LUZLI ROLLER MK02 REVIEWS
Luzli in Financial Times Online
The conductor Otto Klemperer said, “Listening to a record is like going to bed with Marilyn Monroe’s photograph.” Klemperer died in 1973, but while listening to these new headphones from Swiss startup Luzli, I wanted to say to him, “Have a listen to this, mein freund, and tell me if that’s still your view.” To be fair, there was some decent hifi around in his lifetime, but to be listening to music on the move would have required a pre-Walkman cassette player and some stenographer’s headphones. I, meanwhile, was playing 24-bit HD recordings (each track bigger than the entire hard drive of a 1990s laptop) on the £1,999 Astell & Kern SP1000m player I featured last month, paired with Luzli’s extraordinary Roller headphones. (The smaller silver pair sells for £2,880, the larger for £3,840, which makes them among the world’s costliest.)
Luzli’s headphones are amazing on two counts. The first is their physical form, which is unique. The headbands are reminiscent of an oversized aluminium link watchstrap, and I learn they are indeed made on a premium Swiss watchstrap line. The mechanical quality is superb. They roll up into a sort of dense, metallic croissant. The smaller, MK01, retracts to an 8.4cm diameter roll, weighing 206g; the larger, to 10.7cm at 334g. This means that you can fit audiophile-quality over-ear cans into a (albeit fairly capacious) pocket, or if you go for the MK02, a corner of a travel bag. And the audio they produce would cause Herr Klemperer to drop his baton. It is nothing short of stupendous for what is effectively a travelheadphone. One caveat: don’t waste your time plugging them into a phone – their quality will make ordinary recordings sound like mush. Either use an HD player like A&K’s, or a sound-enhancing amplifier like the £399 ifi xDSD I reviewed last November, or a Chord Hugo. Oh, and let the Luzli “run in” for a couple of hours. Mine were mushy for a while, but they soon loosened up to unleash their gloriousness.
How To Spend It – FT 8/2019
Luzli in Financial Times’ How To Spend It
The Luzli Roller MK01 and MK02 secure the top spot in the exclusive ‘Technolopolis’ round-up of the latest tech. Described as ‘amazing on two counts’, the headphones are firstly commended for their ‘superb’ and ‘unique’ design, and secondly for their ‘stupendous’ audio quality. How To Spend It encourages its readers to invest in a pair of the Luzli Roller headphones and let them run in to ‘unleash their gloriousness’.
Financial Times 7/2019
Luzli in Esquire
Luzli has been included in a dedicated brand feature within one of the leading magazines in fashion and lifestyle. Following the journalist’s interview with Andrew for this article, his comment was included that ‘We wanted to make a design classic.’ The article also mentions that ‘Luzli worked with makers of link bracelets for luxury watches: its handmade headphones roll up into a pocketable ball.’
Luzli in T3
Securing a spot in the magazine’s ‘Horizon’ segment of the ‘best new tech’, the Roller MK02 headphones are praised for being ‘as luxurious as they are innovative’. Acknowledging the impressive ‘custom dynamic drivers’ and ‘premium’ materials, T3 deems the MK02 a ‘superb listening experience’. T3 is a UK-based technology magazine which specialises in gadgets, gizmos, covering the latest news from the world of smartphones, laptops, audio, gaming, fitness and more.
Luzli in The Gentleman Magazine
Starring in a beautiful double-page spread, the Luzli Roller is introduced as the perfect combination of ‘luxury Swiss craftsmanship, ingenious design’ and ‘audio excellence’. Noting the unparalleled ‘levels of craftsmanship more akin to luxury watches’, the magazine claims that the MK1 ‘exudes exclusivity and integrity of function’. The Gentleman Magazine showcases features, articles, and much more from the sectors of Fashion, Lifestyle, Automotive, Food & Drink, Technology, Horse Racing, Timepieces and more.
