• Date Posted:

    23 — 08 — 2018
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Announcing the CL2 Planar

We're proud and excited to announce the CL2 Planar; a planar magnetic in-ear headphone with both wired and wireless configurations - available to pre-order now.

It is built around the most compact planar magnetic driver ever engineered - a 10mm transducer containing a magnet array, a planar coil, and a 16µm diaphragm.

What is a planar magnetic driver?
Planar magnetic technology is one of the most revered methods of sound reproduction in audio - difficult both to construct and to miniaturise. A zone of perfect magnetic balance (a 'magnetic plane', hence the name (and pronunciation)) is formed. On this is balanced a planar coil - a copper coil in the shape of a helix - and a diaphragm - a super-thin circle of material designed to push air and create sound. As the audio from your phone, player or computer reaches the coil, it reacts to the magnetic field; moving back and forth and creating sound waves.

How is that different from a standard driver?
Conventional dynamic drivers use a single ring coil to create sound - using a solid plane results in a huge step up in control and response; and a massive drop in distortion. This is particularly important for more complex, detailed music that moves across the dynamic range; using treble and harmonics alongside deep bass.

How is this new?
This technology has never before been miniaturised to the extent where it can fit inside an in-ear headphone housing.
It has never been used with Bluetooth wireless technology in this configuration.

The CL2 is supplied with a 12-hour Bluetooth neckband - compatible with high-fidelity aptX™ streaming - as well as a braided copper cable 3.5mm, and balanced, silver-coated 2.5mm cable.

Everything you could need: the CL2 includes a hard storage case, soft carry pouch, flight adapter and ear tips in a variety of styles and sizes, including Comply™ Foam

The housings are moulded from ceramic - a compound called zirconium dioxide with applications that include synthetic diamond and industrial heat-resistance. This makes them extremely blemish-resistant, aesthetically beautiful, and ideal for transmitting audio from driver to ear without distortion.

Using universal connections - MMCX - the CL2's housings are usable with other detachable cables; and the cables are usable with any other detachable housings.

The CL2 Planar is available for pre-order from today, 23 August, and will ship on 14 September 2018.

For more information on the CL2, visit the product page, or get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Pre-order on rha-audio.com