MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed Headphone Loaner Program

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  1. Todd Contributor
    Hi All,

    We have a MrSpeakers Aeon Flow Closed headphone for a new loaner program. You will get to use it in your system for 1 week. Please read the loaner program rules (under the picture) before you email me to sign up so you get all of your info to me the first time.

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    Loaner Program Rules:



    Send your name and address as well as a telephone number and your Head-Fi user name to me at todd@ttvjaudio.com. Do NOT PM me as you will not be included in the program without an email.

    You will get the loaner for 1 week to use in your home with your system. After your one week is up, you must send it to the next loaner participant. Email me (todd@ttvjaudio.com) the tracking info so I can pass it on to the recipient.

    You MUST write a review and post it in this loaner thread. It must be posted in the same thread as this announcement for the loaner program. Please post the review here first and feel free to post it somewhere else if you like!

    Once you have received the loaner, email me to let me know you have it and I will send the address for the next person.

    Our loaner programs are USA only. We are restricted from shipping/selling outside the USA on most products.
     
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  2. Mshenay Contributor
    Awesome thank you! Been wanting to hear these in my system for quite some time now
     
  3. Motocrossman24
    Emailed
     
  4. Monsterzero
    Aeon Flow Closed(AFC) have arrived....Wont give away any spoilers,but ummm,yeah...these will be getting a lot of time on my skull the next week.
     
  5. Monsterzero
    My week with the AFC has come to an end.I want to thank Todd for doing these loaner tours and for including me in the ÆON Flow Closed tour.Here are my thoughts....

    Comfort and Build

    I found the AFC to be very comfortable,so much so that I often forgot that I was wearing headphones.The pads are soft and supple,though being essentially glued into place is a bit odd.
    The leather strap sits across the head without putting too much pressure on one spot,while the body is light and well built,it is a fingerprint magnet however.If youre a fan of a nice tidy looking headphone,you will be wiping these down after every use.
    My only real issue is a lack of being able to lock into place how far down the ÆON slides down your ears.If you want a tight fit(for whatever reason)you cant get it.
    The cable is a bit stiff and unwieldy and it tended to get twisted up,but its not a deal breaker for me.

    Sound

    I first heard the ÆON Flow at CanJam 2017 and recall thinking then that they sounded good.Real good.But then time went by and I kinda forgot what it was that I liked about them during that first listen.When these arrived a week ago and I placed them on my head,plugged them in and began listening I was instantly reminded just what it was that made me interested in these...Tone!

    -The tone on The ÆON is,to my ears,nearly perfect!I didnt hear any artificial sound with these.Instruments sounded....right.As a former drummer i heard drums sounding as I remembered.Cymbals crashed and decayed with near perfect sonic reproduction.
    Nothing in the sound stood out and distracted me from another aspect.If I were to choose a single word to describe these it would be "neutral".If I were to choose 4 words to describe the ÆON they would be "Neutral and tonally correct"
    Music came effortlessly to my ears with a very good deal of air and separation in a completely non fatiguing manner.
    -I found the soundstage to be surprisingly wide for a closed back,reaching considerable farther out than open backs,like the HD6xx and closed backs like the HD250 and ZMF Atticus.In addition there was a decent amount of three dimensionality to the AFC as well. Imaging was good too.
    -I found the highs to be sparkly/detailed without any sibilance.
    -Guitars sounded,again,right.However I did find myself wanting more than just a touch of added texture to the mids.Its not a glassy smooth,soulless presentation,but added texture would be ideal for me.For acoustic/folk/Americana though I thought the AFC was just about perfect.
    -I found vocals to be front and center,tonally correct without demanding too much attention...Everything sounds right,until we get to.....


