Audeze is a high-end audio headphone and accessory manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Their Planar headphones set a extremely high standard and are considered by many to be the best phones made in their price range. All products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science that produce an astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs.
$499.00 with apple lightning connector, DAC and amp-This is the killer deal
World’s First On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone: SINE headphones, with the Audeze planar magnetic technology, are the next step up in sound quality for many listeners. Instead of using ordinary dynamic drivers, Auseze planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed. In fact, it sounds like a much larger headphone! It’s lightweight, and folds flat for easy travelling. Once again, Audeze called upon their strategic partner Designworks, a BMW group subsidiary for the industrial design, and they manufacture SINE headphones in the USA at their Southern California factory.
Audeze Technology: The 80 x 70mm planar magnetic driver has more than 3x the surface area of any on-ear headphone in its class. More surface area means the Sine can move more air, which means better bass and dynamics.
Available open or closed-We prefer the closed version
The new EL-8 was introduced at the CES Show in January 2015. It wa the least expensive Audeze planar phone and set a new standard at its price. See below for its feature list.
Digital Trends: “There are hours upon hours of eloquent beauty to discover in the depths of your music collection when listening through the EL-8s.”
Trusted Reviews: “Bottom line, these sound fantastic and are an absolute joy to listen to music with.” www.trustedreviews.com/audeze-el-8-review
CNET’s Steve Guttenberg: “I love this headphone, it delivers extraordinary resolution, hard-hitting dynamics, accurate and powerful bass, and spacious imaging. One of the few planar magnetic headphones to shine when plugged into portable music players.”
See all the reviews at: https://www.audeze.com/reviews/el-8
1) New magnetic design – Fluxor magnets (patent pending) – allows us use
single sided magnets to save weight while almost achieving the magnetic
flux density of the LCD series.
2) Has Fazors like LCD series.
3) Uniforce diaphragm (patent pending) virtually eliminates all the breakup
modes common in other manufacturer’s drivers.
4) Industrial design by BMW DesignWorks.
5) Available in both open and closed back versions at same price.
6) First production run production includes standard headphone cable with
1/8” (3.5mm) stereo plug and 1/8” to ¼” stereo plug adapter. The following
production runs will have Apple control cable and 3.5mm to ¼” adapter
7) Apple cable will be available at additional cost. Price TBD.
8) Sound quality superior to anything in this price category
9) Impedance: 30 ohms, Freq response: 10Hz – 50kHz
"In design, build, and performance, they’re the epitome of high-end."
- Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes
When Audeze started designing the LCD-3 professional reference headphone, the goal was very clear: it must be the absolute best.
The LCD-3 has astonishingly dynamic enveloping sound with powerful bass, an attractive, inviting midrange and open extended highs. The research and development team took the popular LCD-2 headphones and created the Audeze LCD-3 with a thinner planar magnetic diaphragm controlled by an even more efficient magnetic structure.
The earcups of the LCD-3 are made from precision-crafted hand-selected Zebrano wood with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free microsuede. The ear pads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the best firmness and acoustic balance.
Reviews have been spectacular. Here are a few quotes:
“I have never heard a set of headphones that got even remotely close to the sound of live music the way this one does and ...if you want the very best, get the LCD-3s.” – Steve Guttenberg, CNET
“The LCD-3's natural timbre, especially throughout the midrange, was a thing of beauty and one that is hard to go without once experienced.”
– Andrew Robinson, HomeTheaterReview.com
“Speaking of über-performance, the Audeze LCD-3 is quite possibly the best headphone ever ... Starting with the bass, the impact and detail is simply otherworldly ... Midrange performance is similarly stellar, with hints of bloom, but never unnatural, never exaggerated ... We were both simply floored by the LCD-3's physicality”
– Jude Mansilla, Headfi.org
“They don’t really look like other headphones, and in many ways, they don’t sound like other headphones. No, they sound much, much better ... The word that comes to mind as I listen to the LCD-3s is 'realism.' ... There are some cases where spending more gets you more, and LCD-3s are an example of that.”
– Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes
“I have never heard a set of headphones that got even remotely close to the sound of live music the way this one does and ...if you want the very best, get the LCD-3s.”
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
"A game-changer. Redefines the state of the art."
