Headphones have often just been a way to listen to your music without disturbing the neighbours or avoiding spill when recording, however people are demanding a lot more from the humble headphones as we spend a lot more time using them for critical mixing and mastering duties. In many cases high quality headphones have now completely replaced studio monitors, and given we spend thousands on monitors it's understandable that good quality reference headphones are in the same kind of ball park price wise. Newcomer to the world of headphone technology is a company called Audeze. 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, they 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.
Audeze 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.