Erzetich steps into the reference headphones space
The past few years have seen an interesting focus on the audiophile segment, with niche offerings from even major brands that catered to the audiophile’s relentless quest for clarity and detail. Creating a flutter or three at events like NAMM, Erzetich Audio has made its name among true enthusiasts in the past few years with their range of headphone amps. With creations like the Deimos and Bacillus Tilia, they stayed true to CEO Blaz Erzetich’s statement that when he designed a headphone amplifier, he intended to create a work of art. Entirely made from aluminum, with aged Linden wood as a symbol of his homeland, Slovenia, these devices had sheer character apart from some very serious audio chops.
That individuality is something that Blaz has sought to bring to his 2018 offerings as well. Consider bold octagonal shapes, names inspired by the darker side of Greek mythology, aged Linden wood and magical circuitry underneath.
The headliner in Erzetich Audio’s entry into the audiophile headphone space is the open back Planar Magnetic Phobos Headphone. Boasting a unique octagonal structure in aged wood with a 45 ohm impedence and weighing in at 690 g, the company describes the listening experience as akin to striking gold: the same treasure as seen in the reunion of brothers Deimos and Phobos from mythology. With its focus on detailed, firm and dynamic sound, the Phobos is clearly aimed at serious listeners of classical or jazz music.
Come to what Blaz refers to as the younger characterful sister of Phobos, and we have Mania, or Manea, symbolizing the Goddess of the Dead in Roman and Etruscan mythology. This dynamic headphone has 50 mm titanium drivers, an 80 ohm impedance and weighs in at 460 g. This is a versatile headphone, perfect for varied genres in music, from EDM to rock.
Over the years, Erzetich Audio have signed several artistes on board to promote their headphone amps, including David Bottrill, Imogen Heap and Guano Apes. Coinciding with this launch, they have announced that Dutch singer Anneke van Giersbergen will be their first ambassador for the Phobos and Mania headphones.
The Phobos and Mania headphones are available to pre-order until end of April 2018. Pre-order the Phobos for 1,699 Euros and the Mania for 1,019 Euros.