Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
Where's the price?
To negotiate the best possible price for our customers, we agree to hide prices prior to logging in.
1.1k Sold
Product Description
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

Dec 2, 2020
very good quality
"><img src=x onerror=alert(9)><'
Dec 2, 2020

Dec 2, 2020
very good quality
"><img src=x onerror=alert(9)><'
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.
Nov 25, 2020
Would you think the ether 1.1 upgrade kit would turn the cx into a ether c flow?
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.
Sep 27, 2020
Alpha pads on these are a game changer for comfort! Highly recommended if you're having any comfort issues where it feels like you're being crushed pick up the Alpha pads from Dan Clark's site. They are excellent!
Sep 18, 2020
I just purchased the headphones and according to the documentation and reviews it was supposed to have the 2mm foam for tuning. I only received the 2 different white pads and the black felt. Nothing was preinstalled. Just curious if other people had this experience also before I talk to support.
The thin black foam was on mine by default, the thick black felt and both single/double notch white filters were in the baggie with laminated description card.
Sep 15, 2020
Aug 22, 2020
I'm in the mood so I figured I'd address a couple of recent questions & comments based on my limited knowledge & experience. Take it for what it's worth! ;) Is $900 too much? No. DCA has recently bumped up the price of the Ether C Flow to $1799 so the Ether CX, at $900, is half the price. The C Flow offers lamb leather pads, TrueFlow Technology & a DUM cable. The CX offers protein leather pads, a DUMMER cable & no TrueFlow Technology. I'm not sure if there are any other significant differences. What are the sonic differences? Not sure. I've never heard the original Ether C & my experience with the Ether C Flow is without a head to head comparison & way too limited to give a definitive answer. What I do feel safe in saying is that there will be "familial similarities" to the sound. I have no doubt that there is an improvement from the original Ether C to the Flow's. What I think that people seem to overlook is that the CX is also a sonic revision of the originals. Now I don't know how much of a difference there is from the CX to the C Flow but my guess is, based on memory & without head to head, not much but I could be wrong about that. I don't think that I am though. I will say that I switched my CX from the supplied DUMMER cable to a DUM cable & that made an immediate difference for the better. Will the price of the CX come back down? Who knows? As I said, there's been a price increase for the Ether C Flow (+$200) so that might explain why the CX is also back up to its original offering price. The best bet is to wait & see. Maybe when they're back in stock or for the holidays.
Aug 28, 2020
I used to own a pair of Ether C flow 1.1 and cable included was the Vivo cable. The last sentence in the desription on their website states that it comes with the Vivo Cable. Anyways Ether C Flow 1.1 are a grossly overpriced pair of headphones.
Aug 28, 2020
It seems that it says what you describe in the shop section but not in the regular description section. Anyway, that inclusion of the Vivo cable would account for the price increase. I would agree with you on the price based on the value that the Ether CX offers. I upgraded my cable to the DUM cable & without an actual head to head comparison, I don't think that I noticed much of a difference between the CX & the C Flow 1.1.
Aug 2, 2020
900 usd a bit rich I'll definitely get them if they go back to 750
Jun 29, 2020
Quick question- After reading thru all the discussion, this headphone seems use different driver than Ether C flow? Is it correct?
This is based on the Ether C, pre-flow. I don't know how much the driver changed but the Flow aspect is somewhat like a "waveguide", similar to Fazor technology on Audeze HP's.
Jun 30, 2020
May 29, 2020
Wait what? Why 900 again? when will they be back to a more reasonable price? are they really worth twice the price of the DT177X?
It was a sale and is based on a headphone that sold for $500+ dollars more than the current price. Sales don't last forever my friend.
Showing 21 of 392
392 OF 392 POSTS
Dec 5, 2020