Hifiman Arya - Official Thread

For those checking out @Resolve measurements of the V3 (Stealth) Arya, I have created an EQ for it - 2018 Target over ear

Preamp: -5.6 dB
Filter 1: ON PK Fc 16 Hz Gain 5.1 dB Q 0.27
Filter 2: ON PK Fc 155 Hz Gain -1.8 dB Q 1.24
Filter 3: ON PK Fc 344 Hz Gain -1.8 dB Q 0.96
Filter 4: ON PK Fc 866 Hz Gain -1.6 dB Q 3.46
Filter 5: ON PK Fc 1111 Hz Gain -1.6 dB Q 2.64
Filter 6: ON PK Fc 1620 Hz Gain 0.6 dB Q 1.16
Filter 7: ON PK Fc 1801 Hz Gain 6.8 dB Q 1.01
Filter 8: ON PK Fc 2969 Hz Gain -3.0 dB Q 3.32
Filter 9: ON PK Fc 3101 Hz Gain -1.8 dB Q 0.49
Filter 10: ON PK Fc 18821 Hz Gain -3.3 dB Q 0.53
Filter 11: ON PK Fc 20024 Hz Gain -3.3 dB Q 0.44

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Thanks, will try this out on the weekend!

On another note, Arya V3 has massively impressed me. Sounds great on “slam stack” Dangerous Music Convert-2 and BHA-1.

I’d consider these to be the best generalist/ single pair of headphones on market today under 2K, if not a little bright. This for me surpasses my previous benchmarks LCD-X 2021 slightly, and Clear/ Auteur a bit more convincingly.

Have not EQ’d yet - we’ll see if it’s as apt as LCD-X in responding to EQ.

Severely underrated headphone - my criticisms to HiFiMAN over the last 3 stagnant years are somewhat retracted as this is a hidden gem.

It’s quite a bit better than the Arya V1 I owned, and V2 I’ve heard. HiFiMAN did a great job, and the naysayers thinking this is inferior to previous gens… well, I’m not one to be mean but should consider practicing their critical listening skills.

Happy New Year & Happy Listening.

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thanks! how can i get a little bit more bass?

A pair popped up local at a price that seems too good to be true, has anybody seen boxes like this with a hifiman.cn website call out? Cant tell if this is legit or a typo.

I have a photo of the paperwork but i can only attach 1 screenshot.

The left driver on my Arya also failed.

Unacceptable. These headphones should last years for the price one pays.
I want the community to be aware.

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Excellent review with some truly original insights into why the HD 800S and Arya sound the way they do.

I suspect you’re familiar with them already, but in case not, that Manuel Delago album reminds me a bit of Portico Quartet.

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I wonder if anyone who owns Arya can measure the width of the leather headband for me?

So which one did you keep finally?

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Ultimately neither, though I kept Arya longer than HD800S. I think Arya is generally in most ways the better headphone.

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I bought HD800s two weeks ago, so far I’m liking it. It doesn’t perform well in all genres, especially, bass heavy genres but what it does, does extremely well. So far I am liking their clean clinical presentation. What headphones are you currently using then?

Focal Utopia & ZMF Verite. I hope to add either a ZMF Caldera or Abyss Diana TC eventually.

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v curious to hear someone compare an Edition XS to the new Arya Organic :eyes:

Those cables are NIIICE. I need to upgrade here soon :joy:

Why is it always the left driver lmao, my Arya V2’s left driver just failed as well after 1.5 years of usage (bought it open box).

Hifiman did offer an upgrade for 450$ to the Arya Organic so not a terrible deal for something out of warranty, but that fact that their warranty is a measly 1 yr is very telling.

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With the Arya V2… What is the best sound to have the headphone playing at it’s top performance for most genres…I listen to DSD Flac files and music Dvd’s ect …Advice for someone looking for> not able to put to much money into a recommended DAC and headphone Amplifier needed. I’m wondering > can I get by with a lower priced set-up for a high-end headphone like the Arya V2? Or should I be saving my money? Does your set-ups sound engaging and non-fatiguing through a lower priced tier list? Thanks.

I think it’s safe to say that the amp makes the most difference after the headphones.

I’ve found the Arya paired well with the Schiit Jotunheim 2. Additionally it will drive a lot of other headphones, but it is $400, which may be beyond your budget. It can also be had with a DAC card that will be fine to start with.

Other things to look at are Geshelli, JDS Labs, Burson and FiiO.

Then add a better DAC when funds allow if you get the need.

I would 100% recommend playing with EQ before you buy a new amp.

However, I used the Arya V2 extensively with the Schiit Magnius/Modius stack. It was very very clean but I did try it on some old tubeamp at an audio store and I really liked the warmth of that amp.

Although, after EQ’ing in a 3db bass shelf up to 100hz and reducing a treble spike at the 10khz region, the headphone had extremely good tuning on the Magnius/Modius stack imo. It was able to maintain all of the detail retrieval with none of the sibilance I heard on tracks like “Otherside” by RHCP or “Mood Ring” by Lorde (1:18 mark IIRC).

Or if possible, trade in your Arya V2’s for the Arya Organics. Hifiman offers pretty reasonable trade in prices. The Arya Organics are way easier to drive and built much better than the Arya V2’s (the Organic’s cup design is an exact copy of the more premium HE1000’s vs the plastic cup on the Arya V2’s) and are tuned better out of the box IMO. The easier drivability of the Arya Organics will give you the ability to pair it with cheaper, weaker amps like the Magni.

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This has been my experience, too.