Massdrop x MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
Massdrop x MrSpeakers Ether CX Closed Headphones
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A collaboration with MrSpeakers, a boutique shop in San Diego, California, the Ether CX closed-back headphones have a lot going for them. For one thing, they sound more like a pair of open-back headphones—clean, open, realistic, relaxed—while retaining the low sound leakage and high isolation you’d expect from closed cans ... Read More

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CEE_TEE
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When the timing is right…
Dan Clark’s operations are in San Diego.  (I imagine it’s gotta be hard to be productive in such a nice place, but Dan has always seemed driven.)  We checked in with Dan a couple of times throughout the years about working together and usually he is improving his headphones, developing new models, and keeping up his production. Earlier this year, he said that with enough time to plan he could increase production capability plus he had some ideas for our project.  We were a go!
Thrilled to have a couple of prototypes bouncing back and forth (between Dan, ourselves, and a couple of community members) we made some adjustments to the frequency response and subjectively validated the balance of spatial & tonal considerations.  Targets are a balanced, open-sounding tonality with a soundstage that has natural sonic size and weight.
Some concepts at work with MrSpeakers: DIY Spirit = Appreciating the people & process of improving headphones with modifications Kaizen = Discipline & Practice of Continuous Improvement Customer Care = Making improvements available to existing customers
Dan comes from the DIY audiophile community, where he originally worked on tuning Fostex T-50RP headphones. Eventually, he set a goal for himself and a new company:  offer commercial mods on Fostex T-50RP headphones and save up to launch a whole new headphone line made entirely by MrSpeakers within 3 years.
DIY spirit we give Dan credit for: making upgrades available for existing headphones.  When possible, Dan offers new tuning upgrades for purchase and self-installation.  When the mod requires more than swapping out easy tuning materials such as foam and felt, he has allowed people to send in their headphones for swapping of updated drivers or baffles at reasonable prices.  This speaks to Dan’s ethos of wanting people to have the best sound he can make.
The MrSpeakers line of Fostex T50RP modded headphones: Mad Dog
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Alpha Dog
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Alpha Primes
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Those are the steps Dan took so he could make the leap to his Ether line of headphones.   MrSpeakers did in fact release the first headphone from the ground up within three years:  the Ether Open with new V-Planar drivers.
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Flying V V-Planar Drivers utilize MrSpeakers’ proprietary version of the planar driver diaphragm knurling technique invented by Bruce Thigpen.  This is an accordion-type of folding method that adds surface area to allow for more linear excursion with the rapid tensioning of diaphragms during dynamic music.  The goals are natural sound with high dynamics and low distortion, even when stressed.
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Closed Back, Open Sound In general, with open-back headphones, pressure doesn’t build up as much in the earcups and reverberations or ringing is minimized. Sound is natural, open, and clear.  (Imagine speakers playing in your backyard vs. in your closet.)
However, sound leaks in & out of an open-back headphone.  With a closed-back headphone, more care needs to be taken in order to absorb reflections and pressure from a closed system but benefits through isolation from outside noise.  If you can pull it off, the ideal for many is the sound of an open-back headphone with the advantages of a closed-back design.
Business is now Open AND Closed No sooner than he successfully launched his Ether Open, I know that Dan started getting requests for a closed version. (I was one of those people.) Luckily he had the chops from all his T50RP modding days and the Ether C (Closed) was created…
Fast-forward another few years and our new Massdrop x MrSpeakers Ether CX contains continued improvement on the original (non-Flow) platform of the Ether C.  
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The Ether CX is still using the extremely clean V-Planar drivers along with some changes to damping and ear pad material/shape to get the sound we were searching for.
Product goals for our flagship closed-back headphone: · Isolating · Accurate · Open-sounding · Resolving · Fast · Clean · Sleek
Personally, I’m stoked about the clean sound these produce, how they feel in the hands/on the head, and I LOVE how they look.  Designing and tuning closed back headphones is not for the faint of heart- or people wary of driving towards constant improvement.  We’re so happy to be adding these to the exclusive Massdrop Made product line and to have our flagship closed back headphone at last…we hope you enjoy!
Sep 24, 2018
phoenixsong
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Mar 25, 2019
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Hey it's in now XD
Mar 25, 2019
Oddiophile
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Mar 25, 2019
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Thanks so much for the heads-up!