Swiss-made headphones offer the ultimate audio quality to match the unwavering attention to detail
“All headphones are largely the same, right? They are either large can-like things that go over your ears and pump noise into them, or they are little buds that go in your ears and pump noise into them. The folk at Swiss company Luzli will disagree, as their over-ear creations have more in common with luxury, high-end watchmaking than the sort of headphones you see athletes and wannabe rappers wearing in crap music videos. With headbands machined from pure aluminium and stainless steel, the same high-quality materials more commonly associated with premium watches, Luzli’s designs offer a great fit, resulting in outstanding comfort for those longer sessions”
Luzli | Unveils new Roller MK02
“Uncompromising in their approach to design, craftsmanship and attention to detail, the brand combines technological advancement and style with incredible mechanical and audio quality for an effortless piece of everyday-use tech”
“Built to last a lifetime – something here at enki we love – this unusually compact sculpture of sound allows for its cables and eardads to be replaced, ensuring the longevity of the product. With the headband created from pure aluminium and stainless steel, a material palette more commonly associated with luxury watches, the Luzli design promises comfort alongside being the ultimate travel companion with it’s roll-up capability”
The best new design-minded technology
“Since winning a 2018 Red Dot Design Award for its inaugural Roller MK01 headphone set, Luzli has now released Roller MK02. Hand-constructed from precision-matched aluminium and stainless steel, the set can be rolled into a tidy fist-sized bundle courtesy of its flexible headband. Custom-designed 40mm drivers have been individually paired, accompanied by optimally tuned baffles, acoustic chambers, bass ports and removable foam earpads for the ultimate on-the-go listening experience. They say good things come in small packages, and this portable powerhouse is a case in point”
NEW ‘ROLLABLE’ LUZLI ROLLER MK02 HEADPHONES ARE THE COOLEST
“Luzli’s precision engineering means they are designed to last a lifetime. The cables and foam ear pads are also replaceable so they are a great investment. What is its philosophy? Luzli says it is about “small scale rather than mass-produced; local rather than global; long-lived rather than designed obsolescence; and personal rather than commodity”. Globetrender applauds this kind of thinking”
Luzli’s Ultra-High-End Roller MK02 Delivers Flawless Audio
“Luxury audio brand Luzli has drawn upon its manufacturing background to construct the new Roller MK02 design, alongside a new black finish for its more compact Roller MK01 design. The Basel-based company is recognized for the craftsmanship of its headphones, the quality, and detail of which have been likened to luxury watches”
LUZLI ROLLS OUT A CLASSIC
SWISS HEADPHONE BRAND MAKES UK DEBUT WITH ROLLABLE DESIGN
“A new designer headphone brand launches in the UK this week. Basel-based Luzil will debut with its unique Roller MK02 design, and a new black finish for its more compact Roller MK01 design.
The Swiss-made headphone maker says it brings a level of craftsmanship to headphone design more commonly associated with luxury watches”
LUZLI ROLLER MK02 HIGH-END SWISS HEADPHONES AVAILABLE IN UK
“We always enjoy Luzli’s ultra-high-end, Swiss-made headphones whenever we try them at shows. Luzli’s uncompromising approach to quality and detail never fails to deliver the level of craftsmanship more commonly expected from luxury timepieces”
Luzli’s Roller MK02 headphones take design inspiration from Swiss watches
“Great skiing, Lindt and Federer: we have a lot to thank Switzerland for, and that’s before we even get to all the lovely luxury watches the country is famous for. And it’s those internationally renowned tickers that Basel-based Luzli had in mind when designing its new MK02 over-ears”
These luxury headphones roll up so you can carry them around
“Basel-based Luzli says it spent three years in development. Custom dynamic drivers were developed for the new headphones – 30mm for the MK01 and 40mmfor the MK02. Luzli says that the baffles, acoustic chambers, foam earpads and bass ports were all specially-tuned for these particular headphones”
Luzli’s Roller MK02 headphones are inspired by luxury Swiss watches
“As with its siblings, the hand-made MK02 features a patented roll-up headband design – made up of several watch-like ‘links’ – so they can fold up into a small ball. This make-up of multiple links and springs also supposedly aids flexibility when it comes to fit”
Luzli introduces new ultra high-end Roller Mk02 headphones
“Swiss brand Luzli has launched its new ultra high-end Roller Mk02 headphones that are uncompromising in their approach to design and sound for the best audio experience possible.
The design aims to offer the perfect balance between comfort and style. They offer portability too, with the headphones able to be rolled up into a ball and stowed away in a bag or hand luggage”
These Swiss watch-inspired headphones could last you a lifetime
“Even if you take the utmost care with your headphones, it’s unlikely that they’ll last longer than a few years; technology moves on, parts degrade, and what was fashionable a few years ago, becomes wildly uncool with alarming rapidity.
That’s something Swiss-British design company Luzli hope to change with the Roller MK02 headphones”
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