Sunday, July 21, 2019

E-MU Teak Wooden Over The Ear Headphones Review

I’m sure you have heard the saying:  you get what you pay for.  That can be said with electronics, including headphones. Which is the case with the E-MU Teak. This is the top of the line model from their wood series. They are an Audiophile reference headphone with an eye for craftsmanship, as can be seen with the polished real teak wood earcups. The polished teak wood is absolutely gorgeous!They are a premium headphone and it shows. MSRP is $999.

Features and specs:

Weight: 370 g (Without Cable)

Color: Brown

Frequency Response: 5 Hz – 45 kHz

Cable Length: 3 m

Cable Style: 7N Oxygen-Free Copper, wrapped in nylon braiding with gold-plated connectors, detachable

Driver: 50 mm (1.97 inches) Neodymium magnet with Bio-Cellulose Diaphragm

Wearing Style: On-ear

The E-MU Teak came in a black box. Opening the box revealed a headphone held in place by cardboard and protected by being held in a custom bubble wrapped bag. Materials used in the construction were metal and wood, with soft leather and memory foam. There was no plastic used. Quality of materials used was excellent as was the fit and finish. The large polished teak wood is gorgeous! The cord was also very high quality covered in braided cloth. We must have been provided a previous generation, as per their website the cable is detachable, but the model we were provided did not have a detachable cable. Now let’s hear how they sound!


Disturbed: Sound and Silence –Piano was extremely clean, vocals were extremely smooth with excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Guitar had excellent resolution and extremely crisp and clean. Vocals were smooth as honey. Tympani had very good impact with great impact, authority and definition of the pad. Soundstage was huge and borderline holographic with spot on imaging.  Adele: Rolling In the Deep –Guitar had excellent resolution of the strings. Vocals were silky smooth with excellent resolution of the texture and timbre. Kick drum had excellent impact and definition of the head, with authority. Cymbals and high hat were extremely crisp and clean. Piano sounded extremely natural. Bass had excellent low end extension and ton of authority. Soundstage was huge and imaging was spot on.  Junior Wells: Why are People Like That –Vocals were smooth like honey, had excellent resolution of the texture and timbre, drums had excellent dynamics, impact and authority. Cymbals were extremely crisp and clean. Piano sounded extremely natural. Bass had excellent low end extension and played with a ton of authority. Harmonica was silky smooth, had excellent harmonics and dynamics. Soundstage was huge and imaging was on a dime.  Liquid Soul: Spam Sucker –Bass had excellent low end extension, punch and played with a lot of authority. Trumpets were extremely smooth, dynamic, and not too brassy. Drums were extremely dynamic with excellent resolution of the pad. Cymbals were also crisp and clean. Sax had excellent texture and resolution for the tonguing technique, and woodiness of the red. Soundstage was really big and imaging spot on!

The E-MU Teak took the sound to an even higher level! Not only is the polished teak wood gorgeous to look at, the aural feast they provide will also leave a permanent smile on your face. And the soundstage they threw was borderline holographic! Unfortunately, they’re not in everyone’s budget based on their price point. But as Ferris Bueller once said…If you have the means, I highly recommend it!  Based on their design, features, quality, and performance, the E-MU Teak has earned our Editor’s Choice Award.  For more info and complete specs, check out their website at