Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones
Drop + Dan Clark Audio Aeon Open X Headphones
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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. 
Dec 26, 2019
Muscle_Cow
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Jun 1, 2020
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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 :[ .
Jun 1, 2020
Dandrey
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Jun 1, 2020
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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 .
Jun 1, 2020
Hcgamer25
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Jun 9, 2020
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Dan Clark aeon flow RT is the exact same thing but straight from manufacturer and no drop logo ? For the same price . I don’t understand what drop did here or why it’s sold out . Anyway just ordered from DC directly .
Jun 9, 2020
Malin
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May 21, 2020
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You may get Aeon Flow Open RT. which are new and has improved bass and treble, for the same price as Drop Aeon Open X. Overall, prices Drop offers are getting near or even higher than the products it replicates. Why is it so? Is it getting tougher to keep production costs as low as what Drop is famous for?
May 21, 2020
Malin
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May 26, 2020
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You claim that this is a lie: "Dan Clark has launched a new AF, a AF RT with improved bass and treble response, where RT stands for the Re-Tuned, which are being sold at the same price as Drops AFX". It is not! Look, I am a consumer who is looking for best possible deal and I seriously dont know who you are helping by such statements of yours? Where do I find info that AF RT = AF X?
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May 26, 2020
Dandrey
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May 28, 2020
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I guess nothing is gonna help you .. sorry . Last try and i mean it : RT = X . Its the same mf headphones ! I'm out .
May 28, 2020
jimmymizell
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May 5, 2020
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My Aeon Open X's are scheduled to ship any day now. Considering all the negative comments and banter, I sure hope I have a better experience than most everyone in this discussion thread. I based my purchase on several reviews that I watched online that said these are very good headphones. Hope I'm not disappointed.
May 5, 2020
jimmymizell
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May 10, 2020
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I got them on Friday 5/8 and have been listening to them pretty much nonstop. Probably the most comfortable pair of headphones I own. They sound great. I'm so glad I made this purchase.
May 10, 2020
Frogmeat
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May 10, 2020
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Great to hear, enjoy!!
May 10, 2020
Malin
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Apr 15, 2020
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This one or E-MU teak?
Apr 15, 2020
devolutionary
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Apr 17, 2020
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Very different sound signatures. One is a boutique-style, comfortable and light (basing this on original Aeon Open), durable planar with interesting sound characteristics (surprisingly narrow stage), while the Teak is a V-shaped, open-sounding, heavier, but comfortable dynamic. A better comparison to the Fostex TR-X00 series. Depends what you value in a head phone. The Teak is definitely more meat-and-potatoes with the sound profile including elevated mid-bass, while the Aeon Open requires more finessing.
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Apr 17, 2020
illtrick
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Mar 25, 2020
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Does anyone know the inside dimensions of the earpads?
Mar 25, 2020
h4tch3tt
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May 1, 2020
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large and earshaped. probably close to a 4 knuckle
May 1, 2020
Frogmeat
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Mar 18, 2020
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Got mine about a week ago, guess I'm lucky, came with the proper pads and all of the filters. Loving the way they sound, becoming my new favorite pair.
Mar 18, 2020
TamPrs
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Mar 15, 2020
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No balance cable option? such a shame.
Mar 15, 2020
TamPrs
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May 10, 2020
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Well at least the option should be available rite? Those connectors are not custom connection that is invented by DanClark so its not hard to make the price low if the production numbers are high enough but well i'm probably wrong since not many people have a fully balanced system to take advantage of the balanced cable/headphone etc.
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May 10, 2020
Frogmeat
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May 10, 2020
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Sure, it would have been nice to have the option, but to be honest, I have the adapters to use my Audeze LCD balanced cables with my Aeons, and they really don't need it. And for what they cost on Drop for these, I think they just figured it would be good to just leave them at a great flat price, and not muddy the water. But I understand where you're coming from, always nice to have options.
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May 10, 2020
wadec22
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Feb 12, 2020
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Mine arrived today. Pretty bummed;
  1. They showed up with non-perforated ear pads (talking inside). Not only that but the give on the ear pads seems to be what others describe the original aeon flow pads to be.
