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QUAD ERA-1 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by FastAndClean, Apr 24, 2018.
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  1. Utopia
    Could it be the cable? I had a very similar issue, but the cutting out moved from the right side to the left when I switched the cable around (and so of course it was the cable that was faulty).
     
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  2. Qute Beats
    thanks, though just tried and definately the driver. light taps brings it back briefly, but keeps dropping again. systematic of a loose connection inside I think. have mailed Quad.
     
  3. iFi audio
    That's what we'd suggest too.

    Probably :ksc75smile:

    But in all fairness, this can happen to any product.
     
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  4. HiFiVee
    I too have had this issue, and, as a result, I am now on my second unit. Quad UK and the UK dealer I purchased the first unit from were very good about it and exchanged the faulty unit for a new one (well since it was under warranty one would expect this to be the case). In my case, the right driver failed at the end of a close to 10-hour listening session.

    However, in the process, I did learn that early ERA-1's had quality control issues and were prone to failure. My first unit was built in August 2018, so I made sure the replacement was from the latest batch, which happened to be March 2019. This all happened back in early September, and so far the replacement unit seems to behave itself. Are you based in the UK? If so, do PM me and I can share more details......
     
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  5. ipiipi923
    I too had such problem with the left driver. Probably they had some QC issues with the earlier batches of production (I've got mine from an early Massdrop sales). Sent the faulty cans back and got replaced, happily ever after.
     
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  6. iFi audio
    Problems happen, but it's important how are they handled. If there was a swap with no questions asked, that's good!
     
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  7. Qute Beats
    Cheers for comments, I'm able to return for a replacment pair so that's good.
    Just trying them again and at the moment working OK, so getting a little listen in while trying not to move my head much. But definately an issue with them, last night I couldn't get more than a couple of songs played.
     
  8. mobbaddict
    I don't know if burn in is real for planars but I may have enjoyed the Quad more and more recently. Directly out of the iPhone.

    I don't really feel like it is u-shaped anymore, actually I'm strucked by how cohesive the general presentation is. Bass seems very clean and linear to me, treble was never a problem to begin with (at least with the velour pads) but I feel like it's now a very smooth headphone in the top end, even with the brighter leather pads that provide a crisper sound. Upper mids may be ever so slightly recessed but it doesn't feel like a fault to me.

    I wouldn't really call it a fun headphone anymore, it's just a serious one with a polite sound signature and tremendous speed and effortless presentation. One you can enjoy for hours without any sign of fatigue. Imagine listening to bossa nova in a relaxed and luxuriant room, each instrument playing its own part, quietly but confidently. That is what it feels like. And this is what I'm listening to right now. :beyersmile:

    To me it sounds very much like a full-size high-end balanced armature IEM, thanks to the smooth and fast sound. I say this because the timbre also reminds me of balanced armatures, it can be very accurate but still lack that extra layer of realness that can be heard on great dynamic drivers. Maybe it's something that is shared with other planar designs, maybe it's just the Quad design, or maybe i should hurry and test them out of a proper amp. But it's still good and it may have improved with hypothetical burn in. Actually I can now see how some people would compare it with the LCD4 which I auditioned briefly a couple years ago and that sounded super sweet to me. So yes, it does sound super sweet too with the appropriate music.

    So all in all I'm now considering keeping the Quad, or at least going and test them against the self-proclaimed timbre king HD600, in order to find out.
     
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  9. iFi audio
    It is very real.
     
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  10. mobbaddict
    It would make sense... I still use the super neutral RE400 as my mainly driver so mental burn in doesn't apply in my case.
     
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  11. mobbaddict
    Also the velour pads now sound clearer and more mid-centric/forward, a bit too much sometimes but they have a lovely tone... The leather pads may sound more relaxed and enjoyable for long listening sessions.
     
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2019
  12. iFi audio
    The difference ain't always big, but for years we haven't heard top level cans good in every aspect out of the box. And we had quite a few.
     
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  13. JML
    Has anyone built or purchased a balanced cable for the ERA-1? Are the earpiece connectors 3.5mm? Anything special needed? Anyone use the Eidolic 3.5mm connectors?

    (I want to use this with the 4.4mm Pentaconn balanced connector to my Sony WM-1A.)
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2019
  14. Chris Kaoss
    It is in order at Forza. :wink:
    Yes, they're 3.5 mm with --> Tip and ring is + and sleeve is ground.

    But i did a comparison with the oem balanced beyerdynamic cable for the T1, which did work, but at this cable, the ground is attached to the housing of the xlr plug.
    Have to compare it with the one from FAW to come within december.
     
  15. fericske
    Nothing special plug needed. That is works with a mono 3.5mm plug as well.
     
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