find it a bit lacking in mid presence, and this is very obvious in direct comparison to the Ananda. Amplifiers used Leben CS300XS and Cary SLI-80  (HE-6 on speaker taps) Mytek Liberty DAC. This thread is archived. Especially vocals are a delight. However, the dynamics of the Sundara is great fun. Starting off with the Leben, both headphones sound great. I’m getting Focal Elears extremely soon (will be delivered in a few short days! Starting off with Vicente Amigo´s dynamic guitar in “Tres Notas Para Decir Te Quiero”. The Ananda has more midrange presence, very noticeable with the double bass solo in the track “Blue”, but all along the album, the Ananda has a significantly warmer presentation. The HD800 has more space, the Ananda has more warmth, but they are not miles apart. These open-back over-ears have generously-padded earcups to ensure a comfortable listening experience, even if you're wearing them for hours at a time. Detail and resolution seem to be on a similar level, even though they are more obvious on the brighter Ananda. Two cables are included, one with a 6.5mm plug and one with 4-pin XLR, allowing an easy match-up with the variety of desktop amps Massdrop and others make. This has the obvious side effect that previous Hifiman screw-on cables and 2.5 mm HE-1000 style cables won’t work with the Ananda (as well as the Sundara and Arya). But the Ananda’s midrange presentation is in a different league. Early next month I’ll have 2x NuForce HA-200’s amps running as fully differential balanced monoblock amps, and a DHC Comp4 4-Pin to 2x 3-Pin XLR adapter cable. Own the HE-500, honestly prefer its sound to the Elex (a close second) as I … It's an open secret that the Elex is a re-painted Elear with Clear pads attached, so these impressions can be considered to be equivalent to impressions of the Elex. Headphones - Open Back. Compared to the Sundara, it is several steps up with regards to sound quality, especially general resolution and effortlessness – even though the Sundara might be better at big dynamics. Quad Era 1,Denon AH D … Having golden ears hardwired by lossless silver to his brain using ultra-pure diamond solder, Mr.Headphoneer is in a totally unique position when it comes to critical listening. I find it really hard to prefer one over the other, but they are different. High build quality and looks and with a sound way above other headphones in this price range. : The sound signature between the two headphones is not dissimilar. The Ananda is easier on the power as well. I compare the headphones using the Master 9 too, with similar results. Presentaion Is the major difference between the two, the Ananda is smooth and diffused sounding and the Elex is more dynamic and focused sounding. Not very high fidelity, but it really brings out the differences in sound signature. The Elex burst is included below. 99. I have an Elex and a 650, and while I think the Elex is an upgrade for most genres I don't really hear any improvement for some genres. My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. The Ananda feels slightly less busy over all than the PM1. They are quite different, but both are very good. The Focal Clear performs well, although the sub-frequencies, below 50 Hz could use a little more energy. 18:34. Save me – Röyksopp: The Ananda is more detailed and controlled in the bass region. Trio in C op 87 – Beethoven / Les Vents Francais: With this nice wind instruments trio the Ananda has the upper hand. 2 - Focal Elex At this price and the reviews, especially from users, they sound like a no-brainer buy. Ad. It is not  a big surprise, since a song like this really makes some frequencies dominate. Playing Stanko´s “, the cymbals are a bit crisper with the Brooklyn, there is a tiny bit more space around instruments, a bit more snappiness. Home > Headphones comparison > Audeze LCD-2 vs Focal Elear. The Elear has a beautiful grandness, which is a little lacking in the Aeon. The Ananda is easier on the power as well. Like some bass, vocals and highs dont like bass overpowering my music. Also, R.E.M.’s “How the West Was Won..” is an easy win for the LCD-3. I listen to mostly shoegaze and dreampop, some classical or Brian eno. Focal ELEX vs DT 1990 PRO, Hifiman Ananda, HIFIMAN SUNDARA, HD 6xx. With regards to treble and bass, they are more similar, and generally level of detail feels similar. This will add a thank you count (in the form of Ω) to that users flair. Focal Elegia Over-Ear-Kopfhörer, ohrumschließend, Schwarz/silberfarben. Edmond – Prins Thomas: The Ananda requires a tad more volume on the amp, but not much. The bass and drums hit harder and feel more dynamic with the Elear,: There is no doubt that this track plays to the Elear´s stronger sides. The bass is less elevated, with a gentle bump around 100 Hz. I immediately prefer the Ananda, it is lusher, its cleaner in the treble, or at least that’s how it feels like. Compulsion – Röyksopp: The LCD-X is thicker in its presentation. The Hifiman Ananda is a great headphone. However, the Ananda does scale well with a better amp. It's very easy to use - if a comment on your post is considered helpful, please reward them by using the term !thanks. It has an open soundstage and high resolution. But for me, having a sweet, slightly pronounced midrange reminiscent of the HD650, but with more resolution, wider and deeper soundstage as well as great bass- and treble extension, is a fabulous thing. They have a lot in common. Which of the two headphones I prefer, however, remains an open question. There is no doubt the Taurus is a capable amp. But if I definitely liked the WA22 or Leben CS300XS a bit more than the rest, which may be an indicator that a high-quality transformer coupled tube amp might not be the worst choice. Ananda is great too – just more intimate in its presentation. Thanks for your submission to r/headphoneadvice. I'm someone who has really fallen in love with my HD650 and the comfort of drifting off into warm syrupy bliss. It is managing to convey both the snappiness of the Mytek and fullness of the Schiit. Ad. Popular comparisons. Stanko´s  “Terminal 7” feels more spacious with the Taurus. The Ananda has a more intimate and warmer presentation, but we are not talking about huge differences. Amplifier: Audio-gd Master 9 (unbalanced). It is from a company called mass drop that does bulk buys and adds some of their own design changes. The mids definitely sound more balanced and has much better male vocal presentation. The Ananda is marketed as an easy to drive full-size headphone, and with a rated efficiency of 103 dB and an impedance of 25 ohms, it certainly seems to be more suited for semi-portable/lightweight systems than most of Hifiman’s previous offerings, which usually needs quite a lot of power sound at their best. I find the HD800 to sound a bit drier. The planar magnetic Hifiman Ananda is one of two models that take over the style, looks and price/performance profile of the Himan Edition X-models. vs Sennheiser HD650: less tight bass on Sennheiser, almost “wooly” bass. Amplifier: Questyle CMA800R, Source: Audio-gd Master 7. Same thing with the strings, Ananda is probably the classical listeners preferred choice. My chart was 4 ohms. May 6, 2020 #2. It has the technicalities to hang or better headphones in the $1000-$2000 range. 1) Amplifier Cary SLI-80, Source Hegel HD25, Close Your Eyes – Eple Trio: I find them both to be very open and spacious, but the HD800 is still the king of  the open soundstage. The sound signature between the two headphones is not dissimilar. This means that the Ananda has a somewhat softer presentation overall, lacking some of the visceral impact that some highly excursive dynamic driver headphones like the Focal Elear or Elex offer. Back to Product List. Compare this to the Focal Elex for example, and this one doesn’t really win any beauty pageants amidst such competition. So, if you value serious broadness in your listening experience, you might be disappointed by the Mr. Speaker Aeon Flow. You get a lot of what Hifiman has to offer from the Ananda, but the HE1000 v2is still a significantly better headphone. It depends on the track, though. This headphone should sound good with just about any quality source. Vocals are more present and less distant. The HE560 has a tremendous bass – and so does the Ananda. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast. You can only award one per comment section. Which headphone would I find a better fit as a hd650 upgrade? Current Gear: Pi2AES -> Schiit Bifrost 2 ->Schiit Saga S -> Schiit Lyr 3 or Woo Audio WA6-SE ——->Focal Clear, Focal Elex, Aeon Flow Closed, HD6XX, ZMF Auteur Fantasy gear: Nothing on the horizon. It is from a company called mass drop that does bulk buys and adds some of their own design changes. I am a bot, and this action was performed automatically. They also feel well-built with a detachable audio cable protected by a rubber coating and durable metal yokes. Haven't heard the Ananda, but Hifiman also have QC issues, just FYI. I find them both to be very open and spacious, but the HD800 is still the king of  the open soundstage. Even though it in many ways feels like a crossover between the HD800 and the LCD-3, the warm mid-range is more reminiscent of Sennheiser HD650 and Oppo PM-1, just with more resolution. It has a wider soundstage. I prefer the Ananda, mainly because it is less fatiguing and has a more present midrange. They are similarly easy to on the amplification needs, although the PM1 is slightly easier. They have a lot in common. The two cables supplied with the Ananda are of an ultralight “wire inside tube”-design, very similar to that of the HE-1000 v2. The Ananda is sometimes warmer and lusher in the midrange, has some more of that bloom, and a special kind of sweetness. Terminal 7 – Tomaz Stanko: Again, the Ananda is wider and more open sounding, but the Elear has a better sense of separation and dynamics. share. But maybe the Ananda is finally a worthy upgrade from the HE-500? They also feel well-built with a detachable audio cable protected by a rubber coating and durable metal yokes. I listen to mostly shoegaze and dreampop, some classical or Brian eno. On the other hand, the Focal are better-built headphones and feel sturdier. The other headphone is called Arya, and sports a higher price tag, different driver