Pros: sound, look, comfort, easy to drive
Cons: mediocre sound isolation, stock ear pads
Best sound i ever heard from closed-up portables. I tried: koss porta, senheiser momentum, senheiser hd 25, ath es700, ath or7 and others i dont remember and some number of earphones and few gaming headsets and some big old headphones after dad. Nothing came up even close. Every headphone i tried after es10, sounds boring, without bass and muffled. I was never after big opened up headphones for home listening. No doubt ES10 cant compete with those. But in category of portable headphones, es10 is the king. And here is why:
bass - 53mm drivers can produce bass, which 42mm cant. It is not just about quantity, but also about how low it goes and how detailed and accurate it is.
balanced frequency - depends on source, for example with fiio x3, there was emphasis on bass and instruments over voice, with nwz a15, it doesnt apply anymore and it is quite balanced
clarity - like i said, everything else i tried after es10 sounded muffed
music is full of details and there is dynamic, which i miss on other portables
soundstage - everything sounds very close - not good for some genre or taste
Build and looks
I used it a lot. Cups got scratches quickly. Other than that, its like new. Construction doesnt make sounds, it has still same clamping force. Even if scratched, its still best looking head gear i ever saw. Good think about es10 is also fact, that it doesnt make you look stupid thanks to its slim profile. Cabel is ideal for portable headphones. Short and thin.
Thanks to its 53mm drivers, its more around ear than on ear...or something right in the middle. I find it very comfortable. One important thing here: If you want to get the best out of it, you should buy leather ear pads from ESW11. Default ear pads on es10 are sadly from synthetic leather, which are less comfortable for long periods (it started to bother me usually after +- 1 hour) and makes your ears sweat. Leather pads also looks well and some even say, that they like the sound more with leather pads. Clapping force is exactly ideal. I can wear it for hours and also go running with it and it doesnt tend to move at all. Just perfect balance.
It weights more than most portable headphones like Momentum or es700 thanks to 53mm drivers, but its perfectly fine weight for portable use. Cups can rotate more than 90 degree so its also easy to put in bag or whatever you use for traveling. When it comes to isolation, it is somewhat mediocre. For me its perfect balance. I cant hear somebody talking in next room or hear my footsteps but can hear more louder sounds, which i like about it. I wouldnt feel comfortable to go around streets without my hearing. You will hear people talking right next to you, you will here street noise, metro noise. Its not ideal for commuting in noisy environment.
What is it for
I will sound like PR from audio technica but... these headphones are universal as in where to use, with what to use and what to play on it. Even when it is 53mm driver, it doesnt need to amp. Only audible sound difference for me between ordinary player and Fiio X3, was better bass response. Thanks to strong but controlled bass and balanced freq. response, it can take care of all music but of course something is better than other. Lot of people say, that these headphones shine with electronic and hip hop. I wouldnt recommend them for jazz or classical music or anything where is needed space and naturality of instruments. These headphones are so good sounding and comfortable (at least with leather pads), that it can be used also like a home listening headphones. There are of course better headphones to do the job but if you should have just one headphone, you should have es10.
Thats it. If you are looking for best headphones, which you can wear anywhere and plug into anything and you dont mind to pay a premium price, this is the king.