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Updated April 11, 2024·

The HifiMan Sundara provides an excellent sound quality with an open enclosure that's better for an immersive experience at home, but with the open design, they're not suitable for noisy environments or commuting. The Sundara's planar drivers offer a wide soundstage, but these over-ear headphones lack a microphone and have poor noise isolation. They're also quite bulky and may require a dedicated amplifier for best results. The Moondrop Blessing 3 earbuds, being closed-back and much smaller, offer good sound quality with more versatility for use in different environments, from quiet home use to noisier outdoor settings, but with a smaller soundstage. They're also easier to carry around but feature a poor microphone, meaning they may not be the best for calls. In summary, if you prioritize a wide soundstage and can enjoy music in quiet places, consider the Sundara. If you want versatility and portability, the Blessing 3 may suit you better, though you may compromise on calls and immersive sound quality. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the HifiMan Sundara
  • Excellent for music
  • Good for gaming
Advantages of the Moondrop Blessing 3
  • The Moondrop Blessing 3 has no clear advantages over the HifiMan Sundara.

Key differences

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Music

9.3
Sundara
Blessing 3
7.6
The HifiMan Sundara is excellent for music, while the Moondrop Blessing 3 is good.

Gaming

7.2
Sundara
Blessing 3
6.3
The HifiMan Sundara is good for gaming, while the Moondrop Blessing 3 is only fair.

TV and Video

8.8
Sundara
Blessing 3
8.0
The HifiMan Sundara and Moondrop Blessing 3 are both very good for TV and video, though the HifiMan Sundara is somewhat better.

Noise Reduction

2.5
Sundara
Blessing 3
6.5
The Moondrop Blessing 3 is only fair for noise reduction, while the HifiMan Sundara is poor.

Build Quality

8.2
Sundara
Blessing 3
9.0
The Moondrop Blessing 3 has excellent build quality, while the HifiMan Sundara has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Phone Calls

4.9
Sundara
Blessing 3
5.0
The Moondrop Blessing 3 and HifiMan Sundara are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

7.8
Sundara
Blessing 3
7.8
The HifiMan Sundara and Moondrop Blessing 3 are both good for podcasts and audiobooks.

Cost

$279
Sundara
Blessing 3
$288
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The HifiMan Sundara has a price of $279 and the Moondrop Blessing 3 costs $288.

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How the HifiMan Sundara and the Moondrop Blessing 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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HifiMan SundaraMoondrop Blessing 3
HifiMan SundaraMoondrop Blessing 3

GENERAL

Price
$279
$288
Brand
HifiManMoondrop
Release Date
May 1, 2020April 1, 2023
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/107.7/10
Phone Calls Score
5/105/10
Gaming Score
7.2/106.4/10
TV and Video Score
8.8/108.1/10
Exercise Score
4.5/104.5/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
N/ANo
Mic Quality
N/A2.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.2/109/10
Comfort score
8.4/107.6/10
Size
N/ALarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
394.6 Grams18.1 Grams
Waterproof Rating
00

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | July 2023
"The HiFiMan Sundara is the set of headphones to get if you want high-end audio, but don't want to shell out a king's ransom for it. These planar magnetic headphones are comfortable, straightforward, and excellent performers."

Moondrop Blessing 3

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Headfonics

Meldrick | June 2023
"The Moondrop Blessing 3 has excellent imaging performance, especially for the price. Pair that with its neutral tonality with slight elevations towards both ends of the frequency response, and the Blessing 3 technically proficient set of IEMs that are also enjoyable to listen to every day."

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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 Moondrop

Moondrop is a Chinese brand of smart audio equipment, portable audio players, earbuds and headphones started in 2015. During the last few years they have become one of the major players in what is lovingly referred to as the Chi-fi market, the bulk of Chinese companies that have managed to actually compete with the western manufacturers in both prices and superior quality. Products such as the Blessing II, Chu and Kato are among the most popular offerings of the brand, more popular among those users that wish for good quality audio that won't break the bank. Besides audio, the brand also works in what they call the ACGN field (Animation, Comics, Games and Short Novels).

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