Audeze EL-8 Magnetic Planar Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones



The open-back version of the Audeze EL-8 Magnetic Planar Headphones are designed for reference level personal Hi-Fi listening when connected to a low-powered external headphone amplifier or portable device. The headphones are sensitive enough to be driven by portable music players such as iPods, iPhones, and other smartphones. They feature the company's patent-pending single-sided Fluxor magnets to reduce weight while still achieving a magnetic flux density comparable to the LCD series of headphones to deliver a frequency response of 10 to 50,000 Hz into a 30 ohm load.

Instead of utilizing traditional dynamic cone drivers, the headphones implement a neodymium magnetic planar transducer design. Magnetic planar technology differs from traditional dynamic cone designs by suspending a thin lightweight diaphragm within a parallel magnetic plane comprised of an array of magnets. The diaphragm is much lighter when compared to a traditional dynamic cone and has a printed circuit spread across a thin-film substrate on the surface of the diaphragm as opposed to a cone attached to a voice coil. When the audio signal from the amplifier reaches the circuit, it magnetizes the diaphragm within the field and produces sound.

The benefits of a magnetic planar design include faster transient response due to the lighter diaphragm, a wide frequency with low distortion, better heat dissipation, fewer moving parts for greater durability without the kind of sonic degradation that cones are susceptible to, and better amplifier compatibility because the circuit functions as an almost entirely restive load.

The magnetic structure creates a uniform magnetic field across the diaphragm without the need for additional ferromagnetic material traditionally found in other planar headphones to remove magnetic interference, reduce harmonic distortion, and lower overall weight. The headphones also feature Audeze's patent-pending Fazor elements that guide and manage the flow of sound through the earcups for a more enveloping sound stage and improved frequency extension.

These headphones utilize a patent-pending Uniforce diaphragm that virtually eliminates all the breakup modes that are common in more traditional designs. They come with a 1/8" to 1/4" adapter. The industrial design was provided by BMW Designworks.

Type Open
Transducer Planar magnetic
Magnet Fluxor
Magnet Composition Neodymium
Driver Size 3.94" (100.00 mm)
Maximum Power Handling 15W (for 200 ms)
Maximum SPL >130 dB
Frequency Response 10 to 50,000 Hz
Total Harmonic Distortion <0.1% (1 kHz, 1 mW)
Impedance 30 ohms
Efficiency 102 dB/ 1 mW
Power Requirement 200 to 4000 mW
Dimensions Not specified by the manufacturer
Weight 16.23 oz (460.00 g)

Packaging Information

Package Weight 4.05 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.6 x 9.2 x 5.6"
In The Box
Audeze EL-8 Magnetic Planar Headphones (Open-Back)
Standard Audio Cable (3.5mm Stereo Plug with 1/4" Adapter)
Limited 3-Year Warranty