- Jul 19, 2012
- Los Angeles, CA
I used Clear, aeon open, ether c flow, and Sundara. In my experience, mrspeskars products have relatively unique tonality than others. Other products like Clear or Sundara are more 'uncolored.' For that reason, if you A/B their products with others, you might feel its sound is strange.
Obviously, Sundara was more uncolored than ether c flow in its tonality when I A/Bed them directly. But once my ears adapt to ether c flow sound, it delivered more pleasure than Sundara. The same thing would go for afo (Tyll also mentioned something similar in his recent view on Sundara comparing afo, sundara, lcd2c).
It was quite astonishing for me to find how our ears adapt after sometime! For that reason, I always spend weeks before I decide whether I enjoy it enough or not. And going back and forth between headphones with different tonality kills musical pleasure and makes me analyze headgears rather than just enjoying music.
For the same reason, I don't feel like I need to carry more than one or two headphones in my rigs. If my purpose is to just enjoy music, one decent performing headphone is more than enough, as long as I don't start compare it to a more expensive one.
PS: When I first got Sundara, I was much impressed and planned to sell my ether c flow. After spending 2 weeks with them, Sundara went back straight to Amazon. And to my ears, afo is a clearly better sounding can than ether c flow.
I agree, but the point of this comparison was to compare. I like a neutral sound, need it for the purpose that I do, and was looking for a product that'd give me that.
I enjoy various flavor of neutral as you can see (from darker to brighter), and I think such comparisons have a place
Interesting impression, personally thought the AFO had the worst soundstage, I found the Clear to be quite a bit better in that regard. To put it in perspective in my opinion the Clear also bests the HD 650 in soundstage with a healthy margin although it still is a bit intimate sounding, but nothing too crazy.
I briefly listened to the HD600/650/660S. I won't comment much on them, but I don't think they compare in soundstage-anything. I was surpisingly underwhelmed.