The Sine is an incredible, high quality headphone. Did they blow me away like I wanted? No, even if they are better than my other headphones in certain ways and decidedly high-end for its size. They are a quality portable package that Audeze should be proud of. Haven’t had a chance to try the EL-8 Ti yet but I’ve wanted these headphones for years for the design alone. Other reviews indicate that I may end up disappointed; regardless, I won’t let other opinions color my judgement. I will admit aesthetic swayed my decision a bit. I would have stepped up to the LCD-2C if my inclination wasn’t for the Cipher cable and the BMW Designworks design. Could easily sell my other headphones to justify it, not sure yet if that’s what I want to do.