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RAD Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Planar Headphones in Case

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Rad Rosson Audio Design Rad-0 Planar Headphones In Case

RAD Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Planar Headphones in Case

SkyFi 479

Pickup available, usually ready in 24 hours

479 South Broad Street
Glen Rock NJ 07452
United States

+12018790000

General:
Complete kit showing little to no signs of use.

THE SOUND ENGINEER BEHIND THE DESIGN
Rosson Audio Design is the brain-child of Alex Rosson who co-founded Audeze, a high-end headphone company, in 2008 with the brand’s current CEO, Sankar Thiagasamudram. Similar to Apple’s startup story, the duo started Audeze together, assembling headphones in a garage, and working late into the night and weekends.

From these humble beginnings, Audeze grew into a leader in planar magnetic driver technology, eventually becoming one of the most influential headphone brands in the industry. Audeze has received prestigious awards, including Stereophile Magazine’s 2014 Product of the Year, and CES’s Digital Trend’s Top Tech in 2015. 

Alex Rosson’s latest headphone creation, the RAD-0, seems poised for similar greatness. Growing up around music in the Los Angeles area, Alex spent the majority of his career in the audio business as a musician and record label owner.

Before venturing into entrepreneurship with his Audeze co-founder, Alex also worked as one of Technicolor’s top mastering engineers for nearly a decade. To say Alex Rosson knows a lot about music and high-end audio recordings is an understatement. The man knows his stuff.

When Alex branched off on his own from Audeze, he took with him some of the house sounds that transferred into the RAD-0. The sound signature of the RAD-0 is a combination of the warmth and musicality of the LCD-3 (pre-fazor) and the top-end sizzle of the LCD-X. The RAD-0 gets some of the musicality of the LCD-3 while also getting the detail and top-end resolution of the LCD-X. Both LCD headphones have really good bottom-end weight, both have great speed for being large planar-magnetic drivers, and that sound transfers nicely into the RAD-0 design.

DESIGN DETAILS: THE RAD-0
The RAD-0 is born from years of research and development and a lifetime of experience. Every aspect of Rosson Audio's headphones is prepared with an artisan’s attention to detail and pure love for the craft. Countless hours of thought and care go into every speaker, housing and headband the company makes for these headphones. Together, these components unite to form the best pair of planar magnetic headphones on the market. When you get your hands on the RAD-0 headphones, we’re confident that you will be able to see, feel and hear the Rosson Audio Design difference.

The Speaker
Development of the RAD-0 headphone begins with the heart of the brand's product: the speaker (commonly known as the “transducer” or “driver” to our fellow audiophiles). Since planar speakers can be very delicate, The Rosson Audio design team uses a material with an extremely low mass, the strength to withstand high temperatures, movement, and electrical load, and the durability to last a lifetime.
After sourcing the speaker material, Rosson's engineers begin designing a circuit and magnetic structure for the diaphragm. When it comes to speakers, many people assume bigger is better. Rosson Audio's goal, however, is to achieve a balanced sound while keeping the headphones light and comfortable. To achieve this, the engineers fit a proprietary array of 11 N52 magnets into a medium-sized 66mm speaker. The result is a perfectly balanced listening experience with detailed transients and mids, a very tight and controlled low end, and the size and weight to comfortably wear the headphones for hours.

The RAD-0 is a low-impedance headphone and therefore not difficult to drive. However, with all planar dynamic headphones we recommend the more power you can provide to them, the easier it’ll be for them to reach peak performance. You can drive the RAD-0 efficiently with just about any device, but having an amplifier behind the music will bring your listening experience to the next level. Rossen utilizes a 3-pole 3.5mm connection for cables. The termination type is different from the rest of the market, so Focal cables or upgraded Audeze and Focal Dragon cables will not work with the Rosson design. If you are interested in getting an upgrade Dragon Cables then you will have to select new ones using the unique pinout for Rosson.
Note: The headphone stand shown in the photos is for reference only and is NOT included in the sale of these headphones.

The Housing
The designers at Rosson Audio have always loved materials such as micarta and stabilized wood, and they believe they have the vision and skill to incorporate these materials into the company's designs. Straying from the beaten path, Rosson's designers collect burl, maple, teak, rocks, gems, and any other beautiful item the team can fit into a casting mold. Through determination and finesse, Rosson's team of engineers turn these raw materials into rings, and then it sands and polishes them before drilling entry holes for the yokes and input port.

The weight of the RAD-0 is consistent with some of the more middle-weighted Audeze LCD line (LCD-X), rather than some of the heavier headphones. Alex likes his headphones heavy, and the reason for that are the large magnet structures in the planar magnetic drivers. That’s what provides for the meaty, full, and big bottom-weight to the sound.

Assembly & Testing
While one half of the engineering team works on the housings, the other half assembles the speakers in small batches and lets the speakers “pre-burn” at 100dB for two weeks to help enrich the sound. The speakers then go through rigorous testing and validation to ensure that each pair is ready for its new home. Rosson's testing tolerance is 0.3dB variance, and only those speakers that make it past the cut get installed into their newly made housings

The Headband
After installing a speaker into the housings, Rosson's engineers turn their attention to the headband. Weight is always an issue with planar magnetic speakers, so they focus on offsetting the weight with balanced curvature, clamping force and proper placement of perfectly dense padding. The result is the most comfortable planar headphone with the smoothest size adjustment design ever created.

OUR IMPRESSION: “I HAD TO HAVE IT."
For as long as Alex Rosson remembers, it's been a dream of the once Audeze co-founder to offer a unique, custom headphone with an aesthetic worthy of its premium sound. After co-founding Audeze, Alex Rosson set out to create something entirely new. When Moon-Audio Founder and lead engineer, Drew Baird, ran into Alex Rosson in Singapore during the 2019 CanJam World Premiere Headphone Audio Show, Drew immediately recognized that Rosson’s new headphone creation was special. The beautiful aesthetics unique to each one of Rosson Audio’s gorgeous headphone designs grabbed Drew’s attention. But, it was the sound of Rosson’s new cans that really stood out. Impressed, Drew knew what he had to do: add them as a top tier choice in our lineup of high-end audiophile-grade headphones.

“To my ears, the RAD-0 sounds like a cross between the Audeze LCD-4 and LCD-X headphones. Rosson Audio’s aesthetics and sound are simply stunning. Hearing it for the first time, it literally took my breath away. I had to have it.”
Drew Baird, PE, Founder | Moon-Audio

Ownership:
Single Owner

Connections:
1/4" Jack

General Sound:
Neutral sound with little to no coloration

Cosmetic Condition:
8/10 = Very Good. Excellent front faceplate, one minor flaw on chassis side or top.. See our detailed rating description here.

Working Condition:
Working perfectly and tested in our lab.

Packing:
Original Manufacturers Packing

Original MSRP:
$2,600.00

Specs:
Over-ear (Circumaural)

Open-back

Planar Magnetic

66 mm Transducer

20hz - Beyond Audible Range <0.1%

29 Ohms Impedance

Testing Process:

We start with a visual inspection of drive units to ensure they are intact, the pads are supple and compliant and the headband is operative. We then check the cable for any broken wires, stressed connecting points or jacks.

We then do a listening test to make sure all frequencies, specially the bass is free from distortion, rattles of signs of a compromised transducer. We do a full frequency sweep and check for bass response and high frequency reach.

The unit is the cleaned, cord is properly coiled and supplement any connectors or adapters that should be present.

SKU: 104804
Rad Rosson Audio Design Rad-0 Planar Headphones In Case
RAD Rosson Audio Design RAD-0 Planar Headphones in Case Sale price£1,328.00