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There's slight leakage (like the Beyerdynamics), not as widely open as the Grados.
Well, that's serendipitous!
Since two weeks now, I am owner of the Quad era-1, and have only positive to report.
More, I am totally thrilled.
But one thing, does not get out of my head.
I wonder how the Quad compared to the AiVA sounds?
Has the two compared here already someone?
Might sound a bit Paulo Coehlo alike, but enjoy what you already have! Especially if it brings you joy!
This morning I listened to Nirvana - lake of fire, MTV Unplugged.
Pure goosebumps... The Quad is terrific!
So by the way, last week I connected the good old Nightowl for comparison.
This one had me a relatively long time, also excited. But with the listening lessons, I missed something.
I could not put into words what. My guess was: too much v-shape.The midtone is missing! But no, that was not it.
The quad has shown me what I missed on Nightowl, namely energy, dynamics.
Especially in the bass range.
Anyway, the quad had completely turned my world upside down. Over the years I got the impression that only closed headphones in the bass area can make me happy.
Because only they can reproduce powerful and punchy basses. So my thinking ...
The Era-1 has proven to me that this is nonsense!
These headphones unfold an incredible power and dynamics, giving the impression as if, somewhat exaggerated, a subwoofer is playing along.
Tracks like Slow Feelings by Mood Wrap, or See Beyond by Nadja Lind are wonderful to clarify the bass quality of the quad. And there we are already at the difference to my beloved Ebony: Quality instead of quantity!
Enough of the bass raved.
In the past, I often had the problem that the midrange sound, at 1-3kHz, was too present for me, or rather, too sharp.
I am very sensitive. For this reason, also the Denon ah d7200 had to go.
In any case, convinced the Quad also in this regard, right down the line.
The midrange is there, and without restraint, at the same time this is never intrusive.
The stage is large. Details are there. The highs are skilfully dosed.
(My Era-1 is connected to the Audioquest Cobalt)
Thank you Quad
Cool, thanks for feedback!
I wonder what amps you all are using with your Quads? I currently have the Audio GD R2R-11 and it's a wonderfully musical combination, but I'm thinking that perhaps the R2R-11 is holding the headphones back a bit when it comes to detail and resolution. Considering the THX-789 as an upgrade for the amp part.
Today was the day.
AiVA vs. Era-1.
￼ After a few hours in comparison, the disillusionment quickly came.
Whether saxophone, drums or guitar, most instruments somehow do not sound right.
Not realistic (Aiva,)
For many albums, the highs starts to annoy. Miles Davis - Doo Bob, or Rosenstolz live in Berlin, for example.
Electronic music is also mediocre reproduced. Because the bass range, in my opinion, is the great weakness of the AiVA.
What the quad offers in the bass, dynamic, pressure and energy, the AiVA is missing for the most part.
Jens Buchert - Taximan is another track where the heights of the Aiva shoot past the finish and start to annoy.
At this point I would like to emphasize that I clearly prefer brightly tuned headphones. I'm practically highs-fan.
But as mentioned, the Aiva just has too much of it.
What I really liked was votes. Female as well as male.
The wearing comfort is very mixed. This super soft leather strap is very comfortable. The pads are in my opinion too small, and too thin.
My ears are neither very big nor stand out.
Nevertheless, the pads pressed from all sides.(AiVA)
The bottom line is that the
Quad is the clear winner for me.
He produces music much more authentic, and at the same time more exciting.
Unbelievable what you get for 700 €
OK, it's time to seriously look into this product.
The Alara is pretty much as sweet for $399.
Sensational on the quad:
Check out this album on TIDAL: "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0" by Ms. Lauryn Hill https://tidal.com/album/7297
Oh yes, we remember her from Fugees. Good old days, "Fu-Gee-La" and all that!
first thing I've to say: U've to listen to these cans, seriously.
Second, be patient with my grammar, I'm still in progress. ^^
It's hard for me to write, but i'll try my best for you.
Since 3 weeks I'm an owner of these fantastic peace of hardware, too.
And i'm in love with the sound signature of the Era-1.
It's half a year ago i've auditioned them on a hifi store in Munich for the first time.
Competitors on this enganging turn were HD800, HD820, Akg 812pro, LCD-2, and LCD-X.
It wasn't the perfect environment, I know, but an eye opener for me. )
At the end of this day, the Era-1 has given that "wow-feeling" to me, which we all know to well.
Later this day, I was proud to take them at home for private listening for less. My thanks to the guys at Hifi-Concept.
So I got the time to try the at home with an Atoll HD120 and, for mobile use, my beloved Lg V30 on High-Gain.
For this short period, I borought my best friend's Beyerdynamics T1.2, which is hard to drive with the V30 couz of its insanely over 800ohms in the bass frequencies.
Again, the Era-1 hits me his very special sound, especially when it come to voices.
In this area, it declassifies the T1, IMO. Voices are more present and becomes realistic.
The Quad doesn't have the quantity in bass, or sub-bass, like the T1, but the quality is suberb. It's a bit tighter than on the T1.
There is none of the crispy sparkling, the T1 can provide, but that's not important to me.
It's the neutrality with the warmed top-end, that makes it very confident over a long listening period.
On another session at another store, I was able to try the outstanding Mere Empyrian, but way out of my budget. . . . . . . at the moment. ^^
So i started to try the Ether 2, Aeon Flow Open and the Focal Clears.
Everything on its own are very good headphones, but the overall the Era compete to all of them, except the Ether 2 and, of course, the Empyrian. )
Other headphones on my odyssee were Ultrasone Signature Pro, Edition 11, Edition 15, Performance 860 at the manufacturers home, which's nearby mine.
Focal Elear and many more.
I hope I didn't sound too euphoric or emotional.
It belongs to this quality when it comes to musicality, delivered by more then a reasonable price.
It's worth whole of the 699,- €, that it takes.
But where the light is shining, there are shades, too.
The headband has a huge radius, so I needed a piece of foam between my head and the headband. Mind you in the smallest setting.
Shadows passed. ))
The sound of the cans is overwhelming.
My listening range is wide as the ocean, begins with classical like Ode the joy, over good house music and dubstep to metal in the end.
It's dominated by symphonic metal.
My other headphones are Ultrasone Performance 880 (modded) for work and Pioneer SE-CH9T for biking.
At the moment, my source unit is the Lg V30 with USBAPP , until the Abacus Cuffino, or maybe the Preamp 14 has arrived.
I like to heading for special things in the audio world, you see.
But who'll be like the others these days. ^^
A hint by myself, try some organ music, it'll blow your mind.
Another one is Synthesys by Evanescence, you won't regret if it fits your taste.
That's what I've to say by now.
Looking forward to all who are able to listen to the Era-1 and share their experience with us.
Thanks to BowWazoo for reminding to Lauryn.