Sineby Audeze

  • Sine
  • Sine
  • Sine
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
83%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Audio quality is top-notch--vibrant, spacious, crystal-clear, and balanced.
  • Compared to previous Audeze models, the size of these stylish cans will impress you, allowing for good portability.
  • The price may surprise you, but $449 is an attractive price for headphones that use planar magnetic drivers.

CONS

  • The headphones are on the heavy side, and you may need to take a break from wearing them after a while.
  • Compared to over-ear headphones, the on-ear Sine's do not feel as comfortable.
  • Audeze's 3.5 mm headphone cord lacks an integrated remote/microphone.
Audeze brings you a compact set of on-ear headphones with 80 by 70 mm planar magnetic drivers. True to the company's legacy, the Sine promises to deliver powerful audio quality for high-fidelity music fiends who are on a quest for added bass presence. These closed-back headphones sport premium leather and a sleek all-black construction. They fold flat for travel. Audeze includes a stereo cable and a 3.5 mm to 1/4-inch stereo adapter. For iOS devotees, an extra $50 gives you the Sine with the Cipher 24-bit high resolution Lightning cable. This cable connects through the Lightning port on your iOS device, which enables you to bypass the headphone jack.
NameSineEL-8 HeadphonesHE400iBeoPlay H8PM-3
ManufacturerAudezeAudezeHiFiManBang & OlufsenOPPO Digital
Techwalla Score
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List Price$449$700$499$499$399
90%

Simply put, Audeze’s Sine headphones are the clearest, most accurate, and well-balanced on-ear headphones we’ve ever put on. Details are as …

Simply put, Audeze’s Sine headphones are the clearest, most accurate, and well-balanced on-ear headphones we’ve ever put on. Details are as precisely sculpted as anything in their price class (and above), transients are reproduced with near-instant response, and bass is rich and punchy, without the kind of bloated rumble you’ll hear in many dynamic-driver designs.

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90%

If you like intimate placement and gooey, velvet-like vocals, you can’t do better.

If you like intimate placement and gooey, velvet-like vocals, you can’t do better.

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86%

It's great with jazz, classical, R&B, and bands like Beach House, a "dream pop" band. The Sine's open qualities bring out the ethereal quali…

It's great with jazz, classical, R&B, and bands like Beach House, a "dream pop" band. The Sine's open qualities bring out the ethereal qualities in tracks like "Myth" and "Elegy To The Void."

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80%

[T]he triangular shape of the earcups, along with their size (which is larger than the ear) make them almost feel like a hybrid of on-ear an…

[T]he triangular shape of the earcups, along with their size (which is larger than the ear) make them almost feel like a hybrid of on-ear and circumaural, over-the-ear style headphones.

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70%

The on-ear design isn’t as comfortable as an over-ear headphone; I found myself having to take them off about once per hour to rest my achin…

The on-ear design isn’t as comfortable as an over-ear headphone; I found myself having to take them off about once per hour to rest my aching lobes.

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These are, I believe, the smallest, most portable planar magnetic headphones in the world...You’d never guess to look at them that they use …

These are, I believe, the smallest, most portable planar magnetic headphones in the world...You’d never guess to look at them that they use a driver of the type that was once only found in huge hi-fi headphones.

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I haven't tested under lab conditions, but even on the busy CES show floor it was easy to hear the advantages of the Audeze Sines over many …

I haven't tested under lab conditions, but even on the busy CES show floor it was easy to hear the advantages of the Audeze Sines over many other headphones.

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There's bass aplenty and lots of volume - even from a fairly standard MacBook Air source - for an all-encompassing listen that sits lightly …

There's bass aplenty and lots of volume - even from a fairly standard MacBook Air source - for an all-encompassing listen that sits lightly and comfortably on the head.

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[T]hese are truly targeted at the audiophile crowd. They get loud, with a soundstage that's wide and engrossing.

[T]hese are truly targeted at the audiophile crowd. They get loud, with a soundstage that's wide and engrossing.

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My first thought upon opening the box was, "Man, this is a sexy little headphone! It's like a sports car for your head."

My first thought upon opening the box was, "Man, this is a sexy little headphone! It's like a sports car for your head."

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We gave the headphones a brief listen and came away quite impressed. During a smattering of John Mayer, the Black Keys and Childish Gambino …

We gave the headphones a brief listen and came away quite impressed. During a smattering of John Mayer, the Black Keys and Childish Gambino (to cover a variety of genres, natch), the Sine showcased stellar clarity, crisp highs and a respectable amount of bass.

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I wouldn’t buy the Sine for iPhone use without the Cipher. It just makes that big of a difference...If you are an audio fan who wants a high…

I wouldn’t buy the Sine for iPhone use without the Cipher. It just makes that big of a difference...If you are an audio fan who wants a high quality listening experience on the go without the bulk of an amp, you can’t go wrong with this dynamic duo.

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