The EL-8 is flexible, portable, lightweight and loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones. Designed by Designworks, a BMW group subsidiary 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 features the world's most advanced planar magnetic technology with sound quality unheard of in this or any other price category.
The closed-back EL-8 offers all the benefits of the open-back EL-8 — flexible, lightweight and loaded with new technology — while isolating the listener and reducing ambient noise as no sound escapes the earcups. The EL-8 closed-back is also sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable players and smartphones, but an external amplifier produces better results. They're built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents and enormous attention to detail.
"Both open and closed-back EL-8s capture most of the speed, immediacy, and presence of the Audeze headphone lineup in an easy-to-drive and portable package."The Absolute Sound
"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."Stereophile
Audeze Planar Magnetic Technology
- Planar magnetic drivers for better dynamics and frequency response
- Fazor elements
- Fluxor magnetic arrays
- Uniforce Diaphragms
- Sleek contemporary design by DesignWorksUSA a BMW group company
Unlike conventional headphones we use planar magnetic technology, a dramatic departure from traditional dynamic driver designs. Most headphones use traditional cone drivers but Audeze features proprietary planar magnetic technology employing ultra-thin-film driver materials and powerful magnets. Planars overcome many limitations inherent in typical cone drivers; Their planar diaphragms are, for example, faster and more responsive than heavier moving-coil or dome drivers.
Audeze drivers are 100mm+ in diameter, 4x the size of most conventional headphones, resulting in incredible and accurate bass response delivering a palpable quality that’s lacking in other headphones. The planar magnetic transducer, the heart of Audeze designs, has significant advantages over dynamic drivers. The flat, ultra-thin membranes – the diaphragms – create their enveloping acoustic due to the lowest THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) of any headphone available. The matched drivers (within +/-1dB) and fast response time offer stunning dynamics and very real imaging on a wide, airy soundstage.
The voice-coil circuit is spread out across the diaphragm so it dissipates heat generated by the current passing through it very efficiently. Planar magnetic transducers have few moving parts and maintain their performance without degradation.
FLUXOR™ MAGNET ARRAYS
With new, patent-pending Fluxor Magnetic technology introduced in the EL-8, Audeze delivers nearly double the magnetic flux density of the highest-grade neodymium magnetic circuits that perfectly control the planar diaphragm. This remarkable achievement results in in superior sound, reduced weight and far greater efficiency to play well with mobile devices.
Patent-pending Fazor technology, introduced in the LCD Collection and featured in the EL-8, are special acoustical elements positioned on either side of the magnetic arrays that enhance transparency by influencing sound waves generated by Audeze’s large planar diaphragms. The result is improved high-frequency extension, better phase response (for better imaging), and again, lower distortion.
The patent-pending Uniforce diaphragm employs an industry first; variable trace widths on the voice-coil that effectively captures variations in the magnetic field in the magnetic gaps creating a uniform driving force across the diaphragm’s surface. What this means for you is dramatically reduced distortion, higher resolution and improved imaging.
- Please Note: We are unable to ship this item outside the UK for International orders
- Style : Open-Circumaural or Closed-back circumaural
- Transducer type : Planar magnetic
- Magnetic arrays : Fluxor magnets
- Magnet type : Neodymium
- Diaphragm type : Uniforce
- Transducer size : 100mm
- Max power handling : 15w (for 200ms)
- Sound pressure level : >130dB
- Frequency response : 10Hz – 50kHz
- THD : <0.1% (1KHz, 1mw)
- Impedance : 30 ohms
- Optimal power requirement : 200mW – 4W
- Weight: 460g
At Audeze they remove the boundaries between artist and listener. Their products combine revolutionary acoustic engineering and beautiful craftsmanship to provide the finest listening experience. Their headphones’ best-in-class accuracy makes them an irreplaceable tool for those requiring the most transparent audio reproduction available. First discovered by audiophiles, now professional engineers and music producers are using Their headphones as their new reference. The only way to truly appreciate Audeze headphones is listening to them.