Audeze may not be a household name, but they are, in fact, a global leader in premium audio. Their iSINE headphones have received positive reviews and, as of today, are now available in a new Bluetooth version. Also, for those who already own iSINE headphones, their new CIPHER Bluetooth module will let Audeze fans cut the cord too!
The company announcement makes clear how enthusiastic they are about their new wireless approach. Not only are they excited about the new Bluetooth iSINE in-ear headphones, but they have taken the bold step of making all of their iSINE in-ear headphones capable of wireless connectivity too. As they explain:
The CIPHER Bluetooth Modules will also be available as a detachable, lightweight device that will turn any Audeze existing iSINE headphone into a fully mobile Bluetooth headset.
The world’s best sounding in-ears just got a whole lot better thanks to Audeze’s new CIPHER Bluetooth Module. This detachable, lightweight device turns any Audeze iSINE headphone into a wireless Bluetooth headset with built-in microphone and volume controls. This compact modular add-on is designed to fit inside your existing iSINE travel case, making it a perfect companion to your iSINE headphones. Enjoy the peerless audio quality of Audeze’s award-winning in-ear headphones coupled with the utility and convenience of next generation Bluetooth technology.
The CIPHER Bluetooth Module has a Bluetooth 5.0 chipset and supports aptX and aptX HD. The result is “24-bit high-resolution audio quality with low latency, custom DSP programming and seamless compatibility with the latest and greatest Bluetooth devices.” A built-in high-performance microphone delivers crystal clear calls and is Siri compatible. The Lithium-ion battery built into the CIPHER Bluetooth Module delivers up to 8 hours of continuous play.
- 24-Bit high-resolution audio playback quality
- Wireless Bluetooth experience for Audeze in-ear headphones
- High-performance microphone for crystal clear call quality
- High-capacity lithium battery for 8-hours of continuous play
- CSR8675 chip with Qualcomm aptX HD audio decoding
What makes Audeze’s news unusual is the fact that this isn’t a standalone product in the traditional sense. Sure, they will be selling Bluetooth iSINE headphones, but the real news is the ability for people to “update” their current iSINE headphones for wireless connectivity. That means everything from the $199 iSINE LX in-ear headphones to the $599 iSINE20 in-ear headphones can be turned into Bluetooth headphones for just $99.
The CIPHER Bluetooth Module also comes with a built-in high performance microphone capable of delivering crystal clear call quality. Along with a high-capacity lithium battery allowing for up to 8 hours of continuous play, this product will afford users a high degree of functionality and freedom, making it a perfect companion to Audeze’s iSINE in-ear line.
- Bluetooth version: Bluetooth V5.0
- Bluetooth profiles: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP, HSP
- Effective distance: 10M
- Rated input: 5V === 500mA
- Playback time: up to 8 hours
- Charging time: up to 2 hours
- DSP Audeze Cipher: DSP
- Microphone: High quality, Siri compatible
- Charge Port: Micro USB
- Length: 26 Inch
- Weight: 17g
The CIPHER Bluetooth Module can be purchased here as a bundle with the iSINE20 ($599), iSINE10 ($399), and iSINE LX for $259 respectively. The module itself is available for $99.
I love the fact that, rather than releasing an entirely new line of audio products, Audeze has found a way to sell their current products in Bluetooth versions AND is offering an affordable way for current owners to update the products they already own. That kind of respect for customers is far too rare and is just another reason Audeze headphones are worth checking out. You can see everything they offer here on the company site.