Mr. Speakers New ETHER – CanJam SoCal 2015

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Mr. Speakers newest open back headphone was perhaps one of the most talked about new products at the Southern California Head-Fi meet. Owner/designer Dan Clark made sure that the new flagship from the company made an appearance at nearly every table with a complementary amplifier or service and had plenty of demos to show at his own table in an interior room on the second floor of the Westin in Costa Mesa, CA.

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Primarily known for his modded Fostex T50RP creations, the new new 23-ohm open back design marks a distinct departure from the rest of the Mad Dog product line.  Also new to the game is the flagship price tag of $1,499, pushing it into the competitive field with the likes of Audeze and HifiMAN’s best offerings. The headphone boasts a “industry-first headband made of NiTinol memory metal” and lamp-leather ear pads and was a good weight when worn (370g), especially for a planar magnetic headphone.  Also pleasing was the caliper pressure against the head, which was void of a skull-crushing grip that some headphones are plagued by.

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I was able to spend some time listening to the ETHER in private quarters away from the loud din of the show floor and was impressed with its even-handed frequency response and low end grip.  Once we have a review copy in the AH lab we will make sure and post our findings on how it stacks up against the tight competition in this category.

https://mrspeakers.com/ether/

  • Alan R.

    This is the phone that has captured both my hopes and imagination for a game changer. Love the Alpha, I almost had the trigger depressed on the Prime, then came this announcement.

    • AudioHead

      Lots of options to choose from, indeed! Crazy how things have expanded in the past few years.