Mar 25, 2019
MrSpeakers
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Hi there!Thanks to Cee Tee for his perseverance, he stuck with us for a long time to make this happen, and I'm really excited for us to be doing our first drop!
We tried to make the ETHER CX a unique product, and there is a lot in that's new. For example, it uses the original ETHER C driver but with a new tuning system delivering a unique and smooth voicing with gently lifted bass, and a really smooth transition from bass to mids. The new hardware is also a bit lighter and with no moving, as per our AEON design, and it sports a new ear pad. I hope it's a lot of fun for those who opt in the drop.
If anyone has any questions for me, please chime in.
EDIT: To make the information easier for people to see, I'm copying two of my posts contrasting ETHER CX to ETHER C and to AEON Closed. The format of the two posts is a bit different in style as I was sort of answering two different questions, for the editorially minded. :-)
ETHER C The original ETHER C had a tip toward the higher frequencies and also had some pad bounce that made bass a little unpredictable. With ETHER CX we have a new pad that reduces pad bounce for smoother and more impactful bass. By bringing the highs better into balance the whole headphone has warmer tone, without lacking air or shimmer, and the bass really pops on good source material (listening to Robag Wruhme's Wolluwe track as I write this and a lot of toe tapping going on).
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EC = Black ETHER CX = Orange
ÆON Tone: ETHER CX has a more neutral voicing with a bump to the bass, while AEON has a bit more of a V to the response and is less linear and smooth sounding. ETHER CX has a bit more heft at the lowest frequencies, it just feels like there's more power at the sub-bass even though they measure similarly. AEON Closed presents a bit more upper bass energy due to the V-shape to the response. ETHER CX has a smoother blend to the midrange which delivers better phase coherence, while AEON has a bit of a peak in the 5K region, something we worked to eliminate in the ETHER CX, and a brighter than neutral top. Dynamics are very similar. Soundstage they are close, ETHER CX seems a trifle larger. Efficiency: ETHER CX is 2-3dB more efficient. Comfort: The AEON is lighter and is a bit more comfortable for more extended listening. Isolation: ETHER CX offers several dB more isolation. The following chart is showing both headphones with no damping,orange is ECX and purple is AEON Closed, measured on a GRAS 45 CA with DF compensation. The main takeaway is the smoother response of the ETHER CX, with a less pronounced "V" to the response for better midrange-high coherence, yet with a fun bump to the bottom end. The smoother top end lets the mids and bass stand out nicely, too. I like to think of it as "audiophile fun" voicing.
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ECX = Orange ÆON Closed = Purple
Sep 25, 2018
LuckyLuke575
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May 23, 2019
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Hi Dan, I'm really interested in upgrading my closed cans, and the Ether CX seems like a great place to go next. I'm just wondering about the cable shown in the product picks; it looks like a balanced cable going to 4 pin XLR, and there is also an adapter shown. Does this mean that the cable shipped with the headphones is balanced, but can also be used with a single ended source using the adapter? I have equipment with both SE and Balanced outputs, so I'm wondering if the same cable can be used with both just buy using the 4 pin to 3.5 mm adapter?
May 23, 2019
MrSpeakers
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Dan Clark, Designer/CEO
May 23, 2019
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Correct, it's a balanced cable with an adaptor for 1/4" and 3.5mm included.
May 23, 2019
T.Fernandez
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Feb 22, 2019
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HOW TO GET THE BEST SOUND FROM YOUR ETHER CX Your headphone will sound great out of the box, but with a little bit of care we can help you get the best possible experience. Burn In MrSpeakers headphones “burn-in” over the course of 100-200 hours. Our drivers have been processed using our patented V-Planar technique which creases the driver to improve bass response and reduce distortion. This unique process requires the driver diaphragm and conductive traces to reach a steady-state through some use. You can burn-in with regular listening and enjoy the changes as the driver stabilizes. Tuning Your new Massdrop MrSpeakers ETHER CX headphone comes with a tuning kit allowing you to tune the sound to your preferred listening volume and tonal balance. Due to the physiology of human hearing- the louder music plays, the more sensitive your ear is to low frequencies. This means tone of your headphone will change with volume and a headphone that sounds full and balanced at 75dB may sound thinner at 60dB. There are four included tuning materials listed in the order of increasing damping (damping softens the highs): 1) 2mm Black Foam (pre-installed) 2) Black Felt (slightly more damping for a bit more warmth) 3) 1-Notch White Felt (good for low volume or to increase bass) 4) 2-Notch White Felt (delivers the warmest tone, most bass) Tuning materials may be used alone, in combination, or not at all. “Pro-tips” from MrSpeakers: 1) White felts “burn in” as the fabric settles down,1-2 days of normal use will “open up” the sound of the felts. For this reason, don’t judge tunings instantly. Live with a tuning for a while and see how it settles. 2) Don’t be afraid to combine materials, white felts can be paired with black felt or foam just fine, for example. The only pairing that won’t work well is layering both of the one and two notch white felts at the same time.
