Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones

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  • Overview

    The first to offer a fully integrated Lightning connector for your iPhone, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back headphones deliver superb sound quality for all the music on your iOS devices. This superior performance for both your music and voice calls is possible thanks to the headphone amplifier and 24-bit DAC built into the Lightning cable. Plus you continue to get the benefits of the special planar magnetic driver derived from Audeze's top-of-the-line LCD Series headphones.

    The EL-8 model gives you a lifelike listening experience with an extended frequency response that opens up a new breadth of sound. Its driver is four times larger than most other headphones and gives excellent bass response along with extremely low distortion. To match the EL-8's impressive audio, its industrial design is by BMW’s DesignWorks. And durable aluminium construction ensures that you'll have lasting enjoyment.

    Better technology, better sound

    By using a planar magnetic driver instead of a cone-type speaker, the EL-8 offers exceptional transient response and extended bass - virtually flat to 25Hz - along with the lowest Total Harmonic Distortion. These qualities help put you “right there” with the artist.

    Highlights

    Lightning cable with included DAC and headphone amplifier

    Planar magnetic driver for better sound quality

    Extremely wide frequency response; superior transient response

    Industrial design by BMW DesignWorks

    Aluminium construction

    Folds flat for travel

    Did You Notice?

    Lightning cable with amplifier and DAC provides even better audio quality.

    Apple Recommends For

    Hearing all the music on your iPhone, iPad or iPod with remarkable accuracy.

    What’s in the Box

    Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones

    Lightning cable with headphone amp and DAC

    Standard audio cable for use with non-Apple devices

    3.5mm to 0.25 in. plug adapter

    Tech Specs

    Frequency Response: 10Hz-50kHz

    Impedance: 30 ohms

    THD: <0.1% (1kHz, 1mW)

    Other Features: Foldable, With Mic, With Remote and Mic, Sound Isolating, Stereo

    Form Factor: Over ear

    Drivers: One planar magnetic

    Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    UPC or EAN No.: 819343010603

    Warranty

    Note: Apple’s One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer’s warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer’s warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law.

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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      ..........Disappointing and Underwhelming to say the least

      Truthfully and regrettably.....For just shy of £700 worth of headphones, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones sound like a £15 pair of headphones. Ho Truthfully and regrettably.....For just shy of £700 worth of headphones, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones sound like a £15 pair of headphones. Honestly the most deflated I've ever felt from listening to an audio product. Personally I would consider myself a bit of an audiophile and I've experienced various different pairs of over ear/on ear/in ear headphones over the years and the overall experience of these specific headphones is just simply dull and unenjoyable. I'm struggling to find a way to describe the way that the frequencies in these headphones have been setup, they're all over the place! They just sound so harsh and uncomfortable. The bass is thin, dull and unresponsive, the Mid's are mixed in the most bizarre way I’ve ever heard, where vocals/guitars sound muddled and merged into one and almost distorted in some songs. The high's fizzled…..that’s it. Audeze brag about a large soundscape, where is it? how have these got a large soundscape? Literally so small, thin and boring. Before I purchased these headphones, as always, I did some extensive research to ensure it was worth the investment and pretty much every review I've seen or watched have said how "incredible" these headphones were and how revolutionary the built in DAC was with the lightning port cable. Even at full volume though my iPhone/iPad, they were so quiet?! So I thought maybe they will sound better through my Headphone Amplifier.....Even worse! Normally I would listen to headphones with Flat EQ through Tidal HIFI, gain and bass boost turned off on my headphone amp.....Even turning the Gain and Bass boost on, tuning on the Audeze app, they still sounded terrible, I would say it just accentuated the weird Mid/treble frequency mix even more! The Audeze app is also a waste of time, It doesn't actually do anything! You can't turn up any of the frequencies to fine tune higher than the 0dB preset, as it starts to distort the sound...So the only way you can tune the sound is by turning these frequencies DOWN, which makes it even quieter and more thin and lifeless! I started by listening to some Jazz, then some Rock, some reggae, some heavy metal.....everything was so disappointing, it was just so awkward and uncomfortable to listen to. These have been sent back for a full refund, as I’m in complete disbelief as to how these headphones have turned out after such critical acclaim. TIP - If you're a fan of in ear headphones/monitors, opt for a pair of Shure 846’s instead as these are far superior in every way!!....they even come with a case, which Audeze couldn't manage to squeeze into either the box or the price tag....(actually the Shure's come with 2 cases just to "show off"...it can be done guys!) The best part of this entire experience was the returns process, Conall at Apple Support was very helpful....In a nutshell The Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones are just simply disappointing and underwhelming. The icing on the cake to top off this review, they even came with a huge scratch on the right ear cup, for £700. Don't believe the hype.

      • Written by Daniel N from Telford

      35 of 46 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?..........Disappointing and Underwhelming to say the least

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      ..........Disappointing and Underwhelming to say the least

      Truthfully and regrettably.....For just shy of £700 worth of headphones, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones sound like a £15 pair of headphones. Ho Truthfully and regrettably.....For just shy of £700 worth of headphones, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones sound like a £15 pair of headphones. Honestly the most deflated I've ever felt from listening to an audio product. Personally I would consider myself a bit of an audiophile and I've experienced various different pairs of over ear/on ear/in ear headphones over the years and the overall experience of these specific headphones is just simply dull and unenjoyable. I'm struggling to find a way to describe the way that the frequencies in these headphones have been setup, they're all over the place! They just sound so harsh and uncomfortable. The bass is thin, dull and unresponsive, the Mid's are mixed in the most bizarre way I’ve ever heard, where vocals/guitars sound muddled and merged into one and almost distorted in some songs. The high's fizzled…..that’s it. Audeze brag about a large soundscape, where is it? how have these got a large soundscape? Literally so small, thin and boring. Before I purchased these headphones, as always, I did some extensive research to ensure it was worth the investment and pretty much every review I've seen or watched have said how "incredible" these headphones were and how revolutionary the built in DAC was with the lightning port cable. Even at full volume though my iPhone/iPad, they were so quiet?! So I thought maybe they will sound better through my Headphone Amplifier.....Even worse! Normally I would listen to headphones with Flat EQ through Tidal HIFI, gain and bass boost turned off on my headphone amp.....Even turning the Gain and Bass boost on, tuning on the Audeze app, they still sounded terrible, I would say it just accentuated the weird Mid/treble frequency mix even more! The Audeze app is also a waste of time, It doesn't actually do anything! You can't turn up any of the frequencies to fine tune higher than the 0dB preset, as it starts to distort the sound...So the only way you can tune the sound is by turning these frequencies DOWN, which makes it even quieter and more thin and lifeless! I started by listening to some Jazz, then some Rock, some reggae, some heavy metal.....everything was so disappointing, it was just so awkward and uncomfortable to listen to. These have been sent back for a full refund, as I’m in complete disbelief as to how these headphones have turned out after such critical acclaim. TIP - If you're a fan of in ear headphones/monitors, opt for a pair of Shure 846’s instead as these are far superior in every way!!....they even come with a case, which Audeze couldn't manage to squeeze into either the box or the price tag....(actually the Shure's come with 2 cases just to "show off"...it can be done guys!) The best part of this entire experience was the returns process, Conall at Apple Support was very helpful....In a nutshell The Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back Headphones are just simply disappointing and underwhelming. The icing on the cake to top off this review, they even came with a huge scratch on the right ear cup, for £700. Don't believe the hype.

      • Written by Daniel N from Telford

      35 of 46 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?..........Disappointing and Underwhelming to say the least

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