HifiMan Arya Stealth

HifiMan Arya Stealth

HifiMan Arya Stealth

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BEST RATING
Music:
5.0
MUSIC: Best in Class10.0/10
CALLS: Poor5.1/10
GAMING: Good7.1/10
TV: Excellent9.4/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Very Good8.1/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor4.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor2.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Excellent9.0/10

The HifiMan Arya Stealth headphones are high-end over-ear headphones with an open back design providing excellent soundstage and overall sound quality for an immersive music listening experience. They are not wireless; using a cable and are heavy, suggesting they are designed for stationary at-home use rather than exercise or travel. They lack features like a microphone, active noise cancelling, sweat and dustproof certifications, making them less suitable for calls, meetings, or use in noisy environments. An amplifier is advised for optimal performance and while they can be used with PCs or phones, balanced audio cables are sold separately for enhanced sound. They excel for music, TV, and video but are not the best option for gaming due to the lack of low latency features. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Best overall sound quality
  • Excellent soundstage and imaging
  • Very comfortable for long sessions
  • High build quality
  • Detachable cable for versatility
Cons
  • Poor microphone quality
  • Not portable (large, heavy)
  • No wireless or Bluetooth connectivity
  • Low scores for exercise, travel

Ratings by Category

Music:
5.0
The HifiMan Arya Stealth excels in music listening due to its top-notch overall sound quality and very good soundstage/imaging which provides an expansive and detailed sound experience. However, as they are open-back and wired, they're best enjoyed in a quiet environment and are not portable like wireless options with lossless codecs.
TV & Video:
4.9
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is excellent for watching TV and videos largely due to their wired connection, which eliminates latency issues commonly found in wireless headphones, ensuring that the audio and visuals are perfectly synced. Additionally, their superb sound quality and expansive soundstage contribute to an immersive viewing experience by providing clear and spatial audio that complements the visuals on screen.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.4
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.
Gaming:
4.1
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$759
Brand
HifiMan
Release Date
November 1, 2018
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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10/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Score
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7.2/10
TV and Video Score
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9.5/10
Exercise Score
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4.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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9/10
Comfort score
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8.4/10
Weight
408.2 Grams
Waterproof Rating
0
Dustproof Rating
0

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Eric D Hieger | October 2022
"The Arya can easily be end-game headphones for 99% of consumers, satisfying most audio desires. Priced well above USD$1000, the Arya are obviously and gloriously not for the mass market consumer; they are designed and built by enthusiasts for enthusiasts – especially those who view their expenses on this level of gear as investments."

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