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  • Apple Begins Offering $800 Set of Lightning-Enabled Headphones in its Online Store


    Apple has been expressing interest in nixing the 3.5mm headphone jack from future iOS devices and in turn, forcing accessory makers to make headphones with proprietary Lightning connectors for audio out in the future. The move would not only allow Apple to continue going thinner in its iOS devices, but it would give Apple more power over the accessories that could be used with its iOS devices.

    Both Phillips and Harman have both already announced headphones that are powered by Lightning and use the Lightning port to relay audio to the user's ears, but now another company is creating headphones made specifically for iOS devices – Audeze.

    The Audeze EL-8 titanium closed back headphones are now available on Apple's online store with the relatively high price tag of $799.95. These headphones are powered by Lightning, and use Lightning to access iOS' digital audio output. Proudly made in the U.S.A., the company advertises excellent sound quality in both the high and low frequencies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Apple
    The first to offer a fully integrated Lightning connector for your iPhone, the Audeze EL-8 Titanium Closed-Back headphones deliver superb sound quality for all the music on your iOS devices. This superior performance for both your music and voice calls is possible thanks to the headphone amplifier and 28-bit DAC built into the Lightning cable. Plus you continue to get the benefits of the special planar magnetic driver derived from Audeze's top-of-the-line LCD Series headphones.

    The EL-8 model gives you a lifelike listening experience with an extended frequency response that opens up a new breadth of sound. Its driver is four times larger than most other headphones and gives excellent bass response along with extremely low distortion. To match the EL-8's impressive audio, its industrial design is by BMW’s DesignWorks. And durable aluminum construction ensures that you'll have lasting enjoyment.
    Better technology, better sound

    By using a planar magnetic driver instead of a cone-type speaker, the EL-8 offers exceptional transient response and extended bass—virtually flat to 25Hz—along with the lowest Total Harmonic Distortion. These qualities help put you “right there” with the artist.
    To check them out, you can head over to this link to read more about them on Apple's online store.

    Source: Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Begins Offering $800 Set of Lightning-Enabled Headphones in its Online Store started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 15 Comments
    1. cpotoso's Avatar
      cpotoso -
      Are they completely INSANE? $800 for a simple pair of headphones?? Not even with active noise reduction? Tsk Tsk... someone needs a brain check.
    1. peacedog's Avatar
      peacedog -
      I think Apple practices P.T. Barnum's philosophy. "There's a sucker born every minute."
    1. Sage I's Avatar
      Sage I -
      The simple fact they were made in the US makes them worth a lil extra money to me, 800 is about double what they should be though...
    1. novadam's Avatar
      novadam -
      hahahaahhahahahahahahahaahahahhahaha **breath* hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    1. Al226's Avatar
      Al226 -
      Unreal the price of this junk. But hey, if they were Bang and Olufsen they'd probably cost around $35000000000000000, I have never seen more overpriced junk than B&O.
    1. Mav1971's Avatar
      Mav1971 -
      Out of their freaking minds, stupid company and Apple should be ashamed to treat their consumers like this
    1. Robmille's Avatar
      Robmille -
      OMFG! $800 for wired headphones with no active noise reduction. Wow. Just charge Apple Watch gold edition prices for it!
    1. Silverado1987's Avatar
      Silverado1987 -
      there are loads of companies that "overprice" everyday things. Just because its something we can't afford doesn't mean "apple should be ashamed"
    1. WHUDS's Avatar
      WHUDS -
      Time for law suits over the headphone jack people, Apple will make sure only approved headphones will work and these cost more than some iphone models, insane
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by peacedog View Post
      I think Apple practices P.T. Barnum's philosophy. "There's a sucker born every minute."
      Audeze is setting the price, not Apple. Forbes has a list of even higher priced headphones.

      Forbes Welcome
    1. Perceptum's Avatar
      Perceptum -
      Quote Originally Posted by WHUDS View Post
      Time for law suits over the headphone jack people, Apple will make sure only approved headphones will work and these cost more than some iphone models, insane
      What is there to sue about?
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Clearly none of you complaining about the price are in the market being targeted by these headphones. I don't mean that as an insult, just a statement of fact. By the same token, I understand how an enthusiast level, top quality, part can cost so much money, I'll never understand people who spend $5000 on a purse or $10,000 on a watch, etc. to each his own.

      Disclaimer: I haven't looked into these headphones at all and have no idea how they perform, I'm merely commenting on the price.
    1. luckyluch's Avatar
      luckyluch -
      Even a great pair of Bluetooth headphones cost a fraction of those wired headphones. I would rather buy Bluetooth headphones and save myself the extra 600$ lol. Wow.
    1. kelkel5313's Avatar
      kelkel5313 -
      This should not happen.
    1. NewFace's Avatar
      NewFace -
      I don't pay for garbage