HiFiMAN is known mainly for its on-ear planar headphones such as the Sundara and Arya . They have released several desktop amps in the past, such as the EF600. Now HiFiMAN is expanding this line with two new devices: EF500and EF499. These DACs/amplifiers are entry-level products: the EF500 costs $459 and the EF499 costs $299.
The HiFiMAN EF499 offers the same benefits as the EF500 , but features the familiar Philips R2R DAC architecture, known for its naturally warm, full-range sound and the company’s signature audio tuning.