The former Mr. Speakers has released some of the best planar headphones over the years. Recently launched headphones like the Expanse and Stealth are endgame products for certain audiophiles, and now they are looking to add another to that lineup. Dan Clark Audio has just announced a new closed-back planar headphone called the E3. This is a complete redesign of the Ether C Flow, with a striking black and blue design aesthetic, ergonomic shape, and Gorilla Glass 3 clad cups.
With the E3, Dan Clark Audio aims to bring the characteristics of an open-back headphones to fully isolated closed-back headphones. They looks to achieve this with an Acoustic Metamaterial Tuning System (AMTS) and all-new 5th generation driver. The AMTS can also be found in the Stealth, Expanse, and Cornina models. At $1999, the E3 will be the cheapest headphones with this technology. The way the AMTS system is implemented into the E3 is different compared to what they’ve done with past models. This new configuration hopes to deliver enhanced high-end detail and accuracy.
For the E3’s all-new 5th generation planar driver, the diaphragm will feature an all-new tensioning system for a more uniform and consistent performance, lower distortion, and enhanced consistency. New diaphragm materials combined with highly optimized V-Planar knurling deliver low distortion throughout the listening range, with levels of detail heretofore found primarily in the top-of-the-line electrostatics.
These aren’t the only innovations you can expect with the E3. You can also expect dual-mode bass ports, indicated by holes in the glass. With this design, Dan Clark Audio looks to establish more control over the E3’s low frequencies.
- Weight 455gr
- Impedance 27ohms
- Sensitivity ~90 dB/mW
- Distortion < 0.1% ref 80dB White Noise
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The Dan Clark Audio E3 is available at Audio46.