Feb 22, 2019
serwei
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May 24, 2019
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Hi hi! Been trying to find out if these can be driven by one of those LDAC Bluetooth dongles like Fiio's BTR3 or Radsone ES100, or do I really need at least a mobile DAC? A newbie so not sure how to mentally match the specs...
May 24, 2019
roxasxemnas
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May 22, 2019
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After the current drop ends, when would it come back realistically? I really want to purchase, but I can't for a few more months.
May 22, 2019
Mr.Ting
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May 21, 2019
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I am very interested in this product, but I do want to hear some comparison with the new AEON from MrSpeaker. Thanks, especially the open AEON.
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May 21, 2019
4eyescreative
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May 14, 2019
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If anyone is looking for a pair of these let me know via Head-Fi (Olumn). I am selling mine, weeks old, for $800 shipped in the US. Pics can be provided.
May 14, 2019
SciHobo
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May 15, 2019
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I sent you a pm but the user name came up as olumm with two M's....
May 15, 2019
BigFur
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May 11, 2019
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What's the comparison against the 177X? Are these really worth 2x+? I'm looking for a closed can that resembles open back headphones, so far only the Campfire Andromeda can compete and I'm not sure I could get something as good in a closed can.
May 11, 2019
EcchiWhale
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May 10, 2019
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***BUYER BEWARE*** Australian customs charged me $211 AUD for import on top of the original price. Please consider this before buying.
May 10, 2019
ViperThrall
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May 8, 2019
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I have been looking for a great closed-back option with an upper "audio enthusiast" pedigree--with proven sound quality. Most of my headphones are open-backed for a reason and I know these (MrSpeakers) will be different--just hopefully still good.? Zeos don't "f" me over since I usually audition all my headphone purchases. Really good closed-back designs are hard to come by. Especially neutral sounding instead of "bass stupid" models or the "treble will kill you" by the poor design of the driver. My current daily driver is a THX AAA 789 with a Pro-Ject Pre Box S2 Digital (as a DAC) and Audeze LCD-MX4's. Don't ask I got a killer deal on eBay for the LCD's--not even close to $3000. I sold my LCD-X's and came up almost even so...? Yes they are better than the X's. I did not appreciate the Aeon Flow Closed as they had a very narrow sound signature and detail was lacking. My classical FLAC library really suffered (as my Tidal MQA heavy metal playlist) with the Aeon Flow Closed. So yes I'm excited but also perturbed since I have not listened to a $900 headphone before buying.:< Shit:><
May 8, 2019
TonyRizo
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May 14, 2019
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I trust BadGuyGoodAudio a lot more. He's spot on. Joshua Valour is another great reviewer.
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May 14, 2019
ViperThrall
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May 15, 2019
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Valour I'm aware of but BadGuyGoodAudio I'm not. I'll check him out. Thanks.
May 15, 2019
gtb75
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May 7, 2019
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Zeos finally got his review of the Ether CX up: https://youtu.be/Pmkho59pT-s His summary - "I really love these headphones". Sounds like he enjoys the tuning of the Ether CX more than the Ether Flow C he uses as his reference headphones. Suffice it to say, really glowing review.
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May 7, 2019
RF95349
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May 5, 2019
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Can we get a choice of cable in the future? XLR connectors are very clunky and I know I'm not the only one who plans on never using a "balanced" setup. I would've ordered a straight 1/4"/3.5mm plug if given the choice.
May 5, 2019
Keth
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May 6, 2019
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And then the cost balloons, as they have to maintain multiple SKU's and more warehouse space. What makes the most sense is to default to a 2.5rmm TRRS (even though it's a weak connector), and use small cheap adapters to fulfill the others connection types. It's easy to go from balanced to single ended, but impossible to go the other way with a simple adapter. But honestly you'd still end up over $1k.
