'Headphone.Guru 2015 Writer's Choice Award'
We set three goals when we started the ETHER project: sound excellent, be more comfortable than our existing headphones, and have a timeless design.
So how does ETHER sound? This product has been two years in the making, and many long nights have gone into creating a very detailed yet natural and organic sound. No question, ETHER’s our best work to date. We’re not going to go audiophile and poetic here; no blathering about air and soundstage, or whatever. Reviewers, enthusiasts and owners will do a fairer job than we ever could.
One way the MrSpeakers team cut weight without sacrificing performance was to invent an industry-first: a headband made of NiTinol “memory metal.” NiTinol is super-light and ultra-cool because it’s very flexible so it gives a great fit with minimal clamp. We also designed a new flat ear pad that reduces the size of the headphone, provides a great seal, and is made from our signature lamb-leather so ETHER be worn for long sessions.
We think they look pretty nice, too.
So why name the headphone ETHER? 19th century physics had no concept of hard vacuum filling to “fill” the vast reaches of space. ETHER was an imaginary substance that filled the voids between the stars. Since a lot of what makes ETHER fun is the sense of space and the deep quiet between the notes, and ETHER was a bit “magical,” it seemed like a nice name.
MrSpeakers' ETHER headphone is an all-new design that makes use of several technology and manufacturing innovations to improve performance.
ETHER is built around MrSpeakers designed single-ended planar driver. To optimize performance the planar has been processed using our patent-pending V-Planar technology.
- NiTinol Headband
ETHER also uses a NiTinol "memory metal" headband to reduce weight and improve comfort. NiTinol is Nickel-Titanium alloy that is heat-treated to a geometry we set that's ideally mated to our ear-ads to deliver a quality seal with minimal pressure.
- V-Planar Driver Processing
Simply stated, a conventional planar driver is usually assumed to move as a flat surface. In reality, this is not possible as the driver substrate is inelastic and “locked” at the boundaries so the driver will move more as an arced surface then a flat plane
- Driver :
2.75” x 1.75” MrSpeakers’ designed single-ended planar magnetic (with V-Planar™ surface processing)
- Precision machined Aluminum baffle, pivots and gimbals
- Italian leather with microsuede headband
- Lamb-leather ear pads
- Weight: 375g (13.3oz)
- Frequency response: Yes*
- Efficiency: 96dB/mW
- Impedance: 23 ohms
- Matched drivers: +/- 1.5 dB between 30 and 5,000Hz (tentative)
- Product Code: Ether
- Availability: Pre-Order