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Aeon 2 Noire - how close to Stealth?

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How close they're in sound signature? I realize that Stealth has many technical / acoustical "properties" that Noire doesn't have and I understand that it will sound, ehm, different. But if Noire can be a poor-boy's Stealth, that would be awesome :) Anybody heard these two side by side?
 

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I made an account to be able to reply, as I've been comparing them last week extensively (among other headphones). I used default pads/filters (noticed them when I was about to leave so couldn't play with them). While the Stealth is outside my budget, the Noir luckily is within reach. I say luckily because I really like the headphone. So what about the differences. To my ears, the Stealth is very transparant/neutral/analytical with an impressive open soundstage. I've not experienced a close headphone before to have this open airy sound. But, it's also a bit sterile or dry at the same time, which is perhaps perfect when you use it for mixing/mastering tasks, but for music listening it's sometimes a bit boring. (Now it sounds like I don't like to listen to music with the Stealth, I really do though!)

The Noir sounds really good to my ears. It seems to have a more exciting tuning, with a very impressive low end, like a very good integrated subwoofer in a stereo set, but never too much or fake. The mids sound smooth and articulate at the same time and the highs are crystal clear. I really couldn't find a quality in them that I didn't like. Everything about the Noir sounds fantastic to my ears. Soundstage is wide and big and pretty airy, especially for a closed back. Not as expansive as the Stealth, but I don't mind that to be honest.

For studio work with mixing/mastering tasks in mind I would pick the Stealth (if I had the budget), but for pleasure and simply enjoying music, I prefer the Noir. And I'm not saying this because I want to like the more affordable headphone, I'm unbiased, I have no issue at all liking something better even when it's unobtainable for me.

I've tested these headphones on a desktop headphone dac/amp but I forget the brand. It was a $1000 something unit. Not ultra fantastic but not bad at all I imagine.
 
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Thanks very much for your detailed reply, really appreciated. I think I'll try them :)
Regarding distortion on Aeons, did you find it collapsing somehow when pushed quite a bit?
 

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Stumbled upon this comparison: https://crinacle.com/graphs/headpho...Harman_AE_OE_2018_Target,Aeon_2_Noire,Stealth

Looks surprisingly bad for the Noire. I don´t know why this measurement of the Noire is so much apart from other measurements i´ve seen from Oratory (too lazy to search for the corresponding graphs).
I have both of them but did not have the time to compare them half "properly".

EDIT: This measurement is invalid (see post #8), i removed the screenshot.
 
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Don't have the Stealth, but I have listened to the Noire. Looking at that graph I'd say looks can be deceiving. To my ears treble is not recessed.
 

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To my ears treble is not recessed.
Also not to mine - more like the opposite. For me, the Noire is too hot in treble (other than the Stealth). I don´t know why the measurement looks that way...
 

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Ok, here are Oratory´s measurements. The graph comparison tool does not work for me, so i made an quick and dirty overlay. Greyish is Stealth, reddish the Noire.

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Thanks guys for all your replies. Anybody seen Noire's distortion measurements? I can't find any.
 

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This has long since been a Hot Topic here and people have constantly asked for this headphone to be tested but it has not yet been tested.
 

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Don’t have the Stealth, but I have been looking for a closed headphone that would be the equal of my Focal Utopia. These sure sound fantastic, right out of the box, with no EQ. Topping 5G drives them perfectly. I don’t feel like I’m missing anything at all. In fact, they sound more natural to me than the Utopia. In many ways these remind me of Quad 57 or 63s with a great sub, listening in the perfect sweet spot. They are superb.
 
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I have not heard either of them, but just want to send out a small reminder that for headphones, in contrast to IEMs, frequency response graphs only tell a very limited story and even if FR is close for two headphones, they still may sound very differently, as clearly demonstrable with the Beyerdynamic DT 880 Pro and the Sennheiser HD 800S.View attachment 248330
Well this is also because they can be influenced by pads, glasses, fitment, ear lobe type, etc
 
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