MrSpeakers Ether CX - $899 from Massdrop
Apr 16, 2019 at 2:07 AM Post #226 of 605

jsmiller58

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 20, 2018
Posts
2,422
Likes
2,461
Location
Down the rabbit hole
If you are using the headphone out on the Topping, be aware it's very high output impedance and a very poor fit. I gather you're using as a DAC to drive the other devices, which are fine.

My guess is simply that you're hearing the difference the flow technology makes in microdynamics and micro detail. A softer pad potentially can absorb a bit more energy, so it may also relate to this. Lastly, burn in finishes around 200 hours, so depending on how hard you worked the burn in you may or may not be done...

It's always a bit hard to answer a question like "dynamics" because people do seem to hear dynamics differently. I myself don't notice too much difference in this regard, though I do give AFC a slight an edge in this department. Sorry the answer is vague...

Will burn in the CX for a few more days...

I never use the DX7S headphone outputs... too high impedance. That’s why I pair it with the divine 789...

I would love to try different pads, but now several of us are confused... which exact angled and harder pad?
 
Apr 16, 2019 at 2:31 PM Post #231 of 605
Joined
Oct 27, 2010
Posts
5,089
Likes
5,280
Location
San Diego, CA
Yeah... @mrspeakers , what angled pads should we try on the CX?

Angled ETHER pads fit. Alpha pads do not. I think folks confused the answers... You *could* stretch an Alpha pad, it might fit, but not recommended.
 
Dan Clark Audio Make every day a fun day filled with music and friendship! Stay updated on Dan Clark Audio at their sponsor profile on Head-Fi.
 
@funCANS MrSpeakers https://danclarkaudio.com info@danclarkaudio.com
Apr 16, 2019 at 2:43 PM Post #232 of 605

jsmiller58

Headphoneus Supremus
Joined
Mar 20, 2018
Posts
2,422
Likes
2,461
Location
Down the rabbit hole
Angled ETHER pads fit. Alpha pads do not. I think folks confused the answers... You *could* stretch an Alpha pad, it might fit, but not recommended.
Yep, that's what I wound up ordering :)

What confused me was when I went to your online shop all I found were the angled Alpha pads. When I saw some of the other comments I googled the angled Ether pads and found them, on your site, through Google. All's good (though maybe you have an issue with what is displayed on your shop page, though again, it could have been user error on my part...??)
 
Apr 23, 2019 at 9:29 PM Post #233 of 605

Voxata

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 28, 2011
Posts
1,419
Likes
920
Location
Colorado
Did the price change on these?
 
Apr 23, 2019 at 9:39 PM Post #235 of 605

Voxata

1000+ Head-Fier
Joined
Dec 28, 2011
Posts
1,419
Likes
920
Location
Colorado
No, thought these were cheaper for a few days. Maybe that's just my hopes :D
 
Last edited:
May 6, 2019 at 1:58 PM Post #238 of 605
Joined
Oct 27, 2010
Posts
5,089
Likes
5,280
Location
San Diego, CA
Very tempted to purchase but haven't seen one review for this but how does it compare to focal clear, or hd800?

Well it's half the price and closed back, for starters. :)
 
Dan Clark Audio Make every day a fun day filled with music and friendship! Stay updated on Dan Clark Audio at their sponsor profile on Head-Fi.
 
@funCANS MrSpeakers https://danclarkaudio.com info@danclarkaudio.com
May 6, 2019 at 2:36 PM Post #239 of 605

SoundHelmet

100+ Head-Fier
Joined
Jun 10, 2018
Posts
124
Likes
133
Location
USA
I have been using this for about two weeks now so I will post my newbie review.

DISCLAIMERS: I have them plugged into atom/modi3. I do 99% of my listening with spotify premium. Take my impressions as you please.

I only need 9-12 o'clock on low gain with the atom depending on the song and my mood.

Bass is deep if you get a good seal. Compared to the elex, CX bass decays faster and reaches deeper. Elex sounds thicker and punchier with more of THWUUM while the CX is a quick solid THUD.
I have the mobius so the CX bass response is more similar to that in decay but cleaner. I am used to the thicker sound of dynamic drivers so bass is my least favorite part of the headphone. Just based on what i am used to.
I am using the filters which bring it up a bit but i still sometimes want more. EtherCx is still good and full sounding though.
Plus the flat bass response gives very textured sound compared to elex/Thx00 which sound blurrier in the bass.

Mids: Vocals are clear and energetic. I think there is some forwardness in 1kish region and it drops slightly after that. Not as severe as many planars though.
That said vocal and mids in general are very clear and detailed to my ears. Not as "dry" sounding as my elex as well which i think has a dip somewhere in upper mids or lower treble that hides the harmonics
of certain instruments. Clear mids and flat bass make Kick drums sound fantastic.

Treble: Much much smoother than my elex. One song in particular for me was Little Monster by Royal Blood. There are some cymbals that start around 0:15. On elex
they sound really EDGY in a way i thought was unnatural and distracting.
Listening to the same song with Ether CX, the cymbals still have some roughness (as they probably should), so treble is not excessively smoothed over or recessed like with warmer or dark headphones.
It just has an even treble response. Treble is smoothest of all my headphones. Thx00 has some needles somewhere even though it a generally smooth sounding headphone.
I find mobius treble also harsher and rougher also. Although mobius is reasonably even too. Mobius overall just has a dirtier, greyer sound to it.

SoundStage is good. Maybe a bit "bigger" sounding than the elex but not as open obviously. Sounds clearer than Thx00. Definitely bigger and wider than mobius in passive mode.
I am not a soundstage person though so idk.
I see people reference things like rows of seats and concert halls. No headphone has done that for me even when i listen to high end setups at Canjam.
As long the headphone doesn't sound flat and congested, i am good.

Overall I find the CX to be clean, clear, neutral and musical. if you want mostly neutral with smooth treble, there isn't much else in closed back world i think.
Comfort is flawless for me but i can imagine some people may find the pad opening not big enough.
Isolation is top notch also.

Massdrop packaging is really minimal with a lot of their stuff. obviously they need to cut stuff out to lower price. However, Elex came with a nice big box that I still use. Some kind of case would have been nice.
It comes with a nice bag but i never use bags.

Also I really want to appreciate Mr speakers emphasis on always managing the weight of their planars. **glares at audeze's 600gram closed back**.
 
Last edited:
May 7, 2019 at 12:32 PM Post #240 of 605

gtb75

Head-Fier
Joined
Sep 24, 2004
Posts
92
Likes
93
Zeos finally got his Ether CX review up:
Short version, he "loves" them - a lot... He has been using the Ether Flow C as his "reference" headphones for years now, and he seems to like the tuning of the Ether CX even more than the Ether Flow C.

As for me, I continue to love Ether CX for office use! The office I spend most of my time at has white noise generators, so the isolation of a closed back is pretty much a requirement. I drive mine with a FiiO K3 connected to a 2.5mm DUM cable when I'm on the go and they sound great. Not as good as when hooked up to my home gear, but fantastic for a transportable system :o2smile:
 
Last edited:

Users who are viewing this thread

Top