Cambridge Audio SE1 in-ear headphones now on general sale

Original limited edition earphones to become full model following success of charitable campaign.

by Mark Hodgkinson May 8, 2017 at 5:00 PM


  • Originally launched in 2016, the SE1s were part of a programme where consumers could pay their own price – with 100% of the proceeds donated to national charity Youth Music - with a limited edition run of just 1000 pieces, Cambridge Audio has now put the earphones on general sale
    That first batch sold in less than 24 hours with nearly £27,000 being raised for the charity and the result, says the manufacturer. was a positive experience all-round, with a very vocal and positive customer reaction that contributed to a demand for the SE1s which convinced Cambridge Audio to put the headphones on full sale.

    The SE1s will only be available directly via the Cambridge Audio website which enables the company to offer the headphone at a competitive price while also continuing to donate 50% of the proceeds to Youth Music.

    In a similar fashion to their hi-fi kit and wireless speakers, the SE1s were conceived, designed and engineered at Cambridge Audio’s HQ in London SE1.

    A key part of delivering the performance is apparently down to the use of an expensive, rare material, Beryllium in the diaphragms of the specially developed 8mm speaker drivers. Beryllium is claimed to be an ideal material thanks to it being lighter than Aluminium while stiffer than titanium and is also well damped, minimising any unwanted ‘ringing’.

    To avoid colouring the sound of the SE1s, the driver housing is machined from rigid, aircraft-grade Aluminium while high purity oxygen-free copper can be found in the connecting wires. This combination provides a very fast but remarkably accurate response, says Cambridge, with low distortion, giving a ‘punchy yet silky smooth and clean sound.’

    The SE1 headphones also come with an in-line mic & remote control and storage pouch. Seven different ear tips are also provided including three different sizes of Comply foam ear tips (small, medium, large) and four different silicone ear tips (small, 2 x medium, large).

    The Cambridge Audio SE1 is available in April from www.cambridgeaudio.com priced at £68

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