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Audeze + Roon

- By admin

25 Aug '17

Audeze is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Roon Labs to offer optional DSP presets for all our headphone models. Roon's Audeze presets apply carefully designed filters specific to the selected Audeze headphone models. In addition to using our headphones “flat (no EQ)” these filters can be used to provide a listening experience similar to great speakers in a typical well treated room.  Additionally, you can tweak these filters by using Roon’s built-in EQ and crossfeed settings. Importantly, each preset has the calibration filters for all commonly used sample rates (44.1kHz to 768kHz) to avoid resampling. Audeze is able to do this because we have our own digital hardware and software engineers, as well as our experience working with Audio Precision in developing headphone-specific test equipment.

Will these work only with Audeze headphones? Yes. These presets are optimized only for Audeze headphones, and are free for our customers.

Do I need to use the presets to get the best sound possible? Of course not. Audeze headphones are designed to be the best sounding headphones - period. These optional DSP algorithms are just another “flavor” to be chosen by the listener, and add value to your Audeze headphones. They are not meant to fix any issues, but rather enhance to the listener’s experience. We expect some users will prefer our headphones without any EQ, while others will prefer the “room sound” calibration provided by these Roon DSP presets. We give you a choice!

Are you only doing calibration?

No. This is just the beginning. We have been beta testing some speaker emulation algorithms. We expect to develop this over time and provide our customers more features. 

 

Audeze is pleased to announce that we are partnering with Roon Labs to offer optional DSP presets for all our headphone models. Roon's Audeze presets apply carefully designed filters specific to the selected Audeze headphone models. In addition to using our headphones “flat (no EQ)” these filters can be used to provide a listening experience similar to great speakers in a typical well treated room.  Additionally, you can tweak these filters by using Roon’s built-in EQ and crossfeed settings. Importantly, each preset has the calibration filters for all commonly used sample rates (44.1kHz to 768kHz) to avoid resampling. Audeze is able to do this because we have our own digital hardware and software engineers, as well as our experience working with Audio Precision in developing headphone-specific test equipment.

Will these work only with Audeze headphones? Yes. These presets are optimized only for Audeze headphones, and are free for our customers.

Do I need to use the presets to get the best sound possible? Of course not. Audeze headphones are designed to be the best sounding headphones - period. These optional DSP algorithms are just another “flavor” to be chosen by the listener, and add value to your Audeze headphones. They are not meant to fix any issues, but rather enhance to the listener’s experience. We expect some users will prefer our headphones without any EQ, while others will prefer the “room sound” calibration provided by these Roon DSP presets. We give you a choice!

Are you only doing calibration?

No. This is just the beginning. We have been beta testing some speaker emulation algorithms. We expect to develop this over time and provide our customers more features. 

 

Audeze Adds Black/Steel Edition to Acclaimed iSINE In-Ear Series

- By audeze

31 May '17

Costa Mesa, CA – May 31, 2017 – Music is powerful, a distinct form of communication that moves your mind and soul.  Building the soundtrack to your life as you live it, music pulls at your heart in most unusual ways, comforting, inspiring, strengthening you. Appreciate your music, empower it, hear it in a way you never have before. Upgrade your total listening experience with Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel available exclusively on Apple.com  and in select Apple stores.

Audeze, an award-winning innovative headphone manufacturer, is pleased to announce the newest addition to their highly acclaimed iSINE series of in-ear headphones.  Emerging from inside their refined black carrying case, the iSINE10 Black/Steel evokes an image of stylish jewelry. Like fashionable earrings or a luxurious watch, these headphones make a big “Stand out in the crowd” statement.  With its exclusive Black/Steel design, Audeze has created an in-ear headphone that looks as distinctive as it sounds.

Audeze rewrites the rules for in-ear headphones

Conceived, engineered and handcrafted with precision at Audeze’s California facility, the patented technologies of the company’s LCD full-sized headphones are the foundation for the iSINE10 Black/Steel’s cutting-edge design. In an audio industry first, Audeze has succeeded in reducing its best-in-class planar magnetic technology into a small, lightweight package. Perfect for iPhone and iPad, these semi-open back in-ear headphones raise the bar for sound quality, providing lower distortion, superior bass response, and a wider soundstage than any other in-ear on the market.

