The First Headphones in Quad's History Mirror the Sound of the Company's Fabled ESL Speakers: ERA-1 Planar-Magnetic 'Phones Can Also Be Easily Driven by Portable Devices
After more than 80 years of spearheading the British hi-fi scene, Quad has produced its first-ever headphones in the form of the planar-magnetic ERA-1. Engineered with high efficiency and low impedance quotients, and designed to mirror the sound of the company's iconic ESL speakers, The Absolute Sound Product of the Year Award-winning ERA-1 can easily be driven by smartphones and portable music players – and really sings when paired with a dedicated headphone amplifier. No matter how you listen, you'll enjoy smooth, transparent sonics distinguished with excellent transient responsiveness, magnet-like detail, proper tonal balance, and an involving midrange. ERA-1 are intended to be worn for lengthy listening sessions, and as such, tout fatigue-free ergonomics. A hard travel case, cable, and two sets of replaceable ear pads come standard. Experience more than eight decades of audio prowess and try the ERA-1 on for size at your own home today. Your satisfaction is backed by our 100% Music Direct Guarantee.
“The ERA-1 offers better and deeper bass, equally subtle mids but with sharper transient attacks and broader dynamic capabilities, plus highs that consistently impress with their extension, clarity, and delicacy.”
—The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice and Product of the Year Awards
"With exceptional speed, phase coherency and realistic tonal balance the Quad ERA-1 definitely evokes the feel of Quad ESLs. Though not quite electrostatic performance, the ERA-1 is one of the top performers in the under $1000 price bracket."