Flare Audio Reference R1 Headphone Hire

Flare Audio studio recording reference R1 stereo headphones for hire in London

Jan 15 Flare Audio Studio quality recording reference monitoring R1 stereo headphones for hire to Musicians, Conductors, Engineers, Technicians, and home recordings with keyboards, drum machines, availiable to rent at £10 a day, or as part of a studio, PA package.
Award winning audio technology company, Flare Audio, has launched what they believe to be the worlds first fully open back headphones. The Reference R1, aimed at the pro audio and audiophile market, uses Flares unique new approach to produce distortion free sound, even at full volume, enabling true transfer and transmission of source material.

The R1s are stopping people in their tracks, including music production heavyweights, with their undeniably crystal clear sound. This is enabled using Flares groundbreaking new approach based on Waveform Integrity.

A new way of hearing.
Big Mick Hughes, FOH Engineer, Metallica

Big Mick Hughes, FOH Engineer, Metallica

R1s: Proper headphones. Listening bliss.
Gary Langan, Art of Noise and FOH Engineer for ABC, Holly Johnson, War of the Worlds, and founder of Metropolis Studios.

Traditional headphone designs are based around two main formats, closed and open backed. Both of these traditional approaches suffer from sound distortions in some way caused by enclosed residual pressure interference (ERPI) explains Flare Managing Director and R1 creator, Davies Roberts.

Open back designs distort sound information on the compression stroke of the driver and add asymmetry to the waveform. Closed designs distort sound information on both sides of the waveform. This distortion moves the time domain of frequencies, compressing them into the wrong area of generation by the driver. ERPI inside a closed space creates a spring effect on the driver, which limits and distorts driver movement.

Roberts says all drivers create sound by placing higher frequencies inside the movement of lower frequencies, i.e. 21Hz is created within the movement of 20Hz, 22Hz within 21Hz and so on. If a drivers movement is restricted by ERPI the time domain of frequency information is also distorted. Flare describes this driver movement distortion as TDD (Time Domain Distortion).
In a typical headphone with one or more closed areas, the time domain of information will become disrupted. For example, if there is ERPI behind the driver then there will be reduced backward movement.

With the Reference R1, both of Flares patent-pending technologies (SpaceTM and VortexTM) have been applied to both sides of the driver to create the first fully open true infinite baffle headphone that produces distortion free sound.

Flares vortex silencing technology spirals around both sides of the 40mm dynamic headphone drivers to remove all enclosed residual pressure interference (ERPI). ERPI is removed without it travelling across the driver or reflecting inside the headphone enclosure, leading to no audible enclosure based standing wave interference.
Balancing pressures between the front and rear sections enables linear driver movement (LDM), which creates total timbre accuracy. The combination of removing ERPI and creating LDM produces pure, natural sound with a full frequency response that has not been previously possible.

SpaceTM technology reduces enclosure wall vibration through 4 bolts that pull the rear plate and ear pad plates together with a constant compressive force on the DSV (dual sided vortex) disc. Space technology allows the use of lightweight materials to be used in the DSV disc whilst maintaining the structural strength of more rigid materials.

VortexTM technology removes residual air pressure that interferes with the movement of a driver and silences the sound pressure as it escapes into the air. DSV enables linear driver movement providing the listener with a completely natural sound experience. Linear driver movement mimics sound in nature creating highly accurate timbre, phase response, stereo imaging and 3D sound.

As a result, listening through the R1s highlights details previously masked in tracks. Flare also believes they reduce hearing fatigue, and could improve detail awareness with continued use something the company is currently working on obtaining test information on.
Flare Reference R1 is a completely new listening experience and a vital tool for those wanting to hear everything in sound, without any listening product distortion, explains Roberts. Stereo imaging perfectly mimics nature, allowing full 360-degree image placement. Reverb tails and instrument distortion become highly detailed, allowing producers and engineers to have a tool to rely on to perfect their art. We believe the Reference R1 sets a new standard in personal sound listening for both professionals and audiophiles. Flare launched the Reference R1 at PLASA 2014, where they were voted a finalist in the shows Award for Innovation category.
The Reference R1s are now available for pre-order direct from Flare at a special introductory price of £499 inc VAT. To arrange a demo or discuss licensing opportunities, contact Flare Audio on: +44 (0)1903 761000 or email: naomi@flareaudio.com

R1 Spec Sheet

  • Distortion free sound, even at full volume
  • Highlights details previously masked in tracks
  • True transfer/transmission of source material
  • Sonic immersion with precise stereo imaging
  • Natural, open sound with true timbre detail
  • Believed to reduce hearing fatigue
  • Detail awareness may improve with continued use

Fully open headphone
Patent-Pending DSV (Dual Sided Vortex) silencing technology
Patent-Pending Space technology
Store-flat design for easy transportation
Precision milled billet aerospace aluminium enclosure
Studio grade cable with anti-twist covering
Stainless Steel heat treated headband
O-ring adjustment dampening
Replaceable ear pads
3.5mm gold mini-jack connector
Carry bag
Made in England

Reference R1 headphone Online Booking form availiable here from Erento agency

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