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Updated January 10, 2024·

Choosing between the HifiMan Arya Stealth and the Philips SHP9500, consider that the Arya Stealth offers superior overall sound quality and a more expansive soundstage, making it an excellent choice for critical listening. However, they are also significantly more costly. The SHP9500, while less expensive, still provides excellent sound quality and comfort, making it a great value for casual listening and everyday use. Both models have an open-back design for a more natural sound but don't isolate noise well, so they're not ideal for noisy environments. The Arya Stealth uses planar drivers known for detail and response, whereas the SHP9500 uses dynamic drivers that may offer a warmer sound. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HifiMan Arya Stealth
  • Best in class for music
Advantages of the Philips SHP9500
  • The Philips SHP9500 has no clear advantages over the HifiMan Arya Stealth.

Key differences

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Music

10.0
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
9.2
The HifiMan Arya Stealth is best in class for music, while the Philips SHP9500 is excellent.

Cost

$759
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
$80
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The HifiMan Arya Stealth has a price of $759 and the Philips SHP9500 costs $80.

Build Quality

9.0
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
8.5
The HifiMan Arya Stealth has excellent build quality, while the Philips SHP9500 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

7.1
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
7.2
The Philips SHP9500 and HifiMan Arya Stealth are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

5.1
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
4.9
The HifiMan Arya Stealth and Philips SHP9500 are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.1
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
8.0
The HifiMan Arya Stealth and Philips SHP9500 are both very good for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

9.4
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
9.0
The HifiMan Arya Stealth and Philips SHP9500 are both excellent for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Arya Stealth
SHP9500
2.5
The HifiMan Arya Stealth and Philips SHP9500 are both poor for noise reduction.

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How the HifiMan Arya Stealth and the Philips SHP9500 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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HifiMan Arya StealthPhilips SHP9500
HifiMan Arya StealthPhilips SHP9500

GENERAL

Price
$759
$80
Brand
HifiManPhilips
Release Date
November 1, 2018August 1, 2013
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
10/109.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5.1/105/10
Gaming Score
7.2/107.3/10
TV and Video Score
9.5/109.1/10
Exercise Score
4.5/104.4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/102.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.4/1010/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
408.2 Grams294.8 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00
Dustproof Rating
00

Shopping

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HifiMan Arya Stealth

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Headphonesty

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."

Philips SHP9500

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Brian Stone | April 2020
"You can’t go wrong with the Philips SHP9500 for their price. Their audio quality is superb, and the fact that you can use them for just about anything you can think of makes them well worth your money"

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About HifiMan

HiFiMAN is a Chinese, high-end, audio product manufacturer, with 20 years of experience, that specializes in amplifiers, digital audio players and planar magnetic headphones, some of which have become a staple in the audiophile community such as the entry-level Sundara, the midrange Edition X, and the very well-regarded, high-end, Arya.

About Philips

Philips is a Dutch conglomerate and electronics manufacturer with over 130 years of history. Philips makes the Fidelio audio line which includes several models of full-sized wired and wireless headphones, true wireless earbuds. soundbars and wireless speakers.

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