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Audio Technica ATH-ESW11LTD Portable Headphone Wooden Limited Model (Japan Import)

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #75 in On-Ear

Posted

Pros: Very smooth and liquid all around, great portable form factor

Cons: VERY laid back sound

I bought these to be my main portable headphones. The form factor makes it a good choice if you're not into earbuds. When folded up, is quite convenient and slides into my bag without a problem. I used these primarily with my iPhone 4 set to EQ "Flat" while going about.

Design:
After my experiences with my T5p I really would have liked to see removable cables but then again, AT never has removable cables for anything =/
As I said before, quite the nice form factor, easily portable.

Comfort:
I found these fit nicely as on-ear. My ears are quite sensitive to on-ears but I very rarely had problems with these even during extended periods of use ~2 hours.

Style:
A lot of people posted that these cups are bland and not very appealing compared to the ESW10JPN.
Honestly, I really like them. They have a sense of class to them. They're quite beautiful when examined up close and don't stand out when looked at from far away, but still eye-catching.

Sound:
Overall the tone is very smooth and natural but laid-back like a pair of LCD2s is laid back.

Bass:
The texture is nice, of course when comparing to a pair of full sized planars it doesn't seem that significant but for a portable, it's quite enjoyable. Though, it lacks punch. During a nice drum solo you'll feel like it lacks a bit of energy and punch.
If you listen to extremely bassy music you won't feel it as much.
Otherwise extension is good, for my purposes anyway.

Mids:
Like most ATs, this is where they excel. The mids are smooth, a bit forward and vocals are stunning.

Treble:
Treble extension is very good but nothing spectacular and there's no sibilance whatsoever. I had problems with my shure earbuds over sibilance.
There's some sparkle to the treble which is something I look for, it's refined but not to the point of the hd800.

In summary:
These are a nice pair of headphones for portable use.
My friend owned the ED8 and I owned the T5p and Momentum.
The ED8 was V-Shaped and I do not enjoy that.
The T5p was unnatural and very large.
The momentum is quite big and a bit more v-shaped but punchier.
The ESW11LTD is more laid back and has the best form factor for a portable out of all of them.

For portable use, my ranking would be:
ESW11LTD>Momentum>ED8>T5p

Though sound signature is personal preference so, take what you want from this.
Audio Technica ATH-ESW11LTD Portable Headphone Wooden Limited Model (Japan Import)
Description:

Audio-Technica takes excellence and style to a new level with the limited edition ESW11. Drawing from their rich heritage, the ESW11LTD feature Japanese walnut timber to encourage warm tones and lush audio. With excellent magnetic properties and a 53mm driver, the dynamic headphones allow delicate representation. The lambskin leather pads offer the ultimate luxury teamed with exceptional sound replication; they truly are a piece of art.

Details:
DetailValue
MicrophoneNo
Cord Length1.2m
IsolationClosed
Noise CancellingNo
Driver TypeDynamic
Connector TypeJack 3.5mm
Impedance44Ω
Sound Pressure Level103dB/mW
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
ATH-ESW11LTDATH-ESW11LTD4961310118709
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