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"We rarely give Awards, but we would like to be quoted for "10/10 for the price" - XTZ Earphone 12 is a little gem - and it's affordable."
- Kim Olsen, Nerds.dk
The idea behind this project was not only to create a good earphone, maybe with an excellent price/quality ratio, but to build something revolutionary, something that expresses our passion for music and technology. The in-ear headphones have been developed using the best technology throughout. In addition to the excellent membrane used, they have been optimized in many other points. A particular focus of the earphone lies in its ability to perfectly hide ambient noise so you can enjoy your music undisturbed, in a calm and relaxing atmosphere. Of course, the great look of the EarPhone 12 comes from its clean, metallic design while its comfort comes from the ergonomic engineering we undertook. We were even able to solve the perpetually frustrating problem of having to sort out a tangled cord. The two earphones are each magnetic on their backs so they attach together perfectly. The cable is particularly impressive itself in that it unravels literally on its own and without any help. This is made possible by its flat design and combined with the cord’s low friction. The frustration and difficulties experienced when using traditional earphones become a thing of the past.
Dirac Research owns the market’s most advanced technology in digital sound processing (DSP) and consequently it´s used by several luxury brands like BMW, Bentley, Rolls Royce etc. The advanced algorithm we use optimizes both frequency response (amplitude) and impulse response (time domain). Applying Dirac’s DSP optimization, the result is an impressively balanced and flawless sound, which can truly be described as breathtaking.
With the XTZ Player App for iOS, it’s easy to have control over DSP modes on the fly. Simply launch the App for instant access to your music library and six preset listening modes. You can also use the Earphone-12 without the App for wireless audio access to podcasts, music services like Spotify or Apple Music and video content.
The DSP app is a music player that plays all the famous formats so that you can play your music collection at the quality that you are used to. The App provides six preset listening modes and includes a streaming service provided by 8tracks.com, a great way to discover new music. Whatever you play through the app is supported by the DSP algorithm a tailor made sound for the Earphone-12. To access video content or other streaming services like Spotify or Apple Music simply use the Earphone-12 without the DSP app.
The DAP is optional which means you can also buy and use the Earphone-12 at your computer without this programm. The software cleverly tricks your computer into believing that the DAP is a normal sound device, so all audio, regardless of where it’s coming from, gets sent though Dirac’s DSP. It then gets forwarded to your “real” sound card / device and provides beautiful sound, especially tweaked for the Earphone-12. The DAP appears as a simple window on your desktop and allows you to easily pick your favorite sound character depending on your preference, mood and the type of music you’re listening to.
Further Information about the Dirac Audio Processor can be found here: http://www.xtzsound.eu/shop/eu/accessories-/dirac-audio-processor
Typical earphone measurement
XTZ EarPhone-12 measurement
Typical earphone measurement