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Drop Ether CX Review (Closed Planar Headphone)

Jave

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Finally managed to "fix" the headphones. Just fixed the glasses' arms at a certain angle and bent them in such a way they will sit flush against the skin.
 

dixter

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curious how these compare to the Audeze LCD-XC anyone have any insight...
 

edahl

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I looked back and found the answer... CX should not use the ETHER pads, you get a 6K spike and it borks the upper midrange.

Comparing the two CX is smoother in the midrange while C Flow has more bass power, lower distortion, throws a deeper soundstage, and is more revealing. Both handle EQ with ease, C Flow needs a little more up top while CX needs more below.

Oratory's measured response for C Flow looks pretty much like what I'd post and he got a near ruler flat response with the PEQ so go there if you want to see vs the CX data Amir has posted.

One thing that is fun with ETHER C Flow is THD, which is even lower than CX. Here're two plots, brown is the CX at 104dB at 1Khz. This maps pretty well to Amir.

ETHER CX THD, 104dB @1Khz
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ETHER CX THD, 104dB @1Khz
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The lower THD is the Flow tech working, though as you see it was improving on something that was already pretty good...

Anyhow, stick with the CX pads on the CX and if you want to fiddle with the sound use the tuning inserts or EQ.
Regarding this @Dan Clark , does DCA sell replacement pads (and headband parts) for the CX?
 

Malaj

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I tried increasing the clamping force and bought new ear pads (the ones I currently use, which are firmer), but even now I get less bass than HD650...
I might try new glasses. I am not even sure I get as much bass as on the HD650 even without glasses. This is very weird and frustrating.
Late answer but the simple solution is follow dan clarks advice and put the scalms above the earpads! And then have a relaxed posture if you hunch over a keyboard they might fall off if you have badly designed nose pieces but my glasses is fine even for that. Otherwise use as thin scalms as possible of course.
 

edahl

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Not currently but it's easy to add to the website. We'll do so next week.
Found an excellent deal on a used pair but it slipped through my fingers. Excellent to know that it's there when I eventually manage to pick one up, thank you!
 

edahl

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Appreciate it! The detail text could use a slight update :)
however MrSpeakers does not warranty fit or performance
Stumbled upon a used pair with channel matching I didn't think possible. Certainly lends credence to your commitment to channel matching.
 

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edahl

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Baha the timing, I just bought a used pair for 780. Albeit with prefect channel matching, extras and personal EQ, BUT STILL I was expecting this for black Friday lol
These arrived today. Man are they comfy and man are they clean. They need a bit of EQ to really sing, but then they sing like a champ.
 

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Audiophiles LOVE quirkyness to headphones. Every headphone with a huge flaw is one they love, and the ones that actually hit good responses along the Harmon line are ones they find "boring". I'm convinced most popular experts are just bs at this point.


I get that feeling alot when reading on Reddit or headfi..
Suddenly a thread pops up where a whole group of people is Shitting on how certain well measuring and we'll reviewed headphones sound.

Only to hype something new (or obscure).
 

Dan Clark

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I get that feeling alot when reading on Reddit or headfi..
Suddenly a thread pops up where a whole group of people is Shitting on how certain well measuring and we'll reviewed headphones sound.

Only to hype something new (or obscure).
Hey, all us manufacturers have to do to keep some people happy is add extra distortion, oops, I mean "detail," and a random frequency response that sounds awesome with one genre! Easy!
 

Bernard23

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How do these compare to the aeon xt closed and open? I'm pretty set on some DC phones, but I don't know which way to jump!!
 
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