High-fidelity headphone maker HIFIMAN has begun shipping a new rechargeable wireless version of its Ananda open-back planar headphone – the ANANDA-BT ($999) –giving listeners the power to stream from phones, digital audio players, and other portable devices at bit rates up to 24bit, 96kHz via high-resolution Bluetooth technology. It is capable of 24bit, 192kHz performance when connected to the source via USB-C cable.
Designed for compatibility with the new generation of high-resolution Bluetooth codecs – including HWA (Hi-Res Wireless Audio), LDAC (Lossless Digital-to-Analog Converter), aptX, and aptX HD – the ANANDA-BT produces audio from portable devices, tablets and computers that is of dramatically higher quality than the most popular Bluetooth headphones currently in circulation, says the company. It uses the same filter and analog circuit developed for the company’s reference R2R2000 HD Bluetooth/USB DAC/Digital Audio Player.
“The original ANANDA is one of our most popular models to date,” said Dr. Fang Bian, founder and CEO, HIFIMAN. “When it came time to develop a wireless model, we focused our attention on creating a Bluetooth version with identical sonic characteristics and physical comfort to the original.”
The ANANDA-BT features an on-board jitter-free USB DAC (digital-to-analog converter) and headphone amplifier. Further, it is voiced to take advantage of online gaming by connecting the supplied plug-and-play microphone to the headphone, which in turn is attached to a computer or gaming console via USB connection.
It also features playback time up to 10 hours, and is designed with a hybrid headband for comfort over extended listening sessions; the asymmetrical ear cups emulate the shape of the human ear for a natural fit.
Frequency range is measured at 8Hz-55kHz, sensitivity is 103dB, and impedance is 35 ohms.