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Creative E-MU Unveils Audiophile Headphones with User-replaceable Wood Enclosures

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Creative's audiophile and studio brand E-MU unveiled two new around-the-ear monitors featuring user-replaceable wood enclosures. Headphones and monitors with wood enclosures are sought after for sounding more natural, with deeper lows and crisper mid-range; compared to most common headphones with ABS plastic enclosures. Among the two headphones launched are the heavier E-MU Teak and lightweight E-MU Walnut. The E-MU Teak features 50 mm neodynium drivers with bio-cellulose diaphragms, while the E-MU Walnut features smaller 40 mm drivers with the same quality of magnets and diaphragms as as the E-MU Teak.

The star attraction here is their enclosures, which are made of specialized single-origin woods - teak, walnut, rose, etc. The outer surface is polished for protection, while the inner one facing the driver is exposed. The enclosures ship in separate airtight, dehydrated jewel-cases. The E-MU Teak has an astounding frequency range of 5 Hz to 45 kHz, 106 dB sensitivity, and 25 Ω impedance. The E-MU Walnut, on the other hand, provides 10 Hz to 30 kHz frequency range, 103 dB sensitivity, and 30 Ω impedance. Both ship with 1.2-3 m long deoxygenated copper cables.



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The CALs are not bad though. Teak will be the more interesting one.
 
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I always love these audiophile products for their certified nonsense. Its a bit like beauty product commercials. Add a few complicated words and pray for idiots to throw money at you

bio-cellulose diaphragms (a plastic layer)
separate airtight, dehydrated jewel-cases (its a box)
deoxygenated copper cables (its a cable)

Oh and look what google says, seems the beauty and audiophile business are related!

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Exactly, the standard term is "Oxygen Free Copper" (OFC) and it's not that expensive.
 
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I always love these audiophile products for their certified nonsense. Its a bit like beauty product commercials. Add a few complicated words and pray for idiots to throw money at you

bio-cellulose diaphragms (a plastic layer)
separate airtight, dehydrated jewel-cases (its a box)
deoxygenated copper cables (its a cable)

Oh and look what google says, seems the beauty and audiophile business are related!

View attachment 114301
I only wish I could upvote you more for this. The whole "audiophile" business, including the whole discrete sound cards/external DACs/upgradeable OP-AMPS nonsense, seems to me like little more than a scheme to part fools from their money.

... I should get into the "audiophile" business.
 
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I only wish I could upvote you more for this. The whole "audiophile" business, including the whole discrete sound cards/external DACs/upgradeable OP-AMPS nonsense, seems to me like little more than a scheme to part fools from their money.

... I should get into the "audiophile" business.
Here's some study material to get into the game. Great fun

https://www.uitaudio.com/
http://www.wireworldcable.com/
https://robertsonaudiocables.com.au/

You will notice a trend here, look at the style of the writing. They all try to sound intelligent, when in fact they're all saying 'we have audio cables'. They're all objective, yet all sound unique, and somehow, they all still provide the best, 'true' audio experience. The only conclusion I can draw here is that they're actually just selling the same cable.

It gets even better when they try to add science in the mix
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audio_equipment_testing

There is a real group of listeners that believe in fairies and discredit double blind tests because they prove them wrong, every single time. This is easily the most gullible target audience you can find in tech, maybe fighting for the top spot with Apple fans.
 
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LGR will love this.
 
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I am an Audiophile, and have worked in the industry, yet I also go on science and facts, and if it sounds good to me, then it's good.

At the end of the day, if a cable is a piece of uninterrupted copper, and it is physically capable of handling the currents and frequencies running through it, then I defy anyone to PROVE that one cable can sound better/different to another. It's the same snake oil tricks companies like Monster use to sell HDMI cables to morons. At the end of the day, a digital connection either works, or does not. Error checking and correction assure what goes in at one end, comes out of the other, or you simply get a black screen. The only difference cable quality can make, is in long cable runs, or in usage in places with crazy high levels of electrical or RF interference.
 
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Why is this new? The E-MU products have been out for years...
Listening to the teaks right now. It's based on the same Foster OEM design that everyone uses (see Massdrop TH-X00 or old school Denon D2/5/7k)

Also bio-cellulose isn't a plastic layer. That's the point of it being bio-cellulose. Its more akin to a pulp/paper driver in a speaker as opposed to a typical TPE driver.
 
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Emu walnut is same as 10 years old Creative Aurvana Live. Add wood caps and resell.
I used to own a pair of Denon AH-D5000. The bass was super fun :oops:
 
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I only wish I could upvote you more for this. The whole "audiophile" business, including the whole discrete sound cards/external DACs/upgradeable OP-AMPS nonsense, seems to me like little more than a scheme to part fools from their money.

... I should get into the "audiophile" business.
Apparently it was a low quality post. Guess I used the wrong cable :) Or somebody got triggered :roll:
 
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MassDrop have been offering these for years. Now Creative decides to put their "official" branding on them and sell them as a new product? I wonder how much of a markup these will have over what is offered from MassDrop?
 

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I always love these audiophile products for their certified nonsense. Its a bit like beauty product commercials. Add a few complicated words and pray for idiots to throw money at you

bio-cellulose diaphragms (a plastic layer)
separate airtight, dehydrated jewel-cases (its a box)
deoxygenated copper cables (its a cable)

Oh and look what google says, seems the beauty and audiophile business are related!

View attachment 114301
Bio-cellulose isn't new, sony has been using that for a loooooong time(1989). and it's been around since 1838. It's made of...bacterias (fermentation). It's also used in the medical world for burns, artificial blood vessel etc...
Bacterial cellulose, Microbial cellulose are more "serious" name for it.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13273-017-0028-3
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jbm.a.30570


I get that you could get mad at the marketing for dac and amps, but by saying that cellulose is plastic, you look just as bad as them for also saying non-sense. I mean since when a material can't have several application that are unrelated ? Silicon is one of the most confusing material, for having so many variants, that have completely different use.

Cables, Dacs and amp are the devil business, yes, but headphones don't have to suffer because of them.
 
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@Vayra86 I added some more upvote to the "low quality" (but accurate) post.

Also, those cables you linked actually looked "reasonably" priced compared to some of the utter scams out there - let's not get into "cable risers", quartz discs and some of the other utter fairy dust nonsense. ;)
 
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