Hifiman Ananda Open Back Magnetic Headphones Owner’s Guide


Hifiman Ananda Open Back Magnetic Headphones Owner’s Guide


Message from the Founder


Thank you for your purchase of a HIFIMAN product. We take great pride in offering audio products that provide best-in-class performance and value. Though it seems like only yesterday when I started HIFIMAN as a passionate audiophile, we just finished our first decade in business and eagerly look forward to an exciting future. The company has grown rapidly and the HIFIMAN brand has become one of the most respected in the industry. Even with our success, the one thing that has not changed is my passion for music and creating products that help recreate that live experience. Now, I am joined by many others in the company who share my passion and in turn, we humbly share that with you. Thank you again for your purchase. I hope you will find this guide useful in learning about your product which will help you enjoy countless hours of listening pleasure.

Headphone Overview

The HIFIMAN ANANDA is an open backed headphone with a specially designed planar magnetic driver. The connection to which is made via the supplied cable with socketed connectors, they offer a secure and sturdy connection yet allow for easy cable swapping. The headphone’s relatively high sensitivity is higher than is typical in a Planar Magnetic headphone and allows it to be driven with some ease by conventional headphone amplifiers and even many mobile phones.

The ANANDA also offers an impressive frequency response range, from 8-55 kHz and with all the dynamic realism that HIFIMAN headphones are renowned for. Compared with previous HIFIMAN headphones the ANANDA features a new headband that borrows from our two previous designs. All of the comfort and even weight distribution of the latter style but the more conventional appearance of the early design.

This means you can enjoy your audio in all possible comfort and with their angled pads, you can listen all day long. Sonically the ANANDA shares the same HIFIMAN level of resolution and even handed sonic performance across the acoustic spectrum that you have come to expect. Smooth and highly extended at both ends with their large driver lows can reach deep into the depths for a full and robust bass response, while it retains highly expressive mids and delicately airy treble.

The premium earpads also have been specially designed to be thicker with an asymmetrical shape that follows the form of the earcups. The pads are bevelled so that they contour to the shape of your head for superb comfort and extended listening. The ANANDA is meant to be used by a wide range of sources, from the upper end quality of a large desktop amplifier and yet it can also be run superbly from our own little SuperMini. Power, control and finesse all sewn up in to sumptuous headphone with stunning audio quality.


Outstanding Sound Quality

Compared to traditional dynamic headphones, the planar magnetic technology offers largely superior sounding experience in terms of quality and soundstage. Dynamic headphones utilize conductors that vibrate in select areas of the diaphragm. This results in a large percentage of the diaphragm that cannot be directly driven by those conductors. Planar magnetic headphones are fundamentally different and operate on a different technical principle. Firstly, the weight of the planar headphones (conductors + diaphragm) is much lower than the dynamic ones. This results in planar headphones’ superior performance in treble.


Planar headphones have conductive layers distributed throughout the surface of diaphragm. The diaphragm is evenly driven by the magnetic force so that planar headphones have significantly lower distortion when compared with conventional dynamic headphones. This lower distortion results in better overall reproduction of minute details. Instrumental positioning and imaging are improved, and the headphone has very natural sound staging capabilities.


Maximum Source Compatibility

Utilizing HIFIMAN’s advanced Planar technology, the ANANDA inherits our pursuit of uncompromised sound quality yet elevating Planar Magnetic headphone sensitivity. Compared to other Planar headphones available on the market, the advantage of higher sensitivity allows a headphone amplifier to produce a full-bodied sound and sufficient sound pressure levels without the risk of high distortion. This means you won’t have to engage in the painful process of having to worry whether your headphone amplifier is adequately powerful enough. Allowing you to simply enjoy your music wherever and whenever you choose.


The Headband

The ergonomic and comfortable headband is designed to fit most people, with greater reliability and durability. The new ANANDA headband retains the comfort of the weight spreading heads trap but the overarching headband has been contoured to a more human shape. The ANANDA remains as comfy to wear yet makes a more urban visual aesthetic. The new headband also incorporates a sleek unibody yolk attaching the frame to the headphone cups making a seamless ergonomic sweeping curve that is both elegant and functional. Its single piece of metal construction makes it durable enough to withstand the rigours of modern urban life. To adjust the headband, simply move each ear cup up or down until the top of the headband rests comfortably on your head and the ear cups surround your ears.


