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I’m curious. Awhile back I was watching an R2R dac. People hammered the company because the design was so close to another, they felt it was illegally copied. They were upset with Massdrop for allowing it to be listed. I though they were off base but then that’s my opinion. Now I look at these and I see Klipsch X 10-11 and 12 design Being copied. The Dac was just a generic design but this shape is very unique to earphones.
I wondered about that too. I have Klipschs and they have the lowest distortion of any earphone I've ever heard but they look like Etymotics design. Same slim body. I think Etymotic originated the design or at least the shape.
Your right. The design of the Klipsch streamlined the shape to its present variation used by both. I loved the X10s so comfortable. Wish I had extra money to buy X20s. Bought the ISine 20s instead. Believe it or not they are comfortable. they rival my EL-8 open. With the cypher cable they are amazing.
Etymotic have been in business since 1983. They have had this style of headphone since 1991 (see the ER-4). If anything Klipsch took the design that Etymotic Research Originated and made the x11i (Came out in 2013 I think). This design style was copied, but not by Etymotic.
Klipsch started the X series in 2008. Without checking I think it was an X-8 or 9. As I said to Luke Klipsch just modernized the basic design so they did use Etymotic concept. I was just curious because so many people got upset about the R2R Dac. I didn’t understand because honestly there is just a limited scope on designs. I mean like how much really difference is there between a basic turntable or amp from one manufacturer to another. Same thing with speakers and Dacs.