Apple now sells Lightning headphones that are super-expensive

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The Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones are great quality. But they'll cost ya!
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For a company which keeps its future plans on the down-low, Apple sure is serious about getting us to believe the rumors that it’s ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack for future generations of iPhone.

At least, that’s going by the fact that Apple has just started selling $800 Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones — at both its online Apple Store and select brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.

The closed-back headphones launched at CES at the start of this year. The first to offer a fully integrated Lightning connector for the iPhone, they boast a headphone amplifier and 28-bit DAC built into the Lightning cable. Apple explains that:

“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.

The company also notes that, “the EL-8 offers exceptional transient response and extended bass — virtually flat to 25Hz — along with the lowest Total Harmonic Distortion.”

The decision to bring the new high-end headphones to Apple Stores follows closely on from the arrival of French-made wireless speaker, the Phantom, which carries a similarly exclusive price tag starting at $1,990.

This is part of Apple retail guru Angela Ahrendts’ goal of pushing Apple Stores down the “luxury retailer” path.

Via: The Verge

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4 responses to “Apple now sells Lightning headphones that are super-expensive”

  1. brian says:

    This article is written as if Apple itself created and launched these headphones, which isn’t the case. There are many varieties of headphones and content on the Apple Online Store that are sold through Apple, just for the option of variety. When you quote something that starts with “Apple explains that”, but is from the manufacturer “Audeze”. None of this is from Apple, launched by Apple, or created my Apple. This entire story is misleading.

    • D Brown says:

      Thank you for calling out click bait tactics.

    • CelestialTerrestrial says:

      No, the article mentions that Apple is now selling them as they are now available through the Apple on-line and brick and mortar stores. It mentions Audeze as the mfg of the headphones.

      “At least, that’s going by the fact that Apple has just started selling $800 Audeze EL-8 Titanium headphones — at both its online Apple Store and select brick-and-mortar retail outlets in the U.S. and Canada.”

  2. James Ala says:

    If you’re moving around why are you wearing big old clunky headphones? If you are stationary why are you using an iPhone or iPod when the Mac is sitting right there and you can plug into a DAC / analog solution like the nu force u-dac and a less expensive headset? This is burning money just to be “special”

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