British brand Quad’s first-ever headphones use planar magnetic technology.

To create the ERA-1, Quad developed a planar magnetic driver, which they say has qualities akin to their ESL loudspeakers.

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 magnet system. Many planar magnetic headphones require high-power amplifiers to drive them. The Quad ERA-1 combines high sensitivity with low impedance to enable them to be used with a wide range of partnering devices, from portable audio players to high-end headphone amps.  Two types of ear cushion are provided – one made of soft leather, the other of latex topped with a fleecy fabric. A high-quality, 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 inc. VAT.

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