I wanted to start a thread where people who posses a lot of experience with Hifiman headphones can share their ranking list about the best headphones from the manufacturer.
I am thinking that it would be useful to make two lists:
- Ranked list where price isn’t considered, just focusing on sound performance
- Ranked list where value is taken into account - even this is a bit difficult since the prices of Hifiman products vary heavily (I am talking about the huge discounts that happen every now and then, it makes it more difficult to put a value on a headphone)
This would be most useful to hear from people who have tried the most headphones from Hifiman.
I hope that if anybody contributes, that this can be useful to some that are planning to purchase a Hifiman headphone.
Any suggestions are welcome - the point is to make this as useful as possible, so please share your ideas
tl;dr - make two lists based on 1) Sound performance only (without taking price into consideration) 2) value-wise
I’ll keep this thread formatted while I can:
Sound: Susvara > Shangri-La Jr. > HE1000se > Arya > Sundara
Value: Sundara > Arya > HE1000se > Susvara > Shangri-La Jr.
Susvara > HE-6 (with mods) > HE-1000v1 > Arya > HE-500 (with mods) > HE-6SE (stock) >= Ananda > HE-4XX > HE-400i > HE-560v2 > RE-0 > RE-400 > HE-5SE
Value (mostly factoring street used prices since some are discontinued):
HE-4XX > RE-400 > HE-400i > HE-500 > HE-6 = HE-6SE > Ananda > Arya = HE-1000v1 > HE-560v2 (would rather get something else), HE-5SE (would rather get something else) > Susvara
HE560 V1 > HE4XX > HE400 … value-wise… probably the 4XX, mainly because they’re built better. the yoke on the 560 snapped just by me looking at it and, while I won’t win a beauty contest, I’m not that ugly.
Based on HiFiMans I’ve heard
HE1000v2(I think)>Ananda>Sundara=>HE4xx (fight me ) lol
I’m joking no need to fight me =) I don’t fight fair anyhow
I have to admin QC is horrible.
With that said here is my list:
Susvara > HE-6 > HE-1000 v1 -> HE-560 v1 > Edition X (EQ ONLY) > HE-560 v2 > HE-400i
No failures on my side from my cans.
I’ve had enough experience with the HE6, HE560, Sundara, and HE1K V2 to be able to say I’ve heard them. By this i mean having them on hand in my own chain to get past mental burn in, experience the nuances, go well beyond a first impression type of experience with them.
I still think the best sound I’ve heard from a planar, or very nearly any headphone actually, was the HE6 driven by Yggy A2 > Freya S > Vidar.
Anyway, in keeping on topic, I would put the HFM headphones (ranked over all vs my other favorites) in the following manner:
Auteur Meze Empyreans Verite Closed RAAL SR1A HE6 properly driven from a good speaker amp
- All other HFM products.
Sorry to stir the pot, but I thought it should be said.
My personal rankings are:
- Hifiman Susvara
- Hifiman HE1000SE
- Hifiman Arya
- Hifiman Ananda
- Hifiman Sundara
- Hifiman Jade II
- Hifiman RE2000
Hifiman Shangri-LA SR (since the only song I was allowed to listen to was Celine Dion’s My Heart Will Go On)
I love HiFiMAN
Without EQ, of the ones I’ve heard:
- Shangri-La Sr.
- HEK V1
- Shangri-La Sr.
- HEK V1
my fav hifimans ive heard are:
Hifiman Arya, Hifiman HE560, Hifiman HE6, Hifiman Ananda, Hifiman HE1000, HIfiman Sundara
my least fav hifimans i’ve heard:
Hifiman Jade II, Hifiman HE350, Hifiman Bolt, Hifiman Edition S