"The Most Vivid, Dynamic, and Powerful Sound In Their Genre"
The Audeze EL-8 planar magnetic headphone is flexible, portable, lightweight and loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones. Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA and available in open and closed-back models, the EL-8 is built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and enormous attention to detail. The EL-8 is possessed of the world's most advanced planar magnetic technology with sound quality unrivaled in their price category.
The EL-8 includes all of Audeze's groundbreaking technologies, including Fluxor magnetics Uniforce diaphrahms, and Fazor elements, delivering deep bass, an engaging midrange, and a sweet, detailed top end with no breakup modes. The headphone is sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable music players, but it sounds even better when used with an external headphone amp.
"As for the performance, even from our quick first impression, there was little doubt the EL-8 offer some of the most vivid, dynamic, and powerful sound in their genre," reports Ryan Waniata in his DigitalTrends.com review for January 6, 2015.
"The sound is smooth and easy to listen to, even when cranked up nice and loud, while still offering plenty of excitement," notes WhatHiFi.com, January 16, 2015.
Fluxor™ Magnetic Technology
With the 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 available. This remarkable achievement results in reduced weight with greater efficiency to work with mobile devices.
Uniforce™ Diaphragm Technology
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.
Audeze's 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.
Choose Open-back or Closed-back Model
The Audeze EL-8 is available in either an open-back or closed-back model. The closed-back model has all the sonic benefits of the open-back model and provides a quiet listening environment, even in noisy environments, to fully enjoy music with virtually no ambient noise.
Standard Audiophile Cable or Apple iPhone Cable
The EL-8 in both open-back and closed-back models is available with either a standard audiophile cable or an Apple iPhone-compatible cable. All models come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adaptor for compatibility with a wide range of portable and full-size audio components.
Audeze Planar Magnetic Transducer Technology
Planar magnetic speaker technology is a dramatic departure from traditional dynamic speakers. The unique design and functionality of planar magnetic transducers (or drivers) overcome many limitations inherent in cone drivers.
Planar magnetic transducers typically consist of two main components: a diaphragm with circuit and magnet arrays. The 'planar' in planar magnetics refers to the magnetic field that's distributed in the same plane (parallel) to the diaphragm. Planar magnetic diaphragms are thin and lightweight compared to much heavier moving-coil or dome diaphragms found in 'dynamic' drivers. This thin diaphragm is suspended in the magnetic fields created by the magnetic arrays.
Unlike a dynamic driver with a cone or dome attached to a voice coil, a planar magnetic diaphragm has a printed circuit spread across the surface of a thin-film substrate. When the circuit is energized with an audio signal, it interacts with the magnetic field and produces an electromagnetic force that moves the diaphragm back and forth creating sound.
Audeze employs a number of proprietary techniques that improve upon basic planar magnetic design, including the integration of unique, ultra-thin diaphragms and stronger and more optimized magnetic fields and circuit patterns. Audeze's goal is to bring the best in planar magnetic design and continuing to improve the personal audio experience.
Planar Transducer Advantages
Planar magnetic transducers offer numerous benefits compared to dynamic drivers, beginning with enhanced responsiveness. Since the force created by the magnetic field is distributed across most of the diaphragm surface, the planar magnetic diaphragm moves faster and with far greater accuracy to the input signal.
The magnetic force that drives the lightweight diaphragm delivers rapid acceleration thus achieving a wide frequency response, low distortion and excellent sound quality.
Planar magnetic transducers also offer added durability compared to conventional dynamic drivers. Because the circuit pattern is spread flat across the diaphragm surface, it can dissipate the heat generated by the current passing through it more efficiently. Additionally, planar magnetic transducers have few moving parts and can maintain performance without any sonic degradation. Dynamic drivers continuously degrade in performance over their life due to a multitude of moving parts and use of glue joints.
Amplifier friendliness is another attribute. The circuits found in planar magnetic diaphragms present an almost purely resistive load to amplifiers, making the transducers easy to drive. The impedance over the entire frequency range is completely flat vs. dynamic speaker, which could have variances in impedance values over the frequency range.
"As for the performance, even from our quick first impression, there was little doubt the EL-8 offer some of the most vivid, dynamic, and powerful sound in their genre. Acoustic instruments spun across the soundstage in tactile clarity, including one particularly impressive moment in which an acoustic guitar run moved from the right side to center, gushing like a waterfall in reverse."
- Ryan Waniata, DigitalTrends.com, January 6, 2015
"The sound is smooth and easy to listen to, even when cranked up nice and loud, while still offering plenty of excitement. Vocals are similarly smooth and easy on the ear, without top edges losing that necessary clarity."
- WhatHiFi.com.com, January 16, 2015