Published on July 4th, 2018 | by The GC Team0
New ERA: Quad’s first-ever headphones
British high-end hi-fi brand Quad, which has a history of audio development going back more than eight decades – including the successive generations of the renowned ESL electrostatic panel loudspeaker – has launched its first-ever headphones, ERA-1, which use planar magnetic technology to deliver a “fast, open and transparent performance.”
The Quad ERA-1 incorporates an ultra-thin, electrically active diaphragm – thinner than a human hair yet extremely strong and highly elastic, weighing less than the volume of air it displaces. This is fused with a precisely arranged magnet system, designed to maximise sensitivity and consistency of the applied force over the driver area.
Patented nonlinear vibration suppression technology allows the driver’s extended frequency response to be heard with exceptional clarity. The metal cavity behind the driver is specially designed for optimal acoustic performance, and the drivers themselves are closely matched to ensure three-dimensional stereo imaging.
Low impedance, says Quad, enables “excellent performance with a wide range of partnering devices, from portable audio players to high-end headphone amps.
The phones have a premium finish, with two types of ear cushion provided – one made of soft leather, the other of latex topped with a fleecy fabric – enabling a degree of personal tailoring according to the preferred feel and differing acoustic properties of the materials. A detachable 215cm cable is also supplied, together with a carrying case.
The Quad ERA-1 headphones are available from late July, with an RRP of £599.95 including VAT.