The iSINE10 Black/Steel comes with Audeze’s one-of-a-kind CIPHER Lightning cable. With its inline system-on-a-chip, CIPHER takes digital audio directly from your iPhone or iPad and uses an integral DAC and amplifier for superior audio and improved voice call quality.  The built-in microphone can be used for both phone calls and Siri voice control, while large, inset buttons provide volume and media playback controls. The Audeze app for iPhone and iPad is available exclusively on the App Store and can be used to apply EQ and sound presets, allowing for music management in the palm of your hand, right on your iPhone and iPad.

Connected with the CIPHER cable, Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel are the perfect in-ear headphones to maximize the sound capabilities of your iPhone and iPad. Their cutting-edge technology and innovative design delivers an authentic, airy, spacious sound that gives the sensation of hearing a live performance. With the iSINE10 Black/Steel, hearing is definitely believing!

Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel can be purchased for $399 and is compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3 and iPod touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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About Audeze

Advancing Headphone Technology Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze’s commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of its handcrafted-in-the-USA products.

Media Contact
Bryan Stanton
J. B. Stanton Communications
jbs@jbstanton.com
+1.860.542.1234 Extension 705

Costa Mesa, CA – May 31, 2017 – Music is powerful, a distinct form of communication that moves your mind and soul.  Building the soundtrack to your life as you live it, music pulls at your heart in most unusual ways, comforting, inspiring, strengthening you. Appreciate your music, empower it, hear it in a way you never have before. Upgrade your total listening experience with Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel available exclusively on Apple.com  and in select Apple stores.

Audeze, an award-winning innovative headphone manufacturer, is pleased to announce the newest addition to their highly acclaimed iSINE series of in-ear headphones.  Emerging from inside their refined black carrying case, the iSINE10 Black/Steel evokes an image of stylish jewelry. Like fashionable earrings or a luxurious watch, these headphones make a big “Stand out in the crowd” statement.  With its exclusive Black/Steel design, Audeze has created an in-ear headphone that looks as distinctive as it sounds.

Audeze rewrites the rules for in-ear headphones

Conceived, engineered and handcrafted with precision at Audeze’s California facility, the patented technologies of the company’s LCD full-sized headphones are the foundation for the iSINE10 Black/Steel’s cutting-edge design. In an audio industry first, Audeze has succeeded in reducing its best-in-class planar magnetic technology into a small, lightweight package. Perfect for iPhone and iPad, these semi-open back in-ear headphones raise the bar for sound quality, providing lower distortion, superior bass response, and a wider soundstage than any other in-ear on the market.

The iSINE10 Black/Steel comes with Audeze’s one-of-a-kind CIPHER Lightning cable. With its inline system-on-a-chip, CIPHER takes digital audio directly from your iPhone or iPad and uses an integral DAC and amplifier for superior audio and improved voice call quality.  The built-in microphone can be used for both phone calls and Siri voice control, while large, inset buttons provide volume and media playback controls. The Audeze app for iPhone and iPad is available exclusively on the App Store and can be used to apply EQ and sound presets, allowing for music management in the palm of your hand, right on your iPhone and iPad.

Connected with the CIPHER cable, Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel are the perfect in-ear headphones to maximize the sound capabilities of your iPhone and iPad. Their cutting-edge technology and innovative design delivers an authentic, airy, spacious sound that gives the sensation of hearing a live performance. With the iSINE10 Black/Steel, hearing is definitely believing!

Audeze’s iSINE10 Black/Steel can be purchased for $399 and is compatible with iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPad Pro (12.9-inch), iPad Pro (9.7-inch), iPad, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 3 and iPod touch running iOS 7.1 or later.

