New headphones for 2023, from a new member to this forum.
Until recently headphones were used on planes, sport (bike/gym/walking) and most listening was via speakers.
So new into “Headfi”
Existing headphones were a B&W P5 Wireless, but I found to be much better used wired and then with the Bursen Amp using the Naim NDS/555DR as source and a Roon convolution filter, and we begin this new journey!
Dan Clark Aeon2 Noire
To be driven by a Burson Soloist SL MkI taking input from the Tape-Out of the Sim Audio Moon i5 (which has no headphone output).
Had an extensive listen to these, the DCA Aeon2 Closed, Audeze LCD-X, the Audeze LCD-2, Focal Clear MG, Meze 109 Pro (thanks to Hifonix, Birmingham, UK)
Through a Burson Amp with a Naim Atom HE streamer (not quite the same as my NDS/555DR streamer but good enough for demo evaluation)
The Meze were extremely comfortable, but not quite at the races against the Planar Magnetics (& my existing B&W P5 Wireless, wired with Silver Litz cable), the Focal great dynamics but not the delicacy of the Audeze & DCA.
It was a tight choice between the DCA and the Audeze LCD-X (which were on offer at the time, so in the same price band, same as the Focal Clear OGs).
The DCA Aeon2 Closed & Noire needed more power to shine, yet the Audeze LCD-X had such great forward presentation and insight into the material easy to see why used in studios, but is that a presentation that is liveable long-term and they are heavy?
The DCA Aeon2 models give the same insight, just more laid back in presentation. Comfortable and half the weight of the LCD-X
Then Aeon2 Closed vs Noire with the Noire just taking the line with a better treble definition. However could have easily lived with either.
And back on my own system, out-of-the-box, yes, everything heard during demo is still there. Now with a 10ft VIVO Cable upgrade and just about run in.
Using a number of EQ profiles, but most of the time a convolution filter in Roon, using the measurements from AutoEq/results/oratory1990/harman_over-ear_2018/Dan Clark Audio Aeon 2 Noire at master · jaakkopasanen/AutoEq · GitHub
And this measurement
Hence interested in the revised measurement system and some different filters.