ÆON Flow, Open is MrSpeakers' open-backed version of its award-winning ÆON Flow Closed headphone.
ÆON Flow, Open is all metal construction for durability and highest sound quality, and sports a midnight blue/black metallic paint. ÆON Flow, Open utilizes the all the same advanced technologies found in our flagship ETHER Flow headphones, and delivers them in a super comfortable
Designed, built and tested in San Diego, CA, ÆON offers a 2 year warranty for parts and labor.
ÆON headphones include our DUMMER (Distinctly Un-Magical) cable with an integrated dual 1/4" and 3.5mm OR and XLR plug and a compact case for travel or storage.
Well now what do I mean by Head Dancers, well quit simply they play music and make it dance.
I have had these Aeons for a few months now and I have found myself getting rather attached to their sound signature.
Just every now and again you come across a piece of musical equipment that actually plays music , the Aeon Flow Open is definitely one, musical ability you bet. They have away of charming you and they don't ram the music down your ears.
The tuning has had a lot of thought behind it by Dan Clark, I genuinely believe he understands music.
So take off your Audiophile coat, hang it on a peg and start to listen to the music and not the equipment. Put on your favourite CD or Vinyl Record sit down and play it from start to finish and enjoy.
I will do a more traditional review further on for those who can relate more to that way of thinking and listening to equipment.
I started my musical journey when I was sixteen ( now 66 ) and have heard and owned
a verity of different music systems including headphones . Your taste changes as you progress some equipment stays and some does not. For me the Mrspeakers Aeon Flow Open's stay, for me they get me involved with a very inviting sound.
Aeon Open Flow.
My personal thoughts on Build , Comfort and Sound.
The design is rather unique and works for me. The headband springs back into shape no matter what , I presume some kind of memory steel . The leather strap is comfy a sits well on my had. The yoke is well thought out as are the unique ear cups and the ear pads are very comfortable and seal well , so overall I find this one of the most comfortable headphones I have worn. As far as I can tell no plastic with these little gems.
It is stylish as well , I like the honeycomb style ear cup outer that I presume holds the damping in place ? . The dark blue finish on the ear cup ring is also different and a nice touch.
For this review I have used Cd's but Vinyl or streaming have the same effect.
Equipment used -
Naim CDX2.2 CD Player into Naim282 Pre amp into Icon HP8 2.2Tube Headphone Amp set to low gain.
I have listed a few albums that I am currently using.
In no particular order -
Etta James - Come A Little Closer.
Yello - Touch, Baby, and Toy.
David Byrne - Uh-Oh.
Frank Zappa - Broadway The Hard Way.
Laurie Anderson -strange Angels.
Jerry Garcia and David Grisman - The firs album ( acoustic disc ) with Arabia O how to record a track.
Miles Davis - Severn Steps the complete Columbia Recordings 1963 - 1964.
Ben Webster and Associates .
Duke Ellington and Johnny Hodges - Side by Side.
Steely Dan - Pretzel Logic.
Japan - Tin Drum.
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Outbound , Ten From Little World's,Live at the Quick.
Jerry Douglas - Lookout For Hope.
Terry Alan - Human Remains.
Terry Reid - Seed of Memory.
Nits ( a Dutch Band ) - Da Da Da.
Bass - Full with plenty off body and has plenty of grunt when required , they portray double Bass well , Electric Bass has speed and Electronic Bass is just good fun , they also have the ability to separate Bass Drums from the the rest of the Bass picture and it doesn't intrude int the mid range.
Mid Range - Female and Male vocals are articulate and have plenty of body as with guitars , and drums . Plenty of inner details that sometimes get lost. They have good dynamics. The Mids have a mildly warm signature which is very inviting and easy to get
Top End - Arrrr thank goodness , they don't rip your ears off . On reasonable or good recordings they are sweet and well defined again just invite you in. If you have a poorly recorded album but love the music Mr.Speakers provide a set of what I call little helpers
Various pads which sit into the ear cups , they work they just take some of the glare and sharpness off but still maintain the details.