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About Audeze

Advancing Headphone Technology Audeze LLC is a California-based high-end audio manufacturer delivering the most accurate sound reproduction available today. Audeze products are engineered with the latest innovations in materials science and technology matched with precision craftsmanship. Audeze’s commitment to research and development is reflected in every facet of its handcrafted-in-the-USA products.

Media Contact
Bryan Stanton
J. B. Stanton Communications
jbs@jbstanton.com
+1.860.542.1234 Extension 705

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- By admin

23 May '17

Tech Columnist Neil C Hughes interviews Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram on Headphones, 3D Audio and Planar Technology.

 

Tech Columnist Neil C Hughes interviews Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram on Headphones, 3D Audio and Planar Technology.

 

Guest Listeners Shoot out Audeze LCD-4 vs. Focal Utopia

- By MINH_Q

31 Mar '17

Katz’s Corner Episode 14: Guest Listeners Shoot out Audeze LCD-4 vs. Focal Utopia

Read the full article at Inner Fidelity: Katz's Corner

It’s nice to hear different listeners’ perspectives: Each listener brings something different to the table. I learned a lot about how different people perceive sound and their preferences when putting together this post about experienced listeners listening. Our quintet of expert listeners consists of:

  • Aaron Gandia, chief engineer of Phat Planet Studios in Orlando; he is a recording, mixing and mastering engineer and also an audiophile-grade loudspeaker designer. He’s produced two excellent loudspeaker systems which impress me with their tonal accuracy and impact.
  • Matt Davis is my intern; he is a professional mastering engineer, a musician and an audiophile; he has a BS in music engineering, a Master in Music Technology, and is studying for his masters in Electrical Engineering.
  • Andrew Diaz is one of my mixing engineers, with a discerning ear, he’s a graduate of Full Sail. He’s learned a lot from me about how to mix recordings, how to analyze subtle sonic differences, balance instruments and produce space and depth in mixes. Andrew’s working with a team of professional musicians looking for a Grammy, let’s wish Andrew the best!
  • Paige Coley has an A.S. degree in Music Production and Sound Technology. She’s a musician, member of a rock band, producer and mixing engineer.
  • Veit Renn is a music producer and engineer. He’s a great vocal producer, was the producer for N’Sync and Back Street Boys and many other styles including straight ahead jazz and smooth jazz. You can find Veit’s credits at allmusic.com or rennmusic.com. He is also a professor at Full Sail University teaching audio engineering techniques.

There’s a lot to learn about these two phones from expert listeners’ nuanced responses. More than one of my listeners is sitting on the fence about which headphone he (or she) prefers, very much depending on the application. Each listener has a different preference for attributes such as detail and space. I present them in the order I interviewed each participant, and also the order in which they listened to the headphones since I alternated which was auditioned first for each musical cut.

Results

Aaron Gandia's Evaluation

Matt Davis's Evaluation

Andrew Diaz's Evaluation

Paige Coley's Evaluation

Veit Renn's Evaluation

Katz's Conclusion

Read the full article at Inner Fidelity : Katz's Corner

I notice that five out of six listeners feel the vocals are stronger on the LCD-4 than on the Focal, and the reasons they give are that the percussion and other instruments are emphasized and more forward in the Focal, masking the vocals. Whereas the sixth listener feels that the bass gets in the way of the vocals and consequently the vocals are murkier in the LCD-4s. Clearly different listeners have different listening preferences. But regardless, there is a consensus that the Focals are brighter and more forward: most of the listeners feel they are brighter than the reference loudspeakers. For analytical listening, such as in a mix studio, one listener was bothered by the slight extra sub and mid bass in the LCD-4 compared to the speakers. On some songs, this is not what she wants to hear from bass when analyzing a mix. But for pleasure listening she often preferred the LCD-4.

The consensus is clear: overall the expert listeners prefer the LCD-4 for any kind of listening. But occasionally some would choose the Utopia when detail is important, or sometimes when mixing, but not as a steady diet. In my next episode I’ll reveal the EQ that I’ve cooked up that takes the LCD-4 from a solid A performer to an A+ standout, as well as compare them with the precious Stax 007 Mk2, both EQ’d and not EQ’d. You’ll never guess the winner of that shootout!

