Dan Clark Audio introduces the Expanse, the new flagship open-back headphone meant to set a new standard in open-back headphone musicality, soundstage, detail retrieval, as well as comfort. Featuring Dan Clark Audio’s all-new 4th generation planar-magnetic driver and our breakthrough Acoustic Metamaterial Tuning System, Expanse delivers a stunningly smooth presentation, thus bringing new depth and breadth to all your favorite music.
Acoustic Metamaterial Tuning System (AMTS)
Headphones are subject to standing waves in the higher frequencies. This can make instruments like strings, cymbals, even vocals sound unrealistic and fatiguing. AMTS is Dan Clark Audio’s patent-pending inline device located between the transducer and ear. AMTS integrates waveguides, diffusion control, quarter-wave, and Helmholtz resonators into one compact structure. It eliminates standing waves, thereby dramatically improving system performance.
Diffusion elements reduce standing wave formation while resonators act as both precision and broadband filters. Together, all these elements smooth and shape the frequency response from the midrange through the highest frequencies. The upshot is high frequencies are rendered with a refreshingly smooth, yet accurate and detailed delivery across all genres. OK, bad recordings are still bad, we’re not magicians!
Dan Clark Audio Expanse Features Our Most Advanced Driver
Expanse’s 4th generation planar-magnetic driver delivers the smoothest, richest, and most detailed experience we could create. Expanse’s driver is 20% larger than the Ether 2 driver and uses the patented v-Planar technology. This results in a stunning THD figure of less than 0.03% while improving low frequency extension.
But Dan Clark Audio didn’t stop there! Diaphragm tension is set on a proprietary system that creates a more uniform and consistent tension across the entire driver surface to minimize distortion and improve driver matching to better than 0.25dB weighted across the spectrum for incredible imaging and balance.
Expanse’s planar driver delivers incredibly low distortion throughout the listening range. The levels of detail have heretofore only be found primarily in the top-of-the-line electrostatics. Unlike many headphones that create “detail” through exaggerated high-frequency energy, Expanse’s AMTS delivers industry-leading resolution without the fatiguing highs some users may know all too well.
Together, our 4th-generation motor and AMTS deliver a sonic performance best described as “effortless.” From a delicately plucked string to the most intense dynamics of an orchestra, or the weight and attack of a kick drum to the overtones and decay of a crash cymbal, Expanse delivers an amazing balance of delicacy and nuance as well as punch that will have you reaching for all your favorite recordings, and maybe staying up a bit too late.
And last but not least there’s the soundstage. Expanse is all enveloping and can compete with any open headphone in depth, width, and imaging. Expanse’s effortless sense of space and instrument placement allowing the headphone “disappear,” so you can simply relax into your musical experience. Let the headphones, equipment, and yes, your daily stresses melt away, leaving your music to be enjoyed the way it was meant to be heard!
Mechanical Design Innovations
“We set out to make Expanse a real design statement,” said Dan Clark, Founder and CEO. “Expanse design takes its cues from our Stealth headphone but adds an exciting and unique grill based on mathematical functions derived from the principals of generative design, for a truly unique and stylish look.”
The top grade black leather headband features fine blue stitching to create a quilted head-strap that’s not only gorgeous but is also functional and comfortable. The elegant embroidered Expanse logo adds a dash of color to Expanse’s all-black aesthetic.
Gone are the mechanical sliders for fit adjustment; Dan Clark Audio has designed a stable yet comfortable “self-adjusting suspension system” that seats the headphone just right, with no muss or fuss. At just 418g Expanse is also one of the lightest super-premium headphones on the market. Taken together, our new vegan suede and “leather” ear pads, self-adjusting suspension, and lightweight chassis make Expanse so comfy you can just ignore it and “vanish into your music.”
And for portability or storage we incorporated Aeon 2’s elegant folding gimbal structure into Expanse, allowing it to conveniently pack into a compact custom case that’s small and easy to stow.
Key Features and Benefits
Patent-pending Acoustic Metamaterial Tuning System (AMTS). It delivers unprecedented high-frequency detail and clarity for the ultimate in smoothness, tone, and detail retrieval
4th generation v-Planar driver with our largest planar diaphragm to date, delivering exceptional dynamics with vanishingly low distortion for a natural and “easy” listen
Improved driver tensioning system creates a driver with incredible consistency across units for superb imaging and balance
FEA and CFD optimized motor structure increases driver motor-force uniformity and smooths acoustic flow
All-new auto-adjusting suspended strap design makes Expanse hassle-free to wear
Pre-formed ergonomic strap design spreads weight evenly across the head for incredibly comfortable extended listening
Strap quilting improves comfort and reduces heat buildup
Composite synthetic suede and protein-leather pads offer a sung fit with minimal clamp, with a pleasant touch on the skin
Stylish grill reduces weight and creates a visually stunning design aesthetic
Folding gimbals allow for storage in a compact case for safe and easy transport
Uncompromising industrial design uses aluminum and titanium to maximize strength while minimizing weight
Expanse is designed and built by hand in San Diego, California, and is backed by quality and support you can count on
The Evolution of Dan Clark Audio Design
Dan Clark Audio’s design goal is to never compromise on sound, comfort, or aesthetics. Expanse is our ultimate open headphone statement and embodies everything we’ve learned since our inception.
We hope you enjoy it and invite you to take a listen to the all new Expanse, and vanish into the music!
Availability and Price
The Dan Clark Audio Expanse is available now. The US suggested Retail price is $3999.00.