VZR a new company founded by Vic Tiscareno, Apple's former chief acoustic engineer, has an ambitious goal, to create an audiophile headset for gamers. Two opposite worlds, that of audiophiles and gamers, one focused on guaranteeing maximum acoustic fidelity, the other on enhancing effects and three-dimensionality, which could find for the first time a synthesis in the VZR Model One a new headset with pre-orders and shipments arriving starting from the second quarter of 2021.
The VZR Model One in the information released by the manufacturer should offer natural, expansive and audiophile quality sound at the same time while accurately rendering immersive three-dimensional soundscapes.
CrossWave, the new proprietary technology of VRZ
Every component of the VZR Model One has been optimized to deliver the best performance in this price range and the Model One debuts a proprietary and patented innovation called CrossWaveTM that truly sets it apart from the competition and more expensive audiophile headphones.
Commercially available for the first time in the VZR Model One, CrossWaveTM is a passive acoustic lens technology that selectively and strategically reshapes audio waves to emulate how you would perceive sound in real life without headphones, resulting in better separation, openness and accurate 3D spatial positioning - all without digitally altering the audio source.
Competitive gamers will benefit from more accurate and realistic positional audio, with the potential to improve in-game performance through superior spatial awareness and an increased ability to spot small but crucial details like footsteps and shots.
This performance advantage would be even more interesting in virtual reality applications where VRZ internal testing showed that subjects were able to determine the position of positional sounds more quickly than competing gaming and audiophile headsets.
Even for those who play immersive single-player games or want a headset that allows them to rediscover their favorite music, the VZR Model One performs beautifully. VZR designed the headset to deliver the fidelity and detail of a reference studio speaker system along with the warmth and openness of open stand audiophile headphones, all in an affordable headphone that delivers best-in-class performance, not matter how it is used.
Highest quality components
The VZR Model One uses modular, high quality, custom components with standard 3,5mm connections for maximum compatibility and minimum latency. The detachable microphone features a patent-pending noise-canceling design that ensures clear communication.
The included headphone cable features an inline microphone that activates when the arm is detached, and a mute switch.
Gaming and audio experts have tested the VZR Model One throughout its several years of development and endorse it, including Ed Lima, the BAFTA-nominated sound designer known for his work on Doom 3 and Borderlands, the winning musician and producer of GRAMMY Anthony Ray, better known as Sir Mix-a-Lot, and many other leading figures in their respective industries.
“We meticulously designed everything about the VZR Model One, using years of research, decades of experience and feedback from audio experts to perfect the headphones and maximize their performance,” said Vic Tiscareno, founder of VZR. "From drivers to cable and ear cups, we're not cutting any corners to make the perfect headphones for gamers, audiophiles and anyone who demands great audio."
Price and availability
The VZR Model One will be available for pre-order from the official VZR website for $ 349 in Q2 2021. To learn more about VZR and to sign up to be notified when pre-orders go live, visit the official website and follow VZR on Twitter.