Quad VA-One + Tube Amp
Quad VA-One + Tube Amp
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Achieving an old-school sound with modern hardware, the Quad VA-One + tube amp delivers a vintage audio experience worthy of today’s most demanding audiophiles. Inside, seven vacuum tubes comprise an analog preamp that delivers a warm, natural tone Read More
Warm Analog Amplification With DAC Functionality

Achieving an old-school sound with modern hardware, the Quad VA-One + tube amp delivers a vintage audio experience worthy of today’s most demanding audiophiles. Inside, seven vacuum tubes comprise an analog preamp that delivers a warm, natural tone. Outputting 12 watts into each channel, the VA-One + can easily drive most bookshelf speakers. For modern setups, this amp features a high-resolution 24-bit/384-kHz DAC and USB-B, optical, and coaxial inputs. Also available are the planar magnetic Quad ERA-1 headphones: “a classic in the making” with “great musicality” and an “expansive soundstage,” according to Gary Alan Barker, a reviewer on Headphone Guru.

Note: At checkout, choose a Quad VA-One + (base price), ERA-1 (- $550), VA One + and ERA-1 Combo (+ $450).


VA-One + (Base Price)

  • Quad
  • Watts RMS per Channel (8 ohms): 12
  • Watts RMS per Channel (6 ohms): 15
  • Watts RMS per Channel (4 ohms): 12
  • Frequency bandwidth: 20-20k
  • THD: 0.5%
  • Minimum impedance: 6 ohms
  • Signal to Noise Ratio: 90
  • Built-in DAC: Yes
  • High-resolution audio playback: PCM, WAV
  • Bluetooth: Built-in 3.0
  • Total analog inputs: 1
  • Optical digital inputs: 1
  • Coaxial digital inputs: 1
  • USB input: USB-B
  • Headphone Output: ¼ in jack
  • Width: 7.06 in (17.9 cm)
  • Height: 7.13 in (18.1 cm)
  • Depth: 14.88 in (37.8 cm)
  • Weight: 23.8 lbs (10.8 kg)

ERA-1 (- $550)

  • Quad
  • Type: Planar diaphragm headphones
  • Impedance: 20 ohms 
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB/mW
  • Frequency response range: 10 – 40,000Hz
  • Total harmonic distortion: ≤0.2% (1kHz,100dB)
  • Rated input power: 100 mW
  • Weight (without cable): 420 g

VA-One + 

  • 6 ft AC power cord
  • 5 ft USB-A to USB-B cable
  • Screwdriver
  • Remote control
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • 3.5 in Bluetooth antenna
  • Owner's Manual


  • 7 ft audio cable (3.5 mm plug)
  • Screw-on 3.5mm-to-¼-in plug adapter (installed on cable)
  • Pair of replacement ear pads
  • Zippered storage case
  • User manual
  • Warranty & registration card

All orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Apr 29, 2020 PT.

After this product run ends, payment will be collected and orders will be submitted to the vendor up front, making all orders final. Check the discussion for updates on your order.

Recent Activity
I purchased the QUAD ERA-1 through Drop when they were initially offered so I've own them for a while. My 1st pair were faulty but Drop exchanged them with no issues. This 2nd set has performed flawlessly. I haven't listened to the Sundara but I have listened to the LCD-1 & the Avia. My opinion would be that they thoroughly trounce the LCD-1's. I was not impressed in the least with the LCD-1. Outside of liking the form factor, I thought that it was a very pedestrian sounding headphone. I felt that the planar drivers were just too small. If they were half the asking price, maybe...... The Sendy Avia was an interesting comparison. The Avia's held an advantage in the upper mids & treble. The presentation was more delicate & airy. The QUAD ERA-1 held a distinctive advantage in the bass though. The ERA-1's gave an overall warmer presentation. My understanding, from everything I've been able to read, on the Brainwavz Alara & the QUAD ERA-1 is that while the chassis are similar, the internals are different. The folks at QUAD made sure that the ERA-1 had the sound profile they wanted for a headphone that was going to carry their brand name. They succeeded. Their sound does resemble a set of the electrostatic speakers but with bass. Quickly hitting the good & bad: Headband is too big & can be problematic for some. Build quality is excellent but they are heavy. Overall sound quality is on the warm side of neutral. Highly musical with very good image placement. Only needing a little bit more air in the upper frequencies. Let me finish with some comments about the Alara & QUAD in general. Now I haven't heard them but I would call them an abject failure. What reviews there are have been fairly positive. Their biggest problem were that headband & that they were "Brainwavz". I think that the brand name raised eyebrows more than anything else. Now I've been familiar with QUAD products for over 40 years if not longer but that's because I live where I've always had access to multiple high end audio shops. They are not a household name in the U.S. & they never will be nor are they trying to be. Outside of their speakers, their electronic have never been what would call "visually attractive". They were sonically very good but hard on the eyeballs. FTR...…., I love my ERA-1's. Sonically, they are not fatiguing in the least & only headband comfort is an issue. I'm in the process of comparing these to both the Ether CX & the Elex. Hopefully I'll have something to say by the end of the month.