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Featuring the most advanced electrostatic technology in decades, Audeze proudly introduces the CRBN electrostatic headphone (pronounced “carbon”), built using their all new Patent-pending carbon nanotube film. CRBN is lightweight and comfortable, has an excellent dynamic range, presents accurate low frequencies and pairs beautifully with our top of the line Blue Hawaii Special Edition!
“CRBN features a new Patent-pending polymer film with suspended carbon nanotubes to eliminate problems commonly found in previous electrostatic designs. Originally developed for MRI medical applications, we've adapted those innovations for the audiophile version of CRBN, which top audio professionals have called the best sounding electrostatic headphone to-date.”
Audeze originally developed this new technology working with Prof. Mark S. Cohen Ph.D., UCLA School of Medicine and his team, for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Typical ferrous metals could not be used, so they had to develop a new material, and that led them to patent a special thin film with suspended carbon nanotubes. Which solves the problems associated with lamination and deposition on the film.
The CRBN driver includes a revolutionary ultra-thin diaphragm with carbon nanotubes suspended inside the material – unlike other electrostatic diaphragms, there is no coating. Because the charge is distributed throughout the film, this results in a uniform driving force that reduces distortion and improves clarity, resolution and transparency.
Electrostatic headphones have a reputation for less than stellar bass response. The Audeze solution to this well-known issue involves several angles.
As a result, CRBN is transparent and highly resolving across the entire audible spectrum, with excellent transient response, sparkling clarity, and bass response that’s unmatched in the electrostatic arena. Another example of Audeze’s commitment to Uncompromised Audio.
CRBN offers supreme comfort with its lightweight construction. At 300 grams, the minimalist design features materials such as magnesium and carbon fiber, which shaves off every gram while maintaining strength. The earpads are extra plush and slightly oversized, for a great seal and pillow-soft, cranium-cradling comfort.
2.5m OCC monocrystal copper, 5-pin Pro Bias
Magnesium, stainless steel and polymer acetate
Carbon fiber and premium leather
Ultra-thin custom carbon nanotube
120mm x 90mm
100 pF (including cable)
Functional bias voltage
580 VDC Stax Pro Bias
20Hz to 40kHz
<0.1% @ 90dB
The planar-magnetic driver design used by Audeze moves a large ultra-thin driver between magnet arrays, capable of great air movement. This helps create the signature powerful bass that Audeze headphones have become known for, in addition to a natural, extended treble.