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Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
$900

Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones

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$900
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A collaboration with MrSpeakers, a boutique shop in San Diego, California, the Ether CX closed-back headphones have a lot going for them. For one thing, they sound more like a pair of open-back headphones—clean, open, realistic, relaxed—while retaining the low sound leakage and high isolation you’d expect from closed cans Read More

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adf02kd
23
Oct 15, 2021
The sliders on my headphones completely failed. I kept adjusting them tighter over the years until the plastic finally stripped and they can neither be tightened or adjusted. Contacted DKA a few days ago and they promptly sent me replacement parts. However, the plastic on those seems to have gone bad and they cracked as soon as I tried to screw the sliders together. Called DKA to see if they can send more and check the plastic first to make sure it's not too brittle. The woman told me she'd try. So keeping my fingers crossed that they have better replacement parts or these headphones are kind of useless unless I hack together a solution.
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KaiS
74
Sep 12, 2021
Why it‘s still “MrSpeakers”, the company‘s name changed to „Dan Clark Audio“ in 2019?
FrostyP
501
Jul 22, 2021
so how are we supposed to get replacement pads for these? wouldn't leather pads change the sound?
fortiter
165
Jul 23, 2021
To your first question: You can get replacement pads from Dan Clark Audio (Mr. Speakers) on their website. Alternatively, many aftermarket pads fit these headphones (for example, I'm using the ZMF Ori pads with a hybrid of lamb leather and suede). To your second question: Yes, different pads (either different shapes, or different materials) will change the sound. Sometimes it's not a big difference, sometimes it's a huge difference - it just depends on the combo. That being said, leather pads on these shouldn't change the sound much compared to the stock ones since they both have similar properties. But there will be _some_ difference, technically speaking.
RayF
22298
Jun 30, 2021
Can't swing a nine-hundred dollar pair of cans? Now you don't have to! Just find a guy who can, and sit behind him on the bus!
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Yes friends, the Sound Stealer 2000s are back again! But hurry, quantities are limited.
FredM
18
Jun 28, 2021
Now that it’s back to $900, I guess it’s a no for now.
Boboso
37
Apr 3, 2021
I have four sets of DC Audio (Mr Speakers) headphones: Ether 2, Aeon Flow Closed, Aeon2 Noire, and these (Drop CX). This is a very solid closed headphone. I like them more as time marches on.
Boboso
37
May 7, 2021
Sorry for the delay. The Noire feels lighter and is "faster." Both are great headphones. Forum member Dynamic at headphones.com just did a nice write up on the CX. Between those two headphones, I prefer the Noire.
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EHEH
5
May 9, 2021
I have already bought this (CX) and iFi micro IDSD Signature. Great combination I am very happy with it! Very good monitor headphones with the XBass+ for fun if needed.
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Jupiter78
27
Jan 2, 2021
Anyone knows - can I use balanced cable coming with this cans for M1570? It looks like that connection is similar.
fortiter
165
Jan 3, 2021
No, the M1570 uses Mini XLR connectors. DCA (Mr. Speakers) uses a type of Hirose connector.
OrcaBrigade
108
Jun 21, 2021
If you want to make your own you can buy these hirose connectors from DCA's website. You can also look up cables online but I should warn you they tend to run a bit high due to the the hirose connectors at times being a pain in the butt to get. That or they will just charge more because it's for a more expensive brand of headphones hahah. I made my own once and it was roughly.. 3 to 4 hours worth of effort due to learning how to weave and being very new to soldering at the time. I basically made a roughly "250usd" cable for about.. 170usd or so. It was mostly pivotal on the prices for the diy stuff I bought from double helix cables.
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Seijuro
62
Dec 25, 2020
Aeon
XxNurse
39
Dec 12, 2020
Does anyone know how this compares to the Focal Clear?
XxNurse
39
Jan 24, 2021
Gotcha. Thanks so much for the reply. Appreciate it :-)
