Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones Sep08

Review: Audeze LCDi4 In-Ear Headphones

Introduction When Audeze introduced their iSine series about a year ago, there were actually three different models announced: the i10, the i20, and the LCDi3. Most of you however, probably remember reading only about the i10 and i20 since those pairs were the only ones in actual production and ready for review. I myself reviewed both pairs and to make a really long story short, walked away considerably impressed. Not only do both models outperform most IEMs in their class, but rival many full sized headphones too. Fast forward to today: Audeze just recently announced they are finally shipping their LCDi reference model, now renamed the...

Review: Audeze iSINE 10/20 In-Ear Monitors Feb13

Review: Audeze iSINE 10/20 In-Ear Monitors

Introduction Over the last few years, Audeze has gotten a lot traction in the prosumer marketplace. It first started with the EL-8 series ($699), an open-back and closed headphone design that featured many of Audeze’s planar magnetic technologies all wrapped in a snazzy German designed package. Perhaps even more importantly though, the EL-8 also became the launching pad for the CIPHER, a 24-bit DAC with DSP Lightning cable that provides an end-to-end audiophile class solution for any iDevice. Then of course came the SINE ($449), the world’s first on-ear planar magnetic headphone and really the company’s first...

Review: Audeze SINE and EL-8 Headphones Jul06

Review: Audeze SINE and EL-8 Headphones

Introduction When I recently reviewed Audeze’s new flagship, the LCD-4, I kinda, sorta knew that my review would mostly fall on deaf ears. I mean let’s all be honest now. Not too many people are in the market for a four thousand dollar pair of headphones – audiophile or not. And the truth is Audeze is quite aware of that fact too, which is why that’s not the only headphone they make. In fact, over the last few years, Audeze has introduced a number of products outside of their critically acclaimed LCD line. In 2015, Audeze introduced the EL-8, a planar magnetic that combined BMW Designworks aesthetics with their...

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones Apr06

Audeze LCD-4 Headphones

Introduction It has been a little over ten years since I listened to Rust In Peace in its entirety through Sennheiser’s much coveted Orpheus system. And since then, I have been spending the better part of the last decade trying to recapture that sound. If you haven’t heard of Sennheiser’s much revered Orpheus system, I’m not surprised. Only 300 were made back in the 90s, and each system cost approximately $16,000 dollars a pop, consisting of a pair of electrostatic headphones and matching tube amplifier. I was fortunate enough to listen to one at a local Head-Fi meet where I was given unfettered access to it for the...

Audeze’s Black Box: DDA-1 Impressions Oct16

Audeze’s Black Box: DDA-1 Impressions

Introduction Audeze is one of those companies that just came out of nowhere circa 2010. Founded in 2008 by two engineers, Alexander Rosson and Sankar Thiagasamudram, Audeze’s first major successful product, the LCD-2, pretty much revolutionized the high-end headphone market overnight, and along with HiFiMAN, made the words “planar magnetic” a household name among audiophiles. Since then Audeze has released several critically acclaimed headphones, from the venerable LCD-3, which has been hailed as one of, if not the best headphone in the world (full disclosure: I own one.), to the more recent EL-8, which offers...