EL-8 Headphonesby Audeze

  • EL-8  Headphones
  • EL-8  Headphones
  • EL-8  Headphones
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
89%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Audeze EL-8 headphones deliver a great lifelike sound.
  • These premium headphones display high-quality craftsmanship.
  • They don't require an amp; plug them right into your phone.

CONS

  • The EL-8 headphones are bulky and best suited for home or office.
  • Although they are Audeze's lowest priced headphones, they're are pricey compared to some of the competition.
  • They work best in a quiet room; they're so not great for a subway commute.
The Audeze EL-8 headphones come in open- and closed-back models. Designed by BMWDesignWorks USA, the premium headphones use planar magnetic technology to produce rich audio, little distortion, and realistic clarity. They can be plugged directly into your audio device via the 3.5 mm plug, and they come with an adapter for 1/4-inch connectors. While they're good direct from your device, they're even better with a headphone amp. You can get optional cables for your iOS devices or balanced cables for Astel & Kern, Pono, and Sony PHA-3 audio players.
NameEL-8 HeadphonesMDR-1AZik 2.0BeoPlay H8MW60
ManufacturerAudezeSonyParrotBang & OlufsenMaster & Dynamic
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List Price$700$300$400$499$549
100%

Audeze's "cheapest" headphones to date, the EL-8 series, are certainly good contenders in their space.

Audeze's "cheapest" headphones to date, the EL-8 series, are certainly good contenders in their space.

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95%

Audeze is definitely upping the ante. With the EL-8, they’ve brought out their lightest, most comfortable, best looking, easiest to drive, m…

Audeze is definitely upping the ante. With the EL-8, they’ve brought out their lightest, most comfortable, best looking, easiest to drive, most affordable, made-in-the-U.S. headphone, and maintained Audeze’s signature sound. Well done!

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90%

Bottom line, these sound fantastic and are an absolute joy to listen to music with. If you want that natural sound with a grand soundstage, …

Bottom line, these sound fantastic and are an absolute joy to listen to music with. If you want that natural sound with a grand soundstage, you got it. Want that fantastic top-end, and tricky-to-master smooth midrange? That’s in abundance too.

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90%

Audeze’s brazenly advanced EL-8 come dangerously close to the performance you’d expect from headphones costing upward of $1,000.

Audeze’s brazenly advanced EL-8 come dangerously close to the performance you’d expect from headphones costing upward of $1,000.

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70%

... they’re not for everyone—they’re not mobile-friendly, they make hard-hitting music sound kinda blah, and they really only shine in a qui…

... they’re not for everyone—they’re not mobile-friendly, they make hard-hitting music sound kinda blah, and they really only shine in a quiet room

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I love this headphone, it delivers extraordinary resolution, hard-hitting dynamics, accurate and powerful bass, and spacious imaging. The Au…

I love this headphone, it delivers extraordinary resolution, hard-hitting dynamics, accurate and powerful bass, and spacious imaging. The Audeze EL-8 is a force to be reckoned with.

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The only question here is how big a pair of headphones you're prepared to live with.

The only question here is how big a pair of headphones you're prepared to live with.

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The EL-8 doesn’t sound warm or cuddly and it isn’t kind to poor source material (as I found out with a quick dose of The House of Love).

The EL-8 doesn’t sound warm or cuddly and it isn’t kind to poor source material (as I found out with a quick dose of The House of Love).

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In addition to coming with a 2 m (6.6 ft) Audeze 3.5 mm jack audio cable and a 3.5 to 6.4 mm adapter, the new kids on the Audeze block are a…

In addition to coming with a 2 m (6.6 ft) Audeze 3.5 mm jack audio cable and a 3.5 to 6.4 mm adapter, the new kids on the Audeze block are also supplied with a Cypher Lightning cable

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I’m pretty sure that those who are coming from a lower end headphone will absolutely love it but my advice is to listen to the other mention…

I’m pretty sure that those who are coming from a lower end headphone will absolutely love it but my advice is to listen to the other mentioned headphones first if you have the possibility to. I never expected to type this because I love every single headphone Audeze ever made up to now, I just expected too much of the EL-8s I guess.

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The EL-8 will sound duller than most conventional headphones that tend to add glare; these are perfect if you want to get rid of excess hars…

The EL-8 will sound duller than most conventional headphones that tend to add glare; these are perfect if you want to get rid of excess harshness

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