Audeze launches the first Manny Marroquin Signature Series headphones, the MM-500

I had the chance to review Audeze’s flagship headphone, the LCD-5 earlier this year and recommended it as one of the best headphones I’ve ever heard. Unfortunately, I had to add the caveat “if you have deep enough pockets”. While $4500 isn’t out of step with other flagship deals these days, it’s not an inconsequential amount of money and only a lucky few can afford it.

Audeze is now introducing a new model and hinting that more may come in partnership with 11 Grammy Award-winning producer Manny Marroquin. For those of you unfamiliar with Marroquin’s work, take a look at the top 40 of roughly any genre or check out the Larrabee Studios of Hollywood client list which includes names like Michael Jackson , Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars, Post Malone, DJ Khalid, Pentatonix and Rag n’ bone man.

The MM-500 headphones share most of the technology with the LCD-5. The 90mm driver uses varied diameter tracks and an improved voice coil (developed for the LCD-5) that provides the most accurate frequency response yet. Ultra-lightweight diaphragm and Fazor magnet structure help minimize distortion. The new driver is optimized to work with a wide range of equipment, from studio standards to home amplifiers and portables. With an impedance of 18 Ω and a sensitivity of 100 dB/mW, the MM-500 is one of the easiest Audeze products to drive to date.

Externally, the new MM-500 shares a similar form factor to the LCD-5 with a sturdier shell to help survive the rigors of studio life, an improved suspension system for all-day use, and somehow it still manages to weigh the same. like the LCD-5 despite the increased durability.

Audeze MM-500 Headset Right Side

Mixers and producers want headphones where small adjustments in the mix are translated precisely by ear so they have a reference for every change in level or setting. The MM-500 is tuned so that it remains crystal clear regardless of load, EQ or DSP being used. This means that the MM-500 is almost perfectly neutral by default and allows the artist to paint their image onto the canvas with every little rise or fall translated precisely by ear.

So with the feature set and tuning I was thinking “Okay so Audeze has got a new co-headlight”. They have already done this with the MX4/LCD4 models. Then I looked at the MSRP. Wait what? I must have read wrong. The MSRP is $1699. It’s true the new MM-500 slots between the LCD-X and LCD-3 models, not right next to the LCD-5 as I expected. This makes it one of the best value flagship headsets available today and I can’t wait to try one out. The showand ask Audeze to get an extended listen for review.

Look for a full review as soon as I can get my hands on it.

Headband for Audeze MM-500 headphones

Features

Style Circum-auricular, open back
Housing material Precision machined aluminum
Transducer type Planar magnetic
Magnetic structure Fluxor™ magnet array
Phase management Fazor™
magnet type Neodymium N50
Diaphragm type Uniforce™ ultra-thin
Transducer size 90 millimeters
Maximum allowable power 10W RMS
Maximum SPL >130dB
Response frequency 5Hz – 50kHz
THD
Impedance 18 ohm
Sensitivity 100 dB/1 mW (at drum reference point)
Recommended power level >250mW
lester 495g
Audeze MM-500 Headphone Left

Main characteristics:

  • Studio tested and honed by top recording artists from renowned Larrabee Studios
  • Carefully tuned for accuracy across the entire frequency spectrum to deliver mixes that translate well
  • Audeze’s Uniforce™ diaphragms, Fazor™ waveguides and Fluxor™ magnets deliver incredible clarity with industry-leading low distortion and high efficiency to work well with a wide range of equipment
  • Durable, lightweight chassis with suspension headband and upgraded ear pads for improved bass response and comfortable use during long sessions
Audeze MM-500 Front Headphones

Price and availability

The Audeze MM-500 will be available for $1,699 MSRP. As soon as we know a release date, we will update this post.

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About Audeze

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

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

About Manny Marroquin

Manny Marroquin is a multi-Grammy award winning mix engineer who works with the most notable names in the industry including Kanye West, Post Malone, Alicia Keys, Bruno Mars and The Rolling Stones. Marroquin’s work has been featured on over 250 albums as well as forty #1 albums, one hundred Billboard Top 10 albums and over forty top 10 singles. More recently, Marroquin’s work earned him a win at the Grammy Awards 2022 for album of the year with Jon Batiste.

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