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Warwick Acoustics BRAVURA electrostatic headphone system

The BRAVURA’s improvement over the Sonoma M1 Headphone reflects how much can happen in a few years, especially in a fast-moving channel of audio. The same cannot be said for the Sonoma M1 Amp, though. I’m not a great fan of the great DSD arms race, with products delivering ever-higher sampling frequencies, especially when there’s little or no verifiable software at those super high resolutions. Nevertheless, support for DSD 64 and DSD 128 and PCM will not sit right with those demanding support for DSD 512 or higher ‘because they can’. I fear this is where 2021 catches up with what 2017 had to offer. I think a BRAVURA amplifier/DAC is in order soon, complete with support for higher-res DSD and PCM files (and probably showing off a set of indicator lights on the front panel to denote selected resolution). If that doesn’t happen (or if it does and ‘in the meantime’)… the Sonoma M1 Amp looks great in black, like it was made to be in that finish.

Warwick Acoustics made a very good Proof of Concept with the Sonoma M1 system, but in the BRAVURA, that concept has been realised. All the things it did well it still does well, a few of the things it did well it does a little better and all the areas where some improvement was needed (bass, frequency extension, volume headroom) have seen improvements to bring them up to the headphone’s standard elsewhere. The name ‘BRAVURA’ means ‘great technical skill shown in a performance’ in Italian. It’s deserved… bravo!

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

headphone

  • Type: Circumaural, open-back, electrostatic headphone
  • Drivers: Full-range, low mass, single-ended electrostatic drivers
  • Effective driver area: 3570 mm²
  • Frequency response: 10 Hz–60 kHz
  • Weight: 403 grams (excluding cables)

energiser/DAC

  • Type: Class A solid-state electrostatic headphone energiser with built-in DAC, ADC, and DSP functions
  • Inputs: One USB digital input, one coaxial S/PDIF digital input, two stereo analogue inputs (one high-level via RCA jacks, one low-level via 3.5mm mini-socket)
  • Outputs: One electrostatics headphone/bias voltage output jack
  • DAC: Dual mono, 32-bit/384 kHz ESS DACs with balanced outputs
  • Digital audio formats supported:
  • USB: All PCM inputs up to 32 bit/384 kHz and DSD via DoP (DSD64/DSD128)
  • Coaxial S/PDIF: All PCM inputs up to 24-bit/192 kHz
  • Device Drivers: An XMOS device driver is required when the BRAVURA system is used in Windows environments
  • Frequency response: Bandwidth > 65 kHz
  • Distortion + Noise: < 0.05%
  • Dimensions (H×W×D): 57 × 190 × 290mm
  • Weight: 2.45 kg
  • Price: BRAVURA Silver Headphone: £1,700, Black Edition, £1.995. Silver System (with Sonoma amp), £5,495. Black Edition system (with Black Edition Sonoma Amp), £5,995

Manufacturer: Warwick Acoustics

URL: warwickacoustics.com

Tel: +44(0)24 7722 0377

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