The Audeze Sine is a classy headphone with special features. Not only is it unique, but it is also the most affordable planar magnetic earphones available on the market.
However, what makes this headset exceptional compared to other planar magnetic models? The difference is that this model has a closed-back design compared to the popular open-back design found in most planar magnetic brands.
So let us look closer at the first on-ear planar magnetic headset.
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Audeze Sine Review
Audeze Sine Design
While the Audeze Sine is the first planar magnetic headphone, it is also ready for the future. With Apple deciding to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack on their new phones, this headset is a step ahead for the new change.
The first thing you notice is the durable aluminum frame with a leather finish and thick cables that will last a long time. The earcups fold flat and do not swivel inwards.
So the headphones will be a bit awkward to carry when not wearing them. Once you place the earphones, it sits right on the ears and will be uncomfortable.
For other users, the ears may slip inside the leather cushions, which will be great for comfortable listening. Some of us in the office found some clamping pressure present.
The main feature of the Sine is the Cipher Lightning cable with lighting connector, inline three-button remote/mic, and 24-bit DAC with an amp built-in.
When used with the iPhone, the DAC takes over all the clocking duties to read digital music data that comes through the lightning port.
Furthermore, it also serves as an amplifier, but a worthy note is that the DAC draws power from your phone. However, we did not find a catastrophic drain.
Another thing you will not be able to do is to charge the phone and listens to music at the same time. The good news is you do get the Sine shipped with a 3.5mm plug to listen with older devices.
Now while you do get that standard audio cable, it does not have an inline remote/mic present. For comfort, the headbands covered with leather and have adjustable arms to accommodate different sized heads.
On the back of each earcup, you have the port to plug in either cord supplied with the headphones.
Audeze Sine Performance
The Audeze Sine is made to use with iOS and Android devices. However, if you have the iPhone, we recommend you use the Cipher Lightning cable as it bypasses the phone’s default audio system.
Once you connect the cable, you are prompted to install the application to keep the hardware updated. Furthermore, you have two equalizers you can tune to suit your taste.
Listening to music with the cable is detailed, warm, and full of attack. The sounds balanced, and nothing sounds out of place. On the other hand, using an Android phone using the 3.5mm cable is serviceable, as well.
The sound is a bit reserved without the warm quality found using the Cipher cable. As mentioned, there is an inline remote/mike on the wire with multiple functions.
You can use it to adjust the volume, answer calls, and skip tunes. However, with the 3.5mm cable, all of these functionalities are lost.
On the other hand, with the Cipher cable, you will get a grin of delight as the music goes loud. You will hear a spacious presentation in the vocals and instruments.
Audeze Sine Specs
- Color: Black
- Cord Type: Wired
- Extras: First-ever on-ear closed-back planar magnetic headphone with Cypher Lightning cable
- Form Factor: On-ear Closed-Back
- Included: Cypher Lightning Cable with 3.5mm Audio Cable
- Noise Isolation: Yes
- Warranty: 1-year
- Weight: 320 grams
Audeze Sine Pros and Cons
What we like:
- Swanky style
- Durable build
- Small and affordable
- iPhone 7 ready
- You get two cables you can choose a Cypher Lightning and 3.5mm Audio Cable
What we do not like:
- A bit heavy
- The 3.5mm cable does not have an inline remote/mic
Should You Buy It?
Yes, if you want a mobile orientated headset with authentic high-end sound. On the other hand, you can use it with the iOS or Android phone.
The only difference is that the Cypher Lighting cables made for the iPhone with an inline remote/mic. Here Android users lose out with the 3.5mm cable that does not have the remote or mic for answering calls.
The Audeze Sine has a great sound and depends on which cable you use. The headset has a premium build with an adjustable leather-covered headband.
The earpads are soft with a luxurious feel, and the color is subtle. We found the earphones work well to use when working or listening casually to music at home.
The headphones do fold flat, making them easier to store, but the earcups do not swivel, making it difficult to wear around your neck.
The sound is fantastic, with clear solid bass and highs. You get reasonable noise isolation to listen to your favorite tunes in peace.
However, when it comes to comfort, the headset is comfortable with the adjustable sizes. But you will need to fiddles around to get a truly comfortable fit.
For Apple users, the Audeze Sine is an excellent pair of headphones to use while Android users may find the lack of remote/mic a bit disappointing.