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- Overview of HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr
- Build quality
- Sound quality
- Sound quality features
- General comment
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- No remuneration or compensation, such as a manuscript fee, has been received for publishing this, and it is an honest evaluation based on measurement data from personal testing and personal opinion.
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- People who like flat sound
- People who like extended sound
- People who believe that the more expensive headphones sound better
- Wealthy people
- HiFiMAN fans
Overview of HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr
- Total Score: 7.6 / 10.0
- Package: 7.5 / 10.0
- Build quality: 7.5 / 10.0
- Fitment: 8.0 / 10.0
- High range: 9.0 / 10.0
- Mid range: 7.0 / 10.0
- Low range: 6.0 / 10.0
- Less distortion: 8.5 / 10.0
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- Frequency response: 7Hz to 120kHz
- Bias voltage: 550-650v
HIFIMAN / SHANGRI-LA.jr is an electrostatic headphone and amplifier system that enables an unparalleled musical experience.
The package meets the price level. This time there is only the headphone section and no amplifier unit.
- HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr
Build quality meets the price level.
It is relatively roomy and the fit is not bad. May be a little too large for smaller heads.
Sound quality description
The following review was tested with a FiiO M15.
HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr has a near flat, full midrange sound signature.
The following review uses the HiFiMAN Jade II amplifier system.
Please see here for detailed reviews on sound quality.
Lows / Bass
The low frequencies of the HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr are placed in an inferior position in the overall sound and are hardly assertive.
Drum kicks have a reasonable sense of power and weight, but the rumble is weak, and the sound is waist-high, lacking depth and a sense of realism.
The electric bass is also bright and lacks breadth, giving a thin impression.
The presence is weaker than in the midrange, and some people may find it half empty, but those who like monitor-like low frequencies may like it.
The midrange of the HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr is quite bright and sounds relatively front and detailed.
The downside is that the resolution is low and the sound tends to sound flat. The overall sound balance is more flat than neutral, but the low resolution also makes it difficult to perceive a sense of depth, which makes the overall expression seem even more flat.
In fact, the midrange has a sound balance that slightly emphasizes a sense of depth, but the effect is almost imperceptible because of the poor reproduction of a sense of three-dimensionality.
Distortion is quite low and transparency is high, so the specs meet high-end standards, but the texture is not accurate and resolution is low, so it is all the tinsel.
Highs / Treble
The high frequencies of the HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr are quite extended, and you can experience the advantages of the electrostatic type. Resolution, however, is not good.
The highs are close to the sound of an ideal flat speaker, with a sound balance that will easily satisfy audiophiles who value original fidelity, but the low resolution does not quite bring out the best in it.
Cymbal crashes are delicate and well-spread, but the overall sound is near transparent, and violins, while excellent in their extension, are not clearly audible.
Sound quality general comment
HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr have a flat sound with excellent original fidelity and high frequency extension. Distortion is low, and the superficial specs seem excellent, but the resolution is not commensurate with the price, and many models in the $100 range sound decent.
Sound quality features
- Excellent original sound fidelity
- Excellent high-frequency extension
- Low distortion
- Bright and cheerful
- Good detail
- Low resolution
- Poor low frequency range
- Unusually expensive for the sound quality
The HiFiMAN Shangri-La Jr headphones are flat, have high fidelity to the original sound, and offer excellent high-frequency extension typical of electrostatic headphones. The sound may not be worth the price, but high-end audio equipment is only purchased by wealthy people who have developed a taste for audio. They are not made for true audiophiles, so this kind of sound may be just fine for those who choose them for their looks and price. There are many people in the world who say that the more money they spend, the better the sound will be. It is true that the current audio industry is considerably underpinned by "whales" like them, which is not a bad thing for us audiophiles.