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shellylh
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I heard some variant of the Ether Flow at Axpona and Headamp’s display and liked them. I was not a fan of the Aeon’s, which surprised me as from the comments a reviews I had read I thought I would. I think they were open but wasn’t really paying attention...


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Ether Flow (both open and closed) sound very questionable to me. I'm pretty sure they are extremely overdamped (a common feeling I get from MrSpeakers/Dan Clark Audio headphones). Somehow they also manage to fit a midbass bump into a planar which makes me double down on the dissapointment. Closed backs are inherently compromised though, and if you do like the Aeon's then I don't see too much reason why you shouldn't find the Ether Flow fine. Whether it is better or worse depends on your taste, but undoubtedly the flow has more bass quantity.

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I have the MrSpeakers Ether CX (Closed). Sounds pretty good, detailed, they are light and isolate quite a bit from ambient noise but I think they are very overrated. 

I prefer the Audeze LCD-XC although they are terribly heavier (and expensive)

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Hey Shelly, I would say for sure that the Ether C Flow is more open and neutral than the Aeon Closed, in fact it's the top closed headphone I've personally used in those regards. I'm a big fan of it overall. The Focal Stellia is possibly slightly more detailed, but has a less neutral signature, smaller soundfield, and much higher price.

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I tried the Aeon Flow Closed and sent it back after listening for a few days since the cup depth wasn't enough for my ears, then I got the Ether Flow Closed 1.1 instead which had enough depth. The Ether was my work pair until I got properly fitting jh13s.

The Ether has more bass capability, the Aeon hardly seemed to output any bass at all regardless of EQ. The Ether also has more natural sounding treble and mids compared to the Aeon which seemed to have some kind of "thock" like feeling on notes that I haven't heard anywhere else.

Compared to neutral I'd say the Ether is a bit on the bright side and the Aeon is brighter still.

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Very interesting tech since it looks like it can easily trickle down. However I don't know how well it works, whether or not it has any detrimental effects on sound, or whether it's a more effective method than digital EQ and DSP. But very interesting nevertheless.

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