 

Katz’s Corner Episode 14: Guest Listeners Shoot out Audeze LCD-4 vs. Focal Utopia

Read the full article at Inner Fidelity: Katz's Corner

It’s nice to hear different listeners’ perspectives: Each listener brings something different to the table. I learned a lot about how different people perceive sound and their preferences when putting together this post about experienced listeners listening. Our quintet of expert listeners consists of:

  • Aaron Gandia, chief engineer of Phat Planet Studios in Orlando; he is a recording, mixing and mastering engineer and also an audiophile-grade loudspeaker designer. He’s produced two excellent loudspeaker systems which impress me with their tonal accuracy and impact.
  • Matt Davis is my intern; he is a professional mastering engineer, a musician and an audiophile; he has a BS in music engineering, a Master in Music Technology, and is studying for his masters in Electrical Engineering.
  • Andrew Diaz is one of my mixing engineers, with a discerning ear, he’s a graduate of Full Sail. He’s learned a lot from me about how to mix recordings, how to analyze subtle sonic differences, balance instruments and produce space and depth in mixes. Andrew’s working with a team of professional musicians looking for a Grammy, let’s wish Andrew the best!
  • Paige Coley has an A.S. degree in Music Production and Sound Technology. She’s a musician, member of a rock band, producer and mixing engineer.
  • Veit Renn is a music producer and engineer. He’s a great vocal producer, was the producer for N’Sync and Back Street Boys and many other styles including straight ahead jazz and smooth jazz. You can find Veit’s credits at allmusic.com or rennmusic.com. He is also a professor at Full Sail University teaching audio engineering techniques.

There’s a lot to learn about these two phones from expert listeners’ nuanced responses. More than one of my listeners is sitting on the fence about which headphone he (or she) prefers, very much depending on the application. Each listener has a different preference for attributes such as detail and space. I present them in the order I interviewed each participant, and also the order in which they listened to the headphones since I alternated which was auditioned first for each musical cut.

Results

Aaron Gandia's Evaluation

Matt Davis's Evaluation

Andrew Diaz's Evaluation

Paige Coley's Evaluation

Veit Renn's Evaluation

Katz's Conclusion

Read the full article at Inner Fidelity : Katz's Corner

I notice that five out of six listeners feel the vocals are stronger on the LCD-4 than on the Focal, and the reasons they give are that the percussion and other instruments are emphasized and more forward in the Focal, masking the vocals. Whereas the sixth listener feels that the bass gets in the way of the vocals and consequently the vocals are murkier in the LCD-4s. Clearly different listeners have different listening preferences. But regardless, there is a consensus that the Focals are brighter and more forward: most of the listeners feel they are brighter than the reference loudspeakers. For analytical listening, such as in a mix studio, one listener was bothered by the slight extra sub and mid bass in the LCD-4 compared to the speakers. On some songs, this is not what she wants to hear from bass when analyzing a mix. But for pleasure listening she often preferred the LCD-4.

The consensus is clear: overall the expert listeners prefer the LCD-4 for any kind of listening. But occasionally some would choose the Utopia when detail is important, or sometimes when mixing, but not as a steady diet. In my next episode I’ll reveal the EQ that I’ve cooked up that takes the LCD-4 from a solid A performer to an A+ standout, as well as compare them with the precious Stax 007 Mk2, both EQ’d and not EQ’d. You’ll never guess the winner of that shootout!

