■ CZ-1 Delivers a Natural Sound Field / External Localization Feature Also Suitable For Video Viewing.

Headphones have the advantage in which the sound source is set close to the ear. This allows for easier detection of fine sounds and does not cause disturbance to others when enjoying music individually. It is the ideal item for personal listening enjoyment.

 

But one big problem remains. Headphones generate a “sound field” and “sound image” within the head, a phenomenon called “internal sound localization”. Loud speakers on the other hand, create a sound source oriented at the front. As headphones have a different form of playback, many audiophiles or those who favor stereo sound commonly point out this problem as the main reason for not preferring to use headphones.

The CZ-1 released by Crosszone is a revolutionary headphone that overcomes this problem. In each housing, slight sounds from the opposite channel and the reflected sounds are mixed to create a natural and spatial sound. The three driver units are also uniquely positioned to create an external sound image.

 

This effect has been achieved before using digital signal processing (DSP) technology, but the CZ-1 actualized this through purely acoustic resonance technology (ART). This is a real breakthrough. The headband of the CZ-1 is made from die cast magnesium and also has a pressure adjustment feature using torsion springs on each side for long term comfort.

Today I plan to pair the CZ-1 with video equipment, to create a “personal concert hall”, and have an exclusive experience of listening to live recordings of rock and pop music.

 

■ Listen to the latest hits in combination with the 55- inch OLED TV

I’ve prepared this system for an individual setting. Panasonic’s organic electroluminescence TV, TH-55EZ950 and UHD BD player, DMP-UB900 are used. I’ve connected them with an HDMI cable to play the DVD. The optical digital signal from the DMP-UB900 is transferred to Pioneer’s USB-DAC, U-05 which has a built in amplifier. The CZ-1 is connected to this device.

What I’ve set up is just an example. Both the TV and UHD-BD player are of the latest type, so if you’d like to further enhance the sound effects, you can opt for other brands of headphone amplifiers as development in this category is progressing at a remarkable rate.

■  Inoue Yosui’s beautiful vocal and whole tone scale accurately delivered by the CZ-1.