May 6, 2019
blitz9826
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May 6, 2019
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Even if they swap from 4-pin XLR to 2.5mm TRRS the cost will go UP? I hope not >.<
May 6, 2019
ludachris
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May 4, 2019
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I'm waiting for possible improvements for the upcoming future revision of this headphone. I would happily purchase this if it came with 2 cables one for xlr balanced end and 3.5mm end, along with mr speakers headphone case and updated ether angled pads. I don't think these headphones are a great deal at the moment just waiting for Dan and Drop crew to make these improvements happen so I will happily pull the trigger. For a sub $1,000 headphone price there are lots of improvements for this headphone in this price range please consider my recommendation for the future drop of the ether cx. just my 2 cent
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May 4, 2019
CEE_TEE
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Hey ludachris, The balanced cable has an adapter to 3.5mm and also to 1/4". You get all three. Here's the adapter:
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May 24, 2019
hehahohi
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May 2, 2019
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This new web design is fucking shit
May 2, 2019
JoeBi
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May 12, 2019
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Why did they add extra steps to get a view at what you want. I'm not going to buy things I'm not interested in no matter how much they force glances.
May 12, 2019
DbCoper
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Apr 29, 2019
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Can anyone suggest a good case for these? I don't like the stock case on the Speakman website.
Apr 29, 2019
gtb75
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Apr 29, 2019
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This is a perfect fit: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BF6IKL4/ I wanted something more durable than the MrSpeakers case (which is leather) and, more importantly, something with a strap. This is also a better fit than the MrSpeakers case - which is a little loose for the CX.
Apr 29, 2019
Tom_Jr
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May 1, 2019
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I was just about to suggest the XL Casebudi as well. It fits well and offers pretty good protection. I removed the cables before zipping up the case though. I don't think they'll fit otherwise.
May 1, 2019
IVECOMETOMAKEANANNOUNCEMENT
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Apr 28, 2019
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These any good for video games? I make music, but I also play a lot of games. Also, how’s the bass on these things? I listen mostly to Metal, Darksynth and Electro House, where that area is important.
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Apr 28, 2019
SeEnCreaTive
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Apr 29, 2019
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I use them for gaming about 90% of the time. Very good. Bass takes a few weeks to come in, but bass is probably deeper then you're use too, the low reach and the amazing texture caught me off guard. It has a very physical quality to it, some of the score of the Netflix show "Nightflyers" the low notes really give a physical texture. It comes with "tuning pads" that all you to adjust how much bass you want. I have the 2-notch white (the most bassy), it's pushing a bit too bassy heh.
Apr 29, 2019
ProceduralKeks
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Apr 26, 2019
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How do these sound out of a CTH? Is a CTH sufficient to drive them?
Apr 26, 2019
RF95349
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Apr 26, 2019
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The CTH will work well with these headphones.
Apr 26, 2019
cartr1dge
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Apr 26, 2019
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why are they carbon fiber? are these running headphones?
Apr 26, 2019
Raths
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Apr 28, 2019
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they are carbon fiber because why not
Apr 28, 2019
SeEnCreaTive
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Apr 29, 2019
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High-end headphones, orthros are heavy so carbon fiber is a good choice, plus carbon generally offers very good acoustic properties, and it's tough. Dan said he did look into Plastic and Wood, however he never said why carbon fiber, those are just my guess
Apr 29, 2019
Raths
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Apr 25, 2019
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Anyone in the UK own a pair, how much was import lmao i feel i will be heavily stung.
Apr 25, 2019
DanDevvers
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Apr 26, 2019
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The charge on mine was £170
Apr 26, 2019
Raths
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Apr 26, 2019
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About what i thought, danke
Apr 26, 2019
RF95349
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Apr 22, 2019
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Anyone else have a fairly loose cable connector on their CX's? My left connector wiggles back and fourth easily while my right is anchored solidly in place. I wonder if it affects the seal in any way. Edit: I sent an email to MrSpeakers about it and they said it was not normal. I'll be sending it in to be repaired (once I can part with it!).
