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QUAD ERA-1 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by FastAndClean, Apr 24, 2018.
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  1. LaCuffia
    Cool....I like your reviews and opinions.

    Currently auditioning the Diana and it's an extraordinary headphone. Would be great to see how they compare with the Quad.
  2. Silent Xaxal
    My body is Reggie.
  3. vkvedam
    @Beagle Any early impressions?
  4. LaCuffia
    The release date has been pushed back to July.
  5. Beagle
    A headphone release date pushed back? Now that's a new one :unamused:
  6. Sopp
    Got mine today. Sounds quite different to the LCD2-C.

    QUAD ERA-1.jpg
    moriez, Max Choiral and Alcophone like this.
  7. Beagle
    I was told it's been delayed launch until mid-August.
  8. FastAndClean
    wow they look nice, can you comment more on the build and sound please
  9. mindriot
    Quite eager to see what the early thoughts / impressions are on these. Always been quite a fan of Quad stuff but any detail on these has been pretty thin, might have taken a leap of faith if I hadn't already spent way too much money recently.
  10. LaCuffia
    There’s been no reviews so far. Interested in brief impressions on sound, build and comfort. I guess this would have a brighter tone than the Audeze but curious as to whether it still has planar type bass quality.
  11. Max Choiral
    Sopp, how is its efficiency? I heard that these beauty is hard to drive almost like HE-6.
  12. LaCuffia
    It’s specifically advertised as easily driven so not sure about that.
  13. Sopp
    Brief thought after one hour listening:

    1. Box looks very cheap, no fancy packing. Like the early version AKG K701 box.

    2. Build quality is quite reliable and well assembled. Much better than HiFiMan or Shure, but not as delicate as Focal.

    3. The cable is detachable. The plugs on the headphones side are same as Elears..

    4. Should be classified to easy drive. Impedance is 20 ohms. While using GS-X mk2 with LCD-2, usually turn to 10 o'clock in balance mode and mid gain setting. With ERA-1, 9 o'clock is a little bit loud so changed to low gain.

    5. I don't feel right with the default leather/velour hybrid pads. The additional leather pads are better.

    6. Initial impression, ERA-1 are clean and crystal instead of that type of warm and thick sounding. The presentation is not similar to the other planar headphones I have/owned, especially the upper frequency. It reminds me the ESP950 sold long time ago, but maybe I was affected by the QUAD's propaganda.

    I uploaded more pictures here.
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2018
    Max Choiral likes this.
  14. Max Choiral
    Sopp, did you try to use with something more pocket friendly? :) With DAPs, I mean.
  15. Sopp
    Try iPad 3th generation to power ERA-1. 50% volume is loud enough. Comparing to RME ADI-2 DAC phone out, detail and dynamic are better with ADI-2. iPad is only acceptable for general listening.
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