The thing is DCA's meta-material isn't the only new innovation on the headphone market. I've had a chance to listen to the VZR Model one extensively over the past two weeks and it's acoustic lens and the spatial qualities of those are the best I've head on any headphone at any price. The VZR Model One have an MSRP of only $350.
Now I still prefer my Aeon 2's over them due to their light weight but they are extremely impressive for the price. I believe like past AEON headsets many of the advancements will be included in the next iteration on the AEON lineup with the stealth still having the slight edge. It's like any other market, you got to pay for that last little bit. It might actually be preferable for me if the new AEONs are lighter than the stealth as the stealth is a decent bit heavier than the AEON 2s. Then again can't say for sure without actually trying them.
We shouldn't have an in-depth discussion on the VZR Model One here in this thread, but start up a new thread dedicated to it if you want. I googled their "technology" they're using and it's similar to the metamaterial of the Stealth inasmuch that it's a shaped insert that sits in front of the driver....VZR call the technology "Crosswave", and the insert redirects the sound waves to hit different parts of your ear in an attempt to get a more speaker-like and out of your head experience, that's what they say anyway which I found out from this video:
It does seem interesting, but if you like start up a new thread because it's not right to talk in-depth or extensively on a different headphone to that of the one reviewed in the review thread....it's fine to draw some parrallels (with the Stealth) like we have re the "insert" that reshapes the sound waves, but start a new thread for indepth discussions on this new VZR headphone. It does seem interesting, and perhaps it doesn't need angled pads or drivers (it doesn't have them) as the insert might do the job of redirecting the sound wave incident angles, but I have no idea how good this product or technology is, I don't think we can know until it's measured and reviewed on sites like ASR, and once it's been in the hands of a few experienced headphone listeners. It's certainly a headphone that I'd be interested to see reviewed here on ASR, as it seems to be trying to do things differently in a bid for a better spatial soundstage experience, which is an important variable for me when it comes to headphones.
EDIT: in the meantime I put a request in to have them measured over in the "What headphones would you like Amir to measure next?" thread:
I don't think Amir cares about this thread so i'd say don't waste your time here lol