ETHER 2 has an entirely new motor designed around the concept of TrueFlow technology. Instead of designing TrueFlow into the motor, MrSpeakers designed the motor around the TrueFlow technology to realize a major improvement in linearity, dynamics, and detail. And they didn’t stop there. To make the most of the increased resolution of the motor they developed an all-new diaphragm that’s 70% less aluminum trace weight than the original ETHER driver. As a result, ETHER 2 delivers incredible clarity, powerful, fast bass, liquid mids, and a smooth, balanced top end that’s incredibly resolving yet not at all bright to deliver a coherent, dynamic and remarkably balanced performance.
As we said above, the Ether Flow 2 is a very light headphone. In fact it is 90 grams (3.75 oz) lighter than the previous Ether Flow model which was a damn comfy pair of headphones. ETHER 2 sports an all-metal headphone cup and headband, with a carbon fiber driver baffle, so it’s built to last, in style. At under 290gr, ETHER 2 is not only the lightest full size planar magnetic headphone on the market and it may be the lightest top-of-the-line headphone from any high-end vendor. The Ether Flow 2 is a seriously comfy headphone and we applaud MrSpeakers for their design choices.
The Ether Flow 2 also ships with MrSpeakers brand new VIVO cable. MrSpeakers says that while they were happy with their DUM (Distinctly Un-Magical) cable, it was a little stiffer and produced more microphonics than they wanted. For sound quality, this fully-custom cable design incorporates silver plated OFHC copper and top-quality connectors available in 6ft and 10ft 1/4” and 4-pin XLR terminations, and portable-friendly 3.5ft 2.5mm, 3.5mm, and 4.4mm cables. VIVO projects a wide open and holographic soundstage with precise imaging and tons of smooth detail. And VIVO feels as good as it looks, and sounds. VIVO has a remarkably supple feel and is so light you’ll hardly notice it’s there and careful construction means it’s non-microphonic for comfortable and “quiet” listening.
MrSpeakers continues to be one of our favorite headphone manufacturers when it comes to excellent, innovative design and superb sound. Dan Clark and his team at MrSpeakers have hit it out of the ball-park with the Ether Flow 2 and we are excited to see them continue to bring innovation to the headphone world!
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