Originally Posted by rroseperry
I'm sure the sound is great, but could there be a clumsier design? I don't think so.
Clumsier? Sure. The TakeT H2+ wobbles and practically falls off your head. Though from a purely aesthetic point of view I suppose the Quad Ateliers are more awkwardly implemented, whereas the H2+ at least looks more like a traditional headphone. Sort of.
I think the overall spirit is in keeping with the original Float. It's got the frame with zero adjustment ability, whereas the H2+ allows you to adjust them on the horizontal plane (unique among headphones, I believe) and offers a secondary auto resistance-type adjustment with a pseudo wing system comprised of some wires wrapped in leather. That's my biggest concern: fit. Thankfully the Float is designed to project sound outward, truly functioning as an earspeaker in that sense, but even the H2+ and K1000 which beam sound quite a bit offer some adjustment. Perhaps the new leather strap will function in that sense?
It's also interesting to see this new interpretation of the Float, especially as there already was an updated version of the Float in the form of Precide's ERGO line: the ERGO 1, ERGO 2, and ERGO AMT. From an aesthetic standpoint, the ERGOs are more along the lines of the original Floats. I'm not sure if they offer any adjustment. From a technology standpoint, the two lower models are dynamics whereas the top one uses a proprietary Heil-type driver design. Something similar was implemented in the H2+'s piezoelectric drivers to overcome the problem of limited excursion. I think the ERGOs were engineered by some of the folks associated with the original Float project, however Jurg Jecklin himself supposedly had a hand in the Quad Atelier's design and implementation. What appeals to me about the QA is that it's an electrostat like the original TOTL Float.
Edited by MuppetFace - 10/15/12 at 12:41am