🔶 HiFiMan Ananda

I think the LCD2 c is puncher and more elevated in the low end. The Ananda is actually kinda bright in comparison, but I think the Ananda gives you a larger sense of space compared to the LCD2c. It’s a different type of presentation

I think you’re right. There is a bit more bass impact/slam on the LCD2-C. I wouldn’t say the difference is massive. For my preference I find the Ananda has a more balanced signature. Brighter for sure when compared to LCD2-C but the mids are less forward so I find them more comfortable at higher volume, which probably allows the bass they have to come out a bit more. I find the LCD2-C a bit peaky in the mids and find myself turning them down as a result.

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Yeah the presentation on the ananda is a bit different :thinking: it was pretty weird but interesting, like vocals just felt soft.
Oh yeah I can totally put the Anandas on blast without worrying about those mids. Interesting to know tho, I wasn’t able to a/b on the same setup.

Yeah, the spacial image the larger hifiman’s create is pretty different from most headphones


Has anybody compared the ananda with the edition xx? I currently have the xx but was wondering if they are in the same league with each other? Still have time to return the xx and get the ananda.

The ananda has a brighter sound then the xx, which is a bit darker. I would say otherwise the presentation and detail is fairly similar with the ananda taking a slight edge, but the headband design comfort depends on you head. Really depends on preference

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I just bought the Ananda. How would you compre them to the edition xx? I went with the Ananda because Joshua said it have a bigger soundstage and feels more open than the edition xx.


The edition xx has a bit more bass impact and quantity, but is a bit darker and sounds a bit more closed in, also a bit more warmer tilted

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I just bought these during the Hifiman Black Friday sale. Got them for $700 apparently they are still on sale. for some reason I was unable to complete the purchase off of Hifiman website. so I went to headphones.com which had the same sale and bought them there.

I’ve been wanting these headphones for a long time. I really like the look of Hifiman’s egg-shaped headphones. the driver in these headphones are massive and I wonder how they compare to say electrostatic headphones like the Stax or the Koss 95x. is it similar? should we perhaps call these ear speakers?

I heard that these headphones were originally supposed to be the Edition X V3. But it seems the Edition X V1 Edition X V2 and Massdrop’s Edition XX are tuned very differently from the Ananda. Go figure.


Anyone got a mod or solution to introduce some cup swivel to this headphone?

I had no problem with fit - did you recieve it?

not yet. they created a ticket at UPS but never sent it to UPS lol. So i had to email them and they said they would check on it. then i got nothing back. emailed again today so lets see what they say

I Wish you Good luck!

Ok got my Ananda today and wow. big drivers FTW! :fist_right:

Ok lets get the lame stuff out of the way. box it came in is very nice. i can tell its particle board covered with a leather like material. stitching on the outside with a large plastic plate. Inside is a silk like fabric. its nice and every headphone that costs over 400$ should have it. but the company’s will probably use this as a excuse to drive up the price. i would gladly accept a cardboard box if it was 50$ cheaper. it has no handle. i wish they would come with a handle.

the cable is a little strange, clear plastic, a little janky but thin and long so the jank is good. the headphone fits fine and i dont think theres any leaks even though it has no swivel. But i can feel it on my jaw, not sure if this will cause issues for long term wear. Its BIG, going back and forth to the Elex is like going back and forth from a Sports car to a RV.

Ok sound. i thought at first that this would be a little like the Stax headphone. i mean it is a massive driver. but no. I dont think it has the detail and nuance of the L700. But it has more than the Elex. It plays music big and fortunately i like big music. and it sounds good for this. Songs like Simple Minds Utopia, Radioheads Burn the witch and Tears for Fears Working Hour sound really really good. I love how big sounding this headphone is.

Thing is it needs volume. But the treble is too high. so i turn the volume up. but the treble gets in the way and makes it painful leaving me with the only option, to turn down the treble. Its sound makes me want to turn the volume up but as i do it seems not to change that much. i can turn it all the way up on low and high gain and it takes big steps to here a difference. but it needs volume.

ok now because of the volume and treble. it doesn’t sound so good on certain songs. This may not be a headphone thats kind to older stuff, and i need that. i love the new wave 80’s and i want it to sound good. Newer stuff is better. And Moon shaped pool 48kHz/24bit sounds pretty good on it. its seems ok on better recorded and newer music.

The lack of midrange is unpleasing. The Elex and the Ananda sound close to each other except for the midrange. The Ananda has more detail and nuance. So its large presence and detail vs midrange. The treble and midrange are a problem. especially on older recordings. I took a look at the frequency response from DIY audio heaven. and from that raised the EQ 1.8 and 2.5 up for midrange, and the 7k and 14k hrz down for treble. The 7k down made it much less painfull. i think it sounds better but not sure. maybe sonar works or someone has a way to fix it better. Arya is more balanced though. If you got the cash go for that. But i love this headphone. Its great.


So overall, how do you feel about them? I get the sense you have some overall mixed feelings. Also curious to know how you’ll feel about them after a couple days.

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I like them, a lot. if i can get the EQ to work i think they’ll replace the Elex. And it seems to be working lol. also older stuff sounds a little better, maybe burn in? The nuance is great. like the end of burn the witch, the decay, i can hear more there than the elex.

For the future i’d like to try the Arya’s. their frequency response is more balanced. I might want those instead. and I still want the L700’s


How is the build quality?
Are they just “okay” or do they look and feel like something that is sturdy?
Beyerdynamics are often labeled as being build like a tank and that I have never seen re a HifiMan HP. So curious about how they hold up in that area.

build quality is ok. the headband is metal, the grill is metal the cup itself seems to be a plastic unfortunately. the pleather headband is nice and thick. the pads are ok, pleather sides and cloth top. not memory foam. but these are 1000$ headphones. build should be a little bit better. dont know why hifiman likes to cheap out on their headphones but its much to their detriment. now they got a bad rep


but ive got to say. and i know this is gonna be debated. but with drivers, if you got a good headphone, bigger is better. it just is.


You are correct that it is going to be debated lol

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