Over in the world of professional audio the Los Angeles-based manufacturer Blue has, in a relatively short amount of time, carved out a niche as a unique provider of microphones. Its users include the popular bands Imagine Dragons and Everclear.
Three years ago the company diversified its product line-up with the introduction of its first headphone, the Mo-Fi. At CES 2017, the company expanded its selection of headphones through the announcement of its Ella and Sadie headphones.
“Ella is a planar magnetic headphone with a twist — it delivers both superior detail and musical impact,” says John Maier, CEO, Blue Microphones. “Typical planar magnetic headphones sacrifice impact to achieve higher levels of detail, leaving a sound that's more clinical than emotional. And traditional dynamic headphones are great at delivering the power and punch that most of us are used to but can't transmit the detail planar does. Ella is the first headphone that combines the best of both worlds to offer both punch and precision.”
Both the Ella and Sadie incorporate built-in amplifiers to ensure the best possible sound quality regardless of the device paired with the products, and both also use the company's racecar-inspired multi-joint headband for fit and comfort.
Explaining the Ella headphones in greater detail, the company says the headphones combine self-tensioned 50mm x 50mm planar magnetic drivers mounted in enclosures that enable the headphones to deliver a dynamic soundstage.
The Sadie draws from the design experience of the Mo-Fi headphones, “to transform any laptop or portable device into a mobile Hi-Fi system.”
Blue says the Sadie headphones incorporate 50mm dynamic drivers that are engineered to produce full-range sound with defined low-end, extended highs, articulate midrange and improved clarity.
“Sadie is the exciting evolution of Blue's commitment to creating premium headphones,” adds Maier. “We broke the mold with Mo-Fi, and Sadie advances that concept even further with refined custom-tuned drivers and a further streamlined unique design. It's like wearing a premium Hi-Fi on your head.”
Both pairs of headphones feature three all-analog amp modes: Off, On and On+. These modes allow users to engage the built-in amplifiers and “restore” the missing low-end to vinyl-era music.
Sadie carries an MSRP of $400, and Ella carries an MSRP of $700.