December 2015: Best of 2015 Award, ETHER

MrSpeakers’ Alpha Dog won 2014’s top product of the year here at Headfonics, so it is only natural that their completely unique in design Ether landed itself in the top 3 spots for 2015 as well. The Ether is a magnificently neutral and clean Planar headphone that was built from the ground up, no borrowed design or driver from the Fostex T50RP this time.

The Ether feels equal in clarity, but more balanced sounding than the Sennheiser HD800. Comfortable to boot and mildly efficient, the Ether is a memorable new headphone for the next generation of listeners to enjoy and something I hope more companies can model their tuning choices after in the years to come. Dan Clark’s Ether offers plentiful bass and sound stage, which is something that most listeners like me want more of these days.