Electrostatic Technology Meets High-Resolution Performance: Reference-Setting Sonoma Model One Headphone System Features Patented Drivers, Dual DAC Chipset, Class A Amplifier, and 64-Bit DSP
The world's first headphones to employ a patented electrostatic laminate transducer, Sonoma Model One headphone system delivers all the traditional benefits of electrostatic technology (clarity, naturalism, tonality, speed) while supplying ravishing transparency that brings out all the beautiful detail, liveliness, and realism in high-res music. A reference-caliber dual DAC chipset, Class A amplifier, 64-bit DSP, and Straight Wire-developed cables complete a full system equally notable for its synergy as its technology. And once you slip on the sheepskin-leather-appointed headphones, you won't be going anywhere for hours.
Sonoma Model One is much more than a pair of reference-setting headphones that, according to TONEAudio, deliver sonics "that would probably take six figures to achieve in a room with amplifiers, speakers, and cables." Its onboard dual DAC, high-tech DSP, amplifier, and cables make it a complete system that will change the way you experience music – and save you the hassle of trying to mix and match other components. Acclaimed by audiophile press outlets on both sides of the Atlantic, it represents a major breakthrough and a gateway to high-resolution performance that has never before been seen, until now. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
Electrostatic speakers and headphones are known for clear natural sound, beautiful authentic tonality, and uncanny realism. All of it is possible because electrostatic drivers are very light and can be easily controlled by the amplifier in a uniform way, allowing them to immediately and accurately respond to music.
World's First: New Low-Mass Electrostatic Driver
Sonoma Model One is the world's first headphone to use a High-Precision Electrostatic Laminate Transducer. This technology begets a driver that is lighter, more consistent. and more durable that any previous electrostatic. As a result, M1 takes electrostatic technology a step further and delivers ultra-high-resolution and breathtaking transparency previously unavailable in any headphone design.
Pro-Audio Quality: 64-Bit Precision
While most competitors use standard 24- or 32-bit DSP, Sonoma processes all signals using custom 64-bit double-precision fixed-point arithmetic that exceeds even the performance of professional audio workstations. By using 64-bit technology, Sonoma is able to control the frequency response with high accuracy and without adding noise or losing fidelity – and achieve extended dynamic range, perfect left/right matching, and very low distortion throughout the entire range of listening volume.
Extreme Comfort: Wear Them for Hours
M1 starts with the finest Cabretta sheepskin leather, known for its light weight, durability, and softness and then adds lightweight magnesium ear cups. The magnesium makes the headphones more comfortable to wear while also providing a better seal for improved bass performance and RFI/EMI shielding.
A Complete System
Sonoma's design team has been involved in the development of DSD and SACD formats since their inception in the early 1990s. In addition to its patented electrostatic drivers, Model One features: reference-class dual DAC technology; a high-performance, wide-bandwidth, low-distortion Class A amplifier; custom 64-bit DSP; and all connecting cables co-developed with Straight Wire
"...If you'd like to have a level of sound quality that would probably take six figures to achieve in a room with amplifiers, speakers and cables, the Model One might just be the best value in high end audio today."
– Jeff Dorgay, TONEAudio
"...a superbly neutral and revealing combo with impressive bass weight."
– The Absolute Sound
"The Model One proves you really can have all the good stuff."
"How does the Model One system sound? Well, in one word: impressive!"
"Over time I came to feel that I simply wouldn't be able to evaluate future electrostatic headphones and systems without being able to compare it to the Model One."
– Tyll Herstens, Inner Fidelity