Today, Audeze, a company best known for reference-quality Planar Magnetic headphones, launched CRBN, a new electrostatic headphone with a novel carbon nano-tube technology in the drivers. This tech is based around a web of carbon nano tubes embedded into the thin diaphragms, which according to Audeze provides increased sensitivity and lower distortion due to enhanced electrostatic charge. The nano tubes are also supposed to provide better control over diaphragm movement.
Along with the advanced drivers, the CRBN also has a sleek new design with custom-designed leather earpads for fit and a specially designed Electrostatic Audio cable that works with STAX-type 580 volt amplifiers. At 300g these headphones should also be lightweight and comfortable. The $4500 CRBN is available for special order via the Audeze website, or via select retailers. Each headphone is made to order, and has a four-week minimum lead time.
For more info and pics see below:
The following Press Release is courtesy of Audeze:
AUDEZE CRBN ELECTROSTATIC TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS BREAKTHROUGH
SOLUTIONS FOR NEUROSCIENCE AND ADVANCED HEADPHONE
The new CRBN Electrostatic headphones have patented carbon nanotube technology
invented by Audeze originally designed to address needs in the medical field
LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 2, 2020 – Audeze, an award-winning premium audio
technology company, announces the launch of CRBN electrostatic headphones
(pronounced “carbon”), Audeze’s first headphone integrating advanced electrostatic
transducers and new patented carbon nanotube technology.
The concept and technology behind CRBN was originally developed to support
neuroscience research, specifically to combat doctor and patient challenges when it
comes to MRI machines. In working with Prof. Mark S. Cohen, UCLA School of
Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and with SMRT
Image, a leader in two-way audio-video communication technology for the medical, the
objective was to apply noise cancellation, improve patient comfort, and enable better
diagnostics within MRI applications.
Conventional headphone driver technologies such as moving coil, planar, and
electrostatic cannot be easily used in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) applications due
to the ferrous metals required in the headphone design. Audeze engineers developed an
innovative patent-pending driver solution using an ultra-thin film with carbon nanotubes
suspended inside the film. The result is a unique driver that has uniform conductivity and
is fully MRI compatible, improving patient comfort and communication between doctor
From Neuroscience to Audiophiles
From this technological advance, Audeze created one of the best sounding transducers.
The Audeze CRBN headphones designed using our patent-pending carbon nanotube
diaphragm offers extreme neutrality, very light weight, and has an amazingly accurate
bass. The proprietary ultra-thin carbon nanotube diaphragm delivers an exceptional level
of detail and immersion – it’s as though there’s nothing between you and your music.
CRBN comes with newly designed leather earpads, carbon fiber suspension headband,
and acetate rings, plus a specially designed premium electrostatic cable and travel case.
CRBN is compatible with all STAX-type 580 volt amplifiers.
“CRBN headphones are a chance for us to make not only the best sounding
headphones in the world, but headphones that have a purpose and measurable social
impact” says Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram.
● 120 mm x 90 mm Audeze CRBN Electrostatic drivers
● Patented Carbon Nanotube diaphragms
● Custom designed leather ear pads
● Premium electrostatic 5 pin DIN audio cable
Driver Type: Push-pull electrostatic
Headphone type: Open-back circumaural
Electrostatic capacitance: 100pF (including cable)
Functional bias voltage: Pro bias (580 V)
Termination: Standard 5-pin Pro bias connector
Driver size: 120 mm x 90 mm
Frequency response: 15Hz – 40 kHz
Diaphragm material: Custom made CRBN carbon nano-tube
Earpad material: Leather
Weight: 300 grams
CRBN (MSRP $4,500) is now available for special order on the Audeze website or
through select dealers and our international distributors. For more information on the
Audeze CRBN, watch the video here and follow Audeze on Twitter, “Like” us on
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Founded in 2008, Audeze is an award-winning premium technology company
engineering the world’s most advanced audio solutions. Focused on science,
innovation, and craftsmanship, Audeze’s precision audio extends from proprietary
planar magnetic drivers and custom engineered transducers, to pristine sound
reproduction and highly unique audio-centric applications. From discerning audiophiles
to Grammy-winning recording engineers, top esports athletes to specialized medical
facilities, Audeze has become one of the most respected audio companies in the world.