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Audio Technica ATH-ES88 BK Black | Portable Headphones (Japan Import)

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #84 in On-Ear

Posted

Pros: Quite balanced sound, lightweight, build quality

Cons: Comfort

Sound

Warm, good bass extension, quite sweet highs, quite balanced sound, probably with slightly emphasized mids, not airy, recessed 300-500 Hz and 7-8 kHz. I think that the sound signature is quite similar to Audio-Technica ATH-ES10's sound signature but it's more mid-centric and not airy. The clarity is very similar too. I like the mids that are really natural. So if I can say that the ATH-ES10 is the ideal portable headphone then the ATH-ES88 is almost ideal because I think that the difference is not big.

 

Comfort and build

The build quality is amazing, it is difficult to scratch the textured aluminium housing, this unusual pivoting mechanism is very reliable, flat cables. I like the design very much. I can't say that the ATH-ES88 is comfortable: driver shells are placed not deep so it can hurt your ears. I can use it only three or four hours max.

 

I do agree that ATH-ES88s are very underrated.

Audio Technica ATH-ES88 BK Black | Portable Headphones (Japan Import)
Description:

The sleek on-ear ATH-ES88 headphones offer superbly clear high-resolution sound from Audio-Technica's new 40 mm drivers. Along with cutting-edge looks and extremely comfortable earcup design, the headphones deliver supreme audio reproduction with an extended frequency response of 9 - 26,000 Hz. The high-grade aluminum housing achieves excellent low-resonance acoustic characteristics. On each end of the headband, a unique pivoting mechanism allows the earpieces to swing to the most comfortable position for a custom fit. The newly designed cable is flat for tangle-free storage.

Details:
DetailValue
Cord TypeFlat
MicrophoneNo
Cord Length1.2 m
IsolationClosed
Noise CancellingNo
Driver TypeDynamic
Connector TypeJack 3.5
Impedance34Ohm
Sound Pressure Level103dB/mW
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
ATH-ES88ATH-ES884961310114336
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