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“My conclusion is that all these damned headphones sound good and I wish they were more affordable so I could keep them all. 🙂 Overall the HEK has lost most of that softness that was annoying me previously. It’s now an even more amazingly enjoyable headphone with very few faults. The HEK is very musical but doesn’t match the layering of the Abyss. I actually ended up switching back and forth between the two for most of my listening. I couldn’t really decide…which was a big step from putting the Abyss in another league in my shootout a couple years ago”
“It was hard to escape the sheer impact of balanced harmonic richness even from the first notes strike. There was something utterly different in the way that Elysium managed to portray the notes. With complexity and in absence of unwanted sonic artifacts cluttering.”
“Finally where I would never have mounted a premium cartridge to the original 1200, because of its general lack of resolution, this is now a welcome addition to the current model. Upgrading the standard issue Technics head shell with something from Ortofon or another specialty manufacturer, and some better head shell wires (in this case, a set of silver ones from Furutech) takes it all to the next level.”
” Bryston’s flagship DAC rendered Mosshart’s vocals with a stunning clarity and a knife-edged tension that was both captivating and, at times, un-nerving. With songs like ‘Hang You from the Heavens’, ‘I Cut like a Buffalo’, ‘Treat Me like your Mother’, ‘Pony’, and ‘Will there be Enough Water?’, the BDA-3 created an immense amount of sonic detail across the entire frequency spectrum. And, thankfully, this detail was harmonically accurate, while not causing the typical ringing high-band listening fatigue which most solid state DACs induce.”
” The Ultimate Ears always sounded in control and a bit more articulate, but also more reserved when it came to bass reproduction. There were a few more musical details revealed with the Ultimate Ears, as well as a bit more soundstage depth. But with less bass dynamics, I once again found the Ultimate Ears to not be quite as engaging as the W60 with this track. The W60 was just a bit more fun to listen to here.”
“Combined, these spatial characteristics set the table for a fairly sharp sense of imaging that is well above average for a closed back, or for any headphone in the sub $1000 range, really. Dan Clark’s headphones are always so well damped, directional cues tend to pop out quite easily on any MrSpeakers model. The slight haze in depth may prevent the ÆON from getting to the most elite level of 3D imaging, but this is easily forgiven when you consider the package as a whole.
” You can see my final in-room frequency response curves above. These are measured at my primary listening position and as such are indicative of what my ears actually heard, room artifacts and all. You can see that the speaker is pretty flat with a few exceptions. The bass peaks around 50Hz and 125Hz are room-induced due to my seating position. There is also a bit of excess energy from 800Hz up to about 1250Hz as well as from 2kHz up through about 4kHz. This upper-midrange/presence region rise was even more pronounced with the speakers more toed-in towards the listening position. Bass response went deeper than I anticipated, with solid output down to about 35Hz. Bass tapered off quickly beneath that level, but this is very good for such a relatively small speaker. ”