Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
Drop + MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
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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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MaverickAH
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Dec 8, 2019
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I just received my CX's yesterday evening. After letting them reach room temperature overnight, I've begun the burn-in process. Actually, they didn't sound too bad straight out of the box. That might be because I went straight balanced. I'm about 15 hours in & I already hear improvement. I'm not ready to mess around with the filters just yet. It's just too soon in the game & I really want to assess what they are fully like without. One thing of note: The leather headband now says, Drop + Dan Clark Audio. Couldn't ask for better proof of current production!
Dec 8, 2019
Rxter
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Dec 5, 2019
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Are the cups removable? Would be great to have a convertible set of phones.
Dec 5, 2019
adf02kd
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Dec 9, 2019
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Yes they are.
Dec 9, 2019
derek.lob
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Dec 3, 2019
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the black friday $200 discount caught me. i just received mine today. the carbon fiber cups are so beautiful and well made that it looks even more impressive than focal utopia. the sound right out of box without burn-in already wow me a lot. i got my hd800s 2 weeks ago and was listening to hd800s for the last 2 weeks regularly at home. as many have said, the soundstage of hd800s is so much wider but i like the tonality of the ether cx more. the bass is still not going very strong right now. i'll see how it runs in in the next 1-2 weeks. the packaging seems quite silly that a very small box was stuff inside a much bigger box, with very few stuffing/protective material, for shipping. probably massdrop could just warp the small box and put a label for shipping to conserve some packing material and shipping cost. and this time it's shipped by ups to me in just 5days. similar experience for the zeus and k10ua. but the esp/95x i ordered was shipped by ordinary parcel post. the esp/95x took over 2 weeks to me despite the highest shipping charge levied on me. no idea how massdrop select the shipping partners.
Dec 3, 2019
jiancong
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Dec 3, 2019
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For this headphone the burn in is real. I received it on last saturday, hooked it up with my thx 788 and it sounded terrible. Bass was non-existent... I put it on a burn-in track for roughly 20 hours now. Everything opens up. The bass shows up. Coming from the Beyerdynamic T1.2, I can confirm that the transient is quicker on the CX already but just the bass quantity is not there yet. Will give it another couple days and see what happen.
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Dec 3, 2019
MaverickAH
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Dec 3, 2019
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FYI: To anyone who's interested, Dan Clark Audio (MrSpeakers) has the Aeon/Ether carrying case on sale for $29.99. I decided to pick these up at the sale price over the Elegia. The sound profile, based on what I've read, should be more to my liking. I'm hoping for an endgame closed back that can still function for travel. I also find them more visually appealing. Once I receive & assess them, I'll probably get a more suitable cable for travel use.
Dec 3, 2019
ludachris
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Dec 7, 2019
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Elegia were on sale for $699 during blackfriday. Either can would be a win win.
Dec 7, 2019
MaverickAH
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Dec 7, 2019
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I actually found them much cheaper.
Dec 7, 2019
ludachris
277
Dec 2, 2019
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I bought these at $700 during black friday. If these cans are good then I will go for the aeon 2 for $900 in the future. Never buy the ether cx at $900 because the Aeon 2 is more superior tech build based on price point. I always liked the closed back look of the ethers compared to closed back Aeons. Hopefully this old tech ethers won't let me down. I also like to see Mr Speakers on my headphones not the rebrand Dan Clark Audios. Mr Speakers is a more unique catchy brand name imo.
Dec 2, 2019
ElectronicVices
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Nov 30, 2019
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Just when I thought I was going to make it through Black Friday without a headphone purchase...
Nov 30, 2019
mtpockets
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Nov 29, 2019
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You are right. I did not see any mention of tuning filters in the descriptions. Was there a change in the package?
Nov 29, 2019
adf02kd
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Dec 4, 2019
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Are there instructions on how to use the filters?
Dec 4, 2019
ericleckey
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Dec 4, 2019
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Yes. They are simple instructions with a brief description of the effects of each filter if used and that you may use more than one set of filters at once for a certain desired result.
Dec 4, 2019
leemore
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Nov 29, 2019
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These don't seem to come with the "tuning filters"--the foam inserts than change the sound. Is that correct? No filters included? Thanks.
Nov 29, 2019
leemore
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Dec 4, 2019
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Hi Eric. A question please. How is the cable--I've read it's stiff and inconvenient or uncomfortable to use, because it isn't very pliable and gets twisted-up? I like the idea of high resolution too. I plan to use them for when I listen to classical music on a Schiit Joenheim, thru XLR (for the extra power the Ether's need) and with an SMSL SU-8 DAC (for its EQ capability)...Lee
Dec 4, 2019
ericleckey
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Dec 4, 2019
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I don't think it is bad. That said, my opinion is that it is not a premium cable that some might expect for headphones this expensive. It has a woven cloth based shell. For my purposes, which is desktop listening I should not have any issues with it as opposed to a mobile scenario where It might be a bit stiff. I am using them over a Grace Design m920 monitoring system, which is a DAC, headphone amp, and a preamp.  Source is my computer. It seems to hold its form and not kink or knot up but it does get somewhat twisty, if you know what I mean. There is some Incidental cable noise from bumping or rubbing the cable but it seems to be limited in the cable nearer to the ear cups, it seems minimal as opposed to some of the cables I have used in the past; which might be a trade off from the choice of the twisty material used that others have complained about. You can hear a little noise when tapping or rubbing cable closer to the ear cup. But for me it is really not a distraction when in use. The pigtail is a nice add on and provides for all three types of connections so that removes that limitation. I really like these headphones... so I could see myself upgrading the cables at some point in the future.
Dec 4, 2019
phoenixsong
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Nov 29, 2019
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About time to update the brand name? :p
Nov 29, 2019
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