A Review of the Sivga P-II Planar Magnetic Headphones

A Fantastic Planar Experience

The Sivga P-II is a noteworthy addition to the world of open back planars. For those of you frequenting Drop.com, you may recognize their uncanny resemblance to the Blon B20. There seems to be some kind of relationship between Blon, Sendy, and Sivga. This is only speculation however, and so I can’t speak on that. What I can do is give a review of the stellar pair of cans I have with me today.

close up side view of SIVGA P-II
SIVGA P-II – up close and personal.

Sivga P-II – Accessories

The P-II is aimed at the hearts of the audiophile community, as it is packaged with a 4.4mm balanced cable as its default wiring. For accessibility, it uses an adapter that converts it to a standard unbalanced 3.5mm input jack. This accessory also extends the total cable length by about 17cm. A basic 6.3mm adapter is also included for better endowed unbalanced connections.

The P-II's 4.4mm Cable and 3.5mm Adapter
SIVGA P-II 4.4mm Cable and 3.5mm Adapter

Sivga P-II Fit and Build

The Sivga P-II comes with a quality suspension headband, lined with little foam cushions for additional comfort. Their thick, contoured earpads add ergonomic luxury to the wearer’s experience. These little steps taken by Sivga were wise, since the sturdy build of the headphones gives them a bit of weight.

The P-II seems to be mostly constructed of wood and metal. I find the dark walnut portion of the cup particularly attractive. Their drivers are advertised as 97mm by 72mm, which makes for a spacious and truly circumaural fit. I’m inclined to say that I have no complaints whatsoever when it comes to their physical design.

side angle of the P-II
a side angle of the SIVGA P-II

Sivga P-II – Sound

Low End

This is a warm headphone. In a good way. It’s not an insane massive-sub or crazy basshead headphone. The Sivga P-II provides a very well balanced sound, but just weighs a tiny bit more on its bottom end. I’m quite impressed by how smooth this warmth presents itself. They are impactful when they need to be with kick drums, and are especially skilled with acoustic and upright bass recordings. Verdict: warm and clear but not bass-in-your-face.

Middle Part

In the great frequency landscape between bass and treble we see a moderate ease of amplitude. Which is to say that the mids are not pushed forward. Which is to say these headphones are a shallow “v” shape. Thankfully, vocals display clear as day, with superb detail. No mufflage or veiled sound, here.

High There

The ultra-nano double-sided magnetic planar diaphragm of the Sivga P-II is quite a performer. In the high range, we see a nice revealing amount of presence and air. Combined with aforementioned warmth, these higher frequencies make percussion extra impactful. I’m pleased to report that there is no harshness or frequencies that jump out too far ahead. The treble sweetly aligns itself with the rest of the cans’ richness like powdered sugar atop chocolate chip pancakes.

Other Sound Stuff

Do they have a sound stage? Yeah. The wildest I’ve ever heard? Not really. They provide more intimacy and referency realism than showy spatialization. With top-notch imaging and distortionless transduction, I can’t find much to complain about.

SIVGA P-II with balanced cable and adapter
SIVGA P-II with balanced cable and adapter 

Overview

The Sivga P-II is not here to disappoint. I’m quite pleased to see that they’ve taken the age old adage of “everything in moderation” to heart. They weigh more than HiFiMan planars, but not so much as LCD series Audezes. Their touch of warmth provides them character, but doesn’t go overboard. Their atmosphere is in attendance, but not the teacher’s pet. It’s been a real pleasure listening to them, and taking their $399 pricepoint in consideration, I’m giving them a solid “A”.

Here’s the Sivga P-II on Amazon.

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