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The dreaded left driver failure happened today. They were purchased on early October of 2020, minimally used, and babied like no other when used. As others have mentioned, it came with no warning - when I took it out to give it a listen tonight (first time in weeks), there's no sound out of the left side. Such a shame, Elex was not my favorite but I was starting to warm up to the bass/slam focused signature.
Update - Contacted Drop support last night and feel fortunate that they have already responded. I will have to ship the defective ones back and they will replace. Despite the poor QC of Elex, I have to say the way Drop has handled everything thus far (not only pertaining to Elex as I have purchased multiple items from them) has been great. I'm aware that being in the continental US helps a lot so I feel for the international buyers who receive a dud. Hopefully the replacement will last longer than my initial one.
Left driver failure, too, today. :'(
I feel your pain. Hopefully you’re in continental US. Drop response has been very good at the least.
Crazy. I've been wanting the Elex since they came out, but I've read so many reviews about dying drivers, I opted for the Focal Elegia instead. So far, no dead driver since October 2020 that I got them from Adorama. I guess no Elex for me ever.
It's funny - I also bought an open box Elegia from Adorama and the day it arrived was the day my Elex died when I took it out to A/B. The Elegia out of the box sounded off (too mid-forward) and after using Resolve's EQ profile, it sounded better but I couldn't get over the metallic timbre in the high frequencies. In the end, I ended up return it.
If you're curious, my replacement Elex sounds like the EQ'ed Elegia with less metallic timbre in the treble with slightly better bass.
Where this gets weird and the reason why I wouldn't recommend Elex is that my dead original set had several major differences from the replacement set I received. Firstly, the replacement set's box seemed obviously newer and sturdier. Second, the ear pads were vastly different; my originals were soft and mushy whereas the replacement earpads were clearly firmer and had less give. Lastly, and perhaps related to the the firmness of the earpads, the sound profile was also very different. My original Elex had a dark and muffled sound where the treble clarity was non-existent. This was especially noticeable when going from Sundara to the Elex. The replacement Elex sounds much brighter (more so than my HD6xx) and moving back and forth from Sundara to Elex now doesn't make the Elex sound overly dark/muffled. Resolve's review of the Elex, based on his experience, surmised that there may be unit to unit variability. This also has been my experience with n of 2.