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Audeze SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones with Integrated Lightning Cable for Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad
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- The World's First On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones - Experience better bass, better transients, and the lowest distortion through a crafted blend of modern industrial design, top-quality build, and leading edge planar magnetic technology.
- With Lightning Cable for Apple Users - Our 24-bit lightning cable brings a significantly better sound through its built-in amplifier, DAC and DSP that lets you bypass the internal system in your iPhone, iPod or iPad. Also offers a SIRI-compatible microphone for voice calls.
- Customize With The Audeze iOS App - Personalize your music playback with a 10-band equalizer that changes EQ in real time, and refine bass levels and tamp down highs on peaky recordings with the exclusive Audeze iOS app
- Audeze For Everyone - From the makers of the elite Audeze LCD series headphones, the award-winning SINE On-Ear Headphones are the next step up for many conventional headphone users made by the brand everyone is talking about, featuring incredibly accurate, well balanced, distortion-free sound.
- Made in the USA, designed by BMW - SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones are designed, engineered, and assembled in our Southern California factory. Custom aluminum frame, floating headband, and closed-back headphone style designed by our strategic partner Designworks, a BMW group subsidiary. Lightweight, incredibly comfortable, and fold down flat for travel
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It's Audeze SINE goodness plus custom integration designed for Apple users. SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones are the world's first on-ear planar magnetic headphones that deliver better bass, better transients, and the lowest distortion. Acoustically engineered for accuracy with diaphragms many times thinner than a human hair and nearly double the magnetic driving force of the original earbuds and brands like Monster headphones, Sennheiser headphones or other Bluetooth headphones or wireless headphones. Our 24-bit lightning cable brings a significantly improved sound through an inline control pod with a built-in amplifier, DAC and DSP, which let you bypass the internal system components in your iPhone, iPod or iPad. The SIRI-compatible microphone for voice calls also improves your voice call quality. Further customize your sound with the Audeze iOS app's 10-band equalizer for real time adjustments and EQ presets that travel with the cable when switching devices. From the makers of Audeze LCD series headphones, the award-winning SINE On-Ear Headphones are the next step up for conventional headphone users created by the brand everyone is talking about. CNET raves, "The Audeze SINE is a fantastic headphone that will appeal to anyone looking for truly high-end sound that isn't incredibly expensive." SINE headphones' modern industrial design, top-quality build, and custom planar magnetic technology make them incredibly popular for people wanting a better headphone. SINE On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphones boast an aluminum frame, floating headband, and genuine leather earcups and pads designed by our strategic partner Designworks, a BMW group subsidiary. Lightweight and extremely comfortable over long listening sessions, they're also great travel headphones. Like all Audeze products, SINE headphones are designed, engineered and handcrafted in our Southern California factory from parts sourced throughout the Galaxy.
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Hence my comments on the SINE headphones. I purchased here through Amazon (I love Amazon Prime). In a word, one of the best audio purchases I have made. Disclosure - I am already a fan of Audeze, owning a few of their other headphones...I believe Audeze are building some of the best, most naturally sounding, harmonically right cans available today. There is a super fine line between transparency and spotlit/edgy/analytical, between real foundational tight fast bass and boom boom boom smear the midrange bass, between musical warmth and B O R I N G homogenous sound. The list goes on. The SINE is on the right sight of all these fine lines. How do I know? I get lost in the music and don't think about it. My leg and toes are tapping. And, there are moments when a high hat or fingers plucking a bass startle me with realism.
All this in a closed back headphone with a small footprint. I need to compare these to my Audeze LCD-XC closed back headphones. I think from memory, the bigger drivers in those create a bigger slightly more dynamic soundstage, but they also aren't portable and as light as the SINE headphones. Caveat, I have only burned in these SINE headphones for about 72 hours so they may have more to give that I am not hearing now.
Dear CEO of Audeze, please give your engineering and designer folks a raise. Hey, it's Christmas time, give them a nice holiday bonus for nailing it and pushing the edge of the envelop in new meaningful ways. While you're at it, give yourself a raise for creating a company and environment that is obviously firing on all cylinders.
Some other thoughts...
- Build quality (craftsmanship, materials, manufacturing, etc.) are way way way way way way above the price point they cost me. I would have thought these were $1,500 headphones unpacking them. Fortunately the sound quality matches the physical quality.
- I like the way the cable plugs in -- secure and stealthy fit. Am curious if aftermarket cables (eg, Cardas) will be available.
- I read some reviews where folks said these can be less comfortable since they are on ear. I have little ears so they fit primarily over my ears, creating a nice vacuum closure.
