HIFIMAN, one of the leading high fidelity personal audio brands, recently introduced a brand new, slimmed-down version of its flagship Shangri-La electrostatic headphone and tube-driven amplifier system. The Shangri-La Jr. is a similarly built system that HIFIMAN said maintains its predecessor’s “wide, natural soundstage” in a leaner and lighter package.
Retailing for $8,000 (a major reduction in price from the $50,000 the older brother goes for), the Shangri-La Jr. is centered by four 300B tubes that were custom-designed and made in-house by HIFIMAN. The company said that the tubes work as the direct driving stage, with neither capacitors nor transformers muddying the water between the tubes and the headphone.
“The Shangri-La is the ultimate representation of our personal audio design capabilities, with a price that reflects our no-holds-barred approach to the end result,” Dr. Fang Bian, Founder and CEO, HIFIMAN, said in a statement. “But, we knew from the start that we should also create a version that is within reach of a larger group of music lovers who will appreciate the sonic benefits of electrostatic performance at real-world prices.”
Staying true to the “slimmed down” moniker, the Shangri-La Jr. weighs in at 24 lbs. (down from 35 lbs. for the original), and measures 15.7 inches x 10.4 inches x 4.2 inches (down from 1.7.32 x 18.11 x 13.39). The smaller size makes it more ideal to place on a desk, nightstand, or side table as opposed to needing its own piece of furniture.
The included electrostatic headphone that ships with the system is capable of a frequency range betwee 7Hz and 120kHz when hooked up to the amplifier. And, despite the fact that the heaphones include large 97mm drivers, they still weigh just 13.2 ounces.
“The cumulative effect of experiencing well-recorded music over the Shangri-La Jr. system puts the listener in a 10th row center seat in an acoustically accurate concert hall,” said Dr. Bian. “Every element of the Shangri-La Jr.’s design is an integral ingredient in what we believe is the best personal listening system under $10,000.”
The Shangri-La Jr. system is available from HIFIMAN authorized dealers and through the company’s online store. Audiophiles can expect to get an up-close look at the Shangri-La Jr. at CanJam NYC February 17-18 at the New York Marriott Marquis.