American company Audeze specializiruetsya in the production of full-size planar magnetic headphone with impressive price tags, including the flagship LCD-3 and LCD-4, which gained recognition among lovers of quality sound. Over time, the company began to experiment in order to broaden its audience, to produce less expensive models with a closed acoustic design. Appeared closed version of EL-8 with the Cipher cable for yablokovodov with Lightning connector and built-in remote DAC and amplifier. People in the know knew that such a small remote is physically impossible to install a good quality DAC with amplifier, but marketing and advertising are doing their job. Next came the Sine — “the world’s first overhead planar-magnetic headphones”. Also available in versions with standard and Cipher cables. Again, aimed at portable use. And last fall, Audeze introduced the world’s first in-ear planar-magnetic headphones Audeze iSine 10 and 20 iSine. They already went on sale, and we were able to listen to them and make your own impression.
What is it?
Audeze iSine 10 and 20 iSine — in-ear headphones with planar-magnetic transducers, a semi-open acoustic design, replaceable cable and a very unusual design.
What are they interested in?
The mere use of the planar-magnetic emitters in in-ear headphones is interesting. Moreover, the size of the emitters 30 mm and for obvious reasons the bulk of the housing is placed outside the ear. Use of ultrathin membranes with a proprietary Uniforce coils and magnetic Fluxor system. As you know, a closed headphone design affects the width and the realism of the scene. On the other hand, open and semi-open headphones (as in the case of the line iSine) less suited for portable use due to poor insulation. Let’s see what happened in this case. Now it is worth mentioning the differences between the models, as-20 is more expensive in half. Have iSine 20 more long winding voice coil that covers a large area of ultra-thin membrane that (in theory) should have a positive impact on detail, speed and resolution. 20 iSine impedance is 24 Ohms, and the younger iSine 10 — 16 Ohms.
What’s in the box?
Headphones come in quite large boxes made of white cardboard. On the front depicts the headset and the names of the models. Back headphones “in the context”, stated the technology used and specifications. Below emblazoned inscription that headphones designed and made in the USA:
Under the cardboard cover on the magnet is hiding more information about the headphones, diagrammatic instructions for using the stand and case for headphone and a transparent box of thick plastic, under which are the headphones on the stand and case with all accessories:
Each model is available in two configurations: with the standard cable and Cipher. We had both options in the rest of the kits are the same. In addition to the headphone and cable included are two pairs – (transparent and black), two pairs of clamps SureFire EarLock, cleaning tool headphone clip, a plastic card (certificate of authenticity), USB flash drive with manual and warranty, stand with winder cord, carrying pouch and only three pairs of removable ear cushions. This point is very surprised given the price tag, the positioning of the headphones and non-standard size zvukovogo that almost certainly precludes the use of nozzles from the third-party headphones. On the website Comply has already appeared a foam nozzle under iSine 10 and iSine 20:
Case and complete stand:
What design and design?
Externally there is, perhaps, one of the most unusual and strange in-ear headphones that I have ever seen. This is largely due to the directly used by the emitters and semi-open acoustic design. Added appearance even more exotic BMW Group Designworks USA, which engaged in the development design. My first Association was the Imperial fighter TIE Fighter from the Star Wars universe, although some have “questioned” outside of the lid was more like a web. Case headphone large and made of plastic (I suspect that this decision was made consciously, because the metal would be very heavy):
Grille remind us that this is — semi-open headphones, in the middle is the logo Audeze. iSine 10 is completely black, the top 20 iSine made in bronze tones. As for me, the black version looks much cooler. On the back side of the headphone printed name Audeze and reminders about what this planar magnetic headphones. Zvukovoy large, funnel-shaped, placed at an angle to the housings of headphones. In their Foundation around the perimeter has a small indentation to install – or clips EarLock:
Zvukovoy wide, much wider than most of the usual in-ear headphone, so that the replaceable ear cushions will be difficult to find:
The cable is detachable, on the inside of the headphone and connector cable applied designations left and right headphone. To determine by touch provides tactile symbols in the form of three “bumps” on the left and four on the right ear:
Fixed cable 2-pin connector, so order a replacement — no problem.
Standard included cable lapsley, not confused. It is good quality, but no more. It is longer than usual in in-ear headphones. Length is 1.5 m:
Cable Cipher, similar in shape, quality and length, but instead of the standard 3.5-mm connector is used for Lightning, plus there’s a pretty massive remote control with microphone and control buttons, which hides a DAC and amp:
Build quality to headphones no claims arose, assembled they are well. About appearance divided opinion. Personally, I like the design, especially the black version.
