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HiFi Man Ananda Nano Planar Headphones

 

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Ex VAT: £390.83

RRP: £575.00

£469.00

Featuring a nanometer thickness diaphragm based on Susvara, with much lower distortion, higher transient response and improvement of dynamics and details, a massive sonic upgrade.

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Features

Warranty length 2 Years
Fitting Over Ear
Brand HiFi Man

Tech Specs

- TYPE: Open-Back Planar
- FIT: Over-Ear
- WEIGHT: 419g
- FREQUENCY RESPONSE: 5Hz – 55kHz
- IMPEDANCE: 14 ohm
- SENSITIVITY: 94dB

Product Description

HiFi Man Ananda Nano headphones are the latest version of the excellent and popular Ananda model and considering many of the high end headphones coming out nowadays, they are well priced for the features and performance on offer.

They do not use standard dynamic drivers, but a newly designed planar magnetic driver. These have much better performance and higher sensitivity. The new drivers use acoustically invisible magnets, for a smooth and detailed sound. This means that they can be driven by most portable players with ease. The frequency response is 5Hz to 55KHz.

Planar Magnetic headphones

The Ananda Nano headphones have a nanometer thickness diaphragm. Planar magnetic headphones provide lower distortion and have a higher transient response. This is due to the thin diaphragm. With planar headphones, the voice coil is attached to the surface of the diaphragm. This provides a uniform force that gives less phase distortion and less loss, making the Ananda Nano headphones more sensitive than cone type drive units.

Conventional dynamic drive headphones use what are essentially miniature cone speakers. Cone speakers have several parts, that hold the cone in place. Moreover, the voice coil is wound around a cylindrical former. The former sits in a groove in the magnet.

Acoustically invisible stealth magnets

Instead of having the magnet behind the cone, as with dynamic headphones. Strip magnets are used, these are mounted to either side of the diaphragm. The shape of the stealth magnets allows sound to pass through them, with no phase shifts or interference. As a result, the distortion is very low.

High quality design

The Ananda Nano headphones feature a window shade grill design, as well as asymmetrical earcups that mimic the shape of the human ear. The headband is a hybrid design giving outstanding levels of comfort. The earcup holders are made of metal for maximum durability.

Headphone connectors

Ananda Nano is supplied with a standard headphones cable fitted with 6.3mm and 3.5mm jack options. If you wish to upgrade this with an aftermarket cable, there are several different types of headphone connectors and leads available and it is important to use the correct type.

Ananda Nano headphones ear cups each have a 3.5mm input - one for each channel. Therefore they can be driven by balanced or unbalanced amplifiers, depending on the lead used. The most common type of connector is the 6.3mm stereo phone plug. These are not balanced. Notably, The phone plug is an inheritance from telephone exchanges, where they were used by the operator. Next came the much smaller 3.5mm stereo plug, these are also not balanced. Finally, there are many types of balanced connectors available on other headphones cables as an upgrade option.

Balanced headphones cables

Another option if you wish is to upgrade the cable to a balanced option. There are no less than five types of balanced connectors. Notably, the Ananda Nano headphones can be connected to a balanced amplifier, via the correct lead. HiFi Man make a range of headphone amplifiers, and these usually have all five types of output. The first, non-balanced type, is the 6.3mm stereo plug followed by the 3.5mm stereo plug (as mentioned above). The first balanced connector is the 4.4mm type, this is a five pole balanced plug. Next comes the four-pin XLR balanced connector. Finally, there is the 3-pin XLR connector. Two are used one for each channel.

Balanced connectors were developed to reduce noise over long cable runs. The Ananda Nano headphones can take a balanced lead for the best possible audio quality. Normally headphones are connected using only three connectors. These have a common ground. However balanced leads have five conductors. One hot wire, positive pair, and one cold or negative pair. There is also a ground or zero volts reference. The two sets of cables carry signals of opposite phase. As a result, any noise should be cancelled out.

Headphone amplifiers

The Ananda Nano headphones benefit from a high quality headphone amplifier to get the best sound from them. Due to the large number of different headphone connectors. as mentioned above, most High-end headphone amplifiers will have a plethora of outputs. Some include RCA outputs, if there is a built-in DAC.

The simplest type of headphone amplifier is to be found on integrated amplifiers. These are often added as an afterthought and usually use the 6.3mm type of output. A step up would be a separate dedicated headphone amplifier. Budget models may only have the most common type of connector. Next is a better quality unit. This will have a wider range of outputs, as well as a balanced design. These are often dual mono Units. Finally, there are also Headphone amplifiers with a built in DAC. This type can take a digital signal input from a PC or smartphone.

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