Gadget Guy Review: Falling In Love With Audeze's Awesome SINE Headphones
PHOTO: Audeze’s Sine headphones look, feel and sound amazing. (Photo courtesy Audeze)
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When it comes to bringing the sweet sounds of your carefully curated playlists along with you on your trip you can go a number of ways. If you want something sleek, powerful and immersive you go with Audeze’s SINE headphones.
I had the pleasure of taking these for a test drive recently, at about the time most of us take the holiday music out of the proverbial auditory attic. Childish Gambino’s new album, plus A Tribe Called Quest’s farewell triumph offered additional fare in which to sample this set.
Now things are extremely promising straight out of the box as the headphones sit solitary in front of you, beckoning with seeming simplicity.
In the box you get a standard 3.5mm audio cable as well as a 1/4” adapter. The set I received also included the Cipher lightning cable, illustrating how carefully Audeze crafted these headphones with Apple consumers in mind.
It’s with this optional lightning cable where this particular set shines, offering amazing audio quality and the freedom to take calls with the included microphone and Siri capabilities. An amplifier is also built into this particular add-on, which turns classic albums into new experiences as you spot what are akin to audio Easter eggs you hear for the first time.
App: If you do get a set of your own, one of the first things you should do is download the iOS app. It’s ridiculously easy to use and gives you a simple but valuable equalizer to pair with your experience.
Score: 4 out of 5
Portability: So let’s be honest. Headphones could sound like you are actually in the studio with the band, but you aren’t going to use them if they are a pain to travel with.
These are hardly like those wireless ear buds that offer a pocket-size solution you can take anywhere. These are serious headphones that mandate some heft. With that said, these are perfect for the business or frequent leisure traveler who wants the best quality while skipping from airport to airport.
They fit nicely into the provided case, folding flat to make stuffing in your carry-on a breeze.
Now the only obvious hiccup I could find would be if you needed to switch between the 3.5mm audio cable and the lightning jack – let’s say going from your iPhone to some sort of laptop.
This mandates a few moments to switch the physical cables before you are again up and running. However, if you have the lightning cable and are traveling with iPhone and iPad then it really is what I might choose.
Score: 4 out of 5
PHOTO:(Photo courtesy Audeze)
Comfort: Normally headphones with this much sound quality come with noticeable bulk. The top of the head can get a bit sore after a long listening session.
But I found these to be remarkably comfortable, hugging the ears firmly but without squeezing them to death. And the weight, 230 grams, never became an issue for me.
Score: 4 out of 5
Cost: These headphones, when considered with the $ 50 Cipher lightning cable add-on, are a complete set in so many ways.
Retailing at $ 449 for the regular model, it’s a great price for those who demand crisp, deep and immersive sound experiences. With planar magnetic drivers, an integrated amplifier and comfortable construction these are worth the cost – especially if you’re looking for something to whisk you away from the melee that can be the stress and congestion of traversing the globe.
Score: 4.5 out of 5
Sound: These things sound amazing. Audeze put a lot of work into bringing deep lows, crisp highs and an immersive sound in between to this set and they accomplished it.
They are the kind of headphones that make you sit on the couch for longer than you probably should, listening to albums you have already memorized.
Score: 5 out of 5
Verdict: It all depends on what you want in headphones. Those who want something inexpensive, there are sets and ear buds that you should certainly consider.
But many don’t want to sacrifice quality just because they are hopping from hotel to hotel. These are those headphones for you, giving you orchestral brilliance in whatever bag you carry onto the plane.
Final Score: 4.5 out of 5