RCF unveiled its first foray into the headphone market with the launch of ‘Iconica by RCF’ at the Prolight+Sound expo in Frankfurt.
Key features of these over-ear, headphones include extended LF response and noise cancellation. They have been designed to deliver a linear frequency response, including extended bass, but without compromising on accuracy.
‘Iconica by RCF’ has been designed both for DJ monitoring at the highest level of electronic dance music (EDM), as well as a lifestyle product, making it ideal for use with smartphones, media players, laptop and TV.
To produce Iconica, RCF has combined an audio engineering heritage that stretches back nearly seven decades, with DJ/producer Benny Benassi, who hails from RCF’s home town of Reggio Emilia. He knows how a successful electro DJ wants to hear music through his cans, and provided valuable design input.
“When I started my DJ career in local nightclubs in the ‘80s, RCF provided me with powerful and reliable sound, and the bass added a real emotional dimension,” he says. “I am reminded of that today as I listen to the incredible sounds coming through the Iconica headphones during long tours.”
Available in a choice of either Pepper Black or Angel White, with cushioned ear cups it is designed to deliver the listener maximum comfort.
“We set out clear design criteria as to how we could deliver high grade/high volume DJ reference monitoring, with precise low frequencies. It included defining the correct audio response, as pressing the loudspeaker close to the ears creates a micro ambient, and noise cancellation. It also had to reach a sensitive price point.” states product manager, Sandro Chinellato.
The headband is extendable, to guarantee a snug fit, and features a double plastic and leather material. The carefully designed cushion-fit clamp force of the ear cups eliminates air escape and creates passive noise cancellation, while the 16-ohm impedance maximizes the sound from the purpose-engineered transducer and enables the music to be reproduced accurately and loud.
Iconica is marked by other design features. The black model is trimmed with titanium colored metal on the cup swivel joint, enabling each can to pivot on and off the ear, while the white version replaces the titanium finish with silver.
Both models come in a plastic carry pack with internal pouch to hold a choice of coiled cable and smart phone with volume control setting, terminated with 3.5mm mini jack while a 6.3mm jack is also provided.
ICONICA PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS
Over Ear Headphones
Earpiece type: closed
Neodymium Φ25mm magnet
Transducer diameter： Φ40mm
Voice coil Φ20mm winding in copper coated aluminium
Frequency response： 20Hz-20KHz
Sensitivity： 102dB /1mW
Connector： Φ3.5mm with Φ6.3mm adapter (gold plated)
Rotatable main joint
40mm handmade drivers
Oversized LF transducer