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Last Edited by cricket702 September 22, 2016 at 05:39 PM
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Just bought a pair, hope they are not too "used", hehe.
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Just bought a pair, hope they are not too "used", hehe.
look and feel like new Wink ! had a pair Rock
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If you value music and your wallet, don't waste your money on those headphones. They were over hyped before they came out. Bass and Mids are toned down. Highs are harsh. Seriously not worth it.
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for $350 these things better rock my world
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I bought the open versions via Adorama on Newegg for the same price. I just reviewed them on /r/headphones this week. If you want to read it, check it out here [reddit.com]. The conclusion I came up with is that the HD650's have a slightly better sound signature (unless you're looking for that extra treble). The only serious benefit to me was that the EL-8 open-backs are more efficient and can be used with a mobile device.

For the price, they're not bad, though. But for ~$40 less, you can get the HD650's.

As for the closed versions, I've not tried them. I've heard varying things about them--generally not good. I'm definitely interested in hearing what others have to say about them.
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I bought these via Adorama on Newegg. I just reviewed them on /r/headphones this week. If you want to read it, check it out here [reddit.com]. The conclusion I came up with is that the HD650's have a slightly better sound signature (unless you're looking for that extra treble). The only serious benefit to me was that the EL-8's are more efficient and can be used with a mobile device.

For the price, they're not bad, though. But for ~$40 less, you can get the HD650's.
I feel the other way. There are better than HD650s. One more thing.. These are CLOSED and HD 650 are OPEN. There are Fast compare to HD650.
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Quote from paruchuribros View Post :
I feel the other way. There are better than HD650s. One more thing.. These are CLOSED and HD 650 are OPEN. There are Fast compare to HD650.
I honestly didn't see that these were the closed versions. I have the open versions. My bad! I have not tried the closed versions, but have heard that they are worse? I'll update my first comment.
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Quote from Vliger2002 View Post :
I honestly didn't see that these were the closed versions. I have the open versions. My bad! I have not tried the closed versions, but have heard that they are worse? I'll update my first comment.
It all depends on which model you got. I have got May 26, 2016 Model and it is rocking. I don't even like to compare them with HD650 Smilie 2015 models are bad (black box). I feel HD650s are over hyped headphones at this point of time. I will wait and get http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=16050 for 299 than HD650.
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Quote from paruchuribros View Post :
It all depends on which model you got. I have got May 26, 2016 Model and it is rocking. I don't even like to compare them with HD650 http://i.slickdeals.net/images/smilies/smile.gif 2015 models are bad (black box). I feel HD650s are over hyped headphones at this point of time. I will wait and get http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=16050 for 299 than HD650.
Yeah, I have the 2016 EL-8 open and they're pretty solid. What would you say you like about the EL-8 closed back version? I don't feel as though the HD650's are overhyped--not at the $300 I paid. From the EL-8's being my only experience of planar magnetic headphones, I'd say planar magnetics are a bit overhyped. I'm curious as to how those new Monoprice planar magnetics will sound, but I imagine the experience will be similar to that of the EL-8 opens.
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Quote from paruchuribros View Post :
It all depends on which model you got. I have got May 26, 2016 Model and it is rocking. I don't even like to compare them with HD650 Smilie 2015 models are bad (black box). I feel HD650s are over hyped headphones at this point of time. I will wait and get http://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=16050 for 299 than HD650.
which year model on sale at adorama? 2016?
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Quote from batnij.k View Post :
If you value music and your wallet, don't waste your money on those headphones. They were over hyped before they came out. Bass and Mids are toned down. Highs are harsh. Seriously not worth it.
What planar HP for this price would you choose instead?

Most seem to really like the latter 2016 version of the EL-8 is it the one you base your comment on?

Z-review [youtube.com] seems to really like the open back version.
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Quote from Jeeva613 View Post :
which year model on sale at adorama? 2016?
Last time I have got them through Adorama for 400$. They got a stamp of refurbished but even the seal wasn't taken off. So, I believe that I have got brand new EL-8 Closed (These are manually verified and certificate signed on 05/26/2016 by M Kal).
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Quote from paruchuribros View Post :
Last time I have got them through Adorama for 400$. They got a stamp of refurbished but even the seal wasn't taken off. So, I believe that I have got brand new EL-8 Closed (These are manually verified and certificate signed on 05/26/2016 by M Kal).
Funny you say that. Mine are exactly the same. Says refurbished, but they are new with refurb stickers. My bud got the same..

Makes me wonder if these are new and they are just dumping inventory
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Funny you say that. Mine are exactly the same. Says refurbished, but they are new with refurb stickers. My bud got the same..

Makes me wonder if these are new and they are just dumping inventory
Exactly. That is what they are doing. worth to get them for this price.
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