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Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones
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Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones

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$499
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We’ve partnered with Dan Clark Audio (formerly MrSpeakers) to improve a remarkable and well-regarded pair of planar open-back headphones. Introducing the Aeon Open X: our take on the Aeon Flow Open.
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T.Fernandez
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Collabs
Dec 26, 2019
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 Sound Foundations Our community had their eyes on another collaboration with Dan Clark soon after the launch of the acclaimed Ether CX. With the Ether CX being a true flagship worthy closed back headphone for our product line, we were also very excited to add to the sister series with the Aeon Open X. There’s always a chance...
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Here is what Dan Clark had to say about some of the distinctions between the two products lines.
“ÆON Tone: ETHER CX has a more neutral voicing with a bump to the bass, while AEON has a bit more of a V to the response and is less linear and smooth sounding. ETHER CX has a bit more heft at the lowest frequencies, it just feels like there's more power at the sub-bass even though they measure similarly. AEON Closed presents a bit more upper bass energy due to the V-shape to the response. ETHER CX has a smoother blend to the midrange which delivers better phase coherence, while AEON has a bit of a peak in the 5K region, something we worked to eliminate in the ETHER CX, and a brighter than neutral top. Dynamics are very similar. Soundstage they are close, ETHER CX seems a trifle larger. Efficiency: ETHER CX is 2-3dB more efficient.”  The Aeon Flow Open is known to have a warmer tonal quality, a slight V shaped response, and a medium sized soundstage. We nudged the Aeon Open X to have similar qualities as the Ether CX, which has a rather neutral sound signature and wide soundstage for a closed back design. During the development process we explored the use of fenestration inside the earpads to open up the soundstage. This was done by initially using a soldering iron to melt holes into the interior of the earpad. We then used some electrical tape to cover portions of the openings allowing us to get a slightly wider soundstage. We fenestrated the surface of the ear pad that is most reflective towards the opening of the ear creating a wider and deeper soundstage.  Earpad Experiments
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We also played with the acoustic dampening paper that covers the driver openings, adding just enough material over the drivers to find a nice middle ground which lifted the treble from 3 kHz to 6 kHz. Whereas, the Aeon Flow is more intimate and forward in its presentation. The Aeon Open X still captures the essence of the Aeon Flow line with its more relaxed and smooth presentation.  
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  In creating the Aeon Open X, we tried to maintain the consistency of the Aeon Flow Open, as well as some of the airy and spacious qualities of the Ether CX.  The low end still retains that nice deep kick which should please fans of genres that call for low end punch and extension. All in all, this is a wonderful sounding headphone that will please many. 
Muscle_Cow
917
Jun 1, 2020
These went out of stock pretty early for a new headphone collab... will they be coming back? I wanted to pick up a pair eventually but didn't expect to end so soon else probably would've grabbed earlier :[ .
Dandrey
23
Jun 1, 2020
Check my review on them , its an emotional one , but to the point . I did not listen to CX , but heard it is about being punch shy or sort of , the Aeons X , on the opposite , is pretty punchy and dynamic . Amazing piece of audio art , i would call them .Comparing back and forth between them and M1060C open mod, Beyer DT250 and HD58X and 6XX , the Aeons X win soundwise and build .
JoshuaL
10
Nov 30, 2021
Someone recommended these in the Elex discussions talking about their QC issues. Can anyone that has heard both please tell me how they compare? Am quite interested in the Elex sound but too concerned about their driver failures. Thanks! Now to see if these will come back to $399. Edit - they came back in stock suddenly at $399 and now discount removed and back to $499. Guess no new headphones for me. Why did I wait and think about it first, 😑. Hope the discount comes back soon!
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decommo
25
Nov 26, 2021
Have not come to Drop for so long and I am outdated. I just want to purchase one can between Aeon Closed or Open X and does not matter whether closed or open. May I ask fellow members who have both cans what the main differences are in terms of sound signature? I briefly read reviews and it seems that open version has more bass and rounded and smoother treble and closed can has tighter bass and cleaner sounding. Have I understood correctly ? Thank you very much in advance. :)
decommo
25
Dec 1, 2021
Thanks a lot. It helps understand the difference... I will look out for the drop opens again. Cheers.
ab.y
13
Dec 1, 2021
no problem
SexPandaByOdeon
22
Nov 22, 2021
These are so much cheaper than the HD 660S - and the technology seems to be on the side of these Aeons being that they’re planar. if you have the HD600 and the 580 already would you get this or the HD660S?
XiiNyth
0
Nov 22, 2021
Heres a comparison chart I made:
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SexPandaByOdeon
22
Nov 20, 2021
Why are the clothes back $20 cheaper?
jefe32
149
Nov 16, 2021
Dang, these went from shipping Dec 10th to the 24th.
BudMovin
16
Nov 14, 2021
This or the modhouse T60RP Argon headphones?
XiiNyth
0
Nov 16, 2021
you know what this plus its on sale
Hokashin
0
Oct 23, 2021
These are overpriced in 2021. There is a lot more competition since these came out. These should be 400 usd max. Especially when open box sundaras go for 300 usd.
XiiNyth
0
Nov 16, 2021
yeah was waiting for a sale myself and it just happened, time for comfort and audio quality, finally
raansire7
1339
Oct 15, 2021
I've read so many reviews about these sounding compressed or not dynamic enough. It's a bummer that some fellows have been unable to fully enjoy them. These are pineal gland-punishing with my amps! They make the HD 8XX sound puny in comparison. The bass is very tight and composed, but I would not want these drivers to hit any harder. It'd ruin the enjoyable signature for me. They're brain-rattling enough as is with the pre-installed notched white pads, plus the lows have stage, which is impressive to me. Kicks and bass show distance from my head if the track calls for it. Only other headphones I own that can do that are the 2021 Audeze LCD-X, but those can be driven satisfyingly by an anemic gnat. The Aeon Open X are power hogs. They need all they can get to really strut their stuff. I thought people were exaggerating. Hungriest cans I've ever owned by far, making the beyerdynamic DT 880 Edition 600 ohm seem like low impedance cans, ha-ha. Yesterday I saw the Aeon Closed X went down to $379 and ordered them. I'm curious to hear how different they sound, and also want to have them as spares...just in case, you know. The more I listen to these, the more I am astounded by them. Trying them now with the "antique" Denon DA-300USB and OG Schiit Asgard. The layering, separation and clarity is smile-inducing, like listening to actual nearfield monitors and not headphones. NOTHING to envy from the much newer Modius/Magnius combo. Anyway, just wanted to share good stuff!
XiiNyth
0
Nov 16, 2021
Ive been called a measurebator by someone who didnt like these or high power low noise amps. I imagine he and most people cannot power these low sensitivity current hungry headphones, since they think low impedance = easy to drive. And Id bet he will keep buying more and more expensive hardware until he ends up with a full system of stuff that measures well.
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