Dan Clark Audio’s “sporty-looking” entry-level Aeon 2 planar magnetic headphone is available in both open-backed and closed-back versions. Hi-Fi World’s Martin Pipe takes the former for a test drive and finds it as “fast as the sports car its lines were inspired by”.
But hang on, is this “veritable Brompton of the headphone world” a sports car or a folding bike? Well, a bit of both. Pipe’s ‘Brompton’ reference refers to the Aeon’s intelligently convenient design, from its distinctive ear-shaped cups to its unique titanium headband with patented folding gimbals which allow the full-sized Aeon to fold in on itself to around half the size. It’s cables are detachable for portability and upgradability, and a choice of cables can be specified when ordering.
So that’s the bike analogy. How about the sports car? “What made the Aeon 2 Open stand out was its agility,” writes Pipe. “Brass instruments were endowed with the well-defined bite that we may remember from pre-Covid live concerts, while fast rhythms stopped and started with precision and freedom from overhang.”
Dan Clark’s designers “have done a bang-up job with the soundstaging performance” too. “Instruments and performers were resolutely locked into the positions expected, the stereo image extending from ear to ear.”
“A rewarding experience… get a listen if you can.”
Read the full review in the June 2021 issue of Hi-Fi World.