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After a week of listening to the Elex I can say that they are amazing for the price! I had the chance to listen to the Clear for some time and I actually prefer the Elex over the Clear.
Soundstage was strange to say the least, vocals were intimate but instruments were pretty distant which surprisingly didn't bother me at all. The background was sort of brought forward and small details in certain songs were now so much clearer than before. Bass was tight and had plenty of body, it wasn't like Audeze planar bass but one of the best bass I've heard from dynamic drivers. Comfort was good despite being quite weighty. Pads were soft and deep enough for any ears out there.
I have compared them with the DT1990(B-Pads) and it made me felt like the Beyers were substantially brighter right after switching and more fatiguing. Imaging on the Elex was precise and slightly better than the DT1990. Built quality was on par with the Beyers although the headband does creek a little but nothing serious.
Overall subjective wise, I can definitely consider the Elex as an upgrade from the DT1990 and a sidegrade from the Clear.
Update: I've come to the conclusion that the bass on these cans are very close compared to my LCD-X. And if you pair them with the right tubes they're better than the LCD-X. I'm seriously not joking.
Any more insights as to the clear/elex comparo. The bass extension on the clear is a bit appealing to me and I am also curious if the mid to treble transition is a little smoother. Any input you might have would appreciated!
I didn't compare the Clear with the Elex side by side but from memory I'd say the Clear was a tad bit smoother. I couldn't really tell a difference on bass extension imo despite what the graph showed.
Thanks for the response, if the Clear ends up sub-$1000 I may make a change down the road. I'm thoroughly enjoying my Elex at the moment.