technology and headband. The two cables supplied with the Ananda are of an ultralight “wire inside tube”-design, very similar to that of the HE-1000 v2. Similarly good, I must add. The Ananda is definitely a smoother ride with more micro detail. ShiZo Senior Member. It is also quite forward sounding, so when switching headphones, I need to get adjusted to its more energetic playing style. That being said, the HE1000 v2 is also harder to drive, and way more expensive. While Massdrop Focal Elex and HiFiMan Sundara did a great job getting their respective technologies down to lower price levels (and for the sake of argument, I consider the Sundaras to be in this price range), MrSpeakers’ Aeon Flow Open was my choice in the end.. Focal Hi-Fi Headphones: Exploring the brand’s high-end lineup. They are really very different. Montague Grant – Prins Thomas: My impression that the Sundara hits harder, but with less detail and nuance still holds: The Sundara slams a lot harder, but loses the finer detail of the Ananda. I can run single-ended HD650 to comfortably loud volume at volume level of 54, and Focal Elex on XLR cable is loud enough at about 42, both at Low Gain. The LCD-3 has a dryer presentation, but not always, and its bass definitely reaches deeper and has more slam. My impression that the Sundara is more dynamical but less nuanced still holds up with the WA22. Focal Utopia Attack and Decay Envelopes from 10-Cycle Burst At a glance the decay envelope doesn't look any faster than Elex, which is already quite fast. A key staple for the most demanding professionals. Especially noticeable with Vicente Amigo’s flamenco guitar (Ciudad des las Ideas), where the LCD-3 simply is marvelous. It has a wider soundstage. Even the little G103P – which brings me a long way into Ananda-heaven. I immediately prefer the Ananda, it is lusher, its cleaner in the treble, or at least that’s how it feels like. Compared to the HE560, Ananda takes a lot of the great qualities from the older sibling, adds some midrange presence, and requires a lot less of the amplifier. The HE-500 certainly does not have much in common with the HE-560, except for the need for a powerful amplifier. Rocket – Smashing Pumpkins: Here, with the massive wall of bass and fuzz guitar, they seem more different. The tonal balance of the Ananda reminds me a bit of the HE-500, which I unfortunately parted with before this review. It has 3.5 mm mono-plug detachable cables, which seems to be the new standard for Hifiman, as they have abandoned the fragile 2.5 mm plugs. Then again, we are more focused on good sound rather than grandeur looks, so there’s still chance for redemption. I much prefer both the old HE-500 and the more recent HE-560 headband arrangements, which both feel more solid and allows for the before mentioned full swivel action. It has a wider soundstage. I prefer the Ananda on Stanko´s “Terminal 7”, the treble is nicer, it is rounder and feels more delicate. Otherwise, they feel equally good, but again, the HD800 treble a bit dry in comparison. But these cans are so differently tunes, that directly comparing them is hard. Vs Utopia. With regards to amplification, the Ananda sure scales with the amplifier, but seems to not require a lot of power – which is a good thing. Young Vivaldi – Modo Antiquo: Putting on some strings, the HD800 is back: The superior soundstage is great with classical. 39 points. Hifiman Ananda Planar Magnetic Headphones. Also different marketing strategies among different companies in different areas are different, such as stocking and pricing. I've recently acquired the Focal Elex and the Beyerdynamic DT 1990. The bass and drums hit harder and feel more dynamic with the Elear,: There is no doubt that this track plays to the Elear´s stronger sides. Press J to jump to the feed. But the Sundara holds up quite well. The HE-6 gets even tighter and more dynamic with the more powerful Cary SLI-80. Forum Donor. The more up-front sound of the Oppo is nice and engaging, but if I could have the Ananda sound in the PM1 housing, I would not hesitate. The Ananda seems to me to be something of a combination of the LCD-3 and HD800. Time for some female vocals: The Ananda is a bit less thick in the mids, the vocals are very present and delicious, yet have more room to breathe, more detail and texture. In fact, that comparison of the Elear vs PM1 wasn’t justified enough for the review, which is why I didn’t include it. When I try them both with the Cary SLI-80. The Ananda is more open, spacious and light on the touch. Now, going totally budget with the Ananda is not nearly as bad as one could expect. A noisy little tune this one. save. Compare this to the Focal Elex for example, and this one doesn’t really win any beauty pageants amidst such competition. But all things considered, I find the Ananda offers the best sound for the money of the Hifiman headphones mentioned here. But the Sundara holds up quite well. That is where the tiny remainder of swivel action is allowed. I tend to prefer the LCD-3. The Elear is clearly more dynamic, darker and has tighter but sometimes more precise imaging. 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