Magnetic planar headphones are awesome, producing a level of sound reproduction that, many believe, outperforms both dynamic and electrostatic alternatives. Problem is, they’re restricted to over-ear and on-ear form factors, since orthodynamic tech requires quite a bit of room. At least, that used to be the case before the Audeze iSine 10.
A pair of in-ear headphones, it’s the first to use planar drivers to produce sound, enabling the kind of hi-fi reproduction previously restricted to larger audio gear. That means, you can enjoy the same high-res, low-distortion sound even during flights, commutes, and workouts, allowing you to bring your audiophile obsession on the go. Just pair it with one of Sony’s hi-fi Walkmans and you’re set.
The Audeze iSine 10 achieves the feat by using a miniaturized orthodynamic system that includes 30mm ultra-thin diaphragms, power-enhancing Fluxor magnets, and Uniforce voice coils. With the groundbreaking tech, it boasts 0.1 percent distortion even at high volumes, making for arguably the most crystal-clear listening experience for in-ear headphones. It comes with a 24-bit Lightning cable for delivering 24-bit digital signals, complete with an amplifier, a digital to analog converter, and a digital signal processor all inline, along with a standard 3.5mm cable as alternative.
An accompanying app comes with a 10-band equalizer, allowing you to refine sound output completely to your liking, with the ability to save up to two presets right on the cable. Features include ear hooks and ear locks to ensure it stays on your ear even during activities, a sleek design courtesy of BMW’s DesignWorks USA, and an ultra-light weight of 20 grams.
Slated to go on sale later in the year, the Audeze iSine 10 is priced at $399.