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Apr 22, 2019
gtb75
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Apr 20, 2019
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Totally random thought... Is anyone else who was an early adopter (first drop) for the Ether CX a bit annoyed with the DT 177X launch this week? For all the fanfare of the Ether CX being Massdrop's "flagship" closed back headphone it launched with pretty much nothing. The DT 177X launched with 4 reviews right out of the gate - 2 from members and 2 from prominent YouTube channels. One of the YouTube reviewers, Zeos, has had the Ether CX in his hands for months without producing a review yet managed to find time to review the DT 177X for its release this week. To this day there are no YouTube reviews out there for the Ether CX. I get that people are coin operated, and that likely had something to do with it, but launching a "flagship" product with little/no marketing and expecting early adopters to take a $900 "leap of faith" like I did is a pretty poor showing IMO. I was already a MrSpeakers customer so I expected the Ether CX would deliver (and it does), but Massdrop would have sold a lot more of them a lot faster if they had given them half of the marketing support at launch that the DT 177X had. It just doesn't make sense to me, and the only explanation that does is if this was a deliberate choice so as not to overwhelm MrSpeakers production capabilities. I have been a happy Massdrop customer since 2015 - my first purchase was the TH-X00 Mahogany. I have made many purchases since then (not just audio) and really enjoy doing business here and the great support Massdrop provides. I am just a bit disappointed that the "flagship" Ether CX didn't get the support at launch like some other Massdrop exclusives have.
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Hey gtb75, Sometimes it only takes only one missing part to hold up more launch samples...thank you very much for being part of the first drop! We definitely care about this headphone and your experience. Ether CX was born of a lot of tweaking in the background to be able to launch + some new stuff was made especially for this headphone. We're definitely proud of the ECX and weren't hiding it on purpose. ;) We want you to have as much info as possible at launch. We hear you. Thanks for being a member and participating in this discussion.
May 24, 2019
Rybb
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Apr 18, 2019
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Mine arrived without balanced cable? I only got the balanced to single ended adapter + single ended cable.
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Whom should I contact to get the correct cable?
Apr 18, 2019
DanDevvers
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Apr 18, 2019
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@CEE_TEE I think
Apr 18, 2019
CEE_TEE
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Thanks, DanDevvers. @Rybb, this is a known issue on some units. MrSpeakers will be take care of you, but contact our support to get on the list of people needing correct cable.
  1. Please go to the drop down menu next to your profile pic in the upper right hand corner.
  2. From the drop down menu > Select Transactions > go to the specific transaction > at the bottom of the transaction there is "Contact Support". 
  3. Click on that (it's a link) and a ticket will be created for the specific transaction.
  4. A customer service rep will take care of you!
Thanks for being a part of the ECX drop and we hope you love them!
Apr 18, 2019
PedroFerreira
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Apr 18, 2019
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Any chance of a European drop? Tax hurts like hell!!
Apr 18, 2019
ptron3030
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Apr 17, 2019
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The earcups on mine are all flat and too soft.. wish I could replace them with the plush dekoni hybrid ones
Apr 17, 2019
Sharkhunter
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May 10, 2019
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What carry case is it? I just placed an order for the mrspeakers case on amazon.
May 10, 2019
gtb75
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May 10, 2019
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I use a CASEBUDi XL case for mine - also from Amazon: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BF6IKL4
May 10, 2019
Knut
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Apr 17, 2019
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Have HD6xx, M1060, EMU teak, HE4xx tell me why I need these or the Elex
Apr 17, 2019
jsmiller58
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Apr 18, 2019
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Here are my opinions. Just my opinions. Not pronouncements on stone tablets... Edit: shortened up to keep it simple... I currently own the Elex and CX. I have previously owned the 6XX, M1060, and the Emu Teak. I never owned the 4XX, but I do currently own the Sundara. The Elex and the CX are significant upgrades to the cans you list. The Elex is a clear winner with its excellent mids and extended treble and bass, its clarity (brighter presentation) and its dynamic gut punch way of presenting music. To me, though, the Elex can be fatiguing after long sessions, and this is where the CX (and Sundara) come in... The CX have great treble and bass as well, but they are a more refined, warmer, relaxed sounding headphone compared to the Elex, and a bit more veiled. The closest the cans you list come are the Teaks (and that is only close to the CX, not in the same zip code as the Elex) - they are fun to listen to, but just too V shaped and way too too much bass, and the ergonomics are terrible (limp headband, tiny earpad openings). I don’t have the 4XX but I do have what is supposed to be its more refined descendant - the Sundara. The Sundara are a very nice, and well priced open planar. Not close to the Elex, but can go toe to toe in some ways with the CX (both are relatively neutral, both have decent mids as well as extension to treble and bass). But connect the CX to a balanced output and it pulls ahead of the Sundara in clarity. Still, the Sundara acquits itself well. By comparison to the Elex and CX the 6XX just emphasize the mids at the expense of everything else, and sound heavily veiled. And the 1060, as I recall, had decent bass extension but just in general was veiled and muddier than the Elex, CX and Sundara. Also the build quality (even the v2 version, which I had)... (As a note, I did lots of pad rolling on the Teaks... lots of $$ later I came away with (a) anything was more comfortable than stock earpads, and (b) nothing sounded as good as stock earpads. I also did every conceivable mod on the M1060 - new earpads, installed driver and ear side fazors, new 3D printed grills...). All of this just applies to me. The next commenter may say the exact opposite and that opinion would be just as relevant, and maybe even more “right” for you. Love this hobby - no right or wrong answers as listener taste, listener hearing health, music genre, music track quality, and upstream hardware are all as important as headphones... even earpads make a huge difference!
