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Audeze EL-8 Impressions Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by Tristan944, Jan 9, 2015.
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  1. Tristan944
    Audeze has released images and samples of the upcoming EL-8 headphones. With testers already auditioning these new headphones, lets hear what your impressions are.  audezeel8.jpg
     
  2. bfreedma
    There's already a thread for those with over 1000 posts....
     
  3. A dedicated impressions thread is not the same as a product thread.  This gets done with most popular products to separate the hundreds of pages of inane speculation from actual listener thoughts.
     
    grizzlybeast likes this.
  4. bfreedma
     
    I understand - it just seems a bit early since virtually no one will hear these outside of CES for a while and the other thread is already hard enough to follow.
     
    As seen with the Oppo PM and HFM 560 threads, it's hard to keep the discussion segmented.  Who knows - maybe it will work here.
     
  5. drdiem
    First genuine review here:
     
    http://www.enjoythemusic.com/magazine/equipment/0315/Audeze_EL_8__Headphone_Review.htm
     
    However it looks like this thread has become the de facto EL-8 thread (it is where the author of the article I link (Mike Mercer) made his announcement!):
     
    http://www.head-fi.org/t/749214/audeze-el-8-the-el-8-is-a-must-hear-at-ces-2015/2490
     
  6. HemiSam
    quite the novel....
     
     
     
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    HS
     
  7. imnostatic
    Got a pair of EL-8 open today. Right side cup is dead. Waiting to hear from Audeze. First impression...not good.
     
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  8. aqsw
    Wow, I don't blame you. Not a good start!!!
     
  9. jmsaxon69
    My demo pair of open backs are finally breaking in, it took longer than I thought it would, I've had mine for for a week and a day, I've run them with an XLO system burn in track on repeat for a few days and also played a playlist on repeat for a few days and that wasn't enough. I am enjoying them with a little Sony NWZ-A17 right now, listening to various hi-res albums and they sound very good and involving, I have no complaints. I also started this week with a sore throat and an ear infection and am feeling better now, maybe that has something to do with my perceived improvement in the sound quality. Albums listened to on the Sony have been Billy Joel's The Stranger, Mark Knopfler's Sailing to Philadelphia and The Punch Brothers The Phospherescent Blues. All have sounded outstanding.
     
  10. sl4450
    Coincidentally, I had the same problem with my pair.
     
  11. ogodei
     
     
     
    Oh, this is not good. Left ear cup dead on arrival of my pair.
     
  12. ogodei
     
    And now they want me to pay to ship it back [​IMG]
     
  13. money4me247 Contributor
    that sounds unfair if the product was defective upon arrival. hopefully, if you contact CS again, someone will be able to help you out. i know there was another person on this thread with an pair that had issues & they offered to cover shipping (i believe).
     
  14. YtseJamer
     
    What ?
     
    Sorry Audeze but the situation is getting ridiculous!
     
  15. achristilaw Contributor
    I'm returning my open pair, not because they were defective, but because hey are really bright in the upper mids, low treble. Spent three days running them hard, they got brighter. You could find synergy running syrupy tubes or other dark amps........
     
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