Sound Stage and Image - The Sound Stage is just a fraction small but please don't let that put you off. The Imaging is good , plenty of depth and height and a good amount off air around the instruments on well recorded albums.
Do I recommend them , you bet I do. They have a very inviting sound . Fairly easy to drive. Go listen people.
I'm an owner of quite a few of the best-reviewed headphones on the market. I had read so many good things about these cans I couldn't resist ordering them. So I ordered them with the XLR balanced termination and ordered a Jotunheim with the multibit DAC especially for these headphones.
The first thing I expected is for them to be bright like the Monolith M1060's. How wrong coulld I be? The only way I can describe the sound from these headphones is "buttery smooth". THere is no hint of brightness, sparkle or anything of the sort.
The second thing I expected was for the bass to be ok being it's an open back unit. Yet again I was pleasantly surprised. The bass is described by me as THUNDEROUS. I played the entire soundtrack for the movie Interstellar with the lights off and the sound up nice and loud and i was moved in a way I can't describe. Simply moved to emotion. How often does this happen?
To close, of all the headphones I have had or have, these are the most atune to my ears and my preferences. THe headphones are so comfortable I have no fatigue even after a few hours of listening.
One last note....
If you have a headphone AMP/DAC connected to a Mac, open your MIDI settings and check the bit depth and frequency. It may very well default to the lowest possible values robbing you of fantastic sou.d
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This is by far the best I've ever heard music through a set of headphones. Running these off of a Jotunheim hearing things I've never heard before. They are extremely comfortable. I love the look of them. Thank you Dan@mrspeakers for engineering such a masterpiece.
I have almost always been a closed-headphone user and have owned/used the following headphones: ATH-M30, MDR-V6, M50X, Shure 840, HD598, HD600, Nad HP50, T50RP MK3, AQ Nighthawk, Audeze LCD-X. Also owned MrSpeakers Mad Dog 3.2, Mad Dog Pro, Alpha Dog, Ether C Flow, Aeon Closed. I currently own the MrSpeakers Alpha Prime, ZMF Ori Bocote, T50RP Mayflower V1, and now most recently the Aeon Flow Open (a.k.a, the AFO).
This headphone is super attractive and looks futuristic. It has excellent comfort and in my case is glasses-friendly. The included tuning filters are a great touch; I found the headphone to sound its best with no filters, my preferred tuning.
The best way to describe how this Aeon Open sounds is extremely forgiving and musical.
This is the most pleasant headphone I've heard yet; powerful bass, best midrange I've ever heard, natural and gentle highs, lovely!
My other current headphones (and previously owned ones) have some distracting brightness in varying degrees in comparison. I liken it to a portrait where each instrument or sound has varying amounts of 'sheen' or metallic edges and the brighter the visual sheen, the brighter the sound..strange analogy, but bear with me.
Whenever I cue up a song on the Aeon Open, the portrait of the music has no blinding glare or distracting sheen.
Instead, there is a warm, liquid and realistic character; its as if every song is presented in a warm glow and with none of the 'edge' and even the harshest of songs are quite digestible to the ears. This non-fatiguing quality is most apparent when playing aggressive metal and other poorly mastered music that can bombard you with treble at times; you can really hone in on the music itself and focus on the instruments in a song.
Its not mushy, either; decent speed and bass impact helps hold the musical portrait together. Speaking of impact: Drums come through very well and drum heavy tracks are quite satisfying to experience on the Aeon Open.
Soundstage is the only weak link, imo. Everything sounds quite close and spatial cues are not as well defined as my other headphones, but because the other sound related attributes are so well balanced and executed, the soundstage is a rather small gripe, imo.
As for genre pairing it is superb for hard rock, metal and any genre containing stringed instruments. Both male and female vocals excel as well. I say this because the forwardness of the midrange of this headphone gives you the 'feel' of the music rather than 'just hearing it'.