–Steve Guttenberg, CNET - The Audiophiliac
The Audeze LCD-2 was the first Audeze phone and put them on the map. It is an affordable state-of-the-art planar magnetic headphone with every component engineered with one goal in mind: to recreate sound precisely as the artist intended. The LCD-2 uses a proprietary thin-film diaphragm housed between a push-pull magnetic structure producing incredibly accurate and detailed sound.
The ear cups of the LCD-2 are made from either environmentally sustainable Bamboo Composite or Caribbean Rosewood. The sloped ear pads are dual purpose and are designed for aesthetics and functionality. Available in either soft lambskin leather or a leather-free micro-suede, the ear pads have been handcrafted to look great and offer the right amount of firmness for a comfortable fit that provides the proper amount of isolation and seal. Additionally, the sloped design provides a more stable fit while positioning the driver more directly towards your ear to ensure correct imaging and sound signature.
The reviews sum it up pretty good:
“This headphone somehow produces extraordinary clarity, openness, and articulation, but without exaggerated detail or annoyingly overdone treble ... The LCD-2's vivid presentation can only be matched by the very best, and vastly more expensive speaker systems.”
– Steve Guttenberg, CNET
“The LCD-2's are a champion of low-level detail ... The mono recordings have such an abundance of depth; they feel like stereo ... I will be using them as my main reference standard against which I'll judge all other headphones.”
– Jeff Dorgay, TONE Audio
“Spectacularly yummy ... The bass on these headphones is as good as it gets ... In a number of ways the LCD-2 was the best headphone I'd ever measured.”
– Tyll Hertsens, InnerFidelity.com
“They present the music to you rather than shoving it at you, and their way of handling ambience creates a deeply immersive listening experience ... They also rendered much of the ambience that’s captured on the best recordings.”
– Andrea Sundaram, SoundStageExperience.com
Stereophile and The Absolute Sound Product of the Year
The LCD-X features a newly-developed and processed transducer made of a thinner and lighter alternative material with new Fazor technology. The patent-pending Fazor elements are unique to the LCD-X and LCD-XC and help guide and manage the flow of sound in the headphone. The result is improved phase response, greater frequency extension, smoother frequency response, and remarkable 3D holographic imaging.
The LCD-X transducer is specifically designed to work with a wide variety of driving sources. From portable players to studio use, the LCD-X provides high volume without a headphone amplifier even though all LCD-series products benefit from a high-quality amp.
The LCD-X earcups are made from polished anodized aluminum with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber fabric. The ear pads are designed with specially crafted foam offering the proper firmness and acoustic balance.
Reviews have been great:
“The smallest details, the shortest transients, were all a clear and well defined as I could imagine possible. Deep bass had no boominess or chestiness. There was not a hint of over-sibilance.”
– John E. Johnson, Secrets of Home Theater and HiFi
“The LCD-X is now my favorite headphone for recreational listening and studio monitoring.”
–Michael Mercer, Positive Feedback
“High-end audio is all about the pursuit of excellence, and Audeze headphones exemplify that philosophy.”
–Steve Guttenberg, CNET
“The sense of space is enormous, sounding more like speakers in a room than drivers next to your ears.”
–GEOFFREY MORRISON, FORBES
The LCD-XC is a closed back version of the LCD-X with better bass response. It is also designed to run with low power.
The closed-back LCD-XC is the best enclosed headphone experience you’ll find.
The LCD-XC is available in hand-worked Bubinga wood. The enclosures are made from precision-crafted anodized aluminum with sloped ear pads of either premium lambskin leather or a leather-free super-suede microfiber. The ear pads are designed with specially-crafted foam offering the proper firmness and the right acoustic balance.
Reviews are typically off the scale as they are for all Audeze phones:
“I can't offer a higher headphone recommendation. Audeze has rewritten the rules of engagement again ”
– Michael Mercer, Positive Feedback
“From the butter-soft leather, to the gorgeous wood earcups, they exude luxury in a way most headphones don’t ... The Audeze LCD-XC’s are exquisitely well built and offer incredible performance ... Those two things define a good luxury item.”
– Geoffrey Morrison, Forbes
“In our collective opinions, the LCD-X and LCD-XC are nothing short of the very best headphones from Audeze ... A fantastically large, holographic-like soundstage ... The LCD-XC captures the signature LCD sound in a pair of closed-back headphones.”
– Mercer, Warren Chi, Michael Llang, Audio360.com