Oh man you haven’t been following the head-fi drama. The very first wave of them got shipped last week, probably less than 300 total. Only a fraction of those numbers made it to their owners. The rest were improperly labeled in shipment regarding their li-ion battery so they were in a holding pattern. Audeze corrected that issue and those that were held are getting delivered soon. But if you weren’t in the highest tiers of the campaign or haven’t gotten a tracking number last week you aren’t part of that batch.
For the rest of us, our shipments are now on hold. The very few first owners that received their pairs earlier this week all complained that there is a problem with hiss that is not dependent on volume level and is present at all times regardless of settings or connection types. The actual level of the hiss and how distracting it is seems to be very user specific as some have said they can get over the hiss and not notice it and others say it is unlistenable. Audeze was made aware of this problem immediately and they decided to pause the roll out of the remainder of the shipments until they resolve this issue. Late last night Audeze commented that they should have updates on the situation coming later today.