How convenient and what about soundproofing?
Unusual headphone design led to unusual ways of their fixation – and on the ears. Technically, headphones are inserted in the classical way (the cable goes down, not behind the ear), but required additional fixation. To do this, the set includes two pairs of removable plastic -:
A more unusual solution — clamps SureFire EarLock. The company mainly produces SureFire ear plugs for the shooting range and all sorts of tactical gear. She recently began producing EarLock for different models of headphones, which are designed to secure earphones during exercise. They Balk at certain points of the ear (similar solutions are used in sports headphones and headsets), so headphones are well recorded:
In practice, both methods of attachment require getting used to, but personally for me EarLock seemed more comfortable. A couple of days I have learned to quickly and properly insert them. Headphones are securely fixed:
Out of the box on iSine have the small ear pads, with which the company and advises start “fitting.” This is the right decision, even though with them because of the very broad sound channel the headphones are too big for people with small ears. Insulation, as in a conventional in-ear headphones should not wait. It is enough for listening to music at a not too noisy street, but in transport to listen to it a little, we have to raise the volume, which is not very good for hearing. Outside music is also pulled out, but within reasonable limits: it is not a full-sized open headphones. In the office you can use without risk to the psyche of others.
As Audeze sound iSine 10 and 20 iSine?
To begin with a few words about the sources: headphones are very picky and realize their potential only by a very expensive DAC or player. Equipment with the Cipher cable is a waste of money (obviously it is more expensive): Yes, some increase in sound quality compared to the iPhone, but the DAC and amplifier in the cable Cipher won’t be able to show the potential of the headphones. Yes, and the idea itself to use with Audeze iSine smartphones/tablets — a perversion in which the company obviously earn a good idea. I was listening iSine with Centrance DACportable and a couple of days with Questyle QP1R X7 and FiiO amplifier AM2.
About the sound, I had some concerns after a recent listen to the Sine of overhead, which frankly is rather weak. Fortunately, the fears were not justified. First, what is really surprising is the imaginary scene. In this respect, headphones far ahead of their in-ear counterparts. The width and depth of the scene iSine closer to open full-sized headphones: excellent sense of positioning sound sources, the distance from them and incredibly clear separation of all instruments. When listening to live music with lots of instruments (of course, in good quality), the impression of presence in the concert hall. Bass headphones tight, well controlled and balanced. Subbas present in sufficient quantity, gives the sound depth and richness. Midbass is studied in great detail, tight and with a great attack. C MIDs headphones doing great too: very precisely and in detail. Any musical instruments sound very live and realistic, and the same for vocals. High frequency will very much enjoy those who do not like high brightness and accent to the bottom of the range. Treble is very good, but they are not pushed up, there is no sibilants and they do not cut the ears.
If we talk about the differences Audeze iSine iSine 10 and 20, then, perhaps, the difference is most noticeable in mid range. -20 their work in more detail, realistic and widely. By applying HF and LF models are very close.
Is it worth buying Audeze iSine 10 and 20 iSine? To this question the unequivocal answer can be given. Headphones can truly be called innovative, because no one had managed to make in-ear model with planar-magnetic emitters (and corresponding sound). They had a great, driving sound and details and paint a very broad and deep imaginary scene, in this regard, most in-ear competitors can’t compare with Audeze iSine 10 and 20 iSine. But it is worth considering a few very important nuances. First you need a really high quality source (costs too much). Secondly the cost of the headphone: approximately 10 000 to 15 000 UAH, depending on the model and configuration. And third: before a probable purchase is good to think about usage scenarios. At home you can use a full-size open models, and in terms of portable use, they are very specific in the power of semi-open design (and thus very weak sound insulation) and large sizes.
5 reasons to buy a Audeze iSine 10 and iSine 20:
- Excellent sound quality;
- an extremely wide by the standards of the in-ear headphone scene;
- sturdy build quality;
- the detachable cable;
- rich package.
3 reasons not to buy the Audeze iSine 10 and iSine 20:
- you need a good soundproofing;
- the design is not suitable for everyone;
- high cost.
|Audeze iSine 10 and 20 iSine|
|Emitters||30 mm, planar-magnetic|
|Frequency range||10 Hz — 50 000 Hz|
|The maximum allowable power||3 W|
|Maximum sound pressure||>120 dB|
|Total harmonic distortion||<0,1% @ 100 dB|
|Cable type||Removable, symmetrical, straight connector|
|Cable length||1.5 m|
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