Blue Microphones has announced three new headphones with built-in amplifiers aimed at audio engineers and audiophiles.
Blue introduced the Sadie ($399.99) premium headphones with a built-in amplifier and the Ella ($699.99) magnetic planar headphones with a built-in audiophile amplifier. Also announced was the Satellite, a new wireless, noise reducing four-driver system featuring two custom 44mm ultra-response dynamic drivers.
The Sadie is an evolution of the original Blue Mo-Fi powered headphones. Each headphone features a 240mW amplifier that drives a 50mm fiber-reinforced dynamic driver. The sealed enclosure is tuned with damping materials, which boast a flat frequency response from 15 Hz to 20 kHz.
The Sadie powers on and off automatically when the headphones are opened and closed. It has 12-hour battery life and weighs 15.67 ounces.
The Ella goes further by combining the detail of planar drivers with the impact of dynamic technology. Each headphone has a 50mm x 50mm magnetic planar driver that is powered by a 250mW amplifier. Ella’s drivers feature a planar membrane that’s less than 50 microns thick and self-tensioned for fast response and extreme accuracy.
The driver enclosures are fashioned after high-end speaker cabinets to deliver a rich, extended soundstage. To ensure high quality standards, Ella is handmade in small quantities. The sealed enclosure is fitted with tuned damping material and delivers a flat frequency response of 20 Hz to 20 kHz.
Coming later in 2017 is the wireless and noise cancelling Blue Satellite headphones. It features Blue’s noise-cancelling technology with dedicated ANC drivers and has a built-in 240mW Class A-B high fidelity amplifier. It includes Bluetooth technology and on-board controls.
The Satellite has 44mm dynamic drivers. The amp offers three settings. An “ON” mode that doesn't add any coloration to the sound, while “ON+” adds a slight bump at 63Hz, which restores the low-end of music mastered on vinyl. The third mode turns off the onboard amp.
The Satellite model supports Bluetooth 4.1 with the aptX codec. To take advantage of aptX's high-quality, low-latency streaming, the Bluetooth audio source must also support aptX.
“Satellite bridges the gap between high-fidelity sound and portable listening, making it possible to enjoy a true audiophile experience anywhere. Traditional noise-cancelling headphones use one pair of drivers for both audio and ANC, which compromises sound quality. Satellite uses separate, dedicated ANC drivers so that our dedicated audio drivers and audiophile amp can deliver high-fidelity sound for no-compromise wireless listening.”John Maier, CEO of Blue Microphones.
The Sadie and Ella models are being released in January. The Satellite model is slated for release in late 2017. All Blue headphones will ship with a soft case, a 3.9 foot audio cable with Apple iPhone/iPad controls and microphone and an ⅛-inch to ¼-inch adapter.
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