Audeze EL-8 Open-Backed Headphones - Open Box

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Audeze has built a reputation as a world leader in the audio industry. Their headphones provide remarkably great sound quality free of distortion and preserving even the most subtle musical nuances. The planar magnetic drivers deliver a natural, detailed soundstage with stereo spaciousness setting them above and beyond other headphones in their class.

Planar magnetic driver technology

The EL-8 open back headphones are engineered for everyday use while living up to the integrity of Audeze sound. Three unique patent-pending technologies make the EL-8’s lighter, smaller, and higher performing than other planar magnetic headphones on the market. Their open back design allows air and sound to naturally blend together for a realistic sound response. They are made to plug directly in to your smartphone/ music player or use with them a headphone amplifier to bring out their full potential. Planar magnetic drivers use a thin diaphragm with a larger surface area to generate sound, unlike the dynamic drivers commonly used in most headphones. The circuit is etched along the entire surface area of an extra thin diaphragm, which is held between two large magnets. When the circuit receives a signal, it corresponds with the magnetic field, making the diaphragm move back and forth. The result is a lifelike, spacious sound of the highest quality and integrity bringing the listener closer to the music than ever before.

Specially engineered by BMW DesignWorks USA

For the EL-8’s Audeze created a lighter, more efficient set of headphones. Specially designed by BMW DesignWorks USA, Audeze has developed a reputation for being an audio industry leader with their planar magnetic technology and advancements in audio products. In the pursuit of perfection, the sound engineers improved the performance and worked to decrease the weight. Audeze created the patent-pending Fluxor magnet which almost doubles the strength of the headphone magnets commonly used. The El-8’s use a special single-sided design with the improved Fluxor magnet making them lighter and more compact. Designed for comfort, looks, and travel use, the EL-8’s feel and look just as good as they sound. Beautiful wood veneer highlights the rounded edges of the earcups. An extra soft padded headband and earcups ensure a comfortable listening every time. They also feature a folding, compact design for easy storage.


  • Planar magnetic drivers offer low distortion, enhanced dynamics, and detailed sound
  • Fluxor™ magnetic technology increases efficiency, so a high-powered headphone amp is not required
  • lighter, improved design for more convenient listening
  • Fazor™ driver technology offers improved phase response, three-dimensional imaging, and extended frequency response
  • Uniforce™ diaphragm technology helps reduce distortion
  • Open-back design offers spacious sound


  • Fazor elements
  • Fluxor magnetic structure
  • Uniforce diaphragms

In the box:

  • EL-8 Open-back Headphones
  • 1.2m Audeze headphone cable
  • 3.5mm to 1/4in stereo adapter
Magnetic structure Fluxor magnets
Maximum power handling 15W (for 200ms)
Magnet type Neodymium
Efficiency 100dB / 1mW
Transducer type Planar magnetic
Frequency Response 10Hz – 50kHz extended out to 50kHz
Style Closed-back circumaural
Optimal power requirement 200mW – 4W
Sound pressure level >130dB
total harmonic distortion Less than 0.01% (1KHz, 1mw)
Driver size 100mm
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