MrSpeakers Ether and Ether Flow: plenary in all its glory

MrSpeakers Ether and Ether Flow: plenary in all its glory

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Those who caught the dynamic head of Platinum Audio in the 90-ies of the last century, must have heard the name of the outstanding engineer Dan Clark, who developed the electronic apparatus in the world of Hi-End for many years. Soon Clark realized that he wanted to create audio equipment under their own brand — so a company MrSpeakers.

Now it is one of the most authoritative players in the market a headphone that impresses with not only engineering advances, but also exclusivity, as all models develop and produce in California, USA. One of the debut models of the company was the Ether, which was born under rather simple circumstances: Dan Clark realized that it is better not to waste time and energy on improving existing planar-magnetic headphones (including Fostex), and produce new, where everything is designed to the last detail. Actually, it happened.

The peculiarity of Ether that they use special emitters V-Planar, which have a punch in the form of a letter V in cross section to improve the detail, accuracy and frequency range. Ether Flow differ in the use of technology TrueFlow: it implies the absence of sharp edges and obstacles in the path of air, so that it wraps around the magnets smoothly and not chaotic.

The Characteristics Of The Ether

  • Type of alarm: Isodynamic
  • Headphone type: Open
  • Resistance: 23 Ohms
  • Speaker diameter: 2,75″ x 1.75″
  • Frequency range: 10-20 000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 96 dB
  • Cable: Straight, Y-shaped
  • Weight: 370 g

The Characteristics Of Ether Flow

  • Type of alarm: Isodynamic
  • Headphone type: Open
  • Resistance: 22 Ohms
  • Speaker diameter: 2,75″ x 1.75″
  • Frequency range: 10-20 000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 92 dB
  • Cable: Straight, Y-shaped
  • Weight: 390 g

Equipment

As befits a Hi-End headphones, components of both models does not differ a lot of cloths, films, and the adapter is only required. First of all like to mention a hard case with a soft coating inside — here it is possible to fold the headphones and the cable when moving or just in between auditions.

The cable has a 4 pin connector and latches securely on both cups. The 1.2 m long — enough for stationary use (on the street with them you just will not go). By the way, the potential buyer can choose from several different cables: balanced XLR, unbalanced 1/4″, unbalanced 3.5 mm, balanced 2.5 mm.

In fact, the conversation about the delivery can be completed, and to start another — in appearance and sound.

Design

Externally headphones are very similar, the main differences here is still tucked inside — in particular concerning the used technologies. The frame of the headband is made of nitinol — an alloy of titanium and Nickel which has the property to remember the shape. As a substrate used genuine Italian leather with microsense, made soft ear cushions (headphones all the parts, even the screws are made to order). The latter are a bit of an angle: so the manufacturer takes into account the peculiarities of the anatomical structure of the ear.

Ergonomics Ether and the Ether Flow is beyond praise — Americans somehow manage to create these headphones, which sit on the Europeans perfectly, and in a literal sense. When the headphones are on your head, they do not want to move or shift if so be it. Weight is also one of the smallest among planar-magnetic headphones, whereby it is possible to sit with this seemingly massive construction on the head for hours and not get tired.

Despite the fact that both models are open type headphones shadenfreude well, so the sounds around you will not hear. About the full noise isolation, of course, not a speech, but for this type the manufacturer has done everything to leave the listener alone with the music — even the pillows emitters oriented at a special angle to improve noise insulation.

Sound

To listen used the following equipment:

  • Apple MacBook Pro Retina 2012
  • Astell&Kern AK380
  • Cowon Plenue S
  • Recording high-resolution Lossless-formats

Before listening headphones were heated for 72 hours.

Brand drivers V-Planar in Ether is immediately noticeable — they clearly improve the sound of planar emitters in the bass range and add some dynamics. These headphones sound analytical, bright, with excellent resolution and very low distortion. This is definitely the model is not for everyone, it is explicitly focused on lovers of fair and not priobretennogo sound. “Audiophile” sound, you might say, to which you want to grow.

Bass from Ether pleases speed characteristics, MIDs good unconditionally. Low distortion is allowed to achieve a very clean and tidy flow that belongs to uzodinma high level. Emotional elaboration of images, transmission of nature of the tools, these headphones are able just fine. The imaginary scene is well designed, pleasing and width, and depth. The upper frequency faultlessly.

Have Ether Flow distortion is even lower, TrueFlow technology here gives its. It delivers detailed sound and low distortion by optimizing the passage of sound waves, and it is noticeable after the first song you listened to. The bass is simply gorgeous, incredible dynamics inherent magnetic planar models. MIDs pronounced, sound resolution close to that of the best electrostatic models.

The upper frequencies are also well developed, they are detailed and good quantitatively.

Measure Ether

Measuring The Ether Flow

Compatibility

Both models serious for home and Studio use, do not even think to listen to them with an iPhone or a budget portable music player. By style of music to them very suited to jazz, classical, live music. Metal and electronics are unlikely to open fully, but hip-hop and other “bass” genres completely. With these headphones really worth the bother to find a good tracks in lossless.

Here’s a couple of tracks for example.

David Bowie — Space Oddity. In General, the vocal is a horse of both models, and one of the best albums Bowie reveals it perfectly. The contractor owns a gorgeous voice, and these headphones perfectly it is passed.

Lindsey Stirling — Crystalize. One of the most interesting works of a rising violinist by which you can feel detailed sound. Only one violin, and sounds like a Symphony orchestra, and if in the same room with you.

The Weeknd — Starboy. A modern track with moderate bass and decent vocals, despite the fact that the artist loves to play around with auto-tune. Listened to it with the very different headphones, but Ether Flow solved it with a completely different side.

Insights

Obviously, Ether and Ether Flow from MrSpeakers — very interesting models among planar-magnetic headphones. They clearly fall into the segment experienced Hi-End, but have not so many zeros in the price tag though, also quite.

Learn more about the headphones Ether

Learn more about the headphones Ether Flow

Pricing — 120 to 140 thousand rubles, but lovers of quality sound it rarely deters. Of course, this earphone is not for everyone, but to listen to them in the same store in any case it is necessary to, as they say, to touch the beautiful. And then who knows from first bass to love one step.