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Audio Technica ATH-ESW9A: My First Serious Cans

A Review On: Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 Sovereign Wood Headphones

Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9 Sovereign Wood Headphones

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Pros: Quality of Materials, Construction, Caliber of Sound Reproduction, Looks

Cons: None so far

Hello Fellow Head-Fi'ers,


I've gotten my pair of Audio-Technica ATH-ESW9A's delivered today, and not only am I a changed man by the experience of donning my highest quality pair of cans auditioned; I'm now an A-T man for good.


I first thought they were pretty good looking. Pretty DARN GOOD LOOKING. But what is style over substance? 


Fortunately I had my experience with the Victor HP-FX500's to teach me the virtue of Woodie Headphones. Also how fabulous they could be.


Originally I'd intended to get the EARSUIT ATH-ES10 Titaniums. They're supposed to have more HOLY BASS. Much more than the EARSUIT Le Luxe ATH-ESW9A... about TWICE as much.


HOWEVER, being on a budget, and wanting to hear a full-sized pair of woodies, I relented to my instincts and went with these. BOY AM I GLAD I DID!!!


RICH Honeysuckle mids, Caramel mids, Butterscotch and Honey lacquered treble and a dense, stiffly resonant Bass Backbone that echoes through the wood. All with Resolution that soars through the very polite placement of soundstaging. 




Like I said, I'm now an A-T Man.


eading your review I decided to buy them I also
im thinking about these headphones how do they perform for jazz
you will be more more happier and excited after 300 hours.....1000 hours...more to come...lol
Hmmm, I'm wondering if it's worth dishing out the extra cash and getting the es10?
I would really like to pick up a pair of ES10 as well, myself. Not only are they lovely, but I'm curious to hear the differences the Titanium cup will make compared to the African Paddock wood cup on the ESW9A. FWIW, the ES10 is supposed to have a more V-shaped response, and perhaps be more fun for electronic and pop and hiphop.
@Titansrcool, sorry I didn't check these comments,
Everything I've ever read for the ESW9/A wrt reviews always mention how well they work for jazz. As I don't listen to much of it, I can't definitively say.
somebody check this cats undershorts.... i think he may of had an involuntary fluid discharge. (i remember my first time when a substitute teacher asked to help gather some supplies in the cloakroom.... no but seriously, i myself am a day or two away from ordering the esw9a though i am a bit hesitant only that i prefer over the ear cans for the street, as they deliver much more "fly" presentation, whereas on-ears always remind me of mary's retarded brother in Something About Mary, though as i recall maybe he was only wearing ear muffs, or did he don a pair $5.00 spunge padded on-ears in the beach scene when he and some other mentally challenged cohorts played football with matt dillon? i digress....ideally what i wish is the "can" size of the ath 5000 but with the simple headband of the ES series, thus is the conundrum of Audio Technica headphonery!
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