I've always had a lot of open and closed headphones. The ETHER C is, by far, the best closed headphone I've heard and owned to date. It's my favourite headphone alongside the ETHER Flow and the Stax Sr-009.
I had been looking/researching for a couple of months trying to decide what best suited my listening needs. I listed to many brands and models of headphones. I finally decided my needs required a closed back style Headphone so at that point the selections started getting limited at the high end level. My quest ended with MrSpeakers Ether C model and couldn't be happier. For my portable use I paired it up with the (again I did a lot of researching) and ended up with the Chord MoJo - USB/DAC-Amp. Teaming the Ether C up with the MOJO, equipped with Black Dragon cables from Moon Audio, was one of my better decisions. The combination ended up giving me 110% satisfaction. The sound is truly fabulous and better than I ever expected!!! I couldn't be happier! Actually listening to some Al Green as I type this!
I waited a long time to get these. Having spent many months researching a new headphone worthy of the outlay and performance enhancement from my current collection, I had a chance to audition these and fell in love straight away with the open and crystal clear presentation, comfort, looks etc. I did a direct listening comparison with my AKG k712 using a Chord Mojo and wow, I love my 712's but the Ether C made them sound muddy by comparison and I also felt the resolution made the Ether C seem more open, a big surprise. The added advantage of a no compromise solution that also damps down the outside noise is perfect for me.
I have tried the tuning pads and I think I agree with Tyll at Innerfidelity in that the slight loss of treble is too high a price for a slightly warmer signature...so I just bump the bass up a fraction. Its not lacking bass, I call them 'real' and the extension is very good, they just don't have that artificial slam of other phones. Anyway, I love them.
Best closed back headphones I've ever heard.
Mids take the main stage.
Look even better in person than in the pictures (imo).
I forget these are on they're so light and comfortable.
5/5 would recommend.
THESE ARE ABSOLUTELY PHENOMENAL!!!!!!! BEST CLOSED BACK CANS MADE...DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GET A PAIR...YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!