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AUDEZE EL-8 Open Back Planar Magnetic Headphones with In-Line Mic and Standard Audio Cable [adorama.com]

Overhead BandOpen-backOver-EarHeadphone w/ In-Line Controller, Headphones w/ Microphone

open backs are worth a separate thread ! have these exact HPs - one of my favorite cans Wink !

just a note : these are planar headphones - ! - planar is different from dynamic in its physical sound reproduction - so they can't be compared to beats, bose, etc. / nearly colorless set of audiophile cans - what you put in - is what you going to hear (including lows) Wink - easily driven by phone ! but will sing amped/daced (?!) laugh out loud Rock
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Great sound, but be aware that these are friggin' heavy.
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Great sound, but be aware that these are friggin' heavy.

all audeze full headphones are on the heavier side... but sound.... oh, sound!
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Great sound, but be aware that these are friggin' heavy.
agree Wink they are on a heavier side - but - ?! - except grill, all metal construction Rock solid and made like a Russian tank with a touch of BMW laugh out loud kidding aside - believe - ?! - they are actually designed by BMW Wink !
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ZOMG. Thank you. I picked up the closed back one 2 days ago, which hasn't been shipped yet. I just called them, and they swapped my order to open back one. TU Big Grin
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ZOMG. Thank you. I picked up the closed back one 2 days ago, which hasn't been shipped yet. I just called them, and they swapped my order to open back one. TU Big Grin
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am actually jumped on a closed back a well Wink ! will figure out which one I like better - may keep both ! Rock

short story : closed back 'll usually have a better low end extension due to design (and I prefer open backs!) at the cost of space / air - a lot of times referred to as soundstage (imho - soundstage is more important ! in recording!) but a term is a term Wink - so - planar and closed back are kind of a tricky thingies to pull off - but audeze did some magic w/sine which sound "magic" for its shape and form ! 'll see Rock !
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What other headphones do these compare to?

Right now my default is the Senn hd650 but for some music I prefer my Grado Sr60e (although I think they are super uncomfortable).

I don't think I've ever heard a planar headphone.
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What other headphones do these compare to?

Right now my default is the Senn hd650 but for some music I prefer my Grado Sr60e (although I think they are super uncomfortable).

I don't think I've ever heard a planar headphone.
planar in general sound different due to the way signal (sound) is produced / instead of dynamic driver (basically what you see on speakers) you get a membrane w/set of magnets which drive the membrane w/higher level of precision (btw - size (imho) in this case matters!) resulting in less "color" and more natural sound !

as far as how they sound : close / similar to LCD2s ! I own grado PS500 / sens hd700s + I did play w/600s and 650s - no ! they do not sound similar / planar have warmer sound signature ! most are harder to drive (oppo M3s, sine and EL8s are exceptions Wink !) btw - agree grados a supper uncomfortable Wink / despite the weight EL8s are supper comfy cans !

these are audeze's (believe?!) first approach to full size portable cans - I would call 'em more of a "compact" over portable ! several reasons : OPs are open back (leak sound and you will hear outside!) and there is a different thread w/closed version ! still large and on a heavier side + you will need a case to take 'em on the road !

bottom line (assuming you are new to planar ! also be careful - it's addictive !) : @ OPs price point ! EL8s are phenomenal value (sound / built quality and materials / design) if you can afford it - it is a high quality HPs ! go for it ! at full price I would recommend OPPOs Wink or if you want a budget venture into planar - start w/fostex RP series (50 / 40 / 20 - simi / closed / open) own all 3 - great starters !

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ZOMG. Thank you. I picked up the closed back one 2 days ago, which hasn't been shipped yet. I just called them, and they swapped my order to open back one. TU Big Grin
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Have you gotten them yet? Are they refurbished too? Here's what I found in my box from Adorama. I haven't decided what I want to do beyond contacting Adorama and complaining.

http://i.imgur.com/gjDcd3R.jpg
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Have you gotten them yet? Are they refurbished too? Here's what I found in my box from Adorama. I haven't decided what I want to do beyond contacting Adorama and complaining.

http://i.imgur.com/gjDcd3R.jpg
Mine is supposed to arrive tonight, but I am not going to be home. I am not sure if they will leave it on the door step or not.

When i get it, I will make sure to comment back here to address your question. Big Grin
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Have you gotten them yet? Are they refurbished too? Here's what I found in my box from Adorama. I haven't decided what I want to do beyond contacting Adorama and complaining.

http://i.imgur.com/gjDcd3R.jpg
I just got mine. Yeah, I got refurbished item and am not happy about it.
I will return it and also ask them to pay for return fee.
I don't think they listed that this was refurbished anywhere (please correct me if I 'm wrong).
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I just got mine. Yeah, I got refurbished item and am not happy about it.
I will return it and also ask them to pay for return fee.
I don't think they listed that this was refurbished anywhere (please correct me if I 'm wrong).
I sent them an e-mail about my EL-8 Closed set that I got. I didn't immediately demand to return them. I went a bit softer with the, "Are these supposed to be refurbished? The webpage doesn't mention they're refurbished anywhere." sort of tone. No response so far, but it's only been a few hours.
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We sincerely apologize for those who received refurbished headphones. When we ordered these from the manufacturer, we were unaware that these headphones were refurbished.
We did not open the boxes. Therefore, we do not know how many refurbished headphones went out.

If you receive a refurbished headphone, and you choose to keep it, we will refund you $100 off your original purchase price.
If you choose to return it, we will, of course, issue a full refund and send you a prepaid shipping label.

Please send me a Slickdeals Private message with your order number and whether you would like $100 credited back to you or if you would like me to send you a prepaid shipping label.


Thank you for your patience and understanding,

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