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For everyone who says they are sounding muffled and dull, that’s nothing burn in will fix, that is how they sound. Mr Speakers headphones are some of the worst I have ever experienced. Dan makes his headphones strictly upon FR and therefore takes nothing else into consideration when it comes to the sound. He uses far too much dampening in his headphones that absolutely kills the attack and decay of the sound and makes everything else sound muffled.
People seem to be saying “bass light” but I haven’t read anyone say muffled or dull (or both).
I have about 100 hours of burn in time on mine - "muffled and dull" are definitely not words I would use to describe them. Like a lot of headphones at this level they are garbage in, garbage out... They definitely benefit from better upstream gear. They sound good on my Fiio K3, great on my THX AAA 789, and fantastic on my Liquid Platinum. Bass is certainly not lacking and, while not having the slam of my X00 yet, the bass the CX has is extended, defined, and well controlled. They are clearly superior to the X00 in every other area though - more neutral, smoother, more resolving, wider soundstage, etc. I still want to give them the benefit of more break in time (they recommend 100-200 hours) before providing more detailed feedback, but I'm liking what I'm hearing so far.
For any of that to be true that would have to be a miracle. I’ve tried every single Mr. Speakers headphone and they are all awful.
Of course what I posted is "true". I own the Ether CX - do you? If not, how can you make subjective statements about a headphone you don't own and likely haven't even heard?
I have owned the Ether Open since it was released back in 2015, and my set is fully upgraded to the current Ether Flow 1.1 spec. They were always a competent headphone, even in their original form. I auditioned the HD 800 extensively (as well as some flavor of open Audeze, which I hated the fit of) before the Ether and vastly preferred presentation of the Ether. I actually preferred the voicing of the HD 650 to the HD 800 overall, but I appreciated the HD 800 in certain areas. Maybe I was biased since my headphone journey started 20 years earlier with the HD 580, but that's what I preferred (I have the HD 6XX now). As for the Ether CX, the X00 Mahogany is the best closed headphone I own (prior to getting the CX) and the CX is in a different league at this point. I have a buddy with the Elegia, so I will be curious to A/B them soon since the Elegia was also on my list for a premium closed can.
I have been around this hobby long enough to realize that sound is subjective, but I try to avoid blanket statements that a certain manufacturer is "awful" or "great" - particularly when I haven't heard a piece of equipment with my own ears.
I would have to say that for any vendor to so completely mess up every headphone as you suggest, would mean they would not be in business for long, particularly at the high end. Some duds is one thing, 100% duds quite another.
Not sure what is up, but it would seem you had a very bad experience that has colored your attitude. If that is the case, then you may want to consider if you have a blind spot. If you really have listened to every/many headphones MrSpeakers makes, can you list those along with the sources played from and tracks employed? Also what closed back headphones you are using as reference points for better implementations?
For total transparency, I own AFC and the CX, and think highly of them. They may not be up to my open back Elex, but they do very well when I need the sound isolation at work and at home. They hold their ground against my Eikon as well, as an example of going up against a pretty high end closed back.
Finally jump the bandwagon and joined the drop for these headphone. Can you recommend a decent list of DAP’s that will suit these headphones?
I don't drive them with a DAP (my K3 mentioned above is a USB powered DAC/amp), but I would recommend something with a decent power output. I use a small Shanling M0 with IEMs, but I would think something along the lines of their flagship M5s (along with a 2.5mm balanced cable) might be a good choice. Otherwise check out the Fiio M9 or their upcoming M11 (again, using balanced for either). The Ethers will "make noise" with moderate power, but you will definitely know something's missing if you have the opportunity to hear them on a good AC powered amp. I think the M11 has a lot more power than the M9 or M5s, so that might be your best bet if you can wait a few months for it to be released.