Sonoma Model One Headphones Now Available to Purchase

Published: 13/07/2017


Launched by Sonoma Acoustics the  Model One (M1) Electrostatic Headphone System is now available to purchase and its launch has been  bolstered by positive reviews by well-known industry critic including Chris Martens of Hi-Fi+ and Tyll Hertsens of Innerfidelity

In the summary of Chris Martins rave review of the Model One, which appears in the June issue (#148) of the magazine, Chris writes, “…I would encourage listeners to go hear this impressive system for themselves. Just be forewarned that to hear Sonoma’s Model One system in action is to want one of your very own (or at least that’s been my experience thus far).”

The Model One is the world’s first high-end headphone to utilise the High Precision Electrostatic Laminate (HPEL) transducer developed by Warwick Audio Technologies in the UK. Xi would like to congratulate the team at Warwick Audio for creating a product which the industry has rated so highly. Our continuous work with Warwick to push the boundaries of audio technology and accelerate the technical development is both a pleasure and a challenge which we embrace. 

Experts in transducer Development, Warwick Audio Technologies had a desire to accelerate their technical development to remain ahead of the competition. To speed up the development and reduce prototyping costs Warwick Audio engaged Xi for the modelling and design optimisation of their transducer.

“This represented a huge cost and time benefit for us. We went from making multiple prototypes by hand each week to simply dialling up a new one in the software. In addition to settling on a final design we’re very happy with, it is now easy for us to customize our transducers for clients’ requirements.”  
Martin Roberts, CEO, Warwick Audio Technologies

Xi provided Warwick Audio Technologies with custom software which allowed their engineers to tweak different design parameters in order to optimize overall performance. Ultimately, they were able to predict spikes in the frequency response of the speaker and smooth out the signal for better fidelity.

Sonoma Acoustics have been showing off the Model One Headphones at trade shows across the globe and the headphones have been praised for their frequency response, being called “simply, and astonishingly, well balanced”. Making Tyll hertsens’ converted “wall of fame” at innerfidelity is no mean feat – well done all involved. If you would argue that the proof is in the pudding, well you can certainly have you deserts. 

If you are in the market for the best headphones out there get yourself the Model One.

If you want to learn more about the multiphysics modelling work we completed for WAT then you can find out more clicking here or by reading the COMSOL News 2017 Article.


If you have any quesitons about our modelling and design work feel free to contact us here.