In relation, the headphone itself has very low distortion, and as a result, you can crank the volume with little to no break up or harshness - likely a benefit of the open-back design.
With the hardware bass eq (3 dot setting) on my ifi iCan SE, the Aeon Open becomes a formidable match for E.D.M, Trap, Hip Hop, Dub-step (basically, any bass and sub-bass heavy stuff). The bass body and low-end sub-bass rumble closely resembles a closed headphone - this is a major plus in my book and is my favorite attribute of the Aeon Open besides the midrange.
Another thing I love about the aeon is its relatively easy to drive. My ifi iCan SE has 3 gain settings, it gets them loud on low gain at 12 o'clock
I could go on and on, but for now, I will state that the Open Aeon is a headphone to be heard. It exceeded my expectations and has a permanent place in my collection.
I would even go far as to say that in years time, this headphone will likely have a large following among audiophiles for its total-package quality as well as its powerful, analog sound.
Depth and space of sound field, HiFi +, great application of unbalanced sound, my favorite so far. I usually buy balanced wires, etc., but I very much approve of this guy as is. Modern hifi recordings on this guy are audacious, close to a 3d effect, and sound movement in space is very good. Enjoy the depth and perception of this guy. A plus from me.
I am not prone to hyperbole (unless I'm criticizing the tech industry), but these headphones are spectacular. As a musician, I'm quite particular about how things sound. I've spent decades on my playing technique, and thousands of dollars and hours chasing tone in my playing. I also know what things sound like live, so a recording (e.g. Hiromi's Voice album) really needs to make that magic happen. Flaccid or non-existent bass, harsh or disappearing mids, sibilant highs - no thanks. The best recordings are those that you can revisit and find something new, either sonically or emotionally. All too often poor gear (particularly speakers or headphones) obscure the details that the musicians and producer created. The Aeon Flow Opens have been a revelation. While I have very good near field studio monitors for mixing (Focal Solo 6Be), my headphones have always for some reason been on the "budget" side of things. At some point you realize you only have so many hours left on this planet to listen to music, so it might as well be an amazing experience. The AFOs enable that magic.
Actually my first introduction to Mr. Speakers was about 2 years ago. I was playing a gig at a restaurant in Marina del Rey and there were a few guys sitting at a table with a small tube headphone amp and some large headphones (Ethers I believe). During a break I asked them about them, they said is was from a company in San Diego. They gave me a quick listen with some good source material - awesome. I suppose I made a mental note, and thankfully due to forums ended up here and the AFOs were exactly what I was looking for.
First true low resistance phone, I have owned, and I have bought a few, searching for that elusive ideal. This is the first phone I have bought that sounds better hooked straight to my Mac laptop, even better then hooked to my Mac tower. You guys don't work for Mac, do you? I won't be retiring my expensive balanced collection or dac, but you guys make a guy wonder about it. Hey, hifi portability, what more can I say? Truly, luscious.
When I started using this, I was not aware of the 13 ohm resistance, a very important thing to know, I wonder that a few people haven't completely blown them out. This is awesome directly off my mac pro laptop, no need for a dac. It is balanced and performs audaciously, but when I plug it into my brand new mac tower, it doesn't perform as well, and the only thing I can figure, is that the tower has a hotter connection. Don't plug this into a dac, unless you know for sure it is low resistance, do not plug it into a tube amp. Publishing specs is important to the user.
At first I tried to use it on the unbalanced connection on my pha-3. Whoa it can't be this bad, then a different connection, not what I expected at all. Then I tried it plugged straight into my Mac laptop, huge sigh of relief, and sound euphoria. I know it will sound even better off a good grade dac, but I totally enjoy it plugged straight into my Mac laptop. The one and only phone I have that I can say that about, and I have some high rated ones. I can actually hear the resonance on the guitar strings without any outside help. Enjoy it as it is, great job guys.