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Audeze EL-8 Titanium Magnetic Planar Closed-Back Headphones (Refurbished) EXPIRED

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Adorama has Audeze EL-8 Titanium Magnetic Planar Closed-Back Headphones (Black/Silver, Refurbished B-Stock) on sale for $249.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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  • AUDEZE EL-8 Titanium Magnetic Planar Closed-Back Headphones
  • Standard Audio Cable
  • 1/8 to 1/4" Adapter
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Comes with Audeze 3-Year Limited Warranty.

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Does it come with 3.5mm cable as well as lightning cable?
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Does it come with 3.5mm cable as well as lightning cable?
""What's in the box:
AUDEZE EL-8 Titanium Magnetic Planar Closed-Back Headphones
Standard Audio Cable
1/8 to 1/4" Adapter
AUDEZE 3 Year Limited Warranty"
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No fancy box, no bag, no case, none of the extras that you would get with a new pair.
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I bought the deal last week for the open EL 8s. I received pair of brand new ones. It was the regular retail packaging. Wonderful headphones.
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I bought these the last time they were on sale for this price from Adorama, and from what I can tell I received a new pair with a refurb sticker on the box. They came in the same retail box that new EL-8 Ti's come in, with the same Audeze outer shipping box I am used to as well. The cables looked to have never been touched/unwrapped, and the headphones themselves didn't have a mark on them. Maybe they are as good at refurbishing as Apple or maybe they were new, either way I am happy.

Also, while I wouldn't pay retail (principle of the thing), these feel and sound like $800 headphones, they are quite solid and well made, isolate extremely well, and sound great. They DO need external amplification IMHO, and while they sound quite good with the cipher cable plugged into an Apple device, I would have liked the cable to have a bit more power for them. I quickly got used to the lower than typical volume I like to listen to (I was at 100% or one notch down just to see how it was but always preferred 100% (or more)). Once plugging into external amplification via the 3.5 mm into an external DAC/amp they definitely open up and sound excellent, on par with my LCD-XC (which they will most likely replace). Note that I like to listen to my music LOUD (Tool, NIN, RATM, SOTD... that kind of stuff doesn't sound right quiet). This set of cans does well with this type of music!

Only problem I am having is finding a reasonably priced balanced cable as all of my gear is balanced, and the only cables I can find are custom at or near the price of the headphones themselves which is nuts. I didn't pay as much for my HD800 balanced cable (with notoriously expensive proprietary cable to headphone connectors) as is being asked for these EL-8 Ti balanced cables, so there is definitely a downside to the proprietary headphone to cable connectors that these EL-8's use.

That said, for $250 shipped with full warranty, these things are a steal!
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That said, for $250 shipped with full warranty, these things are a steal!
Can you compare the sound with some other headphones? HE560, HD650, etc?
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Can you compare the sound with some other headphones? HE560, HD650, etc?

both of those are open. these are closed. there is no accurate comparison. you have to compare to closed ones.
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both of those are open. these are closed. there is no accurate comparison. you have to compare to closed ones.
Ok then how do these sound compared to ATH-W5000?
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Ok then how do these sound compared to ATH-W5000?

i dont have those sadly. i can only compare them to bd-770's. these have more isolation and larger sound stage. but it's also been a year since I tested, so may not be overly reliable.
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A shame the Sine is no longer available at the lower price. I'd grab a pair if they appear again.
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So I was doing some reading up on these and there are very mixed reviews, mostly being negative. I saw some youtube videos, and it doesn't sound any more "special" to an average person. At $250 I didn't want to take a shot with them, especially when funds are limited and there are other headphones I would like to try first like the Senn hd650s and AKG K702. I was very tempted to gamble with them, and it looks like theyre built like tanks from the video reviews.

Oh and they have those strange non-proprietary connections...
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Aw i was hoping for the isine 10 or 20 be available again. Missed out those last time but heard great things about them.
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So I was doing some reading up on these and there are very mixed reviews, mostly being negative. I saw some youtube videos, and it doesn't sound any more "special" to an average person. At $250 I didn't want to take a shot with them, especially when funds are limited and there are other headphones I would like to try first like the Senn hd650s and AKG K702. I was very tempted to gamble with them, and it looks like theyre built like tanks from the video reviews.

Oh and they have those strange non-proprietary connections...
Without knowing which reviews you speak of, I am only guessing, but if they are folks not used to testing hi end headphones, it is possible that they never tried them amplified and/or with appropriate sources. Also, I am assuming they are reviewing with a value proposition of $800, and in that category there are some heavy contenders. For $250 it is a completely different ballgame. Also, I have watched several of my fav. tech reviewer types (PC stuff, etc.) review hi end headphones... and they have no idea what they are doing LOL. Reviewing headphones is hard. For $800, yeah, I would recommend other headphones over these (like closed Mr Speaker's Aeon Flow's probably, although I haven't personally heard them, they almost unanimous reviewer feedback is that the flow's are the closed planars to beat under $1k). There are many other closed options between $250-$800 as well. If you don't need closed, then there are TONS of options for $800 or less that I think would be a better value.

As I mentioned up above, with only using the cipher cable (or worse 3.5mm) straight to an iPad, they were underpowered. IMHO they still sounded really good (imagining, clarity), but they were quite thin on the low end, and a bit recessed in the mids as well. Once properly amplified, those planar magnetic diaphrams really sing.

I find it quite difficult to compare headphones well, mainly because switching between them introduces too much time for the brain to forget what the last pair REALLY sounded like, introduces too much error, especially given you have to adjust volume between pairs to try and match volume, and even a hair off and they sound different (to me, more gain is better Big Grin). Perhaps if I had an A/B switch type of this that also allowed for gain adjustments per output, and I had something to accurately measure output to the tenth of a decibel I would feel better about accurate comparison, but I don't have that Smilie.

Usually, I just try to say whether or not the pair of headphones is worth keeping IMHO, what kind of music they work well with, and perhaps characteristics that stood out to me (how the lows, mids, and highs sound basically, how they do with complex music, imaging, etc.). I haven't listened to these recently enough to do that though. I do remember that it was a no brainer to keep them.

I sometimes will try to compare a bit when I am deciding what to sell (still to be taken with a huge grain of salt), or at least say which of a group I prefer to listen to which type of music with (or watch a movie, or game with) and why... but that is pretty subjective stuff. IMHO, the only real way to figure out if a pair of headphones is for you is to audition them with your gear and your use case(s).

I prefer these to my PM3's for LAN gaming (and for everything else vs. the PM3 I would guess, mainly because they are more comfortable as well as sounding good, but I haven't really compared them for music/movies). Gaming is a noisy environment is all of the comparison I have had time to do (this is the use case I have bought them for at the moment), sorry Frown. It takes many hours for me to test a new pair against a few other pairs going across different use cases, etc.

All of that said, Adorama is great for auditioning given their generous postage paid return policy, and I am assuming once these are gone, they are gone forever.
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