The other big reason? It’s awesome.
New-to-me company Verisonix had a few headphones on the table at CanJam, but the one that really caught my eye was the N500 and N501 ($499, respectively), both of which featured a closed-back wooden ear cup design, the primary difference being “shape” — the 501 is block-ish and square and the 500 is oval (I preferred the oval). Both feature the same driver — and this is where things get interesting — it’s a “passive” electrostatic hybrid, where the ESL “super tweeter” is matched up with a paper-composite dynamic driver for the everything else.
My verdict? Very cool. I wanted to grab one on the spot.
Also on the table, the N100B — a $169 “version” of the hybrid ESL design, this one featuring a mylar driver, no wood, but voiced a bit more “mainstream” (i.e., with more bass). For $169, Beats is beat.
I’m going to want to see more of these guys, for sure.