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New Headphone Coming from Dan Clark Audio (DCA)

thewas

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I guess it will have special shaped cups for the one and only who could hear SINAD over 150.

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I'm actually glad I didn't buy the stealth with this coming out. Been telling myself for almost a year "If the stealth were open back I'd buy it in an instant no questions asked". I auditioned the stealth a few weeks ago and they were exactly what I expected, sounded amazing and very "open" for a closed back, although I don't like wearing closed headphones for an elapsed period of time due to discomfort (big guy with small ears- I guess they get hot fast?). But, they sounded so good that I almost bought them from a local shop despite really wanting an open headphone. At the same time I also had the opportunity to test out the RME ADI-2 which convinced me that the RME ADI-2/4 PRO SE DAC was going to be my next purchase instead of a Topping product.

My plan was to replace my current HD650/6XX with a Drop + DCA Aeon Open X, and then use that to tide me over for an "open stealth". The reason being that if you are a DCA customer, you get 15% off future headphones. So, it would only cost me $500 for that Open X which would save me $600 on a future stealth (now expanse) purchase, so I would effectively be enjoying the Open X for free until I decided to pull the trigger. But now that expanse is all but confirmed, maybe I should buy a closed back like RT closed or Noire so that I will have both the expanse and a closed back (for the occasional situations where I may need it) instead of having two open backs, one of which I'd clearly never use.

Me too... something with Stealth DNA for under $1k. I'm ok with buying used gear... but not headphones... so even at a "discount" these will never be within my reach. Especially since I own a pair of DCA X for under $400 that I really like... hard to justify something 10x more $.
The Aeon 2 Noire @ $800 new, gets you 90%+ of stealth performance...

I hope DCA will eventually make cheaper versions, but from a business perspective keeping the meta material concept tied to the highest tier for a while makes sense.
It's working for KEF.
 
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If it behaves like the older DCA headphones, then most likely the Expanse will have worse Harman tracking than the Stealth. AMTS might make a difference here though. Overall, I see very little reason to offer almost exactly the same sound with two $4000 headphones.
 

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