 

SoundStage Network Review

- By admin

15 Mar '17

Brent Butterworth writes: “If you want top-notch, audiophile-grade sound you can enjoy at home and easily take along to your office, cubicle, or hotel room, I can’t think of a more practical and cost-effective way to get it. This is $4000 worth of sound for $400”

Read the full review here

 

Brent Butterworth writes: “If you want top-notch, audiophile-grade sound you can enjoy at home and easily take along to your office, cubicle, or hotel room, I can’t think of a more practical and cost-effective way to get it. This is $4000 worth of sound for $400”

Read the full review here

 

Wow Sound! - Sound and Vision on iSine10

- By admin

14 Feb '17

Lauren Dragan writing for Sound and Vision - " The iSine 10 are a fantastic buy, and a worthy addition (or start!) to your high-end headphone collection...."
Read more here

Lauren Dragan writing for Sound and Vision - " The iSine 10 are a fantastic buy, and a worthy addition (or start!) to your high-end headphone collection...."
Read more here

iSine's Sounds Majestic - Digital Trends

- By admin

13 Feb '17

Ryan Waniata writes on Digital Trends "Audeze, which makes some of the greatest headphones in the world, has perfected the planar design like no other brand." Read full review here

Ryan Waniata writes on Digital Trends "Audeze, which makes some of the greatest headphones in the world, has perfected the planar design like no other brand." Read full review here

ISine headphones on The Verge

- By admin

13 Feb '17

Vlad Savov from The Verge writes "Recall the scene in The Matrix where Cypher cuts into a fine steak, masticates thoughtfully, and decides to betray all of humanity for what he knows is the synthetic illusion of a "juicy and delicious" meal. Headphones are kind of like that: most of them are like video game recreations of a musical performance, while the best among them approach a Matrix-like realism that's beguiling and enchanting. I think the iSine 20s are in the latter category. These are not the headphones for every person or every occasion. But listening to them is, in itself, an occasion of the sort that everyone can appreciate." Read the full review here

Vlad Savov from The Verge writes "Recall the scene in The Matrix where Cypher cuts into a fine steak, masticates thoughtfully, and decides to betray all of humanity for what he knows is the synthetic illusion of a "juicy and delicious" meal. Headphones are kind of like that: most of them are like video game recreations of a musical performance, while the best among them approach a Matrix-like realism that's beguiling and enchanting. I think the iSine 20s are in the latter category. These are not the headphones for every person or every occasion. But listening to them is, in itself, an occasion of the sort that everyone can appreciate." Read the full review here

iSine20 Review - Metal-Fi

- By admin

13 Feb '17

Alex from Metal-Fi writes "The iSINE 20 is a breakthrough product in every way and may in fact be Audeze’s finest achievement to date. It is not only the best sounding IEM I have ever heard but redefines what an IEM can and should sound like. I have owned many expensive IEMs over my illustrious audiophile career including the JH16P, the Triple-Fi’s, a few top of the line Shure’s, you name it, and none of them hold a candle to the iSINE 20. If you’ve got $549 bucks to burn and want a superb sounding, mini-full sized headphone you can carry around with where ever you go, look no further, the 20 is your can…uh, I mean IEM"

Read the full review here 

Alex from Metal-Fi writes "The iSINE 20 is a breakthrough product in every way and may in fact be Audeze’s finest achievement to date. It is not only the best sounding IEM I have ever heard but redefines what an IEM can and should sound like. I have owned many expensive IEMs over my illustrious audiophile career including the JH16P, the Triple-Fi’s, a few top of the line Shure’s, you name it, and none of them hold a candle to the iSINE 20. If you’ve got $549 bucks to burn and want a superb sounding, mini-full sized headphone you can carry around with where ever you go, look no further, the 20 is your can…uh, I mean IEM"

Read the full review here 

What does it take to deliver immersive VR audio?

- By Karthick

03 Jan '17

Audeze’s years of  research in both recording and reproduction of spatial audio through ambisonics and binaural techniques resulted in ISINE VR, the world’s first planar headphones for Virtual Reality applications. They deliver an immersive audio experience no matter what VR system you’re using

The human brain use spatial cues embedded in sound to localize its source enabling us to hear in 3D. The spatial cues are a combination of different factors experienced in the real world.

