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Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones

Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones

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What does it meean that these are open Back?
Mar 2, 2021
It means the 'back' of the cans (the cups that go on/around your ears) are 'open' instead of 'closed.' Open back means they are acoustically transparent (either from holes, or a screen, lattice, or other air-permeable structure). They let sound in and sound out. This has four primary effects:
  1. You can hear the world around you better. You're not 'sealed off.' If you need awareness of your surroundings, these are a better choice than a closed-back "can."
  2. As @william.beasley said, others can hear what you're listening to. If you need discretion, or if you need to minimize noise pollution for those around you, you should pass on these and buy a closed-back can. Also, if your surroundings are very noisy (fans, machinery, children, etc.) and want more passive 'noise rejection', closed-back is the better choice.
  3. Presentation. There is often more perceived 'air' and 'space' between the instruments, breathiness or naturalness of vocal performers, etc. than with a closed-back variant. (Note, this is a generalization; there are a few exceptions to this). Soundstage size can vary with many other variables. These cans have different felt pads which can alter the apparent soundstage size in exchange for some loss of 'air.'
  4. Bass response. Bass in open-back cans tends to be less forceful than in a closed-back can. Again, there are exceptions, but a closed back can provides a kind of simulated 'room resonance' which helps low-end frequency response by reflecting low-end energy toward your ears. Open-back cans allow the energy coming off the back side of the driver / membrane to escape into the air around you.
Oct 11, 2021
Hello! I am thinking about buying this headphone. I already have the HD6XX and I'm not really looking for something with a similar sound signature but I want a headphone to add to the HD6XX. Is the sound signature of this headphone similar to the HD6XX or would it be a good addition to the HD6XX? :) I already have a AKG K701 and a DT 770 Pro, but I don't believe the sound signature is similar to those, I'm only worrying a little bit about the HD6XX.
Nov 3, 2021
Magnetic planars sound VERY different to Sennheisers, most notable in the soundstage. To my ears I much prefer the Senns for rock due to their presentation of guitars and vocals. For jazz where instrument separation is key, planars can make you feel like you’re in the room with the musicians, at the expense of detail provided by the Senns. I think you need to get over $500 to get magnetic planars that start to make you feel like you don’t need the Senns. The Dan Clarks is a good place to start that experiment, but you might need to really jump up to something like Hifiman Arya.
Nov 16, 2021
aaronjs27Sorry for the late reply! Thank you so much for the advice, i didn't know that! I'm in love with my Senns as well haha so I want a good headphone that compliments the Senns instead of replacing it sounds-wise. I have indeed read great things about the Arya, but as a student, the price unfortunately is a little bit too steep for me at the moment. I am thinking about waiting a little bit longer and then buy a planar around $800 like the Ananda, do you know how that one compares to the Arya?
Jan 9, 2023
SabeCraneI think that the 400se's can give you a very good introduction to the benefits of planars without breaking the bank. Are they aryas? NO but they are EXCELLENT examples of planars technology and sound amazing for $109.
Do these need to be used with an AMP or dac/amp?
Jul 4, 2021
No, but yes. You will hear music using them without a headphone amp, but it won’t be nearly as good as it could be. Planars may well have low impedance, but they need power to really show their stuff. For $99, the Schiit Magni (3, 3+, etc.) does the job nicely, as do more powerful (and expensive) options.
Jun 14, 2021
If I needed replacement cables in the future where would I buy them?
Nov 20, 2021
Hart Audio has one for $67. I just bought one for my Aeon Closed X.
Jun 12, 2023
Jul 11, 2023
Umm, not a question