Audeze MM-500 front 3 quarter over white background
Audeze MM-500 front over white background
Audeze MM-500 profile over white background
Audeze MM-500 headband closeup over white background

Audeze MM-500 | Open-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

Regular price$1,699.00


Audeze logo horizontal

Audeze's MM-500, Your Go-to Open-back, Planar Magnetic Studio Reference Headphone

  • Specifically designed to deliver mixes that consistently translate well
  • Like near-field monitors, they remove your room from the equation and give you studio-quality sound anywhere
  • Durable, lightweight chassis featuring machined aluminum and spring steel
  • Compatible with virtually all audio interfaces or consoles
  • Designed in collaboration with award-winning producer/mixer Manny Marroquin

Audeze MM-500 banner black background

Bloom's Take

First and foremost, MM-500 was designed to be a studio reference tool for mixing engineers, and as such it provides incredible detail, clarity, and a deep look into whatever music you use it for. However, that detailed, intricate presentation remains vibrant and also makes for immersive listening sessions for the audiophile who’s just here to enjoy the music. MM-500 is an incredibly versatile headphone that brings together aspects of Audeze’s past to point the way to the future.

Read our full review here.

A Serious Tool for Every Situation

“I rely on my MM-500 as much as the main monitors in my studio.”
- Manny Marroquin

The MM-500 is designed to suit the requirements of long daily listening sessions under almost any condition. World-class studio monitor? Check. Quick reference on-the-go? No problem. Deep late-night listening? Done. With its ease of drive, comfortable fit and trustworthy sound, you can count on the MM-500 to deliver in every situation.

The Lifestyle of Headphone Listening

You need to hear everything at its most natural and pure – exactly when you need it – anywhere, anytime. Manny knows the importance of headphone listening in today’s world: studio to stage, cafe to beachfront, canal to jetway, the MM-500 is the reference to the soundtrack of your life.

Audeze MM-500 ear cup and grill closeup

Elegance, Comfort and Durability

Featuring extra-plush premium leather earpads, an adjustable spring steel headband, and a machined aluminum structure, the MM-500 feels substantial yet lightweight. Just like our flagship headphones, the MM-500 is hand-crafted in our Southern California workshop to provide years of reliable comfort in a package that calls out to be held, admired and listened to.

Audeze MM-500 hanging from wood stand with plant

Elevate Your Professional Audio Game

Offering studio-quality sound, always within reach, the MM-500 is truly the next level of performance in pro audio. Whether you’re stepping up from our own LCD-X or from another brand, the MM-500 will be as much a part of your life as your favorite pair of sneakers.

Award-winning Audeze Technology

The MM-500’s planar magnetic drivers provide realism that audio professionals like Manny “can’t live without.” With lightning-fast transients, accurate frequency response and trusted mix translation powered by Audeze’s patented innovations, the MM-500 produces unparalleled audio quality that other headphones can only dream of.


  • Style: Over-ear, open-back
  • Transducer type: Planar Magnetic
  • Magnetic structure: Fluxor™ magnet array
  • Phase management: Fazor™
  • Magnet type: Neodymium N50
  • Diaphragm type: Ultra-Thin Uniforce™
  • Transducer size: 90mm
  • Maximum SPL: > 130dB
  • Frequency response: 5Hz - 50kHz
  • THD: < 0.1% @ 100 dB SPL, 1kHz
  • Sensitivity: 100 dB/1mW (at Drum Reference Point)
  • Impedance: 18Ω
  • Max power handling: 5W RMS
  • Min recommended power: > 100mW
  • Recommended power level: > 250mW
  • Weight: 495g
  • Audeze 1 Year Warranty (3 Years for Drivers)

In the Box

  • MM-500 Headphone
  • Braided Cable
  • Economy Travel Case
  • Certificate of Authenticity and Warranty Cards

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Don Wilder
Audeze Knocked it Out of the Park%21