Interaural Time Delay (ITD): Depending on where the sound source is, there’s a slight delay between when each of our ears hear sound. ITD is one of the easiest cues to create and is easily reproduced by most headphones. But ITD is useful mostly in the midrange and ineffective at low frequencies

Interaural  Intensity Differences (IID): When sound is not directly in front of you the head partially blocks or ‘shadows’ the sound reaching the ear opposite the source. The degree to which there’s a change in the perceived frequency response between your two ears provides valuable directional cues. We’ve found that headphones with a frequency response close to neutral with closely matched drivers is most effective in delivering IID cues. We match iSINE VR drivers to within 1dB and tuned them to  sound as close to neutral as possible.

Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF): HRTFs model how our head, ear and torso modifies sound before they reach our ear. HRTFs can be used within VR environments to provide a stunningly immersive audio experience. We’ve found that headphones that faithfully reproduce HRTF without distorting or coloring the response work best. When frequency response is modified it often leads to distortion if the transducers aren’t up to it. The iSINE VRs exhibit close-to-zero distortion, the lowest distortion of any production in-ear headphones.

Transient attack: Our brains pick up minute differences in the time differences between transients produced by differing sound sources. This helps separate them even if they’re close or behind each other.The ultra-thin planar drivers of the iSINE VR deliver fast-as-life leading-edge transients and ultra-quick settling times for significantly better imaging, transparency and VR believability

Reflections and reverberation: When sound is directly in front or behind us it’s difficult to perceive depth unless there are nearby reflective surfaces. Our brains process direct and reflected sound to sense the depth and size of the environment. Headphones must be able to reproduce and finely resolve both direct and reflected sound. Additionally the iSINE VR features low-frequency extension down to 10Hz that ensures reverberant energy is faithfully relayed to your ears.

Though we knew all along that our fast and low distortion planar transducers are well suited for VR, the real challenge was shrinking our design to fit within the form factor of an in-ear for an unobtrusive  VR expereience.

Audeze’s years of  research in both recording and reproduction of spatial audio through ambisonics and binaural techniques resulted in ISINE VR, the world’s first planar headphones for Virtual Reality applications. They deliver an immersive audio experience no matter what VR system you’re using

The human brain use spatial cues embedded in sound to localize its source enabling us to hear in 3D. The spatial cues are a combination of different factors experienced in the real world.

Interaural Time Delay (ITD): Depending on where the sound source is, there’s a slight delay between when each of our ears hear sound. ITD is one of the easiest cues to create and is easily reproduced by most headphones. But ITD is useful mostly in the midrange and ineffective at low frequencies

Interaural  Intensity Differences (IID): When sound is not directly in front of you the head partially blocks or ‘shadows’ the sound reaching the ear opposite the source. The degree to which there’s a change in the perceived frequency response between your two ears provides valuable directional cues. We’ve found that headphones with a frequency response close to neutral with closely matched drivers is most effective in delivering IID cues. We match iSINE VR drivers to within 1dB and tuned them to  sound as close to neutral as possible.

Head Related Transfer Function (HRTF): HRTFs model how our head, ear and torso modifies sound before they reach our ear. HRTFs can be used within VR environments to provide a stunningly immersive audio experience. We’ve found that headphones that faithfully reproduce HRTF without distorting or coloring the response work best. When frequency response is modified it often leads to distortion if the transducers aren’t up to it. The iSINE VRs exhibit close-to-zero distortion, the lowest distortion of any production in-ear headphones.

Transient attack: Our brains pick up minute differences in the time differences between transients produced by differing sound sources. This helps separate them even if they’re close or behind each other.The ultra-thin planar drivers of the iSINE VR deliver fast-as-life leading-edge transients and ultra-quick settling times for significantly better imaging, transparency and VR believability

Reflections and reverberation: When sound is directly in front or behind us it’s difficult to perceive depth unless there are nearby reflective surfaces. Our brains process direct and reflected sound to sense the depth and size of the environment. Headphones must be able to reproduce and finely resolve both direct and reflected sound. Additionally the iSINE VR features low-frequency extension down to 10Hz that ensures reverberant energy is faithfully relayed to your ears.

Though we knew all along that our fast and low distortion planar transducers are well suited for VR, the real challenge was shrinking our design to fit within the form factor of an in-ear for an unobtrusive  VR expereience.

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