AEON, MrSpeakers' New Closed Back Planar Magnetic Headphone

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  1. mrspeakers Contributor
  2. mrspeakers Contributor
    It's a great solid state amp, it's on the "crisp and detailed" side but avoids being analytical. I have one as part of my tuning "stack."
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  5. gibby
    Thank you. I might need a recommendation for a neutral solid state amp with balanced output. Also looking at the Questyle CMS400i. Same price range of under $1000. I read good and bad about the Jotunheim. I'll just search through here again.

    On a side note. I made the mistake of not listening to the Aeon C for a week, then after driving a couple hundred miles from 400 feet above sea level to 4,000 feet and back down, and shooting 100 rounds of 20 GA without ear protection in the desert, then listened to the Aeon again after. Boy was I confused. All good again now though. Okay enough of my noise. :)
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  6. MTMECraig
    We JUST got our Questyle CMA400i’s in today. I walked in and it was still frozen from being shipped. We are waiting for our demo unit to “thaw” before we plug it in (just to be safe).

    Rest assured I will see how the pairing is with the Æon Flow Open and also Æon Flow Closed. I have been waiting a very long time to get the chance to do that. I think for the price of the 400i, it would make sense to marry it with the Æons. Now hearing it in action will be the final decision though!

    Btw- keep your ears safe next time you fire any kind of weapon! You only got one set of ears :beerchug:
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  7. gibby
    Thank you Craig. I look forward to hearing about the CMA400i.

    Yeah, I used to hunt with shotgun or .22 and never worried too much when outside just firing a round here and there, but I appreciate my hearing a lot lately. So much lovely music to hear and great audio gear to enjoy. I'll keep my ears safe next time. I think the up and down of altitude messes me up for a bit too.
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  8. gibby

    If you were looking for an iFi Micro to pair with the AFC, here is a deal.

    iFi Micro iDSD Amp / Dac + BeyerDynamic DT-880 SE Chrome Headphones $499

    Better than $550 by themselves it seems.
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  10. gibby
    Well, yeah. I was just adding to all the discussion of pairing an amp with the AFC. I should have quoted a post a ways back.
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  11. meomap
    Anyone here use Moon Audio Silver cable 4.4mm with AFC and with WM1Z dap?
    How does it sound?
  12. harris4crna
    Spent the day comparing the AFC to the AFO with the Hugo 2.

    A little background first. I purchased the AFC a couple months back here in Tokyo. This is right before the AFO came out. As soon as I tried the AFC on for a listen I was hooked. I compared these to the Senheisers and personally for what I was looking for there was no comparison. I have been missing the neutral sound for a long time and with the AFC I found it. Soon after the AFO came out on the market. I got a quick listen to them at Yodobashi, but knowing I would probably not purchase them since I already had the AFC I quickly put them aside. I justified not purchasing both because I felt what would be the reason since they are going to sound the same.

    Christmas arrived, sure enough under the tree held the AFOs. My first thought, well, what do I do with the AFCs, sigh.... Since Christmas I have only been listening to the AFOs. I really enjoy those HPs. As I listened to thw AFOs the AFCs sat lonely on the shelf. Well today I broke both of them out for a comparison. I quickly realized they were not alike as much as I thought. Yes, I know one is a open back and the other is a closed. I knew there would be a difference, but I felt the difference would be subtle.

    Ironically, the difference were much greater than I originally thought. I cannot describe the differences of the characteristics between the two HPs better than Chris Martens from Hi Fi stated on his report of RMAF:

    "In a twist on the usual order of things it turns out that the closed back AEON Flow places a greater emphasis on perceived openness, definition, and neutral voicing, where the AEON Flow Open has a slightly warmer and more relaxed presentation with a greater emphasis on perceived tonal richness."

    I would only add, the AFOs have a greater emphasis on the mid bass versus the AFC. I do agree with Chris's comment when he states, " Both versions have merit, so that it could be desirable—budget permitting—to own one of each." For those who own both, I would not judge quickly and feel the need to sell one. I agree, I believe they do complement each other and are worthy of keeping both. Hence, the AFCs will no longer sit alone on the shelf. The AFCs will have equal listening time in this household.


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  13. Alcophone
    Some endorsement from Rob Watts of Chord fame in his 2017 review:
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  15. Boogee134
    Hey guys, I'm new to the community.
    Currently own Beats Studio 2.0 but just purchased a used MrSpeakers Aeon C (500USD for a like new Aeon C is a good deal right ?). Also purchased a Fostex-THX00 PH and a Sennheiser HD6XX. Went from 0 to a 100 real quick haha.
    Basically, I want to know if I need all 3. Do they complement each other well ? Are there 2 of these headphones that are basically the same and that I could sell ? If the answer is yes, which one should I sell and what should I look for in the same price range to complete my set ? I'm really excited to test the Aeon C, actually they're my dream sealed headphones.
    Audiophile community, here I come !
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