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.”