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Pros: Retrieval of Details, Quality Build, Ligh Weight Planar Headphone

Cons: Price still over $500, Overall size

 

Audeze EL-8’s and Deckard Amplifier

 

INTRODUCTION

 

Let me introduce myself my name is Adam I am a 38 years old, I have been into audio equipment since I was in highschool. I don’t consider myself an audiophile, I am just an average guy that loves music. I like to listen to my music with the best possible quality. My journey to Head-Fi started one day doing a search on the web for headphone reviews. Just about all searches for headphones and earbuds brings you to Head-Fi, after lurking for a couple weeks I finally made an account and here I am writing reviews. Being on Head-Fi I have learned so much and I am learning something new every day.

 

My reviews are written geared towards the average consumer since most web searches direct you to Head-Fi. Head-Fi reviews get more traffic than most pro-audio magazines or any designated review site, you won’t find my reviews filled with audiophile terms or do I use graphs, meters, or charts. The only charts and graphs I care about are the quarterly ones that come in the mail about my 401K. To be honest audiophile terms confuse me, some of them have 2 different meanings depending on who you talk to, or the definition says to see another term. Being a simple guy and write know better than a high school student, you will fully understand my reviews. My goal is to let the average consumer know if this product is worth their hard earned cash.

 

Before I get into the review I would like to say thank you to Jonathan Scull from Scull Communications  for making this review possible. I am not employed or am I being compensated for for this review. This review is based on my honest opinions, the EL-8 and Deckard Amplifier can be purchased directly from Audeze from the following link.

https://www.audeze.com/

 

When you want the top of the line headphones there are a couple companies that pop into my head, with Audeze being one of them. When you are serious about a hobby like headphones there is no doubt that if you want the best there is a hefty price tag that comes with it. Audeze specializes in high end headphones, using planar magnetic drivers instead of dynamic drivers. They are what I would call a boutique company, and produce and assemble their products mostly by hand giving them better control over quality. The EL-8s are there first headphone that comes in under $900 price point. EL-8s are a closed back design using Fazor elements and Fluxor magnetic structure and Uniforce diaphragm design, that greatly reduces their weight that typical planar headphones are known for. The Deckard amplifier is a Class-A headphone  AMP/DAC combo, Audeze teamed up with BMW DesignworksUSA for the design of the EL-8 and Deckard. The Deckard is Audeze first amp/dac, the EL-8s and Deckard both have an industrial look to them. Both products are assembled in Costa Mesa, CA  with the parts being sourced out all over the world.

 

 

SPECIFICATIONS  EL-8

Style Closed-back circumaural
Transducer type Planar magnetic
Magnetic structure Fluxor magnets
Magnet type Neodymium
Driver Size 100 mm
Maximum power handling 15W (for 200ms)
Maximum SPL >130dB
Frequency response 10Hz – 50kHz
Total harmonic distortion <0.1% (1KHz, 1mw)
Impedance 30 ohms
Efficiency 100dB / 1mW
Optimal power requirement 200mW – 4W
Weight 480g