Headphone manufacturer HIFIMAN has said it will soon ship its new DEVA ($299; March availability), a high-fidelity open-back planar magnetic headphone that is available with a Bluetooth/USB dongle for wirelessly streaming high-resolution audio.
The DEVA, says the company, is one of its new breed of Advanced Active Headphones (AAH) that bring high-fidelity output to personal audio products through the use of top-shelf components. Its user-replaceable 3.5mm balanced input allows for increased power levels and stereo separation when using balanced sources, yet the company says it will extract the best sonics from almost any source, including smartphones, digital audio players and laptop computers. An included cable makes it equally compatible with advanced desktop amplifiers.
“Like its predecessor, ANANDA-BT, the DEVA raises the bar for wireless audio but at a moderate price point,” said Dr. Fang Bian, founder and CEO, HIFIMAN Electronics. “No matter if it is used with a wired or wireless connection, DEVA will outperform every headphone in its price class, every time.”
The Bluetooth dongle turns DEVA into a wireless headphone; it supports such advanced high-resolution codecs as LDAC and aptX-HD, making it suited to most currently available high-definition streaming devices. Playback time is rated at approximately four hours per charge, says the company.
In addition to its wireless connectivity, the Bluetooth dongle can be used as an integrated DAC/amp for audiophile-grade performance from smartphones and other low-power devices, by connecting a USB-C cable. A built-in amplifier module provides up to 1 watt per channel, and the two-channel high-fidelity DAC/filter enables detailed sonic output, no matter the source.
The DEVA, which is a direct descendant of the Susvara and HIFIMAN’s other advanced planar magnetic headphones, utilizes the company’s Super Nano Diaphragm: a nano-thick diaphragm that delivers fast response with low distortion.
Frequency response is stated as 20Hz-20kHz, sensitivity is 93.5dB, and impedance is 18 ohms.