Audeze CRBN - Open-Back Electrostatic Over-ear Headphone

3-Years Warranty for Drivers; 1-Year Warranty for rest of parts



Forging ahead with many years of research and development in thin-film technology, and building on over a decade of ground-breaking headphones, the CRBN Electrostatic Headphones are here. Using Audeze’s Patent-pending Carbon Nano-Tube diaphragm film, CRBN offers extreme neutrality, ultra-lightweight, and low resonance, coupled with an amazingly rich bass experience when compared to competing electrostatics. Its proprietary ultra-thin carbon nano-tube infused diaphragm delivers an unbelievable level of detail and immersion, so it’s like there’s nothing between you and your music. CRBN’s capacitance is 100 pF including the cable, sensitivity is 101dB. Comes with newly designed leather earpads, carbon fiber suspension headband, acetate rings and magnesium housing, plus our specially designed premium electrostatic cable and professional travel case.


Designed with Purpose

Audeze originally developed this new technology working with Prof. Mark S. Cohen Ph.D., UCLA School of Medicine and his team, for use in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Typical ferrous metals could not be used, so we had to develop a new material, and that led us to patent a special thin film with suspended carbon nanotubes. This solves the problems associated with lamination and deposition on the film.


Carbon Nanotube Technology

The CRBN driver includes a revolutionary ultra-thin diaphragm with carbon nanotubes suspended inside the material – unlike other electrostatic diaphragms, there is no coating. Because the charge is distributed throughout the film, this results in a uniform driving force that reduces distortion and improves clarity, resolution and transparency.

More about CRBN Technology.


Supreme Comfort

CRBN offers supreme comfort with its lightweight construction. At 300 grams, the minimalist design features materials such as magnesium and carbon fiber, which shaves off every gram while maintaining strength. The earpads are extra plush and slightly oversized, for a great seal and pillow-soft, cranium-cradling comfort.


Elegant Design

CRBN is the ultimate in luxurious design, from the smooth curves of its uniquely etched grill, to the depth of its finely polished acetate rings. Featuring hand-stitched premium leather, every detail has been fine-tuned, all the way down to the feel of the machined aluminium 5-pin connector.


580 Volt Compatibility

CRBN is compatible with “Stax Pro Bias” 580 Volt amplifiers such those from Woo Audio, Linear Tube Audio, Mjolnir Audio, Headamp, Stax (of course) and others. The cable is terminated with the industry-standard 5-pin barrel connector for maximum compatibility.

View list of tested amplifiers.


What Sound Engineers and Musicians Think of CRBN

"These are at the top of the heap now, in 51 years of professional audio... it's an amazing experience."

- Ron Saint Germain, Recording and Mixing Engineer


"This is the most emotional headphone I've ever heard."

- Nate Wood, Drummer, Multi-instrumentalist, Mastering Engineer


"They have great specificity... detailed, never for a second harsh... I could see spending hours with them on without being fatigued."

- Tony Berg, Producer, Musician, Studio Owner (Sound City, Los Angeles)

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