AXPONA 2015 Show Highlight: Mr. Speakers Ether Planar Magnetic Headphone
During CanJam SoCal a month ago I was so excited to see member displays they got my full attention for the show, and I missed out on all the goodness happening with the vendors. One product introduction that was very hard to miss was Mr. Speaker's lates creation, the Ether ($1499), an open acoustic planar magnetic headphone.
Unlike his previous headphones that were all based on the Fostex T50 RP driver, the Ether is all new from the ground up. The in-house designed diaphragm not only has long traces but is purposely "knurled" to form a series of creases called "V-Planar" technology that Dan Clark claims allows the driver to move with more piston-like action. The magnet structure is single-sided, which helps reduce weightthe Ether clocks in at just 370 grams...quite light for a full-size planar magnetic headphone.
Other features include NiTinol (memory metal) headband arch to reduce weight and provide just the right amount of clamping force; leather headband and ear pads; and precision machined aluminum parts for sturdy and light headband and swivel performance.
I sat for about 20 minutes enjoying these headphones on a variety of amps and systems in Dan's booth. I found the cans both musically engaging, and resolving enough to clearly hear the differences in the front end of each system. It's going to be tough to wait until the expected ship date sometime before the end of June.
Dan gives us a tour of the Ether in the video, product page here.
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