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Over-ear Open-Back Professional Studio Monitor Headphones

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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 open-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. 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 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!


Audeze EL-8


General Features:

  • Over-ear Open-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
  • Closed 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: 102dB
  • 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

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.

Home Hi-Fi
Studio
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.
Jack Size
Refers to whether the headphones use a 3.5mm or 1/4" headphone jack connection.
3.5mm
Jack Angle

The Jack Angle refers to the angle of the input jack on the headphone cable.


Straight Jack: Straight plug with no angle.


Angled Jack: Angled plug, usually a 90 degree angle.

Swivel Jack: A swivel jack is able to swivel between a straight plug and an angled plug.

Straight Jack
Included Adapters
Refers to the connection adapters included with the headphones like 3.5mm or 1/4" input adapter as well as airplane adapters that let you use your headphones with airplane specific headphone jacks.
1/4" Adapter
Detachable Cable
Refers to whether the cable can detach from the headphones. If a pair of headphones has a detachable cable, the cable can be replaced with a longer cable, one with (or without) a microphone or if you accidentally damage the cable.
No
Material
Refers to materials used to build the headphones. Most headphones are built from some combination of plastic and metal to give you a durable pair of headphones.
Metal
Wood
Protective Case
Refers to whether a pair of headphones come with a protective case.
Bag
Water Resistant
This refers to the level of water resistance of the fitness tracker. Some fitness trackers are water resistant and can be used while swimming, while others are only splash proof or should not be used near the water.
No
Foldable
Refers to whether a pair of headphones can be folded up. These headphones feature hinges in the frame above the earcups that allow the headphones to neatly fold into a much more manageable size. Folding headphones are perfect for anyone who spends a lot of time traveling and needs a compact pair of headphones that can fit in their bags.
No

Audio Features

Driver Type

The physical design of the driver in the headphones.

Balanced Armature:
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.

Dynamic:
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.

Electrostatic:
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.

Planar Magnetic:
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.

Planar Magnetic
Impedance
The opposition to electric current, a higher impedance means a higher electrical resistance. This is measured in ohms.
30 ohms
Sensitivity
An efficiency or sensitivity rating tells you how effectively a speaker converts power into sound. The higher the number, the more efficient the speaker and the louder it will play with the same input power. An efficient speaker helps you maximize your available power. Most sensitivity ratings measure the speaker's output with 1 watt of input, 1 meter from the speaker. Some speakers' sensitivity is measured with 2.83 volts of input, instead of 1 watt.
 
Efficiency (1w/1m) is not an accurate indicator of a subwoofer's output capability and should not be used as a comparison to other speakers or subwoofers to determine which one is "louder".
102 dB
Driver Size
This refers to the diameter of the driver (speaker) on each side of the headphone.
100 mm
Frequency Response
The range of frequencies the speaker will reproduce (lowest frequency to the highest). Bigger is better, meaning the wider the range, the better. The optimal range is 20 - 20,000 Hz (which is the range of human hearing).
10 - 50000 Hz
Audiophile
Audiophile headphones represent some of the finest headphones available. Audiophile headphones produce genuinely outstanding sound quality as well as extraordinary build quality, components and comfort. They are truly the finest headphones available.
Yes
Built-in Amplifier
This refers to whether the headphones have an amplifier built-in.
No

What is in the Box?

Main Product
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Audeze EL-8 Over-ear Open-Back Studio Monitor Headphones
Accessories
Accessories included with the headphones
1/4" Adapter
Carrying Case
Paperwork
Paperwork included with the product.
Serial Number Card
User Guide
Warranty Card

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Summary of Customer Ratings & Reviews

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Average Attribution Rating

Durability
5.0
Value
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Features
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Design
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Usability
5.0
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EL-8s

January 29, 2016

great set of planar HPs - built like a tank / to my surprise lighter (weight-wise!) than expected - planar HPs are usually on bulkier and weight a ton side - ! - this are well built and design is attractive and pretty comfy / sound-wise like most planar HPs it's a joy to listen to this cans - they deliver a pleasantly velvet sound (have not found a genre where I did not like the performance of EL-8s ;) !) mostly due to physical properties of reproduction (you have to be a fan of planar HPs) / wish Audeze included a better stock cable and made a better connections to the cans - not a big fan of it - but it does the job ! another positive I discovered is ?! easily driven by iPhone, but an amp will make them sing ! highly - highly recommend !

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Product Summary

Manufacturer

Model Number

EL-8 Open Back

UPC

819343010481

Weight

5.00lbs

Internal SKU

200e8-121200

Internal Product ID

93333

Sonic Electronix Wiring Guide

Wiring Diagram Legend

Warning: The image depicted shows the resistance change when wiring multiple subwoofer terminals. Please refer to your subwoofer's owner's manual for the proper wiring of its terminals. Sonic Electronix, Inc. is not responsible for damage caused to your audio system or vehicle due to improper installation. Please call tech support at 1-877-289-7664 if you require additional assistance.

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