Audeze, known for their unique planar magnetic speaker technology has jumped into VR by presenting their iSine in-ear headphones. There’s a lot of unique technology already at play in these in-ears, which might or might not explain the $400 price tag.
Audeze has been in the audio scene since 2008, when they released their first planar magnetic headphone the LCD-1. They have followed this up with the award-winning LCD-2 and 3, as well as some even heftier options in their LCD-X and XC models. Two things in common with all their audio products is their nose-bleedingly high price points and the planar magnetic technology.
When I say “high”, I mean in the thousands of dollars – $1600 for the newer LCD-X version for example. This makes the planned $400 price for their VR-centric iSine model look absolutely reasonable, even if that price point makes it *the* most expensive of any of the options specifically made for VR (which doesn’t say much, seeing as I’ve only heard of one other, the Ossic, and other than the Oculus earphones.)
Their products are consistently ranked highly by discerning audio fans, with special mention going to the amazingly detailed mid-range sound stages. Their planar magnetic technology is interesting all by itself, and it will be very interesting to see how well it adapts to more positionally – demanding VR applications. The iSine will be available by the end of the month and is available for pre-order right now.