Audeze EL8 Closed Back Headphones
Audeze EL-8 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones with Wood Veneer Accents, Fluxor, and Uniforce Tech
By DPD On 22nd May 2018
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Pro-Grade Audiophile Quality. Superior Isolation
The EL-8 is flexible, portable, lightweight and loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones, due to its low 30 ohm impedance. The industrial design is by BMWDesignWorks USA and available in open and closed-back models, they're built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and enormous attention to detail. The EL-8 has some of the world's most advanced planar magnetic technology with the new patent-pending Fluxor magnetic technology, Audeze delivers nearly double the magnetic flux density of the highest-grade neodymium magnetic circuits available. This remarkable achievement results in reduced weight with greater efficiency to work with mobile devices.
The Closed-Back Audeze EL-8 is truly a pioneering listening and monitoring tool in their price range. These headphones easily surpass the accuracy and definition of any set of speakers in a non-acoustically treated room, with a need to spend thousands of pounds on speakers and treatment to get anywhere close. They represent incredible value for music listeners, producers, engineers and performers, as you can essentially travel with your studio or listening room.
The closed-back model is particularly useful for Vocalists, Instrumentalists and Sound Recordists as you will get an incredibly detailed and natural sound to monitor with when recording, with good isolation with extreme power handling ability to satisfy even the loudest of performers. Performers who have a good vocal sound in their headphones are more confident and more likely to deliver excellent performances.
The transient (the "snap", "crack" or "thud" at the start of a sound) response and separation of inividual sounds in planar magnetic drivers is simply unsurpassed by conventional dynamic headphones, giving a very sharp, detailed and defined sound as the planar drivers are able to move much faster than dynamic cones. The EL-8's patent-pending Uniforce diaphragm employs an industry first - variable trace widths in the voice-coil to effectively capture variations in the magnetic field within the magnetic gaps by equalizing the forces of the individual traces, creating a uniform driving force across the entire diaphragm surface. This results in dramatically reduced distortion, higher resolution and improved imaging.
Our patent-pending Fazor technology, introduced in the LCD Collection, is also integrated into the EL-8. Fazors are special acoustical elements positioned on either side of the magnetic structure. They enhance transparency by affecting the sound waves generated by large planar diaphragms. A few of the benefits include extended frequency response, improved high-frequency extension, and lowered distortion, with better imaging.
The EL-8 Design was a partnership between Audeze and BMW Designworks, and has elliptical cups, which are smaller than on the LCD range. They're built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents and enormous attention to detail. The custom cable connections to the headphone are magnetic, in a similar way to the Macbook's power supply connector, meaning that if they do get caught whilst in use, the pressure on the socket, cable or your DAC will be minimal. The material of the Diaphragm is actually a polymer developed by NASA for use on the space station, due to its high strength and flexibility with low weight.
With Great Power, Comes Great Responsiblilty
The EL-8 are 30 Ohm impedance, meaning that they can be driven to a good volume from most devices including portable players, smartphones and laptops, but these built-in devices often lack clarity, especially in the the high treble and low sub bass regions (which is certainly the case with an iPhone or Macbook). We suggest using a dedicated DAC & Headphone amp to get the best out of the EL-8, such as the Audeze Deckard, Chord Mojo or Hugo, Creative E5, Geek Out 450, Apogee Groove, or an all-analogue amp such as the Nuforce HA200.
EL-8 closed-back: The same extreme performance in a closed-back model for greater privacy and isolation from the environment.
"The EL-8 is their lightest, most comfortable, best looking, easiest to drive, most affordable, made-in-the-U.S. headphone, and maintains Audeze's signature sound. Well done!"
Steve Guttenberg, Sound & Vision
"Beautiful, lifelike sound from one of the industry's top planar magnetic headphone-makers manufactured with high-quality craftsmanship."
Michael Calore, WIRED
"Audeze's new EL-8 Open-Back Headphones use a unique planar magnetic design to deliver ultra-detailed sound with visceral bass - straight from an iPhone!"
"The EL-8's special beauty was their holistic way with space and inner details. It sounded stronger, faster, punchier and more transparent than through my big floorstanders."
Herb Reichart, Stereophile
"It makes for an attractive sumptuousness on material with clean and well-extended bass, an area where the EL-8 unquestionably shines."
"There are hours upon hours of eloquent beauty to discover in the depths of your music collection when listening through the EL-8s."
Ryan Waniata, Digital Trends
• Closed-back circumaural style
• Planar magnetic transducer
• Fluxor magnets magnetic structure
• Neodymium magnet type
• 100mm Driver Size
• 15W (for 200ms) Maximum power handling
• >130dB Maximum SPL
• 10Hz – 50kHz Frequency response
• Less than 0.01% (1KHz, 1mw) Total harmonic distortion
• 30 ohms Impedance
• 100dB / 1mW Efficiency
• 200mW – 4W Optimal power requirement
• 480g Weight
• 1.2m Audeze headphone cable
• 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
• Fazor elements
• Fluxor magnetic structure
• Uniforce diaphragms
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For further information regarding Scan's warranty procedure please see our terms and conditions
- 36 months
- Return to base
- DOA Period:
- 28 days
- RTB Period:
- 36 months