- Lightning cable with Audeze app (with equalizer) is a nice addition...can customize to your ear anatomy and preferences, maybe even boosting upper mids as some say the rock solid bass can detract from the mids. I don't find that to be case, but on some tunes, adjusting the EQ can help compensation for the way the recording was engineered.
- I find running the stock cable into the Audioquest Red Dragonfly is IDEAL. This combination was a revelatory experience. One where I thought (listening to King Curtis through Tidal) that it is a primo time to be an audiophile/music lover. For a little more than $400 for the SINE, and another $200 for the Dragonfly and some monthly green on Tidal, I have a portable audio rig more capable than anything a few years in this space, and which competes (sound quality) with a home audio system that would cost $10,000+. Amazing. Makes me wonder why I have so much other gear.
- The most compelling thing I can conclude about the SINE headphones is they are truly high end and musical. Toe tapping enjoyable. This product has what I would say is "gestalt"....all the things come together to make it truly compelling and enjoyable.
First let me add that my ranking reflects the fact that the pair I have received has a distinct r/l imbalance. It occurs with both cables, confirmed by other people and I dont "suffer the same" with other headphones.It also does not appear to be an artifact of the pads.I guess just bad luck which is annoying since I brought the pair with me to Dubai.
I have been using them for about 40 hrs (no "burn in") are first impressions are as follows
Built quality is high. I dont see these coming apart from anything but very improper handling. Connectors are solid and sits in both source and headphones without giving any impression they ll ever become lose (unlike hifiman 400s eg.). Cables (3.5mm and cipher) appear solid as well though the flat cable (3.5mm) tends to curl a bit when not stretched by distance to source. Clamping as a bit on the strong side for a head my size and these would not be a 4 hrs headphone in my case. Cups are somewhat small, which is fine for my ears, and firm without being hard. Aesthetics are obv a matter of taste but I like their low key, black "industrial" appearance.
Isolation is very good for an on ear. No complaints. I can see traveling with these without losing any of the "sanctuary" my inears normally provide.
Sound is clear and a slight bit on the warm side. Bass is not overwhelming but fast and precise and in no ways lacking. Mids are the definite strong suit. Treble extend well without rolling off or being harsh. The presentation is dynamic/ musical, an adjective may be "exciting". Sound stage is smallish though for on ears I have only heard worse.
I find these great for electronic music (progressive house, electronica, dubbish) and instrumental/ vocals with good separation and not too "layered". Bad recordings are severely punished and the small sound stage does little to de-clutter or separate elements in "busy" recordings.
One element of concern is the fact that the Sines sound clearly best when they sit a bit lose, or removed on the ear. If you press down a bit to gain isolation you lose a lot of the stage and the sound become distinctly smaller. If the cups should lose firmness with time and cause the planars to come in closer proximity sound may suffer.
In regards to the obv 3.5mm vs cypher comparison I can say that I much prefer these with 3.5mm to my ibasso dx90, direct or via lineout through my shiit amp (best) to the the cypher from iphone (exact same music files). I havent compared 3.5mm vs cypher on the iphone but actually bought these for my wifes upcoming iphone 7.
I dont really have too much experience with on-ears other a pair of vero modas so my basis for same category comparison is limited. I do have a second set of planar, Hifiman 400s, which are more or less same price. The main selling points surely are portable lively clarity in a solidly built, non obtrusive and good-looking package. Overall I find them worth their asking price of about 500bucks. If one day I manage to fix the imbalance issue the pang of regret would likely disappear and these would be my main transporters.
They are not bass heavy, the bass is just there but not overwhelming at all. Also, the bass isn't the "thumping"/"humming" type. It's just clean. The rest of the sound is equally clear.
There is, to my ears, a definitive difference between the two cable.
The one serious drawback of this headphone is that it is unbearably uncomfortable. Since it lies flat on top of the ear lobes, it starts hurting after a few moment.
There reason I am keeping these, despite them being uncomfortable, is sound quality and portability. Their sound clarity, the fact that they fold flat (and can be easily carried in my backpack) and the fact that I can get great sound directly from my iPhone makes me tolerate the discomfort. When portability is not required, then I use my other bigger headphones.
Useful comparisons (for portables): the Sine sounds better (I mean clarity) than the Sony MDR 1A, but the latter is way more comfortable. The Sine sounds close to (but still slightly better than) the Beyerdynamic DT1350. This is a cheaper headphone, with deeper bass, but it's equally uncomfortable too.
Summary: If you cherish clean sound quality above all (especially for jazz, classic, acoustic) go for the Sine, if you're desperate for bass go for the DT1350, and last if all you want is a good-sounding, comfy, marathon-listening portable go for the MDR 1A. Those are the portables I have experience with.
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