Want to listen in style and got $1300 to spend? The new Audeze Euclid earphones are the world’s first closed-back earphones with planar drivers. Earphones don’t get much fancier than these.
Audeze is famous for its high-end audiophile and reference headphones. They’ve also made an impact in the gaming and multimedia markets with the Penrose and Mobius headphones. Now the company has taken its planar driver technology and stuck it into a pair of closed-back earphones. While I’m not sure if I’d want to carry a $1300 pair of earbuds onto the subway (I’d probably lose them the first day), the new Audeze Euclids let you do just that.
According to Audeze, Euclid is its first completely closed in-ear earphone. They feature 18 mm single planar magnetic drivers with patented waveguides. The absence of crossovers ensures a consistent sound across the entire frequency spectrum, Audeze says. The maximum SPL is over 120 dB, which results in “the highest dynamic range of any in-ear in its size category”, the manufacturer claims. They quickly add that it’s best to keep the volume below 85 dB to protect your hearing.
I must admit, they do look stunning. The matte black body is made of precision-milled aluminum and carbon fiber. Like most high-end earphones, the Euclids are wired. The braided cable attaches via gold-plated MMCX connectors, which means that it can easily be replaced. An optional cable with Bluetooth connectivity should be available soon, Audeze says.
The included accessory kit contains three kinds of eartips (foam and two kinds of silicone), an MMCX braided cable, Pelican travel case, mesh fabric bag and other goodies like a cleaning brush and cable clip.
Price and availability
The Audeze Euclid earphones are available now for USD 1,299. The optional Bluetooth and 4.4 mm balanced cables will be available in March.