Well take it from someone who owns a pair, me, the Sunderas are a fantastic pair of headphones. The construction is metal just like the Phantoms. I’ve detected no crinkle. One of the things I liked about them from the reviews is that they’re not too bright, like other planars. And I’ve been constantly amazed at their performance. They’re not perfection but I don’t have $3,000 to buy perfection.
I’m 49 years old. I’ve been listening and loving music for a long time. Started out with records and cassettes, moved on too MP3 players, I always stayed away from the audiophile equipment. I just stuck with Koss stuff.
When I discovered the audiophile discussion boards and certain review sites on YouTube like Zeos. I decided to get into better quality headphones. I was amazed, it was almost like a religious experience. I started with Grado, then Sennheiser hd600, then the hd650s.
One of my all-time favorite albums is Simple Minds “New gold dream”. None of these headphones could play new gold dream right. it’s a difficult recording. That is until I found the Hifiman Sundara’s.
I own a Schiit DAC and amp.
PS. on rtings.com I chose best headphones including all of them.
Maybe I should have chose best audiophile or best open-back. Anyway Sundara’s has come in fourth place on all of the lists. The site actually measures their headphones.