David Arnold Composer
For me......the best I've heard
Stephen Fry Actor, Author, Broadcaster
Simply incredible. I think it’s the clarity that so stuns me, clarity without any hint of the coldness and loss of warmth that is the usual trade-off in achieving that level of precision… clarity + depth = joy.
Chris Kimsey Producer | Rolling Stones, Duran Duran, Yes
I cannot take these off! I am hypnotised by the sound coming from the E-Prototype. They have such a wide stereo image, much deeper bass and more depth of sound than I’ve heard before. They are light as a feather and sit perfectly - they float in my ears!
Dr Sadia Sadia MSc FRSA Installation artist
Having had a little time to experiment with Flare Audio’s new E-Prototype earphones I can only say that this is the closest I’ve come to hearing the pure transmission of the artists’s intention without any distortion or additional colouring, qualities or characteristics. The earphones are based on a ground-breaking design developed through original conceptualization and research and I predict that USQ will set a new standard in sound across the audio production chain.
Tony Visconti Producer | David Bowie, T-Rex, Sparks, Iggy Pop
I've been looking for earbuds like this ever since they were invented.Flare has always made great audio drivers, but the new system of delivery to your eardrums is a big game changer. Fidelity and imaging are the best I've ever heard.
Phill Brown Sound Engineer | Talk Talk, Bob Marley, Faithless
I have been a big fan of ‘Calmer’ and the ‘Noise-reduction Pods’ over the past two years, but for 50 years rarely used Headphones or Pods. I just never got on with them that well and never found any that were really comfortable or accurate. The Flare Audio E-Protype Pods have changed all that. The fit is perfect, the sound excellent (so real, with a beautiful Bass-end) and the stereo imaging is astounding. For me it’s like hearing the music as it was in the studio. Beautiful.
Mark Radcliffe Broadcaster, Musician, Author
These buds are unbelievable. So light and comfortable you kind of forget you’re wearing them except for the wonderfully full sound in your ears. Thanks Flare. A triumph.
The sound on these feels as open as anything you'll get with a pair of over-ears. I've put some proper memory foam tips on, and the isolation I get from that plus the expanded stereo width is great for listening to stuff on the go.
Ordered today and within 24 hours item was shipped! Very recommended!
As an owner of the previous top of the line Flare PRO 2HD earphones I was looking forward to its upgrade. However instead Flare launched the cheaper E Prototype which I purchased soon after it launched in November 2021. I was expecting them to be better than the PRO 2HD (this is Flare after all), however I was surprised by the margin of improvement.
Thanks no doubt to the USQ technology the earphones really delivered on the sound quality and took it to a new level for me. There was more detail and depth. I could make out the vocals and positions much more clearly. To me the sound is neutral, covering the full range of frequency, including a convincing bass, with no noticeable distortion.
I cannot describe what a revelatory experience it was to use the E Prototype for the first time. I listened for hours to some of my favourite albums just to discover what detail I was missing, reexperiencing and enjoying them all over again. Even now, after 9 months of use I am still discovering new details in old albums that I am reacquainting with. And because of the huge improved sound quality I now mostly listen with the E Prototype connected directly to my Samsung S20 Plus phone instead of via my Chord Mojo DAC for convenience.
In addition, I found the earphones were very comfortable to wear over long periods. The polymer plastic was warm on the skin and the light weight meant I was hardly aware of them.
Unlike the PRO 2HD, the E Prototype has a microphone so I was able to connect directly to my mobile phone and laptop to make calls, which I found very useful.
I have owned the E Prototype for 9 months and am very glad that I purchased them soon after their launch and has given me great joy to listen to my music all over again on the go and even in bed. I can confidently say the E Prototype is a game changer in terms of sound technology and quality and would recommend it to anyone looking for an earphone at this price bracket.
Earphones: Shure SE425, Flare PRO, Flare PRO 2HD.
Phone: Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
DAC: Chord Mojo
Streaming: Tidal, Spotify
Music genre: Rock, Synth, Folk, Jazz, Progressive, Soul, Reggae, new music.