Sine also employs a Lightning cable to pull the audio from an iOS device. While we've seen that feature before, it's still far from the norm. That connection allows for 24-bit audio, and the cable houses a built-in signal processor and digital-to-analog converter to keep things sounding top-notch.
We gave the headphones a brief listen and came away quite impressed. During a smattering of John Mayer, the Black Keys and Childish Gambino (to cover a variety of genres, natch), the Sine showcased stellar clarity, crisp highs and a respectable amount of bass. Overall, the sound quality is on point, if you're willing to spend $500 on a set of wired headphones. With wireless cans being all the rage these days, Audeze may be a tough sell for some. However, folks who are after sound quality and are familiar with the planar magnetic components should give these a look. Yes, they're wired, but the audio makes up for the tether.