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Apr 18, 2019
NathanielKiger
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Apr 16, 2019
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Could someone please explain the tonality of this headphone? Is it reference totally flat? Aggressive? Fun? Marketed more toward music listening or people editing work?
Apr 16, 2019
maelob
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Apr 16, 2019
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Very good question, but kind of hard to answer, people's preferences are all over the place making it hard to describe a headphone. Without adding any of the tuning pads, I found them tonally neutralish, treble not harsh but good presence. Depending your taste you might find the bass adequate or little on the light side ( mostly upper bass). But by adding the tuning pads i was able to get a more warm signature with more bass to my liking. I find them really enjoyable, and they take EQ very nicely is you like that. hopefully that makes sense, i am sure when you read the reviews people are all over the place.
Apr 16, 2019
rbn920
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Apr 15, 2019
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So these or stick with my Alpha Dogs?
Apr 15, 2019
maelob
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Apr 16, 2019
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I loved the Dogs, but then I got the Primes, I would say CX are more detailed and sophisticated sounding, but you may miss some of the bass slam that the Dogs have. I would stick with the dogs and buy the CX lol. I regret selling my Primes.
Apr 16, 2019
ShazMan
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Apr 13, 2019
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Are these worth replacing the TH-X00 Ebony's? I want more isolation and less treble and I don't know if getting these would be worth the $400+ additional cost.
Apr 13, 2019
ShazMan
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Apr 18, 2019
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Here's to hoping they drop again. I'd live to get my hands on a pair.
Apr 18, 2019
gtb75
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Apr 18, 2019
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The drop for these is live right now - looks like the are at 252 out of 270. I didn't address your comment about the "less treble" in my initial response. The treble fatigue was one of the main reasons why I was looking to step up from the X00. The interesting thing about the X00 is I don't really notice the "glare" at first, but I find they got tiring to listen to over long periods. I never got that with the Ether Flow Open I already owned so I figured the Ether CX would give a similar smooth and balanced presentation - it does.
Apr 18, 2019
RF95349
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Apr 12, 2019
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Does the nitinol headband break in and loosen over time? I just got mine and I'm enjoying them. However, they clamp down on my head a lot more than my well-worn Aeon Flows. This wouldn't bother me much by itself but that it puts a bit of pressure near the front of my ear.
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Apr 12, 2019
RF95349
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Apr 23, 2019
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The Ethers sound a bit clearer and less congested compared to the Aeon Closed - I'd say a good step up though the sound signatures sound similar. The ear pads can be swapped out if you're into pad rolling; you can't really do that on the Aeons (due mainly to their non-standard shape). The Aeons are a bit more comfortable primarily due to less clamping force (I don't know if this is particular for my headphones or a property of the Aeons). They're the most comfortable headphones I've ever used.
Apr 23, 2019
LowFi42
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Apr 24, 2019
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thanks
Apr 24, 2019
Whyweneed
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Apr 4, 2019
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Anyone got comparisons between this and the hd 600? I need a closed back can for the office. Just not the mdrz7 which has terrible muddy mids.
Apr 4, 2019
Uzuzu
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Apr 7, 2019
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Just get the 600. Both are nuetral, the 600 isn't as detailed, but I used to own ether Cs and this is what I didn't like about them.
  • something off with bass to mid transition, sounds extremely clean and detailed but not natural
  • they're heavy for extended use
  • the price lmao

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