Audeze Teams Up With 11-Time Grammy Winner For New MM-500 Studio Headphones

Today Audeze, one of the world’s top audiophile headphone manufacturers, announced the hire of Grammy-winning engineer/producer Manny Marroquin as their Head of Professional Products. He has worked with the industry’s most notable names, including Kanye West, Post Malone, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, and The Rolling Stones.

Their partnership will focus on developing products aimed at the pro audio market, starting with the $1600 MM-500 Planar Magnetic Headphones, the first in a series of Manny Marroquin Signature Series headphones. Audeze will reveal these new cans this weekend at NAMM, the world’s largest pro audio trade show.

From the manufacturer:

“The MM-500 is a carefully crafted collaboration between Audeze and 11-time Grammy-winning producer/mixer Manny Marroquin, designed to deliver uncompromising results for working professionals. Based on Audeze’s latest technologies, the headphone produces studio-quality sound and reliability, with a new chassis design for comfort over long sessions at a weight of just 495 grams! The MM-500 is built to perform both inside and outside the studio, with low impedance and high sensitivity thatk make it easy to drive from any console, interface or laptop.”

These new headphones look somewhat based on Audeze’s flagship, the $4500 LCD-5, known for its strong but lightweight frame and detailed sound. This makes a lot of sense for studio-oriented headphones, which users will be wearing for long listening sessions. In addition, they are priced nicely, and If they sound anything close to the LCD-5, they should also be suitable for home audio listening.

The MM-500 is available for pre-order now on Audeze’s website. If you can get a trade credential, you can visit Audeze at NAMM in the Anaheim Convention Center, where the headphones will be on display. Marroquin will make appearances from 12pm-2pm both Friday and Saturday.

The following Press Release is courtesy of Audeze:


Manny Marroquin and Audeze will focus on creating innovative new audio tools for creators and professionals

LOS ANGELES, CA, June 3rd, 2022Audeze, the leading premium headphone manufacturer based in California, today announces Grammy-winning engineer/producer Manny Marroquin has been named Head of Professional Products. The partnership combines the industry experience of Manny Marroquin with the advanced engineering of Audeze. The first upcoming Manny Marroquin Signature Series headphone from Audeze will be revealed at NAMM in June.  

Marroquin brings his wealth of music industry and production experience to the Audeze team. Moving from Guatemala at a young age, Marroquin cultivated his passion for music soon after arriving in Los Angeles. Since then, he made the City of Angels his home as his productions quickly climbed the charts, landing his first of many Grammy awards in 2005. Collecting another ten Grammys in the years that followed, Marroquin mixed records for many of the industry’s most notable names, including Kanye West, Post Malone, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars, and The Rolling Stones. Marroquin’s work has been featured on more than 250 albums as well as forty #1 albums, one hundred Billboard Top 10 albums, and over forty singles in the top 10. This consistent record of success, including his 2022 Grammy win for album of the year, and his consummate professionalism, make him one of the industry’s most sought-after mixers.

Audeze and Manny are collaborating to create a new series of audio products, focused on using cutting-edge technology and engineering to deliver better results more efficiently for working audio professionals. Marroquin brings his keen understanding of the demands facing producers directly to the engineers at Audeze, to craft an advanced line of comfortable headphones that deliver unsurpassed accuracy and reliability.

“We are very excited to welcome Manny to our team. Manny brings a strong focus to our pro audio business, deepening our commitment to developing products and relationships that serve the needs of music industry professionals,” said Sankar Thiagasamudram, CEO of Audeze.  

“I am thrilled to be joining the Audeze team as my entire career has been spent in the music industry. I look forward to furthering my career by helping develop and provide other recording industry professionals with the tools that have helped me elevate my creativity,” said Marroquin.


Visit Audeze at NAMM, June 3-5, booth 14717 at the Anaheim Convention Center, where Marroquin will make appearances from 12pm-2pm both Friday and Saturday.


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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.

Audeze is proudly owned and operated in the USA, designed and engineered in California.

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