For the past 20 years, Blue microphones have been a staple for studio recording, podcasting, and more. Now, the company brings its audio expertise to the world of headphones with the release of its flagship model: the Ella. Handmade in small quantities by expert craftsmen, the Ella is a unique planar-magnetic headphone with a built-in headphone amplifier. It strikes the perfect balance between impact and transparent detail with its 50-by-50-millimeter drivers, whose planar membrane is less than 50 microns thick and self-tensioned for extreme accuracy and fast response. The massive driver enclosures are fashioned after high-end speaker cabinets to deliver a rich, extended soundstage. The built-in amp is rated at a respectable 250 mW and meant to be paired with DAPs, phones, or other digital sources. It also features three all-analog amp modes, including one that restores the low-end character to vinyl-era music.
One Head-Fi reviewer says, “The choice to keep the sound neutral and leave the midrange a little more forward than the usual ‘audiophile V’ has paid off in spades for me, with the Ella presenting a sound that is immediately enjoyable and just downright musical. Add in the technical capability of the planar drivers strapped to each ear and the ability of this headphone to connect the listener to the music and I would say that the Ella is an outstanding piece of engineering in its current price bracket, and an easy recommendation for all but the most die-hard of bassheads or for those who need portability and isolation above all else.” To learn more, check out this Sound Guys review.
Blue Microphones was founded in 1995 by well-known session musician Skipper Wise and recording engineer Martins Saulespurens. Currently headquartered in Westlake Village, the brand has received attention for its high-end studio microphones and USB microphones. Models like the Yeti are wildly popular with podcasters. Moving from its well-regarded microphones, the brand is aiming to make a big splash in the audiophile world with the Ella and Sadie headphones.
Estimated ship date is Mar 27, 2018 PT.
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