CES 2017: Blue Microphone Sadie and Ella Powered Headphones
In yet another case evidencing how hard it is to get headphones right, Blue Microphones have produced a next generation of their unusual take on headphones...and that's a good thing.
Previous incarnations of these headphones have been a disappointment, not because of poor sound qualitythey did sound pretty goodbut because of poor comfort. The original Blue MoFi was too heavy and had significantly uncomfortable clamping force. The Subsequent Lola was betterand better soundingbut for me seemed to exert undue pressure low, behing my jaw.
Evidently, Blue Microphone was listening as the newly introduced Sadie ($399) and Ella ($699) were much more comfortable for me. Weight, clamping pressure, and headphone geometry have all been changed for the better.
The Sadie uses a 42mm micro-fiber dynamic driver, and the Ella uses a 50mm planar magnetic driver. Cool beans! Both products have built in "audiophile" quality amplifiers according to the firm, but both cans can go into passive mode for use with external amps. There is one more mode that intends to replace bass lost in the master cutting of vinyl. I'm no expert here, but I thought that bass compression in master cutting was a somewhat dynamic process and not a fixed amount. Interested in feedback in the comments below.
Samples have been requested!