When you think of high-end headphones, a few big names come to mind; Sennheiser, Shure, and Ban & Olufson. While you may not have heard of Blue before, but the small American headphone company is certainly making a name for itself in the market. While previously providing unrivaled microphones for podcasters and musicians alike, Blue is looking to position itself as a respected headphone maker as well. This year the company has unveiled the new Blue Ella with the hefty price tag of $699.
While that number alone definitely has the ability to scare off a significant percentage of the general population, the Blue Ella makes a strong case for it. Using planar magnetic technology, these cans offer greater fidelity, tighter bass, and reduced distortion. That hefty price starts to make a bit more sense when you realize that there’s only a few select suppliers in the headphone market including MrSpeakers and Oppo.
Resembling a sci-fi torture device, these headphones feature a design packed with hinges and angles galore, with the ability to adjust them to fit the shape of any human or non-human head. While still retaining its alien design, the Ella is a significant improvement over its predecessor, the Blue Mo-Fi.
One notable design feature on these headphones is an integrated LED light on the outside of each headphone cup that alerts listeners of the charging status. While other wireless headphone brands require batteries for power, the Ella’s built in amplifier tends to be a bit power-hungry and requires that extra “oomph”. Blue claims the headphones are capable of 12 hours of playtime with the amplifier activated.