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HiFiMan DEVA: $299 Wireless Planar-Magnetic Headphones at CanJam 2020

The premium planar magnetic segment of the headphone market is proof that healthy competition can bring down prices while spurring innovation. At CanJam 2020, Planar magnetic headphone specialists HiFiMan showed off a new model, the DEVA, that ships with a dedicated Bluetooth/USB DAC module, which the owner can remove if they wish. The module provides four hours of playtime and charges in half an hour, and features amplification that is matched to the headphone drivers—for the best performance.

Compared to past HiFiMan models, the build quality is notably refined. The one-piece metal yoke has not exposed cabling.

These headphones are relatively light, extremely comfortable, and based on my listening at the show, delivery premium audio experience relative to the $300 price point. Expect to pay about this much for this level of quality without the Bluetooth/USB DAC attachment. Of course, with the attachment to get the benefit of either high-quality wireless, or lossless USB sound when connected to a PC or similar. Perfect for gaming.

Since the DEVAs are open back headphones, you will not be wearing them while you commute, but they are able to provide a sublime listening experience as you take an early morning walk through a park, or simply enjoys the relative freedom of not having to do with the cable when you're at home enjoying tunes.

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s&^t, those look great...
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Any indication as to the impedance and sensitivity?
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Look great, but four hours in bluetooth mode is a bit mean when the Sony's (with a version 4 due any time now) can do 30 hours.
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Look great, but four hours in bluetooth mode is a bit mean when the Sony's (with a version 4 due any time now) can do 30 hours.
I'm sure it has everything to do with the amount of power that is needed to drive the headphones, which is why I asked about sensitivity. Sony's 1000XM3 are 104 dB, DEVA is 93 dB, so you quite literally need 10 times the power for the same output level. So probably has to do with how much battery you want to stuff in there, both in terms of cost and weight.

On the other hand, being open back headphones, nobody is going to be commuting with these, or wearing them during a transatlantic flight. I agree that sounds a little bit short, but in thinking about the challenges here it's not all that surprising.
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I'm sure it has everything to do with the amount of power that is needed to drive the headphones, which is why I asked about sensitivity. Sony's 1000XM3 are 104 dB, DEVA is 93 dB, so you quite literally need 10 times the power for the same output level. So probably has to do with how much battery you want to stuff in there, both in terms of cost and weight.

On the other hand, being open back headphones, nobody is going to be commuting with these, or wearing them during a transatlantic flight. I agree that sounds a little bit short, but in thinking about the challenges here it's not all that surprising.
Well, I guess that must be it then. Thanks for the info.
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will you be able to purchase the dongle separately?

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These are open back headphones, so you will be wearing them while you commute, but they are able to provide a sublime listening experience as you take an early morning walk through a park, or simply enjoys the relative freedom of not having to do with the cable when you're at home enjoying tunes.

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Open back? You mean "... you will [not] be wearing them while you commute..."?
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Open back? You mean "... you will [not] be wearing them while you commute..."?
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