Audeze CRBN Electrostatic Headphones

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Audeze launches a carbon-nanotube-based electrostatic headphone, originally developed for the medical community.



The new CRBN Electrostatic headphones have patented carbon nanotube technology invented by Audeze originally designed to address needs in the medical field

LOS ANGELES, CA, AUGUST 2, 2020Audeze, an award-winning premium audio technology company, announces the launch of CRBN electrostatic headphones (pronounced “carbon”), Audeze’s first headphone integrating advanced electrostatic transducers and new patented carbon nanotube technology.

The Journey

The concept and technology behind CRBN was originally developed to support neuroscience research, specifically to combat doctor and patient challenges when it comes to MRI machines. In working with Prof. Mark S. Cohen, UCLA School of Medicine, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and with SMRT Image, a leader in two-way audio-video communication technology for the medical, the objective was to apply noise cancellation, improve patient comfort, and enable better diagnostics within MRI applications.

Conventional headphone driver technologies such as moving coil, planar, and electrostatic cannot be easily used in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) applications due to the ferrous metals required in the headphone design. Audeze engineers developed an innovative patent-pending driver solution using an ultra-thin film with carbon nanotubes suspended inside the film. The result is a unique driver that has uniform conductivity and is fully MRI compatible, improving patient comfort and communication between doctor and patient.

From Neuroscience to Audiophiles

From this technological advance, Audeze created one of the best sounding transducers. The Audeze CRBN headphones designed using our patent-pending carbon nanotube diaphragm offers extreme neutrality, very light weight, and has an amazingly accurate bass. The proprietary ultra-thin carbon nanotube diaphragm delivers an exceptional level of detail and immersion – it’s as though there’s nothing between you and your music. CRBN comes with newly designed leather earpads, carbon fiber suspension headband, and acetate rings, plus a specially designed premium electrostatic cable and travel case. CRBN is compatible with all STAX-type 580 volt amplifiers.

“CRBN headphones are a chance for us to make not only the best sounding headphones in the world, but headphones that have a purpose and measurable social impact” says Audeze CEO Sankar Thiagasamudram.

Key Features:

  • 120 mm x 90 mm Audeze CRBN Electrostatic drivers
  • Patented Carbon Nanotube diaphragms
  • Lightweight
  • Custom designed leather ear pads
  • Premium electrostatic 5 pin DIN audio cable

Full Specs:

Driver Type Push-pull electrostatic
Headphone type Open-back circumaural
Electrostatic capacitance 100pF (including cable)
Functional bias voltage Pro bias (580 V)
Termination Standard 5-pin Pro bias connector
Driver size 120 mm x 90 mm 
Frequency response 15Hz – 40 kHz
Diaphragm material Custom made CRBN carbon nano-tube film
Earpad material Leather
Weight 300 grams

CRBN (MSRP $4,500 USD) is now available for special order on the Audeze website or through select dealers and our international distributors. For more information on the Audeze CRBN, watch the video here and follow Audeze on Twitter, “Like” us on Facebook, subscribe to Audeze on Youtube to see and hear video demonstrations of Audeze products, and visit the website at


Founded in 2008, Audeze is an award-winning premium technology company engineering the world’s most advanced audio solutions. Focused on science, innovation, and craftsmanship, Audeze’s precision audio extends from proprietary planar magnetic drivers and custom engineered transducers, to pristine sound reproduction and highly unique audio-centric applications. From discerning audiophiles to Grammy-winning recording engineers, top esports athletes to specialized medical facilities, Audeze has become one of the most respected audio companies in the world.

Audeze is proudly owned and operated in the USA, designed and engineered in California.

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