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ÆON™ Headphones: No Compromise Sound & Comfort; Affordable Price

When we discontinued our Alpha and Mad Dog headphones, we promised to deliver a variety of headphones to meet many needs and budgets.  Our first efforts, ETHER and ETHER Flow headphones collectively won more than 20 awards for performance and design.

Our second in-house designed headphone, AEON packs all the technology of ETHER Flow headphones into a compact, comfortable and cost-effective design, delivering the best of ETHER Flow sound quality at a dramatically more affordable price point.

And they’re still designed and built in San Diego, California.

Availability: AEON pre-orders with special pricing are sold out. Shipments started April 30 in limited quantities, full shipments begin Mid May.

All pre-order sales are final, no returns or refunds.

FEATURES

MrSpeakers' AEON headphone includes:

  • All new planar magenetic driver with V-Planar and Trueflow technologies
  • NiTinol "memory metal" headband with hinge-free design
  • Dyed-through leather headband
  • New DUMMER 1/4" and 3.5mm dual-tip fabric covered headphone cable

TECHNOLOGY

V-Planar Driver processing

standard-animation320FIGURE 1: Conventional Driver Motion

Over the years, different approaches have been developed to address nonlinear planar motion and the artifacts it can cause. Fostex patented their RP technology, used on all their drivers used in our headphones, to reduce panel nonlinearities. Another approach, known as knurling, was patented in 1997 by Bruce Thigpen, founder of Eminent-Technology and pioneer of numerous planar magnetic speaker technologies. We felt it would be possible to improve on the solutions available to date, so we collaborated with Bruce to develop V-Planar knurling technique (we filed for a patent with Bruce as a co-inventor).

In simplified form, V-Planar technology addresses nonlinear driver motion by more deeply creasing the diaphragm to increase compliance. Much as pleats allow an accordion to expand and contract without stretching the fabric, the creases in the driver "open" slightly during larger excursions as illustrated in Figure 2. When the driver is processed, the resultant peaks and troughs are deep enough to maintain more of their physical structure even after the driver has been tensioned.

V-Planar-Animation320FIGURE 2: V-Planar Driver Motion

Increasing the driver compliance allows it to behave as a more idealized planar surface and also improves it's acceleration. With more of the driver surface in linear motion, V-Planar can not only push more air at low frequencies, but with greater acceleration also delivers better dynamics, high-end frequency response, and measurably lower distortion.

CABLE PINOUT

AEON's cable is 100% compatible with the cables used for our ETHER and Alpha headphones.

Left:
1 = L+
2 = L - (or ground for single ended cables)
3 = open
4 = open

Right:
1 = R+
2 = R - (or ground for single ended cables)
3 = open
4 = open

Specifications

Frequency response: Yes (sorry, this specification is abused to the point of silliness, so we don't publish one)

Efficiency: 94dB/mW

Weight (without cable): 332g

Cable: Dual entry

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