Dan Clark of MrSpeakers gave me a wonderful gift when we met years ago: Great-sounding closed-back planar-dynamic headphones! And no - I don't mean he actually gave them to me - I bought them on the spot at our LA Head-Fi Meet after Jude (Mansilla, Founder of Head-Fi.org) told me he was buyin' a pair! The first pair, which I still love, provides such engrossing sound that doesn't bother anybody around me. SICK! Imagine that. My wife was pleased, and I was hooked on Dans sound too. It had everything I look for, often like Audeze and Sennheiser: A richness of sound without seemingly opposing much of itself onto the musical signal. But the Fostex framework kept Clark closed-in, and Dan needed to break down the fuckin' door, and he's DONE IT WITH THE ETHER...
Ether has, thus far, surpassed my beloved LCD-3 (OG version) in terms of overall engrossment (of course nailing micro and macro-dynamic detail control and finesse). I think Clark's achieved that, in the way Ether represents a new direction for planar headphones. It's like what Alex Rosson did before: He created a new category of planar headphones! The Audeze LCD-3, IMHO, changed personal audio forever. For stereo guys like me, or, what it did for me personally - was create a depth of field much like a loaded room with a system bangin'. Now - no matter what, when you put the Ethers on, if you don't think the LCD-3s are heavy, than its cool - we ain't on the same wavelength. Wearin' the Ethers after rockin' LCDs for years, man, it's insane how dynamically charged these things are, being so light! I'll have more on MrSpeakers Ether SOON! Got em rockin' on my Cavalli Audio Liquid Gold in the Sonic Satori Personal Audio Lab - recovering from our show - THE Headphonium at THE Show Newport!!
Other audio goods coming here, Audio360.org (yes we're rebuilding it), EnjoyTheMusic.com and Positive Feedback!
SubPac S2 update, the Amazing Audeze Deckard headphone amp/DAC/line-stage!
as well as the new Sony ZX2!!!! Thanks to David at TIDAL for the loaner unit! BIG love brotha...
Plus: ALO Audio is PACKED TO KILL w/ their ALO International+ OPT Edition + their fantastic hybrid amp the Rx - specifically designed for IEMs (but also works terrifically with easy-to-drive cans - Moe heard it - a fellow Head-Fier.) so there's LOTS TO COVER!
and JADES gonna be back with some more of Jades Truth!!!!
JADE comes back and drops some SCIENCE ON ALL YA'LL FOOLZ.
PLUS: The also Ground-Breaking (in terms of uber-dynamic goodness) Astell&Kern AK380! Got to spend time w/ it at THE Headphonium Powered by Audio360.org, our brother site, last week! AMAZING...
and I'll NEVER give up my personal OG MrSpeakers
or MrSpeakers Alpha Prime!!
Love & Gratitude,