At Dan Clark Audio we understand great products demand innovative technology and intentional, smart industrial design. DC Audio’s cutting-edge technologies are created to increase performance and improve comfort, while basing price on our manufacturing cost to ensure customers receive the most value for the money. We follow the principles of true California innovation: creating dynamic, streamlined new solutions that improve performance without adding complication. Our technology aims to uncomplicate and strengthen our products.

V-Planar Technology

All of our ETHER and ÆON headphones utilize our patented (US patent 9,854,364) V-Planar™ technology. A conventional planar driver is assumed to move as a flat surface. In reality, this is not possible as the driver is inelastic and “locked” at the boundaries so the driver moves more as a bowed surface than a flat plane, as illustrated in Figure 1.

To address this issue, we collaborated with Bruce Thigpen of Eminent Technology to develop V-Planar knurling. This technology deeply creases the diaphragm, allowing the flexibility required to fit larger motions for a deeper, truer musicality. The V-Planar driver allows expansion and contraction of sound without losing fidelity or stretching it too thin as illustrated in Figure 2.

FIGURE 1: Conventional Driver Motion

FIGURE 2: V-Planar Driver Motion

V-Planar is a single-ended planar driver designed with California innovation to optimize performance without compromise. It’s not gnarly… it’s knurly! V-Planar can not only push more air at low frequencies, it also delivers better dynamics, high-end frequency response, and measurably lower distortion for a truly authentic listening experience.

TrueFlow Motor Optimization

Our ETHER Flow and ÆON Flow headphones include patent-pending TrueFlow technology, which eliminates turbulence-inducing right-angles from a driver’s motor structure for greatly reduced distortion, extended frequency response, and improved dynamics.

All planar magnetic drivers utilize magnets in their motors. These magnets create hard right angles that audio waves must navigate, to their detriment. When sound waves are forced to travel through hard angles, turbulence in the audio-waveform tends to mask lower level details, denying the listener a truly authentic and organic music experience. We invented TrueFlow technology to directly address this issue.

TrueFlow technology fills in the area between magnets with perforated material, eliminating hard right angles so the driver moves air through a flat, perforated surface. The result is a nearly perfect acoustic structure that yields remarkable increases in resolution and dynamics, and extended frequency response.

Dan Clark Audio also holds US patent D 855,579 for our unique headband and ear coupler designs for AEON, ETHER and VOCE headphones and US patent 10,178,459 covering asymmetric multi-layer damping. In addition, we have a patent-pending claim 62/800,844 for our unique ETHER 2 ear pad mounting system. Finally, US patent 9,282,394 covers 3D printed double-walled cups for enhanced isolation and our variable inline bass tuning port for aligning bass output between channels in closed headphones.