British company, Flare Audio, is aiming to create “the ultimate headphone listening experience” with its R1 headphones range and is also adding to the R1 Mk2 fully open-back headphones with a new closed-back R1 Pro set.
The R1 Mk2 set uses Flare's own audio tech to create a distortion-free sound. Using physics!
“All current sound devices have a problem - air pressure,” says Davies Roberts, CEO of Flare Audio. “Air is not linear and it's interfering with the sound produced inside traditional speaker and headphone designs. With Flare we've found a way to address this issue using physics. Our technologies eliminate distortion for good in any sound device we create.”
The problem it sees is that current headphones are created with the notion of them being like an acoustic instrument. That means you end up with things like unwanted resonance and distorted driver movement.
Flare's solution uses twin technologies dubbed Vortex and Space. The Dual Sided Vortex (DSV) tech releases pressure on both sides of the driver to allow for completely linear driver movement. Those vortexes are milled into solid hunks of aluminium and compressed with the Space technology to eliminate any interference from the enclosure itself.
The open-backed nature of the R1 Mk2 headphones means they're really only suitable for the audiophile sat at home listening to their high-quality audio. You're not going to be popular sat on the bus with a pair of these spilling your music out to the public.
Mind you at £750 for the R1 Mk2 they're not necessarily the sort of thing you'll want to take out and about on a daily basis, but also if you can afford to spend that sort of money on a pair of luxury headphones you may not be taking the bus…
Flare though is also creating a set of fully closed headphones, using a similar pressure-balancing tech to the R1 Mk2s. This means they too are designed to offer great aural accuracy without the traditional distortion you can get on a traditional closed-back set, and without leaking the sound to the world at large.
The fully-open R1 Mk2s are set to arrive in September, with the closed-back R1 Pros following a month later.
We can't wait to get our ears in them.