Audeze CRBN Electrostatic Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones

BH #AUCRBN • MFR #215-EX-1121-00
Audeze CRBN Electrostatic Over-Ear Open-Back Headphones
Key Features
  • Designed for Hi-Fi Listening
  • Engineered for a Transparent Sound
  • Works with Stax-Style 580V Amplifiers
  • Suspended Carbon Nanotubes in Drivers
Originally designed for high-tech medical circumstances, the Audeze CRBN is a pair of lightweight electrostatic headphones that offer a comfortable design and a nuanced sound perfect for the Hi-Fi listener. These open-back, over-ear headphones make use of a specially engineered diaphragm with suspended carbon nanotubes that aid in an even distribution of charge. This results in a uniform driving force, which in turn reduces distortion and improves clarity, resolution, transparency, and soundstage.
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Audeze CRBN Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Designed with Purpose
  • 3Carbon Nanotube Technology
  • 4Supreme Comfort
  • 5Elegant Design
  • 6580 Volt Compatibility

Originally designed for high-tech medical circumstances, the Audeze CRBN is a pair of lightweight electrostatic headphones that offer a comfortable design and a nuanced sound perfect for the Hi-Fi listener. These open-back, over-ear headphones make use of a specially engineered diaphragm with suspended carbon nanotubes that aid in an even distribution of charge. This results in a uniform driving force, which in turn reduces distortion and improves clarity, resolution, transparency, and soundstage.

As these are electrostatic headphones, they are meant to be used with special corresponding 580V Stax-style amplifiers. With a cable terminating in a standard 5-pin connector for this arrangement, the CRBN can work with Woo Audio, Linear Tube Audio, Mjolnir Audio, Headamp, and Stax amplifiers. Included with the headphones are a premium travel case and a certificate of authenticity.

Designed with Purpose
Audeze originally developed the principles behind these headphones in conjunction with Professor Mark S. Cohen Ph.D., UCLA School of Medicine, and his team. It was designed specifically for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Typical ferrous metals could not be used, so Audeze developed a new material for the headphones, which led to a special thin film with suspended carbon nanotubes. This solves the problems associated with lamination and deposition on the film.
Carbon Nanotube Technology
The CRBN driver includes a specifically engineered ultra-thin diaphragm with carbon nanotubes suspended inside the material. Because the charge is distributed throughout the film, this results in a uniform driving force that reduces distortion and improves clarity, resolution, and transparency.
Supreme Comfort
CRBN offers long-lasting comfort thanks to its lightweight construction. At just over 10 oz, the minimalist design features materials such as magnesium and carbon fiber, which shaves off every gram while maintaining strength. The earpads are extra plush, and slightly oversized, for a great seal and pillow-soft, cranium-cradling comfort.
Elegant Design
CRBN hopes to provide the ultimate in luxurious design, from the smooth curves of its uniquely etched grille, to the depth of its finely polished acetate rings. Featuring hand-stitched premium leather, every detail has been fine-tuned, all the way down to the feel of the machined aluminum 5-pin connector.
580 Volt Compatibility
CRBN is compatible with "Stax Pro Bias" 580 V amplifiers such those from Woo Audio, Linear Tube Audio, Mjolnir Audio, Headamp, Stax, iFi Audio, and others. The cable is terminated with the industry standard 5-pin barrel connector for maximum compatibility.
UPC: 819343014052

Audeze CRBN Specs

Headphone
Earpiece DesignOver-Ear (Circumaural), Open-Back
Earpiece SwivelNo
Earpiece Connection / Wearing StyleWired
FoldableNo
Driver TypeElectrostatic
Driver Size4.7" / 120 mm
DiaphragmCarbon
ImpedanceNot Specified by Manufacturer
Active Noise CancellationNo
Performance
Frequency Response20 Hz to 40 kHz
Maximum Sound Pressure Level (SPL)120 dB
Functional Bias Voltage580 VDC (Stax Pro Bias)
Electrostatic Capacitance100 pF (including Cable)
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)0.1%
Wired Connectivity
Audio Connector to Source1 x Electrostatic 5-Pin
Cable DesignY-Type, Braided
Audio Connector to EarpieceNot Specified by Manufacturer
Cable Length8.2' / 2.5 m
Cable Conductor MaterialCopper
Physical
ColorBlack
Material of ConstructionPolymer, Steel
Weight10.6 oz / 300 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight6.76 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)16.1 x 14.4 x 8.7"

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