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Closed-Back Professional Monitor Headphones and Portable USB DAC, Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC

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Closed-Back Professional Monitor Headphones and Portable USB DAC, Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC

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Industry Leading Design: New Audeze EL-8


Audeze is widely considered one of the premier headphone manufacturers today. Audeze headphones are well known for their unique designs, industry leading technologies and unparalleled performance. Their planar magnetic transducer technology is the heart of each pair of Audeze headphones, including the new EL-8 closed-back headphones. The EL-8 headphones were carefully engineered to produce the same warm, detailed soundstage Audeze is known for while also being more convenient for everyday use. These ultra efficient headphones can be driven by smartphones, tablets and other portable music players without an amplifier (although an amplifier is still recommended for peak performance). Further improving on-the-go use, Audeze built the EL-8 headphones to be lighter weight than traditional planar magnetic headphones. The closed-back EL-8 headphones offer the same sound qualities of the open-back design while giving you the benefit of a more private listening experience. Audeze developed new patent-pending technologies and utilized design techniques from their other headphone lines to give you the new must-have in the headphone world!


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.

- CNET’s, Steve Guttenberg


Patent Pending Technology

Audeze EL-8

Audeze developed a new patent-pending Fluxor magnetic technology especially for the EL-8 headphones. The EL-8 headphones deliver nearly twice the strength of the finest neodymium headphone magnets. This new magnet setup reduces the weight of the headphones while also greatly improving their efficiency. The EL-8's also introduce an industry first in Audeze's patent pending Uniforce diaphragm. This new diaphragm creates a uniform driving force across the entire surface of the diaphragm to dramatically reduce distortion while giving you better resolution and imaging. Lastly, Audeze took the patent pending Fazor technology introduced in the LCD Collection to provide extended frequency response and improve high frequency extension and phase response. These headphones represent the pinnacle of headphone design to give you the ultimate listening experience!



Hear Every Detail In Stunning Clarity and Fidelity

Whether you're building your FLAC file collection or subscribing to a premium music streaming service, you are investing in a higher quality listening experience. Groove unlocks the full potential of that experience, revealing definition, clarity and details like you have never heard before.

The Apogee Groove Headphone Amplifier Offers an Incredible Listening Experience

Hear every detail of your music with outstanding sound quality anywhere and anytime, with the Apogee Groove portable USB DAC and headphone amp. Loaded with an ESS Sabre digital-to-analog converter and up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution, the Groove interface is the perfect solution for critical listening on your laptop. Sweetwater's Sales Engineers have recommended Apogee's portable interfaces for years as solid solutions for high-quality portable monitoring, and the ultra-compact Apogee Groove brings you stellar D/A conversion and USB convenience in the most portable design yet.



When you Need Stellar Sound, but don't Need a Full Audio Interface

The Apogee Groove Headphone Amplifier Offers an Incredible Listening Experience

Whether you're producing tracks in a hotel room on your laptop, auditioning a mix away from your studio, or any other situation that requires high-quality audio playback, you'll be well served with the Apogee Groove portable USB DAC and headphone amplifier. You get some of Apogee's best-sounding conversion with the simplicity of two buttons for volume control. And because it's powered via USB, just keep the Apogee Groove in your laptop bag and you'll always have studio-quality headphone monitoring within reach.



Audeze EL-8 Closed Back (200-E8-1113-00)

Over-ear Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • Over-ear Closed-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
  • Perfect combination of unique, legendary style with the world's premier planar magnetic driver technology for the ultimate listening experience
  • Neodymium Planar Magnetic Transducers
  • Iconic industrial design by BMW DesignWorksUSA
  • Produce deep bass, engaging midrange and sweet, detailed highs
  • Designed with patent pending technologies to keep the headphones smaller, lighter and more efficient than other planar magnetic headphones
    • Fluxor Magnetic Structure
      • Delivers nearly double the magnetic flux density of the finest neodymium magnetic circuits
      • Results in lighter headphone design and greatly improved efficiency
    • Fazor Elements
      • Same Fazor technology introduced in the LCD collection
      • Special acoustical elements positioned on either side of the magnetic structure to enhance transparency
      • Extends frequency response, improves high frequency extension, phase response and reduces distortion
    • Uniforce Diaphragms
      • Variable trace widths in the voice coil effectively capture variations in the magnetic field within the magnetic gaps
      • Creates a uniform driving force across the diaphragm surface
      • Dramatically reduces distortion and improves resolution and imaging
  • Ultra efficient headphones can be powered by your smartphone, tablet or portable music player
  • Superb craftsmanship with wood veneer accents
  • Open back version also available
  • Includes standard headphone cable with 1/8" (3.5mm) stereo plug and 1/8" to 1/4" stereo plug adapter
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

Product Specifications:

  • Driver Size: 100mm
  • Frequency Response: 10-50,000 Hz
  • Efficiency: 100dB
  • Maximum SPL: >130dB
  • Nominal Impedance: 30 Ohms
  • Cable:
    • Detachable: No
    • Cord Length: 6.56 ft. (2xm)
  • Plug Size: 3.5mm

What's in the Box?