Now that I%27ve had some time to listen to the MM-500%2C I wanted to share some insights. Most of which were concerns of mine before purchasing.%0D%0A%0D%0ABUILD%3A%0D%0AThis was not a concern for me but it can’t be overstated just how well-built the MM-500 is. They’re built like a tank and feel indestructible unless intentionally misused. I purchased an open box so mine came with a few minor nicks in the paint. Nothing crazy but you can scratch them if you’re a little careless with them. That said%2C I think these could look really cool with some battle scars accrued over the years. The leather on the ear pads and headband are high quality as well. In the hand%2C the MM-500 feels like a sound investment. No pun intended.%0D%0A%0D%0ACOMFORT%3A%0D%0AComing from the Arya Stealth%2C I was bit concerned about comfort. I think I have a medium%2Flarge head. I read a lot of complaints about clamp force and the suspension strap. Yes%2C MM-500 is “clampy” but it doesn’t bother me during extended listening sessions. Perhaps it’s because of the ear pads which are the softest I’ve ever experienced. Regarding the suspension strap%2C there are more comfortable implementations%2C like that on the Arya SE. That said%2C the headband comfort is good in my opinion.%0D%0A%0D%0ASOUND%3A%0D%0AI%27ll start by saying my expectations were definitely met here. The MM-500 is detailed%2C balanced%2C and punchy with good body.%0D%0A%0D%0AResolution - Detail retrieval is excellent and very competitive at %241-2k price point. I’m very pleased with it.%0D%0A%0D%0AStaging - If you’re coming from an Arya or HD800 variant%2C things might feel a little closed in at first. That’s how I felt when I did an initial A%2FB comparison with the Arya SE. Thankfully%2C I gave myself a moment to adjust to it. After adjusting%2C the stage is neither wide nor narrow to me. It’s middle of the road. This could be an issue for some but it’s fine for me. The stage is also tall%2C which I like%2C but may cause some to perceive the stage as being slightly narrower than it actually is.%0D%0A%0D%0AImaging - In short%2C imaging is very good. At least on par with the Arya SE%2C if not better. Positioning%2C layering%2C space between instruments blah blah blah… all very good.%0D%0A%0D%0ATreble - It’s definitely relaxed but not lacking in my opinion. The treble is still very detailed and completely inoffensive. I’ve always enjoyed the treble on the Arya SE and never found it to be too bright or fatiguing. That said%2C I also really enjoy the treble on the MM-500. Not sure how that’s possible but all is good here as far as I’m concerned.%0D%0A%0D%0AMids - The mids are definitely north of neutral but I didn’t experience any shout or honk whatsoever. I was actually expecting them to be more forward. I guess this is a reminder not to put too much faith in measurements. I really enjoy this presentation.%0D%0A%0D%0ABass - I’m not a bass head but I was concerned that the bass would be a little too lean for my tastes. Bass is pretty neutral in my opinion. It’s very tight with good texture. Nothing more%2C nothing less. Although%2C I would prefer a pinch more sub bass%2C I never feel the need to use EQ. The MM-500 bass gives me exactly what I need%2C not what I want haha. I’m good with that.%0D%0A%0D%0ACONCLUSION%3A%0D%0AI was a looking for a headphone with a detailed%2C full bodied%2C and mostly uncolored sound. Something that would complement the Arya SE. I feel like I previously had that with the Clear Mg but I think the MM-500 suits my tastes a bit better. Audeze deserves a lot of credit for creating a reference sound that’s not boring. It’s actually quite engaging. Very pleased with the purchase.

My favorite headphones

I listened to Hifiman Arya SE, Arya Organic, Meze Elite, and Empyrean in Bloom Audio that day. They were all great headphones, just not the sound that I was looking for. Then Steve recommended MM-500 to me which initially I didn't want to consider because of the weight. But MM-500 made me forget about the weight because they sound so amazingly good. My first and biggest impression when I listened to MM-500 was everything sounded so correct but also musical. They are easy to be driven by a portable device and they are pretty comfortable to wear. Bloom Audio is the best, always.

You may also like

Recently viewed