Discussion in 'Hardware Lounge' started by CJ, Feb 24, 2018.
ok, I am a little slow on the uptake
the towel & get High question went over my head
It's a character called Towelie from South Park.
The towel comment I think is "do you need to clean up after yourself" after the orgasmic experience.
The image David posted is a pot smoking towel from a South Park season like 10 years ago.
I'll post some impressions tonight. I've had a some time to form an early opinion.
I sorta got the 1st Denton part...but David threw me
for a loop, never having seen Southpark.
Look forward to your comments
Just trying to keep you on your toes Carl. Perhaps I should have gone for a Hitchikers Guide reference and said "Always carry a towel."
ha...next Headphones should be model 42
OK, here are my initial impressions.
I think these headphones are handsome. I like the blue and black color scheme, I like the headband design, I like the shiny finish. The inlays on the sides is real carbon fiber from what I understand which probably lends to the overall lightness of the headphones which is a plus for extended listening sessions.
The earpads are memory foam (which is really nice for giving a nice balance of stiffness yet ability to conform to your head) covered in "protein leather" (google it, its not the same as leatherette/pleather from what I can tell). The combination of clamping force, pressure from the headband, earpads, and overall weight is really nicely balanced. These are up there with the most comfortable headphones I've owned.
The cable is a nice fabric wrapped affair. Nothing special that I can tell and Dan Clark doesn't go in for fairy dust. It terminates in a 3.5mm jack with a 1/4" screw on adapter. The cable is in the 6ft. range. I can't find any details on their website but it is much shorter than the ridiculously long cable my Mad Dogs came with.
They come with a hard shell case which is actually pretty stiff and looks like it would provide reasonable protection. I've seen other molded cases of this type that are so thin they just barely hold their shape and would provide no real protection. The case is wrapped in what I assume is faux leather (or maybe its the same protein leather) but it looks nice.
The only other things of note are that the headphones come with a certificate of authenticity including your serial number which is also laser etched on one of the arms of the headphones and they come with a single set of filters that are designed to slightly attenuate the upper end. (Note the open back model comes with three different filters but the closed only come with one).
First, my associated equipment has been a 2017 MacBook Pro, connected to a Schiit Modi Multibit DAC, connected to a Schiit Vali 2 tube amplifier. Music has been from Apple Music which I know is lossy but I haven't sprung for a Tidal high res subscription and I don't do disks any more.
Sonically, there is a house emphasis on neutrality with Mr. Speakers headphones with, I assume, the limiting factor being primarily the cost and original headphone design going back to when Dan was modding Fostex T50RP headphones. The Aeon closed largely achieves this with the exception of a slight bump between 5-10kHz. Note that I am not claiming I can hear that, I am citing measurements performed by others.
My OH MY GOD moment earlier in this thread was due to the bass of the Aeons. It is sublime. It is not elevated, in fact there is very little FR variation below 100Hz and only a 1-2dB from below 250Hz. But the bass is impactful. The only more impactful bass I've heard is from something like a Beats headphone where the bass is flabby and loose and doesn't transition well to the midrange. These are most bass impactful headphones that actually sound good that I've heard. The bass is textured and nuanced and the opposite of "one note" bass. And the transition to the midrange is seamless.
The midrange itself is very good. Vocals sound fantastic and instruments seem to have a good sense of weight and realism.
The highs are perfect for me. I'm averse to bright sounding components, especially speakers. I installed the filters immediately and haven't even given the Aeons a listen without (I will at some point) but there is not a hint of brightness in my mind.
Overall I find the Aeons to be very fast. There is plenty of subtle detail to hear in say the plucking of an acoustic bass. You hear the fretwork and that string rattle you sometimes get with great clarity. This is something I think the Mad Dogs excelled at as well and probably is one of the inherent advantage of planar magnetic headphones done remotely well.
My final thoughts are I think these are really accessible headphones in the audiophile space. Sure my coworkers are not going to spring for a pair but in our hobby, ~$800 is not an insane amount of dough. There are no real sins of commission with the Aeons and that includes physical attributes like build quality and comfort. I'm excited to try some new tubes in the Vali and see if I can hear clear differences.
I did make an unboxing video and will probably post a few new YouTube videos soon.
Any cable comments...noisy or rustling when moving around?
any experimentation with any other source cables?
re: cables. I experimented with four different cables with my Ether headphones (and also with teh Alpha Primes.) With the Alpha, there was a difference between the stock cable and a few that I tried, with the Q-Audio cable being my favorite. Ask Denton if he likes it.) With the Ethers, the DUM cable from Mr Speakers was no different sounding to me than cables costing more than the headphones. I sold them all or sent them back and kept the DUM cable.
The Ethers are more refined and accurate than the Aeon, but the Aeon is very musical and as CJ describes offers "wow" moments with unexpectedly good sub-bass. IMO they are the best bang for the buck headphones I've heard so far (much better than the new Sennheiser 800 series.)
I've had zero issue with cable noise but I've only had bad levels of cable noise with IEMs. I've rarely (not never but rarely) noticed any cable noise issues with full size headphones. My Grados seemed to have some issues.
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