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Ether C Headphones with DUM Cable - $1499, Free Shipping

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MrSpeakers Ether C 

Closed back Planar Magnetic Headphones With DUM Cable Included!

Sixmoons reviews MrSpeakers Ether and Ether C. 

" I felt that the Ether C slightly surpassed the (Audeze) XC on liquidity and subjective speed and had the tauter more natural bass. ... Once I factored in wear comfort on which the Ether C absolutely crushed the LCD-XC, this once diehard Audeze fan had to confess that it was time to move on lest one be road kill." - Full review

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"It is neutral with a hint of warmth, with excellent weight, a very coherent presentation and wonderful mids. To top it off the tone can be adjusted with pads to match genres and mixes and all that in a really attractive carry case. We will have the full review out in January 2016 but right now this is the closed planar to beat for me in the coming months." - Headfonics

 

ETHER™ is MrSpeakers’ ground-up, and ground-breaking, headphone.  ETHER C is the closed-backed configuration of this phenomenal planar magnetic headphone. The tone is a touch warmer than the open back ETHER headphone, but the tradeoff is a soundstage that is not quite as wide.

MrSpeakers set three goals when they started the ETHER project: sound excellent, be more comfortable than our existing headphones, and have a timeless design.

So how does ETHER C sound? This product has been two years in the making, and many long nights have gone into creating a very detailed yet natural and organic sound. No question, ETHER’s their best work to date. Compared to the Ether open back headphones, they are a bit warmer in their presentation with a slightly less open sound (which is to be expected since they are closed back).

"...The Ether acts exactly like an open-baffle electrostatic speaker does. The C's higher damping mimics box speakers which kill off the rear wave by design or at least attempt to. Though it applies across the bandwidth, this damper on ring-outs was the most noticeable in the 2nd and 3rd octaves above middle C. Be it Andy Narell's clattering steel drums hammering out a Jazz riff or Claude Chalhoub's slinky Stradivarius violin floating a melismatic motif in his upper registers... by contrast, the C applied a damper pedal to their fades. The direct upshot became that the Ether sounded freer, faster and more open including staging wider. The presence of 'walls' behind the C drivers did telegraph on textures..." - Sixmoons

ETHER C uses MrSpeakers’ patent-pending V-Planar driver, but with an innovative new tuning for the closed-back design.  Among other things, ETHER C’s tuning delivers a somewhat stronger lower end, and offers a wealth of clarity and micro-details.  ETHER C also delivers a stunningly large soundstage and precision imaging, a function not only of the use of carbon fiber for the cups, but also the new tuning developed for this headphone.

On the comfort front, ETHER weighs in at 375 grams (13.3 oz) while ETHER C weighs 394 grams (13.9 oz).  Both headphones have a weight distribution optimized for both performance and comfort.

One way the MrSpeakers team cut weight without sacrificing performance was to invent an industry-first: a headband made of NiTinol “memory metal.”  NiTinol is super-light and ultra-cool because it’s very flexible so it gives a great fit with minimal clamp.   We also designed a new flat ear pad that reduces the size of the headphone, provides a great seal, and is made from our signature lamb-leather so ETHER be worn for long sessions.

We think they look pretty nice, too.

So why name the headphone ETHER? 19th century physics had no concept of hard vacuum filling to “fill” the vast reaches of space. ETHER was an imaginary substance that filled the voids between the stars. Since a lot of what makes ETHER fun is the sense of space and the deep quiet between the notes, and ETHER was a bit “magical,” it seemed like a nice name.

Fantastic Sound

The ETHER headphones are built around MrSpeakers in-house designed single-ended planar driver. To optimize performance the planar has been processed using their patent-pending V-Planar technology. This allows the drive to behave more like a piston, producing considerably less distortion than conventional planar magnetic drivers.

A conventional planar driver is assumed to move as a flat surface.  In reality, this is not possible because the driver substrate is inelastic and  “locked” at the boundaries so the driver will move more as an arced surface then a flat plane, as conceptually illustrated in Figure 1.

FIGURE 1: Conventional Driver Motion

Conventional driver motionOver the years, different approaches have been developed to address nonlinear planar motion and the artifacts it can cause.  Fostex patented their RP technology to reduce panel nonlinearities. Another approach, known as knurling, was patented in 1997 by Bruce Thigpen, founder of Eminent-Technology and pioneer of numerous planar magnetic speaker technologies. We felt it would be possible to improve on the solutions available to date, so we collaborated with Bruce to develop V-Planar knurling technique (we filed for a patent with Bruce as a co-inventor). In simplified form, V-Planar technology addresses nonlinear driver motion by more deeply creasing the diaphragm to increase compliance.  Much as pleats allow an accordion to expand and contract without stretching the fabric, the creases in the driver "open" slightly during larger excursions as illustrated in Figure 2.  When the driver is processed, the resultant peaks and troughs are deep enough to maintain more of their physical structure even after the driver has been tensioned.

FIGURE 2: V-Planar Driver Motion

v-planar-02.gifIncreasing the driver compliance allows it to behave as a more idealized planar surface and also improves it's acceleration.  With more of the driver surface in linear motion, V-Planar can not only push more air at low frequencies, but with greater acceleration also delivers better dynamics, high-end frequency response, and measurably lower distortion. The Sound We are committed to avoiding too much "marketing speak," and so we are deliberately going to avoid a lot of prose and to simply say we love the sound of our drivers post V-Planar processing, they do sound more natural and engaging to us.

 Comfortable

On the comfort front, ETHER weighs in at 375 grams (13.3 oz) while ETHER C weighs 394 grams (13.9 oz).  Both headphones have a weight distribution optimized for performance and comfort.

One way the MrSpeakers team cut weight without sacrificing performance was to invent an industry-first: a headband made of NiTinol “memory metal.”  NiTinol is super-light and ultra-cool because it’s very flexible so it gives a great fit with minimal clamp.   We also designed a new flat ear pad that reduces the size of the headphone, provides a great seal, and is made from our signature lamb-leather so ETHER be worn for long sessions.

Features

  • Driver: 2.75” x 1.75” MrSpeakers’ designed single-ended planar magnetic (with V-Planar™ surface processing)
  • Precision machined Aluminum baffle, pivots and gimbals
  • Nitinol “Memory Metal” Head-band
  • Italian leather with microsuede headband
  • Lamb-leather ear pads

Specifications

  • Weight: 370g (13.1oz)
  • Frequency response: 15-18KHz, +/-3dB
  • Driver Matching: Yes within 1 dB 100-3KHz (1/12 octave smoothing)
  • Efficiency: 96dB/mW
  • Impedance: 23 ohms

Included in the box:

  1. 8' DUM cable of your choice
  2. A custom case for transportation
  3. A velvet bag for storage

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  1. the best headphone 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th May 2016

    MrSpeakers ETHER C headphone is the best closed can headphone in the market now.

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