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QUAD ERA-1 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by FastAndClean, Apr 24, 2018.
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  1. FullBright1
    Ive listened to them a lot, since my initial impression review.
    They are keepers.
    Music sounds good through them....so, that is the answer.
    No scooped mids, no sizzling treble, and wearing comfort is above average but not the best you will ever find.
    They sound nothing like ATech's or Beyers or Sennheiser HD6s.
    They have their own sound, and maybe you will love it.
    When i put on my Audeze X, i notice more brightness, but not a better sound.
    Both are very fine headphones.
     
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  2. iFi audio
    Thanks. We defo need to snatch a pair and see how it fits our stuff.
     
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  3. FullBright1

    I hope you love them.
    Let me tell you what they will not do.
    They will not make badly recorded music sound better.
    They are not forgiving.
    So, on one hand they are lush and balanced, yet, they are also designed to be used as affordable reference cans.
    They are very truthful regarding how they represent a recording's sound quality....so, to anyone who is reading this, that has 23,456 "lossy" Mp3's that you listen to..... don't even try it with the Quad ERA-1s.
    Grab your ATech MSR7's, if you need a good (dialed in) consumer sound to help with badly recorded tracks.
    Or maybe some Sundara's.
    Do not try to enjoy "lossy" sound files with the Quad ERA-1s., unless you like to punish your ears....:)
     
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  4. iFi audio
    That's highly useful. We roll with a number of cans at various shows, but always look into new stuff. Thanks for your input!
     
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  5. FullBright1
    Absolutely.
    If you get the chance to strap them on, then ..... you should.
    They sound good.-
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  6. iFi audio
    You're such a tease :ksc75smile:
     
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  7. audiomonkey777
    The Senn HD600 - the wonderful slippery slope...
     
  8. iFi audio
    Let's not even go there :gs1000smile:
     
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  9. negura
    I've had the Quad ERA-1 for a couple of days now. I prefer the leather pads to the velours/pleathers, the latter being too laidback/slightly soft sounding imo. With the leather pads the articulation and impact are pretty amazing across the spectrum. This coming from a long time HE-6 owner who also appreciates the Abyss is no small praise. Such a refreshing departure from many recent softer sounding headphones like HEK, newer Audeze, and others (that said I did/do own and appreciate some of the latter too). Quad say they are efficient but don't buy too much into that. I first got these on a portable amplifier (Leckerton) and they sound alright, quite good actually. But once on my 2 x bridged Benchmark AHB2 main rig, with a custom aftermarket XLR cable, it's a different ball game. Much improved articulation, focus, layering and resolution.

    I would qualify the Quad ERA-1 in the same school of sound with HE-6, Abyss, even HD800 (without that nasty 5k peak). They don't lack any body at all and are overall maybe slightly warm, due to somewhat fuller bass quantity, but there is also great spark and air to the treble. They don't hide brightly mastered recordings as my Audeze do for example. And that's a good thing imo.

    I rate these very highly on the performance scale so far.
     
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  10. Vampa
    Hi. I see you have the focal clears as well. I would really appreciate if you could please share your thoughts on the Quads compared to the Clears.
     
  11. negura
    They are a bit like the Clears in a few areas. Similar bass rumble, similar tonal presentation (overall slightly warm from neutral, but close to neutral imo), a bit bigger stage on the Quads with the leather pads (due to bigger driver I suppose). Both have a certain "atmospheric" sound. The Quads are even more energetic than the Clears, have better instrument separation and also have sparklier & airier treble.

    At the moment I prefer the Quads slightly due to their more energetic and articulated sound and bigger stage, but it's still early days still. The Clears are some of my all time favourite headphones, due to their tonal balance and timbre and I prefer them to the Utopia, which I have also owned.
     
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  12. iFi audio
    Fully agreed with this, if there's a spark on a recording, it's good to hear that it's there.
     
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  13. Vampa
    Thanks! That speaks highly of the Quads then. Here in the EU they cost half the price of the Clears.
     
  14. FullBright1
    Yes, I multitask that way....:)
     
  15. iFi audio
    :dt880smile:
     
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