Hifiman Susvara Unveiled Planar Magnetic Headphones - Official Discussion Thread

This is the official thread to discuss the new Hifiman Susvara Unveiled flagship planar magnetic headphones, releasing June 10th, 2024.

From Hifiman
Long-Awaited SUSVARA UNVEILED Open-Back Planar Headphone
New Reference Model Features Newly Developed Nanometer Thickness Diaphragm and “Magnetic Veils” Back Panel

We are thrilled to unveil the long-awaited new version of Susvara: SUSVARA UNVEILED!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8sYtEMSGNg&ab_channel=HIFIMANElectronics

“We named the new model SUSVARA UNVEILED because every detail of well-recorded music is unveiled by the headphone’s design and components,” says Dr. Fang Bian, Dr. Fang Bian, Founder, and CEO, HIFIMAN Electronics. “As the follow-up to our successful SUSVARA reference headphone, SUSVARA UNVEILED is the manifestation of our ongoing commitment to continually improving upon even the most successful and highest performing products in our line.”

Most headphones incorporate a metal mesh as a grill to protect the drivers. HIFIMAN’s top tier models including HE1000 and the original SUSVARA are specially designed to maximize the exposure rate of the grills because the nanometer-thick diaphragm is so lightweight that reflections from the grill disturb the movement pattern of the diaphragm.

As Dr. Bian explains: “The most effective way to avoid sound wave reflections and refractions from the grill is to eliminate the entirety of the grill design, leading to complete openness of the diaphragm. The result is sound that is demonstrably more detailed and open, which is why we refer to this approach as ‘unveiled’ technology.”

The open section of the headphone inspired Dr. Bian to create a removable back panel, called Magnetic Veil, that is a result of HIFIMAN using CNC (Computer Numerical Control) technology, a process of relying on computer software to control the movement and operation of machines that cut, carve, and engrave materials. Magnetic Veils fit over the ear cups, helping to avoid damage caused by the absorption of magnetic objects when the headphone is not in use.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EqZntr8TINk&ab_channel=HIFIMANElectronics

New to the SUSVARA UNVEILED is a metallic silver conductor layer, as silver boasts the highest conductivity of all metals. Sensitivity is maximized, subtle details are revealed, and a sense of “air” that is so important for high-end audio performance is greatly improved.

The SUSVARA UNVEILED incorporates HIFIMAN’s Stealth Magnet technology, featuring an asymmetrical, double-sided magnetic circuit that gradually adjusts the magnet’s gap and cross-sectional shape, both inside and outside of the diaphragm. This approach achieves maximum sound transmittance and diaphragm control force at a refined balance point, reducing distortion to a bare minimum for sound that is naturally warmer, with maximum imaging and transparency.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 6Hz-75kHz
  • Sensitivity: 86dB
  • Impedance: 45Ω
  • Weight: 430 grams/16.16 ounces

Package Contents:

  • Pair of headphones
  • 3m headphone cable (4-pin XLR plug)
  • 3m headphone cable (6.35mm plug)
  • Pair of Magnetic Veils
  • Pair of ear pads (mounted on headphone)
  • Pair of Magnetic Veils
  • Owner’s Guide

MSRP: $8000

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Do the earpads use the same fixture as the original Susvara? If so, seems like an opportunity to shed the brown and install black pads and headband.

I really hope they bring a unit to canjam london and a normal susvara so people can A/B test

Would also be the best kind of “marketing” for them. “We are so convinced this is a major upgrade we are not afraid to let people A/B it directly”

We will see. The susvara impressed me the most out of every headphone so far. I am not a neutral/flat response sounding headphone person, but the susvara blew me away and are definitely on my list of headphones I wanna pick up eventually

@taronlissimore Please bring to Seattle meet-up so I can steal/demo it.

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The looks are sort of growing on me? I’d love to see an all black version though, that would be really cool (with black pads and black headband too.) Curious how it sounds, looking forward to more impressions rolling in :slight_smile:

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I see them revisiting the 1970 to 1974 design aesthetic with the silver, brown, and sharp edges. Lots of products alternate between black/stealth and bright/flashy every generation. It keeps things fresh, or at least distinct from the last product. They’ll likely wait a while before going black.

E.g., McIntosh from 1970 to 1975:


Pioneer of 1974:

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