Apple's former lead audio engineer is launching some high-end headphones for audiophiles and gamers

Vzr Model One Headphones
Vzr Model One Headphones (Image credit: VZR)

What you need to know

  • Apple's former lead acoustics engineer, Vic Tiscareno, is launching a new pair of headphones.

VZR is a company trying to make a single pair of headphones that appeal to both hardcore games and audiophiles with the new Model One headset. But this company might have more chance of pulling it off than most – because one of its co-founders is Vic Tiscareno.

If the name doesn't ring any bells, it's perhaps not surprising. But the name means a fair bit inside Apple. Tiscareno was Apple's lead acoustics engineer at one point and was apparently hired by Steve Jobs himself. It doesn't mean the Model One will be a hit, but it does mean the headphones are worth paying attention to.

The VZR Model One delivers natural, expansive, audiophile-quality sound and is particularly adept at accurately rendering immersive 3-dimensional soundscapes. Every component in the VZR Model One has been optimized to deliver class-besting performance and the Model One features the debut of a ground-breaking, proprietary and patented innovation called CrossWaveTM that truly sets it apart from competitors and more expensive audiophile headphones.

That CrossWave technology will allow the Model one to point audio at specific areas of the ear which, I'm told, will make for a better experience. That should be good for gamers who want to know exactly where footsteps are coming from and audiophiles who want to experience the most expansive soundstage possible.

VZR has shared a promo video – and people seem to be pretty excited about the Model One.

The Model One will be available for $349 in Q2 2021. The headphones will obviously draw comparisons with the $549 AirPods Max, but we'll have to wait and see how these things stand up to the scrutiny.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.