    Bass
    Many modern audiophiles demand as neutral of a presentation as possible,bass thump and visceral rumble be damned.Unfortunately im not an audiophile and I do enjoy some thump and rumble to my music,and the ÆON didnt offer much of either.
    When reviewing headphones I use certain albums to test out specific aspects of the sound signature,so for sub bass I once again relied on Ajja & Cosmosis "Alien Jams" 16/44.1 FLAC to see how the ÆON fared.Parts of songs that I knew had rumble simply were not conveyed through the AFC.The sound was reproduced,but not the tactile sensation,which is a bummer.

    For metal and rock,which are my primary musical tastes,the thump was almost non existent,and a lack of texture left heavier albums sounding slightly anemic and lacking punch and bite,which is a deal breaker for me.

    Not surprisingly Mr.Speakers has announced a new filter system which supposedly addresses some of the bass issues with the AFC,but unfortunately for me I did not get a chance to hear them.If these filters do add some rumble and thump to the bass and perhaps more texture to guitars,without sacrificing the tone,speed and transparency these could quite possibly be a damn near perfect headphone for me....especially for the relatively speaking,low price.

    For my review of the AFC used a Audio GD R2R-11 as an amp/DAC.I didnt hear much,if any difference in SQ between low and high gain on the R2R-11,but I was forced to pop that high gain into action to get ample volume.I found the advertised 13ohm and 95db sensitivity AFC to be a bit more demanding of an amp than what I thought they would be.

    Again I'd like to thank Todd for allowing me to participate in this and other tours. I thoroughly enjoyed my week with the ÆON. It is a beuatiful sounding headphone,with tone to die for.If they can wring more bass out of these with the new filters then I might be forced to add them to my stable of headphones,much to my wife's chagrin. :wink:
     
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2018
  6. sergioalb64
    Hello, fellow Head-Fi’ers. My name is Sergio, and my week with the AEON Flow Closed is just about over. Many thanks to Todd for offering various loaner programs such as this one; this has been a pleasure to be a part of.

    On to my review and thoughts on the MrSpeakers AEON Flow Closed (AFC). I used them with the Audio GD NFB-28 DAC/Amp combo unit via the provided 4-pin XLR balanced cable, used for gaming and for a variety of music styles (I will specify more particular thoughts / comparisons as I go on). My preference in headphones is for closed-back planar magnetic sets; as such, I will reference various other similar sets throughout the review.

    BUILD
    The AFC are very well built; sturdy, but very flexible. The earcups and especially the headband are very well made, the latter being very light yet strong and durable. These headphones feel like they could stand some rough use (although hopefully it doesn’t come to that).

    The cables are MrSpeakers’ stock cables; nice form and just the right thickness. They may not be as ‘flowy’ as other cables, but this is not a deal breaker or something to really be concerned about.

    This is a fully closed-back set of planar magnetic headphones. Isolation from outside noise is very good, with no ‘sound leakage’, intentional or not.

    COMFORT
    All things considered, this was my favorite aspect of the AFC; the stock comfort level. As soon as I put them on, even for the first time, it felt just perfect. Hardly any fiddling was needed on the headband or the earcups. The headphones are very light, they stay on properly throughout use, and neither the headband nor the earcups caused any noticeable discomfort.

    Compared to the Audeze LCD-XC and the ZMF Ori, the AFC is much lighter and easier to wear for much longer. Even compared to the AFC’s ‘big brother’, the MrSpeakers ETHER C Flow (my current overall favorite set of headphones), the stock pads of the AFC were an absolute treat. I believe the earpads are made of memory foam covered in soft protein leather, but really, regardless of the actual materials, I couldn’t be more impressed with the stock pads. While the stock pads of the ETHER C Flow have square openings and, to me, would feel hot and uncomfortable within half an hour of listening, the AEON pads are downright perfect. I did not pad roll with the AFC; unless you prefer velour / suede pads, I don’t see why anyone would.

    SOUND
    Clean, Neutral, Easy. These are the words that first come to mind when describing the sound signature of the AFC. Allow me to go into more detail for each, particularly ‘Easy’, because I’m sure it may sound off-putting or confusing.

