There aren’t too many $1000 Bluetooth headphones out there.
Some may ask, do we need one?
Well, with it’s $999 Ananda-BT High-Resolution Bluetooth Planar Magnetic Headphone, HIFIMAN hopes you’ll answer that question in the affirmative.
You may ask, why ARE they the priciest Bluetooth headphones on the market right now?
Well, I could probably sum it up with one word, and that word is “only.”
Meaning it’s the only wireless High-End full-size Planar Magnetic headphone with a built-in 24/192 DAC.
The $999 Ananda, the wired headphone the Ananda BT is based, was beloved because it was one of the first high-end Planar Magnetics you could drive with a portable device, so I guess it made sense for HIFIMAN to put in some light amp circuitry and cut the wires.
You can use the Ananda BT wireless with Bluetooth, or you can do a wired digital connection using the included USB-C cable connected to a computer. I’m going to put the BT through its paces and give you a full review, but here are my impressions so far:
– Comfortable and light for its size
– Sexy Design
– Digital USB-C Connection to the computer is handy and sounds amazing
– LDAC also sounds fantastic with my LG V40 phone
– Wish there was a way to bypass internal DAC and Amp (will cover more in full review)
– Not sold on the boom mic, but I’m sure gamers will love it…
Features from Manufacturer and Unboxing Pics:
The world’s highest audio quality Bluetooth headphone
A True HIFI Headphone goes Wireless
Audiophile-grade HIFIMAN ANANDA-BT, with HD Bluetooth technology, offers up to 24bit / 192khz (USB), 24bit / 96khz (Bluetooth), and a high-quality DAC with a powerful, balanced amplifier.
HIFIMAN’s NEO “supernano” Diaphragm (NsD)
The new NsD is 80% thinner than previous designs, resulting in a fast response and detailed image with lush, full-range sonics.
High-Resolution Bluetooth Streaming
The HIFIMAN ANANDA-BT supports APTX-HD, HWA, and LDAC lossless HD Bluetooth codecs.
HIFIMAN Portable Player Heritage
HIFIMAN’s audio heritage dates back to 2010 when it introduced the world’s first high-fidelity portable player: HM-801. Since then, HIFIMAN has brought to market a wide selection of headphones and players that are enjoyed by audiophiles and music-lovers across the globe.
Integrated High-Performance Amplification
ANANDA-BT features an internal, custom-designed amplifier that is the perfect match for currently available HD Bluetooth codecs.
Ergonomic Design and Comfortable to Wear
Hybrid Headband Design for comfortable long-term listening.
Window Shade Grill Design significantly reduces sonic reflections for crystal-clear sound
Asymmetrical Ear Cups
A Wide Range of Applications
Wireless: Seamless Bluetooth connection to computers, tablets, and smartphones.
Wired: Connect ANANDA-BT to a computer with a USB-Type C cable for unequaled sound quality from your favorite audio files.
Plug & Play Microphone: Gamers, podcasters, and vloggers will sound better than ever with the included plug & play microphone.
Frequency range: 8Hz-55KHz
Weight: 460g (495g, including the microphone and cable)
Playback Time: 10hours
Full charging time: 2.7 hours
*Headphone case included
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