An accessible and satisfying pair of open-backed, over-ear headphones from Sivga which are very snug to put on and enchantment with a lush, however pure sound.
- Glorious consolation ranges
- Nice aesthetics
- Lush, clean, and expressive audio efficiency
- Straightforward to drive
- Not the widest soundstage for an open-backed pair
- Different headphones exhibit higher definition, extra sharpness
DesignOpen-backed design for a extra spacious soundstage
DriversGiant 50mm dynamic drivers for audio replica
EarpadsEarpads and headband constituted of skin-friendly velvet
There was a time when the way forward for wired headphones regarded grim. Smartphones have been ditching 3.5mm jacks of their droves and wi-fi headphones have been within the ascendancy. Few wished to get tangled with the cables of a wired headphone.
However, for no matter motive, wired headphones refused to put down. If something, they’ve develop into resurgent, whether or not related by means of a typical cable or USB-C, they’re nonetheless a well-liked and most popular possibility for some.
And one model seeking to capitalize on it’s Sivga. It has launched headphones at a prodigious price over the previous two years, rising its presence within the UK market, particularly with the Luan.
These headphones aren’t essentially pitched on the audiophile market, sitting someplace between audiophile ambition and a extra mainstream sound.
- Comfortable consolation
- Nice seems
- Open-backed design
These headphones really feel nice on the pinnacle. I don’t imagine there’s been a Sivga (or Sendy) headphone that I’ve not appreciated when it comes to consolation, and the Luan proceed that development with a luxurious match.
The fabric used for each the scarf and earpads is skin-friendly velvet and the earpads are so giant that I really feel as in the event that they’re smothering my head (in a great way), although these with smaller heads might discover it too consuming. The clamping pressure is free, which provides to the consolation ranges, although there’s a little little bit of shifting when you give your head a wiggle.
However, these headphones may very well be worn for prolonged durations of listening (I’ve worn them for longer than an hour) and never invoke a lot, if any fatigue. Contemplating the Luan weigh 354g – they don’t really feel that heavy on my head.
The earcups are hand-made from wooden (with brown and black variations), whereas the body of the headphones makes use of steel elements made by means of CNC machining. The looks is one which’s each pure and barely industrial, however elegant for it. I particularly dig the brown model.
These are open-backed headphones – you may inform from the grille on the wood earcups – and which means the Luan is a headphone that can leak out the sound you’re listening to in addition to permit you to hear what’s round you. This could be a problem if these headphones are used outdoors of the house, however from what I can hear, leakage is stored to a minimal. Given the dimensions, the Sivga Luan aren’t essentially the most transportable, not less than in comparison with a wi-fi headphone. All indicators level to this headphone greatest being utilized in a house setting.
There’s a removable 1.6m cable that terminates in a 3.5mm jack, a 6.3mm adapter, and an enormous onerous carry case to retailer the headphones in.
- Straightforward to drive
- Large frequency response
- Dynamic driver
There’s by no means a lot to speak about when it comes to options for wired headphones in comparison with their wi-fi counterparts, so this part will probably be temporary.
Impedance is rated at 38ohms, which signifies that these headphones will probably be simpler to drive than most, whether or not they’re related to a laptop computer, smartphone, or different cellular machine with a 3.5mm jack. For the needs of this evaluation, I used the Sivga Luan principally with a Chord Mojo 2 DAC and Astell & Kern A&norma SR35 participant. Sensitivity is rated at 100dB, which is a gauge that they will get pretty loud when pushed.
The frequency response covers 20Hz to 40kHz, indicating these headphones are suited to enjoying Hello-Res Audio information. The driving force used is dynamic, the diaphragm options nickel coating on the sting that’s claimed to be helpful when it comes to rigidity and elasticity, serving to to explain deep and clean bass, in addition to layered midrange frequencies.
The dome space is constituted of a macromolecule natural carbon fibre composite, which sounds very fancy, and absorbs and suppresses extreme vibration to breed treble in a non-sharp however clear method.
