This headphone has received a lot of good review. Tyll Hertsens from Inner Fidelity even claimed that it is "the best sub-$1000 headphone on the planet.
Is it true? I'm quite curious.~First Impression~
Amp: Audio-GD HE-9 (custom made)
DAC: Audio-GD Master-7
Source: Musical Paradise MP-Berry mk2 (with Rune Audio)
I received my Elear 2 days ago. It's still new and just burned-in for 12 hours, but I can already feel the potential of the world first open-backed, full-range drivers with aluminium/magnesium ’M’-shaped domes.
Lively ambiance, solid imaging, stunning dynamic, superb PRaT...
Overall sound signature is more to warm side, but it doesn't sound soft or mellow. It's also not a bassy headphone, but the impact of music is so real, punchy and tight.
Please don't forget the Elear was just out of box. I'm quite sure that the smoothness and sound stage will be improved after burn-in for 200 hours.~Comparison with HD800 & HE-560~
HD800 overall sounds brighter. It has more spacious sound stage, better resolution, transparency and details. It can perform orchestra and symphony very well. Elear is another signature. Treble is darker and mids is fuller.
HD800 still the king of sound stage and details, but the kick of Elear is very lively and solid, like in front of your face. In comparison, imaging of HD800 is more backward and separate to left and right.
HiFiMAN HE-560 is another competitor around this price range. It has the smoothness and airiness of typical HiFiMan house sound. Sound stage is wider and more backward than Elear. Compare with Elear, the treble is more extended but might sound a bit bright. Mids wise, Elear is more lush and forward and HE-560 is more flater.
HD800 is still my favourite for orchestra and HE-560 is fantastic for chamber music and newage, but both of them are super difficult to be driven well. They will sound bright, thin and harsh if not pairing with a proper amp.
However, the 80ohm Elear is much easier to drive. It will sound "listenable" even just pair with a DAP. I like the lively sounding very much. I really enjoy it especially for vocal, jazz and acoustic music.