The Ananda looks to be a sweet headphone, I considered getting them too. The people I bought my DAC from offered me a really good discount. What put me off were user experiences with many HifiMan phones that broke due to poor design and poor customer service/no warranty. I didnt feel like testing the water. Take a look at Meze, their customer service is as good as it gets and their products have top quality build, look and sound. When I had a problem with deep bass on my Empyrean they were positive and professional throughout, easy to deal with. They replaced the drivers which was a bit of a bummer because they needed another 200 to 500hrs burn in, but it was worth it. Their 99 Classics are held in very high regard and the price is surprisingly low for what you get. https://mezeaudio.com/collections/all This 99 Classic review reveals how they started with terribly expensive re-badged phones and what they made of themselves since. Along with a glowing review https://www.audiophileon.com/news/meze-99-classics-review-headphone Its well worth looking at other reviews of them. edit My bad, they arent Planar. Meze are really missing a trick not having a middle ground planar.