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QUAD ERA-1 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by FastAndClean, Apr 24, 2018.
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  1. fericske
    As I wrote it's a scalable headphone. The clarity, dynamism, speed, stage, separation, background improves with better and higher class sources. That's just the Era1 own attribute, can be musical from a poor source too, not like many other headphones just give some static noise :) Especially planar ones...
    Take the phone with you to a hifi store, and plug to several different class dacs, amps and you get it. Simple as that.
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  2. iFi audio
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  3. Chris Kaoss
    They'll fit perfectly.
    I got large ones too. :wink:
    With most headphones, that's a very bad issue. But with the angled leather pads on the Era, there is so much space.
    You'll like it, no doubt.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  4. mobbaddict
    Yeah I should probably do that. They must really become amazing out of a powerful source. It's just that an amp would defeat their semi portable purpose for me.

    After reading a suggestion on the Chromecast audio thread (https://www.head-fi.org/threads/chr...-on-sound-quality.782899/page-2#post-12011501) I had the idea to try the Quad out of the Chromecast line out without any amp, and actually it does sound sharper! Stax-level it is. I'll give them more time with this cheapo setup :beyersmile: They still have that coloration though.
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2019
  5. fericske

    I never had "affair" with the Chromecast, but I guess the E1DA powerdac v2 for $50 is better (audio) solution for portable reasons. Designed for HE400i and can drive well my Tin Hifi P1 (really hard to drive) and perform well with my Era1 too.
    But I still recommend to try the Quad with correct gears, just for experience.
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  6. phthora
    I couldn't find an answer to this question after searching the thread. So, does anyone know if Focal cables can be used on the Quads?
  7. mobbaddict
    Thanks for the suggestion! I might go to a shop one of these days to test different dac/amp options. That would also be the occasion to compare the Quad with the LCD2 that i loved and also maybe the HD600 that i never tried. Just for the sake of comparing headphones :)
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  8. fericske
    That's what I talk about! :)
    Both Lcd2 and hd600 are great ones, in my opinion, and also my opinion those are behind the Quad objectively in audio performance. Subjectively I like the Lcd2 (prefazor) thunderous bass and organic sound, and the hd600 easy listening, flat, comfy sound (hd650 more my taste).
    All of them deserves correct sources. For comparison would be ideal a Benchmark stuff, but definitely a proper higher class neutral gear. Try variety of source gears. The pairing is an Achilles point of comparison. Just telling you Stax Man :) There you have easier job :)
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  9. mobbaddict
    I would like to make sure I'm not missing something on timbre when compared to the LCD2 and to the HD600 that is said to be a reference. I'm sure the Quad is the superior headphone technically but this timbre issue is my main concern right now. However it seems to get better as I'm experiencing better earpads positioning and maybe burn in (I'm agnostic in this matter, maybe it's real). I couldn't stop listening to the Quad yesterday and thought i was finally experiencing planar goodness. I think you guys were right about the leather pads, properly fitted they sound really nice. But i will stop speculating for a now and come back with more definitive impressions :)
    A proper amp will be a bonus if i decide i really like and want to keep this headphone.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2019
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  10. Chris Kaoss
    Never tried.
    Focal cables are mono 3,5.
    The Era-1 got stereo 3,5 like the T1 but with another layout, which works on the Quad.
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  11. fericske
    The burn in is real, that's my experience, but the effect is various by gears. With some is "massive" changes, improvements, with some quite nothing. The Era1 is not that one is request burn in. Minor changes after hundred hours I got. Minimal subbass rise and minimal more smoothness. But actually with Era1 you get what you get out of box. So don't wait for burn in, if you want send back.
    What I got from the Quad phone when I first time "insulted my ears" with, that has not the usual planar sound. That's like the planar and dynamic sound fusion. Smoother than the planars (not all of course) and faster than dynamics (again, not all). And that is for I'm fallen in love, the smooth but fast response, nice balanced sound it has.
    The Lcd2 is a typical (but sweet) planar sound.
    When you do your audio day, ask for MrSpeakers (darko audio?) AEON headphones. Maybe that is you looking for. AEONs are different than Era1 and Lcd2 in sound, but they are also "typical planar" sounding stuffs.
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  12. iFi audio
    Yup, no value can be put on that. There's no downside and most likely lots of things can be done with these headphones.
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  13. mobbaddict
    I don't really know what the typical planar sound is to be honest. Based on the good ones that I heard (Audeze, Abyss), I would guess it's a liquid sound (maybe colored?), thicker than electrostats but still super fast. Even my Thunderpants T50RP had this kind of sound even if they were quite slow and muddy.
    In that sense the Quad sounds like a planars to my ears, it's a bit how i remember my short audition of the LCD4, a liquid sound with sweet mids and a cute little soundstage with a lot a depth. The thing is that I never used a good planar long enough to want to keep it. So maybe I would get bored of the Audezes as well.
    The Aeon Flow is on my list of headphone to audition but I assumed the Quad had more character and a better midrange.
  14. Qute Beats
    hey all, I've read this entire thread with great interest and pulled the trigger on a pair.
    Arrived today, but withing 5 mins I've had issues with the right driver cutting out :frowning2: Twiddled volume knob and it came back on with a crackle, but has gone on/off a few times now within the first 30 min of use.
    These were ex display, came with discount and bought mail order. Was really excited about getting these but now don't know what to think. I can return to seller within thier 30 day window for refund, or should I get in touch with Quad and hopefully get a repair/ replacement?
  15. Chris Kaoss
    Best way is to contact Quad directly to be sure of getting a replacement or professional repair.
    Bet you've the shortest way of us all. :)
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