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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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T.Fernandez
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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
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Jun 1, 2020
T.FernandezThese 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
26
Jun 1, 2020
Muscle_CowCheck 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 .
adi518
269
Nov 24, 2022
It was $299 on an "early black Friday" deal and now it's back to $399? I had it in my cart ready to go. Edit: This looks like a bug? the main page still shows $299.
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It was on sale (price has now gone back up), just not at the mistakenly displayed deep discount of $299. Apologies for the confusion related to this and thank you for catching the error.
Muscle_Cow
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Nov 30, 2022
HoffmanMysterThanks for confirming that. I suspected it was a mistake since that price seemed too good and definitely would've triggered my impulse reaction ha.
Azoz_21p
0
Jul 20, 2022
hi can i run this headphone with schiit hel ?
Paulng
75
May 10, 2022
Any amps you guys can recommend for this? thanks
dixter
103
Mar 19, 2022
what is the difference between the Drop Aeon X open and the Dan Clark Aeon RT open... they are the same price also... is there a difference ?
dinnguyen201
0
Jan 21, 2022
Hey I'm just wondering but would the Aeon X Open be serialized as the Aeon Flow Open with AOX001 and AOXC368 in the tag for the 2020 batch?
Udo1
1
Dec 15, 2021
Received my Dan Clarks yesterday. As soon as you plug it into DAC/AMP-Set and raise volume the headphones have dropouts and distortion. Other cans work without problems in this combination. Any suggestions? Maybe the cable?
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Deeedz
19
Dec 6, 2021
Has any one found a company that makes aftermarket head bands. I want a custom one but google does not like me. Thank you
Deeedz"google does not like me" O O F
JoshuaL
25
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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BrianCheng
7
Nov 24, 2022
JoshuaLIt is $299 now. (NOV 24, 2022)
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
27
Dec 1, 2021
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