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Disclaimer: The Crosszone CZ-1 was despatched to us as a pattern in trade for our trustworthy opinion.
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I noticed the Crosszone sales space at CanJam in Singapore I consider 2017 and perhaps 2018 however I by no means truly managed to take a seat down and listen to their merchandise.
It was not till the AV Present in Hong Kong final August 2018 that I lastly noticed their sales space and went to check out their CZ-1 headphone.
When you’ve got been to the AV Present it’s the largest in Asia so far as I’m conscious and makes CanJam appear to be a primer.
I’m truly very glad I did spend the time with Crosszone reps Carol and Minh talking concerning the CZ-1 as a result of what I heard that day was truly very distinctive. I consider the SRP for the CZ-1 $2500 they usually have been recognized to run promos for as little as $2000 at some commerce exhibits.
It has been available on the market for perhaps 2 years now so not precisely a ‘hot new’ product. Nevertheless, that is one headphone I feel it’s worthwhile to spend time and listen to as a result of for those who love closed again headphones however all the time ranted concerning the crappy staging capabilities or a lover of crossfeed then the CZ-1 is like no different headphone available on the market immediately.
There are three distinct pitches to what the corporate believes makes the CZ-1 a singular headphone.
Pure Sound Area
The primary is the idea of the headphone utilizing know-how to create a extra pure sound area than that delivered by typical headphones.
The argument right here is that the overwhelming majority of headphones nonetheless create an “in your head” sound utilizing parallel driver designs. The CZ-1 makes use of a singular configuration of drivers and chamber know-how to ship a extra ‘realistic experience’ by shifting the sound out of your head as you’d usually hear a live performance or an excellent set of audio system.
The aim isn’t that totally different on paper to one thing like S-Logic from Ultrasone however carried out in a really totally different method.
Pure Sound High quality
The second distinct pitch is the standard of that sound delivered. In the identical method the CZ-1 is designed to provide a speaker-like expertise the choice of driver know-how and supplies used to construct the headphones can also be key to delivering what they consider is a life-like and listenable presentation.
Meaning beryllium coated dynamic drivers on the tweeter and woofer degree mixed with a brass body and an Eight-core OFC removable cable. I’m a fan of beryllium driver responses over titanium variants. I all the time hear them as somewhat richer and never as lean or shiny sounding as titanium counterparts so far. Mix that with an OFC and earlier than I’m even listening to it I’ve intestine feeling that is pitched for a forgiving listening expertise.
Prolonged listening Consolation Ranges
The ultimate pitch is the design and sure, the CZ-1 is one heck of a singular wanting headphone. There’s a purpose for that structural design as a result of at 480g this isn’t one mild headphone. The design is meant to scale back lateral strain and thereby scale back bodily fatigue for longer listening periods. Let me inform you proper now that the design does truly work, it doesn’t ‘feel’ like a 480g headphone on my head.
The CZ-1 is a closed-back dynamic-driver headphone, nevertheless, it sounds something however closed. The purpose behind that’s in its distinctive triple driver and acoustic chamber design which can also be a significant factor in why these cups are so huge.
ART & ADC
The CZ-1 makes use of each Acoustic Resonance Know-how (ART) and Acoustic Delay Chambers (ADC) mixed with these drivers to create three totally different pathways for sound to be delivered to your ear. These pathways are ‘staggered’ if you’ll by way of a collection of reflective chambers that replicate how sound typical displays and travels to the ear while listening to a set of audio system in a room.
The primary two drivers are direct firing drivers and account for low and high-frequency alerts. The low-frequency is delivered by means of a 40mm woofer and the high-frequency by means of a 23mm Tweeter.
The third driver acts in a really totally different method and in impact creates a passive crossfeed community by reverse firing the channel sound in every cup. This third driver’s crossfeed performance is the important thing distinction between the CZ-1 and S-Logics’ decentralized driver format.
Phasing or delayed timing of this sign is executed by way of the air chambers and combined with the direct sound to ship a extra spatial and open presentation.
The CZ-1 type issue is eye-catching, distinctive, and extremely properly put collectively. The Japanese craftsmanship on their freshman product lunch is exemplary virtually like they’ve been doing this for years.
The is a phenomenal mixture of inflexible die-cast magnesium for the scarf and easily completed black onerous plastics molding for the gimbal and cups. The faceplate of every cup is topped by an aged fake leather-based end.
The black tones of the CZ-1 cups, gimbal, and headband is complemented by hanging gold accents on the baffle, pivot, and crossfeed driver exterior housing edges. Matching gold coloured ‘Crosszone” emblems might be discovered on both sides of the CZ-1 simply above the primary gimbal arch.
The dominant options are these massive triangular earcups. By comparability, the scarf seems to be virtually non-existent. You would be forgiven for considering that there isn’t any approach this could match in your head given that it’s such a brief headband. You’d be lifeless incorrect.