  2. The box hinge is coming apart a bit
Honestly, they feel like new old stock. I am not convinced they are anything but aeon flows with a "Drop + Dan Clark" leather strip put on the headband (a piece that clearly is assembled as it's own piece, so would be very easy to do). I like the comfort and sound. Drop simply asking me to send as return. No offer to send perforated pads. No way to confirm what I would receive if I placed a new order would include the updated pads on the website..... In fact when I asked how I would know if a new order would include the advertised perforated ear pads, I was told, "after reviewing your photos and the information on the product page, I have concluded that it is unlikely that any replacement sent to you would be any different". Guess I am just returning and moving onto something else. Buyer beware, this appears to me like Dan Clark Audio is using Drop to move out his old Aeon product. Maybe my case is isolated, but proceed with caution.
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Feb 12, 2020
joschl
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Feb 27, 2020
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I just received my AEON open X and the earpads are non-fenestrated too. Will check the sound later this evening if I find the time for it.
Feb 27, 2020
Marlowe
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Feb 27, 2020
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Thanks for the response. It appears that someone here has screwed up royally. I assume that the initial error in packaging (it appears that wrong pads have been applied in many, if not all, cases) was made by Dan Clark, but the dismissive response by Drop is inexcusable. Frankly, I'd wager that the sound difference between the old pads and the new fenestrated ones (ostensibly a wider soundstage) is relatively small and subtle. Nonetheless, you should get what you paid for, especially when the new pads were highlighted as a major improvement for this drop. It does appear that Dan Clark, at least, is willing to correct the error. Unfortunately, it appears that Drop has no interest in the matter.
Feb 27, 2020
Boboso
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Feb 9, 2020
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The Aeon Flow is a good headphone. One thing I disliked is some headband slip. The headband moves around on my head a bit too much for my liking. Add a couple of Dekoni Nuggets. That solved that problem. Ether2 system didn't present that problem even though the headband is similar.
Feb 9, 2020
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Happy to respond. I like ZeosPantera and was impressed by his enthusiastic review of the Aeons. I didn’t have the Quads at that time, so was comparing to the HD800S, Sivga P-II, AKG 361 and AKG K7XX. The HD800S are truly wonderful and for many tunes are a total blast. But because the soundstage is so wide, the intimacy of other tracks is lost, they are so open backed that any local noise gets through and to my old ears the accuracy means that they lack some warmth. I run the HD800S from a tube amp which does add back a little warmth. The Aeon reviews suggested that they had a moderate soundstage, more warmth and better sound isolation. I tried them as a potential adjunct to the HD800S not as a replacement. Shortly after I ordered the Aeons, APOS (a great company to deal with by the way) emailed me about the Quads. I’m a British ex pat who has been a fan of Quad since I was in my teens and who still has his Quad 303/33 amp/preamp/tuner rig, so I was keen to try them. As the saying goes “this changed everything”. Reviews of the Quads include ones that say “these are the best headphones I have ever heard” a sentiment that in a very limited way I would agree with. I would rephrase it to be “the best sounding to my ears and preferences for the widest range of the music that I like to listen to”. There are NO best headphones, they all play different tracks differently. The Quads have super bass and sub base which makes low strings, cello and bass have their rightful place in the orchestra, but for tracks that have heavy bass emphasis they are awful. Their transient response is terrific, and the sharp edge of a hard struck piano note and the snapping of fingers have definition that I don’t hear on my other headphones. On some tracks this makes it too edgy and uncomfortable. However, overall they do meet, for me at least, the definition of “best for the widest variety of tracks”. So many tracks have that wow factor when listening on the Quads. To be clear, my tastes are classical, vocals, jazz and some blues and 60s/70s pop. Not heavy metal or most avant-garde music. If I hadn’t had the Quads to compare, I would probably still have returned the Aeons as they were a little uncomfortable and just didn’t provide that something extra that would justify adding them to my collection. I am trying to get to the point where I spend more time listening to the music and less listening to the headphones, and I believe that the Quads will allow me to do that. Hope that goes some way towards answering your question. Best wishes and stay safe.