  • Audeze EL-8 (200-E8-1212-00) Open Back Headphones
  • 1/4" Adapter
  • Cloth Pouch
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • User Guide

Apogee Groove

24-bit 192 kHz USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC
Quantity: 1

General Features:

  • Portable USB DAC and Headphone Amplifier for Mac and PC
  • USB 2.0 connection to Mac and PC
  • Up to 24 bit / 192kHz audio
  • ESS Sabre DAC
  • Enhances your iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, Tidal or other music listening experience
  • Constant Current Drive provides smooth frequency response with any headphones
  • Quad Sum DAC, 4 DACs per channel for highest dynamic range and lowest distortion
  • Asynchronous clocking
  • Multi-color LEDs for status and level indication
  • Powered by USB
  • Top panel buttons for adjusting volume level
  • Built in the USA
  • Dimensions: 3.75"W x 1.8"D x 0.62"H
  • Authorized Internet Dealer
  • 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty

What's in the Box?

  • Groove
  • USB Cable (1 ft)
  • Carrying pouch
  • Product booklet (Quick Start Guide, Warranty Information)
  • Instructions for download of software and complete documentation

Headphone Design

Headphone Type

This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.

In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.

Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.

On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.

Enclosed-Ear
Headband Type

Headphone type refers to the construction of the headphones.

Around the Ear means that the headphones wrap around the ear to provide a secure fit. This is most often seen in active and sports headphones.

Around the Neck means that the headphones wrap around the neck. This is also seen in active and sports headphones.

Earbuds means that the right and left sides of the headphones are separated and will fit securely into the ear. These are small, compact, and user friendly.

Over the Head headphones mean that the right and left speakers are connected with a support that goes over the head and rests on top. This is the typical headphone type.

Over the Head
Specifically For
Some headphones can use an IR Transmitter in your vehicle, while some can be plugged into your media device and be used on the go or at home.
Home/Portable
Headphone Application

This is the application that the headphones are designed for. Each application has unique features that make it perfect for particular uses.

DJ: These headphones are durable, loud, and will often allow for one ear listening.

Gaming Delivers explosive sound and allows you to communicate with others.

Home Hi-Fi: These audiophile headphones are engineered to produce high fidelity and accurate audio.

Home/Office: These headphones are designed to produce rich, brilliant sounds that the artists would appreciate.

Sports: Designed for active use. These headphones are made to stay in (or on) the ear during workouts.

Kids: Feature noise limiting technology so that your little ones don't damage their ears listening to music too loud.

On-the-Go: On-the-go headphones are lightweight and often fold up for easy storage and portability.

Student: Compact and rugged enough to survive life in a backpack; inexpensive enough to not hurt the wallet of a student.

Studio: Reproduce music perfectly without any coloration. Look here for reference quality studio monitoring headphones.

Traveler/Airplane: These headphones are compact, lightweight, and have a portable design.

DJ
Home Hi-Fi
Acoustic Principle

The basic design of the headphones. There are 3 different types:

Open: Have ports that allow air through the back of the diaphragms, enabling the headphones to sound like the music is coming from an outside source.

Closed: Completely sealed and have no air passing through the diaphragms. Sounds like you are in a closed off room.

Semi-open: Have slots or ports in the back of the cup and are partially open. This allows for a mixed sound between an open and closed headphone.

Open

General Features

Noise-Canceling
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
No
Built-In Microphone
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
No
Headphone Connection
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.

Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.

Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.

Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.

Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.

Corded
Volume Adjustment
Volume Adjustment means that the headphone (independent of the source) can adjust the playback volume. Many headphones and ear buds have in-line volume control, which allows adjusting the audible volume from a switch on the headphones cord. Other headphones have a volume knob on the headphone can.
No
Connector Type
The type of connection the headphones use to connect to receive the audio signal from a music source. Traditional headphones use an analog 3.5mm headphone jack. Newer technology has allowed digital signals to be sent directly to the headphone using an Apple Lightning or USB-C cable.

Warranty and Return Policy

Parts Warranty Duration
1 year
Labor Warranty Duration
1 year
Warranty Provider
Manufacturer

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

EL8CLOSED_GROOVE2

Weight

5.40lbs

Internal SKU

el8closed_groove2

Internal Product ID

106873

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Wiring Diagram Legend

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