MrSpeakers ETHER Open Back Headphone Review - Ether You'll Like Them or Love ThemMrSpeakers ETHER prove to be a new and indisposable medium for disseminating music, or does it just cause drowsiness and send us to sleep? Read on!
- Extremely light and comfortable
- Sounds divine
- Designed really well
- Case is strong and no bigger than necessary
- Headband self-adjusts too readily unless fixed for one user
Design and AppearanceThe ETHER appears to have a design which is based on the best points of other brands' headphones, and it's nice to see them all on one model. Plush and thick earpads, large earcups, and sturdy cable connectors which are easy enough to get the cable onto and off again. The headband and yokes are strong yet flexible and in all, the design is very well thought out and very,very light!
Durability and Build qualityDurability is always hard to gauge with new models, but nothing stands out as seeming particularly vulnerable to damage caused by wear and tear. As alluded to above, the design is a good one and the headphones should stand the test of time!
ComfortWith headphones donned, comfort levels match those of any of the favoured dynamic headphones. Even the Sennheiser HD650 or HD540 models get a run for their money. People may forget they are wearing these headphones, unless they are playing music through them of course. One slight gripe is the headband strap adjusting itself bigger as the headphones are fiddled with, but there are a pair of stoppers which can be moved and secured to prevent this.
Sound characteristicsSampled with the standard Chord Hugo as DAC/AMP, it's perhaps important to mention that the sound can be improved by using a proper 'plug in' powered amp such as the excellent Audeze Deckard or the great value Musical Fidelity V90-HPA. Having said that, a humble Fiio X3 DAP can do a very good job of powering the MrSpeakers ETHER; it's only until a rather underpowered android handset is tried that the ETHER sounds noticeably insipid and anaemic. However, as it is the MrSpeakers ETHER dazzles and cajoles with dexterity and power, definition and silkiness, space and slam.