The Cables

Comprised of materials chosen to ensure low resistance in the signal transmission and high mechanical strength for daily use which should ensure a long and fruitful existence. The cables are user-replaceable and have channel orientation for left and right. An “L” and “R” are indicated inside the headband. Once the cable is installed with the correct channel orientation, an easy way to tell left and right is the cable is connected slightly toward the front of the ear cup. The cable will then drape across the user’s chest for greater comfort.



The Connection Sockets

The New ANANDA makes use of a new 3.5mm socket for its cable connection. This gives an even more sturdy and robust physical connection for attaching the cables to and gives a greater surface area for signal transmission to boot. Giving not only a boost to its audio potential but raising the levels of punishment the connection can withstand too.


The Ear Pads

The elongated asymmetry of the ear pads on the ANANDA conform around the human ear, comfortably distributing the weight evenly yet offering a secure and sound grip. The pads themselves are gently bevelled, contouring and moulding to the users head thus providing superb comfort for long listening sessions.


Technical Data


Frequency Response: 8Hz – 55k Hz
Sensitivity: 93dB
Impedance: 26 Ω
Weight: 14.07 Oz (399g)

Package Contents

  1. Pair of headphones
  2. 1.5m headphone cable (3.5mm plug)
  3. 3m headphone cable (6.35mm plug)
  4. Pair of ear pads (mounted on headphone)
  5. 3.5mm to 6.35mm Adapter
  6. Warranty Card
  7. Owner’s Guide


Pairing Information

The ANANDA is an easy to drive headphone meaning it will require nothing special to drive it properly. You can power an ANANDA happily out of your mobile phone but it does scale with more power too. If you have a moderate desktop amp or a portable powerful DAP like the Super Mini your ANANDA will scale accordingly and give you ever greater audio performance.

Set-up Instructions

Headband Adjustment

To help fit the headphone to your head, you may use the two adjustment blocks to change the position of the headband strap to better accommodate your head.


Replacing Ear Pads

To remove the ear pads, locate the clips on the inside of the pad, and use two fingers to gently bend them in and slip them out. To install new pads, simply align the ear pad with the mounting ring, and gently bend the clips so they slot in their appropriate locations.


Set-up and Operation

  • Please allow for a period of “burn in” where you allow playback of audio for a period of 150 hours to allow the headphones to reach their fullest audio potential.
  • The headphone connectors utilize a new 3.5mm connector (our prior models use 2.5mm). They slot in an identical fashion to the standard 3.5mm sockets as found on a multitude of audio devices.
  • The supplied cables 3.5mm and 6.35mm are user changeable and replaceable.
  • Be aware the ANANDA is relatively sensitive so please make sure to turn the volume dial low before connecting to an audio source. You only have 1 pair of ear drums, look after them.
  • Please listen to the ANANDA at moderate listening levels so that you can continue to enjoy their audio quality for years to come.
  • The drivers do not require user maintenance, do not touch them. Please contact HIFIMAN if your drivers have a problem.

Care and Maintenance

Planar headphones benefit from break-in to achieve optimum performance. Usually this takes up to 150 hours however there is nothing special you need to do other than enjoy your headphones. Wipe the surfaces (ear pads, cups) with a microfiber cloth and store the headphone in a dry, cool and safe place (away from dust, heat, humidity, sunlight, younger kids and pets if possible). For the headband, wipe it periodically to remove any dust. Do not expose the headphone to excessive heat or cold. Do not use any headphone while driving or operating machinery. Do not use volatile substances alcohol, acetone, gasoline or dish detergent to clean the headphone.

HIFIMAN Limited Warranty

Your ANANDA is warranted for a period of one year beginning with the original date of purchase. Your dated sales or delivery receipt is your proof of purchase. You may be required to provide proof of purchase as a condition of receiving warranty service so please keep it handy. If your product is under warranty and some malfunctions appear, please contact HIFIMAN customer service or your authorized dealer. If necessary, and at our discretion, we will provide a warranty repair or replacement of your product.

Caution: do not disassemble or modify the product in any way. Tampering with or modifying your HIFIMAN product will void its warranty.




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