Audeze | World’s First On-Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone


Audeze seeks to remove the boundaries between artist and listener. Their thoughtfully designed, artfully executed products provide the finest in headphone listening experiences.

These headphones’ best-in-class accuracy makes them an irreplaceable tool for those requiring the most transparent audio reproduction available.

The Story

Audeze’s origins go back to 2008 when founders Sankar Thiagasamudram and Alexander Rosson met engineer Pete Uka who developed specialized flexible circuit materials for NASA. They quickly realized the material might be perfect for headphones. That’s when Dragoslav Colich, who has 30+ years’ experience in designing planar drivers, joined the team as CTO to create the LCD-1 headphone.

Then they created the legendary, award-winning LCD-2 and LCD-3 headphones, and the higher-efficiency LCD-X and XC models. More recently, the company made planar magnetic technology accessible to a wider audience with the EL-8 and SINE series headphones. Audeze turned to their strategic partner Designworks, a BMW Group Subsidiary, for the cutting-edge industrial design for the new headphones as well as the Deckard DAC/Amplifier.

These headphones feature proprietary planar magnetic designs with extremely thin-film driver materials and powerful custom magnets. Planars overcome many limitations inherent in typical cone drivers; our lightweight diaphragms are, for example, faster and more responsive than heavier moving-coil or dome drivers. Planar magnetic diaphragm also have a voice-coil circuit spread across the diaphragm surface. The diaphragm’s voice-coil circuit interacts with the magnetic field to produce an electromagnetic force that moves the diaphragm back and forth creating the sound you hear when energized by an audio signal.

Planar Headphones

Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA, and available in open and closed-back models, Audeze planar headphones are built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and enormous attention to detail.

LCD-XC Planar Headphones

The closed-back LCD-XC headphones were created based on Audeze core customers’ feedback. the LCD-XC delivers all the benefits of the LCD-X while isolating the listener and reducing ambient noise for a private listening experience, a significant achievement due to the inherent challenges of enclosing planar transducers.
The LCD-XC is the finest closed-back planar available, sensitive enough to be driven directly by portable players and mobile devices, but an external amplifier produces better sonic results.

EL-8 Planar Headphones

The EL-8 is a flexible, portable, and lightweight headphone loaded with new technology for extreme performance. It works beautifully with most portable players and phones. Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA and available in open and closed-back models, the Audeze EL-8 is built with superb craftsmanship, wood veneer accents, and precise attention to detail. The EL-8 features the world’s most advanced planar magnetic technology with sound quality unheard of in this—or any other—price category.

SINE Planar Headphones

SINE headphones, with planar magnetic technology, are a big advance in sound quality for portable headphones. Rather than using ordinary drivers, Audeze SINE’s planar technology gives you a sound that’s punchy, dynamic, and detailed. They sound much larger than they are! Audeze SINE headphones are lightweight, and they fold flat to make travel easy. BMW’s Designworks was responsible for the sleek industrial design, and Audeze manufactures SINE in their Southern California facilities.

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