“Perfectly shocking”: The Audiophile Man reviews both the open and closed versions of Dan Clark Audio’s Aeon 2 headphones

Paul Rigby, editor of online website The Audiophile Man, has seen pretty much everything that the hi-fi world has to offer over the years. Can anything surprise him, then? Turns out it can. “A lot.” 

Let’s start with appearances. “The Aeon 2 is notable by the shape of its slender earcups. Svelte in appearance with a touch of the Art Decos around the style lines, the ear cups look like a concept model. The sort that you admire but you’re not actually supposed to use in real life.”

Except that you can and do, since usabilty is a key strength here. “The [headphone] collapses into a compact unit that can easily be stored within the included zipper case. This unit is now truly portable.” And “I found the Aeon 2 headphones, on my whopping great head size, ultimately a comfortable experience.”

Rigby’s listening tests begin with a vinyl version of Greenslade’s Time and Tide, a prog combo of organ, analogue synths, percussion, electric and bass guitar, and background vocal harmonies later in the track. He starts with the open-backed model  before moving on to the closed – which is where the biggest surprise came in.

“I normally always go for open-backed headphones because I look for upper midrange detail and insight, first and foremost. Here, though, I’d plump for the closed-backed designs to give me more of that, which surprised me. A lot.”

As did both models’ sense of authority. “Everything that the Aeon2s did was an intention. These headphones never had a suck-it-and-see approach. They constructed sound, they built it and formed a sonic structure.”

“Sound quality was balanced and poised to produce a bit of everything here.

What the Aeon 2 headphones do is not to emphasise any one frequency. They, in fact, threaten to please all the people, all of the time. Which is perfectly shocking, let me tell you.”

Read Paul Rigby’s full review at theaudiophileman.com

Find out more at danclarkaudio.com and track down your nearest dealer via UK distributor www.electromod.co.uk

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