CanJam at RMAF 2016: HiFiMAN Shangri La Electrostatic Headphone System
Wow! One heck of a facelift on this amp compared to what we saw at CES and CanJam SoCal this year. The beautiful, cantilevered Shangri La amplifier uses four custom 300B tubes in the output stage and four custom 6SN7 tube in the input stage. The digital volume control inputs adjustments to a microprocessor that switches resistors in and out of circuit effectively making it a stepped attenuator.
Fang's background in nano-technologies has had him thinking about this project for the last 16 years, and, of course, the metal coated diaphragm in the headphones are nano-thickness. The headphones use bias voltages and connectors compatible with the Stax Pro standard.
HiFiMAN is now taking orders for delivery in three months. The combined amp and headphones are sold only as a matching piar currently. But make sure your wallet is in good health, the combo will set you back a cool $50,000! The sound was quite good, but show conditions prevent any sort of useful evaluation. These will be pretty rare, not sure I'll be able to get a system up here anytime soon, but I'll try.
Fang tells you all about it in the video.