    CLEAN: Like any good planar, the AFC offers very clean sound; no perceivable distortion (provided your source and music files are not below standard quality). As for detail / imaging, the AFC doesn’t offer the most (to me, out of the sets I have tried, that would be the ETHER C Flow), but it is no slouch at all, either (more on this in the ‘Easy’ sub-category below).

    NEUTRAL: At first, I thought I would break down the AFC’s sound signature into the standard Bass, Mids, and Treble sub-categories of most headphone reviews. But throughout my listening experience, I realized that Neutral is the AFC’s game, and it doesn’t get more neutral than this. Everyone has different tastes for audio. ‘Neutral’ is not a bad thing at all; it only means that no specific spectrum of the sound feels either emphasized nor toned down. For comparison, the LCD-XC’s low-end definitely takes a back seat to the mids and lower highs, and the opposite is true with the ZMF Ori, which focuses on a much warmer signature and more bass presence. The ETHER Flow C is almost just as neutral as the AFC, but with more overall punch and a bit more bass, and perhaps more importantly, richer bass.

    EASY: This is a bit hard to explain. I didn’t want to use similar words that come to mind because they may be considered to have a negative connotation, so I will only list them for reference: Laid-back, Relaxed, Chill. By ‘Easy’ and the reference terms, I mean a sound signature that isn’t out to get you. More so than being neutral, the AFC’s signature is somewhat held back, but I don’t believe this is a negative; in fact, I believe it is done quite on purpose. For comparison, the Sony MDR-Z1R are the most chill / laid-back headphones I have tried; the sound is there, and at higher volumes the sound is still there, but it never really feels like it is physically affecting you. The AFC’s easy-goingness is not as emphasized as on the Sony set; I would say the AFC is about 60% as ‘laid back’ as the Sony’s. I haven’t heard many ‘Easy’ headphones, but from these, the Sony’s, and the HIFIMAN HE-4XX (to a certain extent), here are the pros and cons that I can discern:

    - Pros of Easy: You can listen for much longer without the experience becoming tiring, regardless of preferred volume. It’s like coming home after a long workday to relax to your favorite meal / drink, instead of having to strain your brain further by a more demanding activity. In a way, this signature offers a way to relax while still enjoying your audio, and if you already use audio mostly to relax, it will become even more relaxing.
    - Cons of Easy: I just couldn’t shake the feeling that some of the micro-detail is lost due to the ‘laid-back’ nature of the AFC’s signature. Same goes for the impact / punchiness of the sound. Neither of those is lacking per se, but they do feel intentionally toned down slightly. If, like me, you like your music with some kick to it, it is hard to find it in the AFC (but, again, I believe this is intentional, and may or may not be to your liking / preference).

    SOUNDSTAGE
    Other than the comfort, this aspect of the AFC also stood out to me. The soundstage of this set felt quite unique to me. It is neither very wide nor too narrow; the side-to-side presentation and balance feels spot on. However, the sound feels slightly pushed forward. It doesn’t sound lacking in any way; it sounds unique, and quite intriguing; it made me try various genres to see how the soundstage would feel with each, and I was quite happy with the results. This ‘fun’ soundstage gives the AFC a good balance to its more ‘relaxed’ sound signature, making for a very unique listening experience, in my opinion.

    I liked the AEON Flow Closed. They are extremely comfortable, they offer a very neutral signature, they have a certain degree of uniquely ‘fun’ factor thanks to their slightly pushed-forward soundstage, and they have an easy / relaxed sound signature that not many headphones offer. I don’t believe any of those descriptions is either a positive or a negative, just like V-shaped or Wide Soundstage are also just descriptions that you may or may not like. If you are considering this set of headphones, it will come down to your preferences in those areas, and what you prioritize.

    SIDEBAR: In terms of comparing the AFC to the ETHER Flow C, I’m rather surprised at how different they are! It’s not your typical ‘this is good, but this is better’ sets that increase in overall quality as the price goes up; I think these offer very different experiences.

    I will be shipping the AFC to the next listener very soon. Thank you again, Todd; much appreciated!
     

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