- Dec 21, 2015
I was able to listen to the AFO and AFC, and Elear at a shop. I preferred the AFO - it was a bit warmer but not what I would call bassy. AFC seemed a bit thin to me. Both are pretty laid back and smooth sounding.
Elear was different - very punchy, very in-your-face. It demands your attention. It was fun but I think it would fatiguing long-term. The soundstage on the Elear was much better than either of the Aeons, if that sort of thing matters to you.
I have or have had all three headphones and pretty much agree with your descriptions though I preferred the AFC and Elear / Elex to the AFO.
AFC is the most detailed and resolving, followed by the Elear and AFO.
The AFO sounds warm and rich. Kind of a sonic chocolate milk shake compared to the AFC. The Elear / Elex varies depending on the pads, but doesn’t go as deep as the AFC or AFO.
The Elear / Elex images the best by far. It’s also (depending on the pads) more or less energetic but always dynamic.