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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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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Jan 10, 2020
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HD650 awful, wut?
Jan 10, 2020
Ecne
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Jan 14, 2020
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@GUTB Can't help but wonder what do you consider great or even good if HD650 is awful
Jan 14, 2020
Scielienta
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Jan 6, 2020
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According to number of sales, Drop has to to do some discount I believe.
Jan 6, 2020
Muscle_Cow
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Jan 10, 2020
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January to February is always a bad month for sales for every retailer... many people are paying off their holiday expenses. Don't get me wrong I would love to see it even cheaper but its already $150 off the cheapest old v1 Aeon out there (and better). Had I not just dropped a tonne over the holidays, I would of already bought a pair. :] They will go on sale several months down the road given there is still stock left by then.
Jan 10, 2020
DictatorDedede
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Jan 6, 2020
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@MrSpeakers @T.Fernandez Will there be a Massdrop x Aeon 2? Also since there is already a Massdrop collabaration on the Ether CX will there ever be a Massdrop x Ether Flow X which I would love to see as a product?
Jan 6, 2020
verifonix
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Jan 6, 2020
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Both MrSpeakers Drop collabs were made out of older products: old Ethers and old Aeons. if you want Aeon2, drop won't be making it...
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Jan 6, 2020
Muscle_Cow
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Jan 6, 2020
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You are not going to see a Collab on the V2 for at least another 1.5 to 2 years. If you want the V2, you will need to buy it for $899 or wait for a sale months down the road.
Jan 6, 2020
ScrewB
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Jan 5, 2020
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Are there based on the old Aeon or the Aeon flow?
Jan 5, 2020
verifonix
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Jan 6, 2020
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old
Jan 6, 2020
kltp567
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Jan 7, 2020
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The old one was an aeon flow
Jan 7, 2020
DictatorDedede
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Jan 5, 2020
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Any possibility of the Aeon 2 (open and closed back)?
Jan 5, 2020
verifonix
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Jan 6, 2020
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Both MrSpeakers Drop collabs were made out of older products: old Ethers and old Aeons. if you want Aeon2, drop won't be making it...
Jan 6, 2020
sherm137
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Jan 4, 2020
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Does anyone know where I can find replacement pads for these? I would like to use them on my AFO. The only ones on Dan Clark's website are for the original AFO.
Jan 4, 2020
Muscle_Cow
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Jan 7, 2020
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Ahhh yea if you have the old ones then these pads would be a nice upgrade. Hope they make them available for sale for you soon, but they should eventually as these are the same pads they are using on their V2 as far as I know.
Jan 7, 2020
sherm137
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Jan 8, 2020
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Yeah, fingers crossed! I thought I read somewhere that the pads will be on the site this week. Been checking every day so far :)
Jan 8, 2020
gtb75
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Jan 2, 2020
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Zeos just posted his review today: https://youtu.be/kJ33fP-sNxY He tends to like Dan's headphones (more on the closed side though) and was a big fan of the Ether CX, so it makes sense he would like these. Regardless, early Aeon Open X press seems to be largely positive. If only I needed another set of headphones :)
Jan 2, 2020
The01player
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Jan 8, 2020
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Zeos does review things he doesn't like, those tend to be fan favorite videos if he gets mad about a bad product or else. He isn't afraid of not being an echo chamber that only releases good reviews, becuase he knows that the good companies out there are honest and will send him products even if he doesn't give them a glowing review. Thats also why he has a patreon, so he can have the money to buy the products himself and give them a review, regardless of if its good or bad or if the company sent it in or not. Whether your a fan of Z or not, I feel like you have to admit thats a good system and he is helping reviews become more trustworthy, not the opposite.
Jan 8, 2020
WILLxLOVE
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Jan 15, 2020
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Id like to trade my you tube algorithm for yours. Every Tech reviewer I see both reviews the good and ESPECIALLY what they love to rant and hate on - I will of course graciously pay you 2 cents if I find it when roaming around the office for said algorithm with proof it is as awesomely hate free as specified. Personally I'm suspicious.... Kay Thx Byeeeee
Jan 15, 2020
Mark_M
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Jan 2, 2020
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Does this come with an XLR balance cable? The specs say Hirose 4 pin but also says 4 pin 3.5mm which I have never heard of.
Jan 2, 2020
Mark_M
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Jan 3, 2020
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Oh okay. Well I found this 4 pin XLR version of their cable. Would this work with this headphone? Looks like it has the same connectors for the ear cups. https://www.canuckaudiomart.com/details/649535663-mrspeakers-premium-24awg-per-conductor-cable/
Jan 3, 2020
NEXONUS
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Jan 3, 2020
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Yep, that one should work fine, especially since it's from MrSpeakers. Although you can try to ask the seller to take a picture of the connector just to be sure.
Jan 3, 2020
RyanFinal
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Jan 1, 2020
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I wonder why these aren't selling.
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Jan 1, 2020
Muscle_Cow
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Jan 6, 2020
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Everyone is broke from the holidays.
Jan 6, 2020
WILLxLOVE
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Jan 15, 2020
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Crackahs be broke now shun.
Jan 15, 2020
daidai
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Dec 30, 2019
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See if I was the only one saw "ultra expansive" in the ads as ultra expensive.
Dec 30, 2019
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