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Audeze EL-8 Open-back

High-performance planar magnetic headphones

Item # 884EL8OPN

Audeze has quickly built a top-notch reputation in the world of personal audio.

Audeze has quickly built a top-notch reputation in the world of personal audio.

Discontinued item

Item # 884EL8OPN

About the Audeze EL-8 Open-back

Amazing Audeze sound for everyday listening

Audeze has quickly built a top-notch reputation in the world of personal audio. Their striking headphones deliver vivid sound without distortion, preserving subtle musical nuances. Planar magnetic drivers produce a warm, detailed soundstage with a wide-open sense of depth and space. Donning a pair of Audeze 'phones is a riveting, rewarding ritual — more listening "event" than listening session.

Amazing Audeze sound for everyday listening

headphones in room setting

Designed by BMW DesignWorks USA, the EL-8 Open-back headphones are stylish and comfortable.

Audeze has quickly built a top-notch reputation in the world of personal audio. Their striking headphones deliver vivid sound without distortion, preserving subtle musical nuances. Planar magnetic drivers produce a warm, detailed soundstage with a wide-open sense of depth and space. Donning a pair of Audeze 'phones is a riveting, rewarding ritual — more listening "event" than listening session.

Audeze crafted the EL-8 Open-back headphones to maintain the wonderfully expressive sound, while making them more convenient for everyday use. Three patent-pending technologies help keep the EL-8s smaller, lighter, and more efficient than most planar magnetic cans. This open-back version allows air and sound to flow freely. While a dedicated headphone amplifier will help them really sing, the EL-8 headphones sound great plugged directly into your smartphone or portable music player — which is where most of us find our music services and collections.

The planar magnetic advantage

Unlike the dynamic drivers found in most headphones, planar magnetic drivers rely on an ultra-thin diaphragm with a large surface area to generate sound. A flexible circuit is etched across the entire surface of the diaphragm, which is suspended within a magnetic field. When the circuit receives an audio signal, it causes the diaphragm to move back and forth — moving air and creating sound. Since it starts and stops so quickly, the resulting sound is clean and accurate across a wide frequency range. You hear tight, tuneful bass, smooth mids, and open highs. Music has a three-dimensional feel that's closer to listening to loudspeakers.

Audeze went back to the drawing board and created a lighter, more efficient headphone

Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA

Audeze has been a leader in developing planar magnetic headphones, and continues push the envelope. Ever tinkering, their sound engineers teamed with some of the best material science experts to find a way to reduce weight and increase efficiency in the EL-8s. They developed the patent-pending Fluxor™ magnet, which nearly doubles the strength of a traditional magnet. Typically in planar headphones, the magnetic field is created by two magnets on either side of the diaphragm. The EL-8s use a single-sided design with the stronger Fluxor magnet, making the headphones smaller and lighter.

Beautifully designed for style, comfort, and travel

BMW DesignWorks USA designed the EL-8 headphones to look and feel as good as they sound. Attractive wood veneer highlights the smooth edges of the earcups. A padded headband and earcups keep you comfortable as you listen. When you're done, the EL-8s fold completely flat for easy transport.

The Audeze EL-8 headphones are also available in a closed-back design.

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Product highlights:

  • planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and detailed sound
  • Fluxor™ magnetic technology increases efficiency, so a high-powered headphone amp is not required
  • lighter, streamlined design for more convenient listening
  • Fazor™ driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • Uniforce™ diaphragm technology helps reduce distortion
  • open-back design offers spacious sound
  • 78-inch cable with a 3.5mm plug
  • 1/4" adapter included
  • driver size: 100mm
  • frequency response: 10-50,000 Hz
  • impedance: 30 ohms
  • weight: 24.2 oz.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 200-E8-1212

What's in the box:

  • EL-8 over-the-ear open-back headphones
  • 6.5' Straight flat audio cable (3.5mm plug)
  • Snap-on 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter
  • Cloth pouch
  • User Guide/Warranty booklet
  • Connector warning
  • Certificate of Authenticity

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Features & specs

General
Fit Style Over-the-ear
Earcup Type Open
Earcup Width x Height 3.739" x 4.574"
Noise-canceling No
Bluetooth No
Bluetooth Version ---
Mic For Taking Calls No
Voice Assistant Access
Amazon Alexa No
Google Assistant No
Siri No
Connectors
3.5mm Yes
1/4" Yes
Lightning No
4.4mm balanced No
XLR4 balanced No
2.5mm No
Other None
Specs
Frequency Response 10-50k Hz
Sensitivity 102 dB
Impedance 30 Ohms
Weight 24.2 ounces
Cord Length 78"
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

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Features

Overview: The legendary Audeze EL-8 over-ear headphones feature high-performance planar magnetic drivers that provide a warm, pleasant sound signature. There are two versions of the EL-8: this open-back model lets you stay in touch with your surroundings, and is best used in a quiet environment, while the closed-back model shuts out external noise, and keeps your music in. The EL-8 features an industrial design by BMW DesignWorksUSA. The headphones include a detachable 6.5' cable with a 3.5mm plug, and attaches to the headphones by dual proprietary connectors. A 3.5mm-to-1/4" adapter is included for use with your home components or a headphone amplifier. The EL-8 headphones are handcrafted in the USA, and come with a soft storage pouch.

Design: The Audeze EL-8 is equipped with industry leading technology that creates an unsurpassed listening experience in this price range. The new Fluxor magnets present a much higher magnetic flux density than the highest-grade neodymium magnets, resulting in greater efficiency and reduced weight. The patent-pending Uniforce diaphragms have variable trace widths in the voice coil that capture variations in the magnetic field within the magnetic gaps. This creates a uniform driving force over the diaphragm surfaces, resulting in higher resolution, better imaging, and much lower distortion. Audeze's patent-pending Fazor elements, placed just outside the two magnet structures that surround the diaphragm in each capsule, guide and manage the flow of sound around the magnets, improving clarity and focus. The EL-8s are efficient enough to work well with most mobile devices, however, for best performance, a high-quality external headphone amplifier is recommended.

Specifications:

  • Frequency Response: 10Hz to 50kHz
  • Transducer Size: 100mm
  • Impedance: 30 ohms
  • Efficiency: 102dB / 1mW
  • Maximum Power Handling: 15W (for 200 ms)
  • Optimal Power Requirement: 200mW - 4W
  • Sound Pressure Level: >130dB with 15W
  • THD: <0.1% (1 kHz, 1 mW)
  • Weight: 18.1 ounces (w/o cable); 24.2 ounces (w/cable)

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