HiFiMAN is known for producing some very good bang-for-the-buck planar magnetics, and the Sundara is just that. It basically picks up where the HE-400is left off. The Sundara is the continuation of the older HE-400/500 headphones, but only in spirit as both the mechanics and the drivers have been completely overhauled. The massive changes in design should primarily lead to both better acoustics and ergonomics, improvements that many adopters of the HE-400i have been wanting for a while.
Sundara's more rugged all-black design is a clear departure from the older, smoother look HiFiMAN designs used to feature. The more rugged look is a welcome addition, as are stabler 3.5 mm jack connectors in the ear cups and a stabler, more comfortable headband.
Like other HiFiMAN headphones, these are not cheap. At the regular price of $499, they are situated right in the middle of the high-end headphone market; however, they are currently available for only $349.
- Frequency response: 6 Hz - 75 kHz
- Impedance: 37 Ohm
- Sensitivity: 94 dB
- Weight: 372 g