Sound High quality
- Punchy, barely heat bass
- Entertaining treble replica
- Not the widest soundstage
As you could possibly inform from the outline of the dynamic drive unit, the tuning of the Sivga Luan doesn’t tackle an analytical strategy. There’s a lush, cozy strategy these headphones take that’s nonetheless loaded with naturalism. They sound superb.
A play of Esperanza Spalding’s I Know You Know, there’s a delightful smoothness and readability to her voice, capturing the small dynamic inflections of vocals effectively. The way in which the soundstage is described, her voice (and devices typically) are introduced nearer to the listener, creating the sense of being immersed within the recording.
Initially, I assumed the pair boasted extra heat (wood headphones are inclined to have this attribute), however the headphones sound extra lush than wealthy, with a slight sense of heat to their tone. Crispness isn’t what they’re thinking about, cymbal crashes are easily outlined, and sharpness isn’t excessive on the record of priorities both. They’re not thinking about being analytical, however the naturalism of the sound presents an satisfying stage of perception into recordings.
With Labrinth’s All For Us, it’s an identical efficiency, Zendaya’s voice sits in the course of the soundstage and occupies a big house inside it. The replica of bass is at instances punchy, at different instances it has a barely softer and heat tone (Speaking Heads’ Discovered a Job through Qobuz on the SR35 participant). I wouldn’t describe the bass as deep or resonant, regardless of what Sivga says, however the Luan doesn’t overemphasize the bass frequencies both. I think about some will need extra depth and assertiveness from the low finish than these headphones present.
Sivga’s aim with the excessive frequencies is to deal with them with an absence of sharpness. I take this to imply that the intention is to not be overly shiny to the purpose of harshness – a side I felt was somewhat too pointed with Sivga’s Oriole headphones. Right here the treble appears effectively pitched: shiny, diversified, and dynamic with a take heed to Invoice Evan’s jazzy recording of All Of You on Qobuz.
There’s a richness to the excessive frequencies that draw out element and data, giving the tune a full of life really feel with out overdoing it. Once more, the midrange sounds clear, and devices are naturally conveyed. There’s not the best quantity of sharpness these headphones convey to bear, however the tune sounds nice, nonetheless.
It’s value contemplating utilizing these headphones with a succesful DAC or music participant to wring out a greater sense of definition and readability than plugging them straight into the supply. They nonetheless retain the identical traits, however somewhat extra refinement with these headphones goes a protracted solution to unlocking extra of their potential.
The one facet I’m not wholly satisfied by is the width of the soundstage. Whereas it’s described in spacious phrases, I don’t really feel the soundstage is way wider than a closed-back headphone. With singers’ vocals taking on house and focus in the course of the soundstage, it does give the impression that the soundstage is somewhat squashed out to the edges.
Do you have to purchase it?
For those who like a clean and plush audio presentation
The Sivga Luan aren’t making an attempt to be inexpensive audiophile headphones just like the FiiO FT3, however their sonic signature is a extra accessible one.
If you would like extra element and sharpness
Element ranges are good, and higher when paired with a succesful DAC, however the Luan presents a extra snug sound relatively than an analytical one.
The Luan jogged my memory of Sivga’s SV023, although these headphones have been a lot more durable to drive than the Luan, making this pair of headphones a way more accessible possibility.
They usually sound superb with satisfying ranges of element retrieval, clear bass efficiency, and a delightful treble efficiency.
They’re pitched on the similar value because the FiiO FT3 although aren’t as analytical a hear as these headphones, however the naturalism impresses, the design is nice, they usually’re very snug to put on. Not fairly Sivga’s greatest headphone however one of many extra accessible efforts to this point.
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The Luan are pretty simple to drive with an impedance score of 38 ohms, so you might plug them a cellular machine/desktop with 3.5mm jack, although you’ll get a greater efficiency when you add a DAC/headphone amplifier
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