Massdrop x MrSpeakers Ether CX Measurements

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  1. Hands

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    These will be brief. No impressions because of my level of involvement in the project. But my measurement procedures are "standardized," so to speak, so I feel comfortable sharing. I will add some measurement commentary, but no direct subjective thoughts outside of that.

    This unit was pulled off the line at random by Massdrop and sent to me. No cherry picking in that sense.

    Disclaimer: I am allowed to keep it and plan to do so.

    Technical note: ARTA mysteriously wiped all my settings. I tried to set them back up as best as possible. The data should still be accurate for my methods, but you may notice minor deviations (i.e. low point FR cutoff).


    FR note: Normally I put 1KHz at 90dB, but these sound fuller than measurements might suggest were I to have done so. Measuring these posed difficult due to fit, placement, and seal sensitivity. Actual listening is just dandy. The new style pads are much better at sealing than the old style, however.

    Default 2mm foam insert in place.

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    I will add two more notes after giving it some thought. Despite the slightly bowed nature, downward, between 20Hz and 1KHz, these do not sound lean. They are full, engaging, and linear. They do not have the lean low mids like the original Ether C.

    They may sound ever so slightly forward around 1-2KHz. No biggie.
     
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    Measurements look good for sure.
     
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    Hi
    Can you please compare frequency response of Ether CX to that of LCD2C? I need to know which one has better bass response.
    Cheers
     
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    Well, there's a lot more to it than bass response...

    The LCD-2C I can almost guarantee you has better bass. But both are quite good.

    But the LCD-2C is also a rougher sounding headphone in general, though quite good with vegan pads. You can find my measurements in the corresponding thread. I would recommend opening them in two tabs and flipping between the two.

    I think the ECX is more neutral out of the box. Definitely more comfortable. And closed isolation is nice. But it also is not for people that must wear glasses while listening, have thick hair, etc. It's very seal dependent.
     
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    Thank you very much for your reply. I mostly listen to metal. If a headphone has forward upper mid range, bass guitar will be buried under electric guitar which I don't like at all. That's why I asked the question. I don't have a chance to try these headphones before pulling the trigger, so I need to rely on frequency responses and reviews. I'd really appreciate it if you could compare LCD2C, ECX, and Verum One with regard to my special need.
    Cheers
     
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    Well I’ve never had all 3 together to compare. The ECX probably has more relaxed upper mids than the others. But it also may not sound as full in the low end as the others unless you can ensure a very, very good seal around your ears.

    I don’t really feel comfortable enough saying what would work best for you in this case. You’ll need to do a lot of research on the three and hope you can triangulate.
     
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    hey guess what?
    SBAF members don't exist to solve a magical evaluation of 3 way cans (with unknown chains) to satisfy your "special need". Go forth on picking one headphone, select a first pass DAC+Amp and report back with at least some first hand knowledge.

    the first chain is never the end game. take your time.
     

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