Boboso
37
Apr 3, 2021
Completely different headphone. They are not similar. Clear is a great open dynamic headphone. Ether CX is a closed planar. Both sound excellent. Similar pricing at the moment. Headphones.com has Focal Clear for under $1K. Clear is being discontinued and replaced by MG.
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gtjwolf
106
Nov 22, 2020
I recently picked up a secondhand Ether C Flow and decided to do a comparison against the CX. Here's a photo album and my review notes to give perspective on the differences in build for a $900 retail vs $1800 retail model. https://imgur.com/a/DP71szt Review Notes
  • Stock pads used on each, stock black foam installed on CX)
  • All testing was done with a Topping D90/iFi Zen Can while streaming Tidal hi-fi through Roon
Ether C Flow Notes:
  • Tighter weave of carbon fiber on the earcups
  • Pivoting gimbal feels very sturdy
  • Significantly improved sub-bass when played back to back against Ether CX
  • Much stronger bass slam than the CX in stock form
  • Moderately lighter clamp force
  • Leather headband is slightly higher quality – stitched edges and smoother finish under the band
  • Adjustment mechanism same as CX – very good
  • Well worn pads are much better on the C Flow than CX
  • Stock pads of flow are angled – feels like real leather
  • Ears are cushioned by the foam dampening of the driver vs hard surface of the CX
  • Isolation is just as strong as the CX
  • Retrieves just as much detail as the CX, but smoother delivery
  • Ports at the top of the earcups are functional – covering them with the optional filters reduces the sub-bass
Ether CX Notes:
  • Neutral sound signature, mid bass is similar to C Flow but the sub bass difference is very noticeable when testing side by side
  • Upper frequency of treble is almost harsh with just the stock black foam tuning
  • Great analytical closed back, the recessed sub bass contributes to strong detail retrieval across the spectrum
  • Clean separation of instruments and vocals
  • Marginally stronger clamp force than the C Flow
  • Still very comfortable despite less positioning adjustments – flat pads vs angled of the C Flow also
  • Vocals a little more prominent
Other Notes:
  • Stock pads of the CX need more material around the lip of the earcup to form a more consistent seal, over months of ownership I had to clean out hair that managed to get behind the pads
  • Both headphones respond extremely well to EQ adjustments
  • Recommend aftermarket pads pads for both of these headphones.
  • I personally recommend ZMF Universe Lambskin to expand their soundstage and sub-bass while maintaining isolation
  • Improves the seal, sub-bass, and expands the soundstage slightly. More lively and less clinical sounding
  • The ear insert can still support the CX tuning foams
Final Thoughts: They are both fantastic headphones and should be on the endgame radar for anyone considering closed back headphones. They are both light for planars and exceptionally comfortable. The CX delivers a more neutral signature across the board, and perfect clarity + detail retrieval, great for critical listening and the foams to allow people to adjust the signature to their taste. The C Flow feels like a further refinement, and smooths out some of the rough edges and introduces a slight U-shaped sound. Both of them benefit significantly from a pad upgrade, although I still found them both enjoyable with the stock pads. Also, they both respond exceptionally well to software EQ, they can provide a serious amount of bass slam without distorting and overpowering the rest of the range. I personally feel the stock tuning really holds back how impressive both of these headphones are in terms of their capability. (My CX review contains the EQ settings I applied) As for the price difference between them both, I do not feel the retail price of the C Flow justifies the difference in performance. At $900 the CX is half the price new, but delivers the same level of detail and can be tuned to an individual’s preference with a bit of work and gets about 90% of the way to the C Flow in terms of overall performance. However if you can find a pair of C Flows closer to $1k used I highly recommend them.
DanT88
22
Nov 25, 2020
Would you think the ether 1.1 upgrade kit would turn the cx into a ether c flow?
gtjwolf
106
Nov 25, 2020
Given how different the design under the installed foam of the C Flow is, I don't believe so. I'm not sure the 1.1 upgrade kit is even compatible with the CX.
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