While I usually try to stay on the cutting edge of technology, I have to admit that I’ve never heard of ribbon driver headphones. One of the main reasons I’m sure is that most of them tend to run about $3000 or more, and they usually require external power to use. Thankfully Sineaptic is changing that with their Sineaptic SE-1 Wireless Headphones that makes this high-end tech accessible and affordable to anyone wanting to give it a listen.
For those (like myself) that are unsure of what a ribbon driver is, instead of the standard audio drivers most headphones use with magnets, coils, diaphragms and such, ribbon drivers utilize a very thin metal ribbon held in place within a magnetic field. When a current flows through it, the ribbon vibrates and gives us sound. The ones Sineaptic feature in these headphones are called Dual Ribbon Array Drivers and sound really good as they pack enough bass and cover mid-range sounds pretty well when listening to music, and they’re not too bad for gaming or movie watching as well.
The SE-1 is wireless by nature that supports Bluetooth 5.2, but also comes with a 3.5 auxiliary cable to allow connectivity to all sorts of devices such as gaming controllers, mobile devices and such. These can also be charged via the included USB-C cable that only took me around 2-3 hours to fully charge and provide up to 13 hours of use, give or take volume levels, if used wirelessly versus wired, etc.
One of the things I noticed about the SE-1 at first glance is how big it is, yet thanks to the very comfy ear cushions and the suspension wing system for the headband, they feel very light when placed on your head as though you’re not wearing anything at all. I really enjoyed wearing these as a typical headband places pressure on the middle part of your head and soon becomes uncomfortable, while these are made to be worn as long as you wish, perfect for those long usage sessions.
To make things even more comfortable, Sineaptic provides another set of fabric-like ear cushions besides the default leather-like ones so you can easily snap on either to your liking. This is sure to come in handy as you’ll find yourself using the SE-1 for not only listening, but also talking as it features a built-in MEMS microphone that allows you to pair these with your phone and other devices and chat away.
If you’re an audiophile that always wanted to check out ribbon driver headphones without taking out a personal loan, or just want to experience one of the next levels of sound, the Sineaptic SE-1 Wireless Headphones are one of the coolest audio devices out there. I love how comfortable and versatile they are thanks to wired and wireless modes, and having a built-in mic that’ll have you using the SE-1 for all your audio needs.