The peak and depth create an phantasm of the CZ-1 having no attain. Nevertheless, the inside opening of the pads follows the identical triangular form which means the opening is good at ear peak. I truly discovered on the shortest setting it was simply the best peak to take a seat over my ears. My scalp to ear size is pretty brief so the scarf ought to have loads of room for these with longer or wider heads.
Sign Delay Tube
The lever-like design on both sides of the cup is, the truth is, the bodily tube that delays the sign into that third 40mm driver which acts to reverse the sound in distinction to the 2 direct drivers. For those who sneak a peak on the within of the pads you can also make out the driving force symmetry and why these cups must be that measurement. It additionally provides considerably to the distinctive exterior look of the CZ-1.
That is the genius of the Crosszone CZ-1 design for me although it’s a bit onerous to seize into phrases. You must even have the headphone shifting up and down in your arms to see how excellent that inbuilt torsion spring system works.
Both sides can transfer independently of every in a vertical path which means the CZ-1 headband design is just not inflexible like a standard wrap-design nor it’s as center-focused as AKG type leather-based strap pressure system. When you have an uneven head form it can modify routinely for that with out you having to revert to fine-tuning the scarf size continually.
Targeted and distracting vertical strain itself is vastly decreased additionally by two very mushy and cozy foam wedges beneath the primary headband to the far left and proper which means the central space doesn’t contact your head in any respect.
The lateral strain or clamping pressure of the CZ-1 is sort of relaxed although certainly not unfastened. Maybe that is by design as a result of once you add some lateral strain by pushing them in together with your arms the sound signature modifications massively. You get a heck of much more bass depth and amount however personally, I feel this upsets the stability of the CZ-1 presentation and what makes it so distinctive.
The one space that I felt distinct strain of any sort was instantly behind my ears the place nearly all of the cup/pad strain was being utilized. If something, the design might be too profitable for people who like their closed headphones to clamp slightly more durable.
The pads are triangular, giant, very circumaural in software and in addition resolutely plush and forgiving on the ear. Importantly they’re removable and replaceable, (by way of your supplier). They’re made off of a reminiscence foam jacketed in a smooth velour and silk materials and feels fantastic to the contact.
After 2 months of use, the pads additionally appear to retain their form fairly nicely fairly than go horribly flat just like the previous Hifiman or Sennheiser velour pads. They’re additionally fairly thick and deep so there isn’t a probability of the drivers touching your ears in addition to masking a large contact space in your neck to scale back strain.
One essential factor to notice is the candy spot. Not when it comes to consolation however ideally the place to place the CZ-1 in your head to realize one of the best sound stability. There’s a number of lateral motion inside these giant pad openings. You possibly can technically push them again in order that they contact the entrance of your ear or pull them ahead to they hit the again of your ear. Every place will have an effect on the sound in a dramatic trend. Crosszone advise
For a closed-back headphone, the isolation is nearly common. It isn’t DT1770 or Ether C Circulate closed ranges. A few causes for that.
The primary are two little air vents on the prime and backside of every cup baffle. These vents act in the identical method as speaker ports (rear or entrance) with the vent on the bottom tuning the woofer and the highest vent for the 40mm crossfeed driver. Put your finger over every and the extent of bass and air shall be affected altering the sound additionally. It additionally lowers the extent of isolation from background noise.
The second are these silk/velour triangular pads used on the CZ-1. They’re pretty porous in nature as are most velour pads in my expertise. They do an excellent job with high-frequency background isolation however much less so with mid to low frequency similar to air conditioning hum. Although not fairly as open as correct open-back design the CZ-1 continues to be a headphone for indoors and fairly listening periods.
The CZ-1 makes use of a barely forward-positioned dual-entry three.5mm jack port system with a strain based mostly locking system. Though the cups themselves are left proper based mostly the precise cable three.5mm jacks are usually not which is fairly cool. What meaning you’ll be able to join the CZ-1 anyway you want with out having to fret about channel orientation.
There are two cables that include the CZ1. A 1.5m cable and 3m cable although on this pattern solely got here with the shorter 1.5m model. The shorter cable is a three.5mm terminated 1.5mm OFC Eight-core wire (four×2) housed in a flat dual-tubed PVC jacket. This cable is designed for moveable use and comes with a 6.35mm jack converter.
The brief black cable is fairly mild, microphonic or bodily noise-free when shifting round, and in addition pretty tangle resistant.
The packaging is massive as you’d anticipate for a full-sized headphone. It’s also professionally completed with an outer vinyl sleeve over a black field displaying a particular image of the CZ-1 entrance and middle. Inside the primary black field, the headphones are resting on a satin material lining above a contoured foam mattress.
To the underside, you get 2 cables (1.5m and 3m), a 6.35mm converter and a small guarantee leaflet. It not probably the most fanciful of shows however it will get the job carried out.
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