Audeze iSine 10 review: A uniquely designed in-ear headphone that sounds fantastic – CNET

The headphones look like star wars jewelry that just missed the cut: maybe tie-wrestler earrings. That’s because the unusual shape houses Audeze’s 30mm planar magnetic drivers, which sound very coherent and spacious, with low distortion, and have so far only been found in models that have full-size headphones. (Audeze makes several audiophile-grade flat magnetic over-the-ear headphones, as well as the smaller in-ear bosom that I really like.)

If “planar magnetic controllers” sounds Greek to you, you’re in good company. Ultimately, what matters is that it’s a totally different technology than what’s found in almost every other mainstream headset. if you want the technical details, consult the interior fidelity.

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the isine 10 headset has an open design and detachable cables.

the isine 10 costs $400 or £400 (us price translates to around au$525). it has an open design, so it not only lets some sound in but also filters it out. In other words, they’re probably not the best headset to use in an open office environment or for walking the streets of a big city.

Comes with two cables: a standard cable equipped with a 3.5mm plug and an Apple-certified encrypted Lightning cable that takes digital audio directly from your iOS device and uses the cable’s built-in digital-to-analog converter ( dac) and headphone amplifier. (Put another way: No dongle needed for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus owners.) that cable also has a built-in microphone for taking calls, while the standard 3.5mm cable doesn’t. call quality was good with the encrypted cable, but it’s better to make calls in quieter environments.

Using that encryption cable, the headphones play significantly louder and sound better overall. It consumes a little power from your iOS device and will cause your phone’s battery to drain a little faster than normal while playing music, but the sound quality makes up for the slight loss in battery life.

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with my iphone i usually listen with the volume in the 60-80 percent range, but with the encryption cable things got loud at a 40 percent volume setting. (Audeze is apparently working on an encrypting USB-C cable for Android users, but so far the cable is only available as a lighting option.)

The encryption cable in-line remote has a built-in dac and microphone, but it’s a bit bulky.

the only problem with the encrypt cable is that the inline dac/remote is heavy and not good to walk around with (I used the clip included with it, but had some trouble keeping the clip attached to the cable because the cable is very thick). In the not-too-distant future, we’re hoping to see a second-generation encryption cable with a smaller inline remote, but this is the cable you’ll get for now.

Although the isine 10 looks a little weird, I was able to get a pretty tight seal using the larger button included with the earbuds, and got the earbuds to sit securely in place using one of the detachable ear hooks. earhooks that are also included (not everyone will like wearing earhooks, but the overall weight of the headset will require most people to wear them).

Overall, the earbuds fit quite comfortably, although they may not fit everyone as well as they did for me (heard from a friend that the earhooks were too small for his ears and uncomfortable to wear).

both cables included.

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There is an audeze dsp (digital signal processor) app that has a 10-band equalizer that changes the equalizer in real time, but you don’t have to use the app to get great sound.

The first thing that struck me was how clear and precise the headphones sound. The Isine 10 is also deep, delivering remarkably articulate lows, with a natural midrange and finely detailed highs. Like I said, this is an open-back headphone, and that open-back quality contributes to how spacious and airy it sounds.

In a nutshell, the isine 10 is one of those headphones that makes you want to listen to your entire music collection again and allows you to listen to different instruments, even on more complicated tracks (if you come from a decent country but it’s not a great headphone, you’ll hear things in your music that you didn’t notice before).

A nice carrying case is included.

audeze sells an intensified isine 20 for $200 or £150 more ($600 or £550) that has a longer voice coil and other enhancements that allow for even more transparent and detailed sound. haven’t tried it but steve guttenberg who writes cnet’s audiophile column did it and liked it a little better than the isine 10. thought both earphones sounded great but felt the isine 20 beats the 10. (for Of course, you) will need to have the proper source material to take advantage of the increased clarity of isine 20).

In the end, the design of this headset is not for everyone, it is quite expensive and does not have much appeal for android users. but it offers exceptionally good sound and is certainly unique when it comes to in-ear headphone designs. it’s worth considering if you can live with its drawbacks.

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