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View Full Discussion I'm broken in just 2 days into it. And the impedance rating on this can was worthless; it's not how easy this thing can be driven but rather how hard it can be driven.
Hold the press, this is officially my new can of choice for daily use. It arrive on the 4th in a box that felt suspiciously light. After opening I realize there was no carrying case and the cable was TRS and not XLR. It comes with a XLR adapter to TRS. I'm like WTF. The inner box was intact but the band around the cup was warped. I try to put it on and realize what was going on. A couple of twists on the rings and all was good.
I'm putting the CX through its paces using my Gustard X22+WA22 setup, and I can step up at least a notch from what the HD820 and LCD3 can take in terms of the volume. Granted the CX produces music differently. The soundstage is wide; notes are clean, fast, neutral, clear. (the default tuning pads)
I forget this is a planar when I received it, looking at the closed cups. First couple of hours of listening I'm thinking it's pretty fast and clean. Not fatiguing to wear but definitely not the exaggerated 'disappearing' feel. Pretty light on the head. Easily better than the Audezes and slightly better than the Senneheiser despite feeling just a tad more noticeable but fits better. Good ergo design.
After wearing for several hours and reading the obvious print that this is a planar, I'm like oh yea this is planar which explains why it moves the notes fast. It is smoother than Audezes but tuned less on the bass. Compare with the LCD3, it's more even keeled but warmer than the HD820.
Benching against LCD-X, Elex, Fostex TR-X00 (Ebony) which I consider as the cans in the same class, the CX is easily the one that scale more linear with the WA22 amp, able to take more power with predictable incremental juice input. The CX is not as clinical as the Elex but tune with similar resolving ability, it is equally smooth as the Fostex but a tad faster and cleaner, and not as neutral as LCD-X. Compare with the LCD-X, it has slightly more personality but not as archetypical as the HD820 or LCD3.
Let's see -- CX so far:
-- fast with good transition, excellent dynamics, not as beefy as Audeze on the bass but good attack on the low, closer to the Sennheiser than the Audezes on the highs, able to resolve the highs clearer, wide soundstage without compromising the mids. Well tuned.
The one page instruction says 100-200 hrs to break in, so let's see where this goes. At the moment and at the price point, I would rank this as the most versatile can based on the balance of soundstage, dynamics, speed, and ergo (weight/wear). Wow. MrSpeakers is a funky name but the result is fantastic.
I need to buy a XLR cable and may be a smaller case for this that will set me back a couple of hundred bucks, but I like how the XC is made and the resulting experience. It's rocking.
- Elex - the overachiever that tried to excel across the range on dynamics and clarity - neutral and excellent resolving through the range. seems to need a tad more punch in the low but nothing to sneer at.
- Fostex (Ebony) - rounded sound with tight bass, good dynamics and range . Easy to wear and listen to. This is the can you want the bass and can stand on its own across the range
- LCD-X - neutral without being clinical. clean and fast. the one that Audeze tried to produce for the studio but isn't a natural thing with audeze sound signature
- CX - the one with the acute neutral personality that seem to do a lot real well without being pretentious of being good at it all. Seems to be good at it just as is
Nice review :)
You dont need to buy a XLR cable since it was supposed to come with one.
Just contact the customer service and tell them about it.
When I order it I’m going to need to contact MD before hand to ensure my set comes with the xlr cable not the single ended.
yup good idea. There’s an open case with manufacturer now to ship md with the right cable. More than one complaint it seems
Can you say more about the comparison to the HD820 in terms of soundstage, isolation, and leakage? I love my 820s, but the isolation and leakage aren't great and to use them at loud enough levels on a plane, they just leak too much.
Yup sure; good question. I think I know what you mean. HD820 does leak quite a bit for a closed headphone. I haven't tested it on a plane, but I think it might bleed in some cabin noise as well as leak.
I'm happy to say, the CX is pretty quiet when the cups on the ear (closed). Folks near might register some audible sound but can't make out what is being played. Of course unless you're killing the volume. It's no different than something like the Fostex with the wood. The carbon fiber on the CX does an excellent job at sound insulation.
Secondly in terms of soundstage, it has surprisingly good soundstage despite being closed. The HD does sound wider than the CX. Going by memory I thought the CX might even be wider than the open Elex, but as it turns out after trying a few tracks using the fireflies (WA7) (ATB - Could you Believe, Paul Van Dyk - We Are Alive, Nghtmre - Killer), the Elex is wider with the ATB track (akin to concert hall vs. large jazz club for example). The other two tracks are similar in soundstage. Elex is more airy and bass is more boomy while the CX is more transparent and tighter on the bass. The CX needs an additional notch on the volume to get the same hearing sound level (as before).
Generally the CX has a crystaline echo with certain tracks hitting certain treble range. It is pleasant and gives the CX a distinct personality--transparent and pin drop clarity. The HD can get very digital, overly so with certain tracks bordering on rasp sibilance with CX is definitely more contained which rendering the highs very well.
Hope that helps
Very much so, thanks! We have similar setups--Also have the Elex and WA7 and the small soundstage is the biggest disappointment for me. 820 on planes has been ok, but my spouse next to me complained about them being too loud when I had them at volumes I needed to to drown out the noise, so it's been back to noise cancelling cans when flying.
You must fly the A380 or dream liner on elevated class :-) . I think the CX is definitely distinct in that it has a personality with the tuning but is more subtle than the HD or the LCD(3). I like it a lot. One final note, where the HD NEEDS more juice, the CX can do without a beefy amp. It doesn't hurt though as I learn it can handle more power, linearly and usefully.