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Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 Lightweight Cherry Wood Clip-on Headphones

100% Positive Reviews
Rated #544 in Over-Ear

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Pros: Beautiful material and construction. Excellent comfort. Warm, full-bodied mid-range great for vocal pieces.

Cons: Lower-treble issue. Tonality isn't as balanced or smooth as its cheaper cousin, the EM9d.

I purchased these for my wife two years ago. She's always liked the warm sound of my ATH-A9X, so for portable use I got her the ATH-EW9, which reportedly has a very sweet, warm mid-range.

 

Materials & Craftsmanship

The packaging is the same as other high-end Audio Technica clip-ons, which is to say I find them elegant and classy.

The headphones themselves are simply gorgeous. The Hokkaido cherry wood housing are perfectly finished and the 35mm stereo plug is elegantly shaped and endowed with the letter "ATH-EW9 JAPAN" printed in gold.

 

The included accessories aren't as luxurious as the headphones themselves, which was a little bit of a let-down. The carrying pouch is the same one that used by the lower-end models (EM7, EM9d, EM700, etc.), and the netting used on the inside is a bit on the rough side - I worry about it scratching the delicate wood housing (though so far it seems to have been fine).

 

The included extension cable is also the same one used by lower-end models - I wouldn't complain about it if the EW9 used the same kind of 35mm plug as on the other units, but they don't. As the result, the contrast in aesthetics is rather stark when the EW9 is plugged into the extension cable.

 

Comfort

All Audio-Technica clip-on headphones are extremely comfortable in my opinion. They use a very unique type of earclip that's self-adjusting and doesn't put pressure on the ears, and the earpads are very thick and plush. I often forget that I am wearing them.

 

Sound Quality

I actually have several gripes about the way the EW9 sounds, especially considering its price (about $200 retail, I think) as AT's flagship clip-on. It has a very thick and sweet mid-range, which is fine for those who likes this type of signature. However, I find the overall tonality to be peaky and problematic, particularly in the lower-treble region (seems to have a peak somewhere in the 4-8KHz region). There may possibly be some ringing issue, since the EW9 uses a closed-back design. In comparison, its cheaper cousin the EM9d (which I own, and much prefer) uses aluminum housing that's fully open-backed, and does not exhibit this symptom (the drivers on the two units are the same).

 

Treble: The treble extension should technically be the same as the EM9d, but subjectively it doesn't feel as good due to the mid-range being so dominant. The aforementioned lower-treble issue sometimes exhibits itself as sibilance, and other times as overly energetic "screechyness" (in string instruments for example). For vocals, this headphone is great - but instrument timbre simply isn't as natural as the EM9d.

 

Mid-Range: The mid-range is thick, warm, and very forward. Old-school AT fans may like this quality.

 

Bass: The bass has decent tightness and extension, though like the EM9d it is on the light side quantitatively.

 

Sound Stage: The sound stage on the EW9 sounds less open and more congested relative to the EM9d, both due to the treble issue and the closed-back design.

 

Conclusion

The ATH-EW9 is a very beautiful clip-on that's well-suited for certain types of music. But its high price and the uneven tonality limits its versatility - if you can find its cheaper cousin, the EM9d, I personally recommend going for that instead.

Audio-Technica ATH-EW9 Lightweight Cherry Wood Clip-on Headphones
Description:

Package Contents:ATH-EW9 Adjustable Wooden Clip-on Headphones, 1m extension cord & protective pouch. --------------------------------------------------- The ATH-EW9 Adjustable Wooden Clip-on Headphones are show-stoppers. These dynamic headphones offer a secure, comfortable ear-fitting design and an innovative sliding axis for easy adjustment and a truly custom fit. The earphones swivel open and click into place, on a sleek vertical hinge. The impressive 28 mm neodymium magnets project powerful sound, while offering a truly custom fit. Wooden housing made of Japan's finest Hokkaido cherry gives you superior build quality and finish. The comfortable clip-on design with soft rubber support loops and large ear hangers enables long hours of listening without fatigue. These earphones look distinctive and great. They also deliver superb comfort and outstanding sound. It's time you moved up to Audio Technica ATH-EW9. --------------------------------------------------- Cable - 24 in. (0.6m), asymmetrical Sensitivity - 105 dB/mW at 1 kHz Maximum Input Power - 100 mW Impedance - 29 ohms Frequency Response - 14Hz-24 KHz Weight - 33g

Details:
DetailValue
BindingElectronics
BrandAudio-Technica
EAN0042005141722
Feature28mm neodymium driver
Height0.27 inches
Length0.27 inches
Weight0.29 pounds
Width0.27 inches
LabelAUDIO TECHNICA
List Price$329.95
ManufacturerAUDIO TECHNICA
ModelATH-EW9
MPNATH-EW9
Package Quantity1
Product GroupCE
Product Type NameHEADPHONES
PublisherAUDIO TECHNICA
StudioAUDIO TECHNICA
TitleAudio-Technica ATH-EW9 Lightweight Cherry Wood Clip-on Headphones
UPC689076452908
Is Autographed0
Is Memorabilia0
Legal DisclaimerWarranty does not cover misuse of product.
Special FeaturesWith wooden housing made of Japan's finest Hokkaido cherry, the ATH-EW9 clip-on headphones are show-stoppers. The sound is amazing, too: 28 mm neodymium magnets project powerfully. These dynamic headphones offer a secure, comfortable ear-fitting design and an innovative sliding axis for easy adjustment and a truly custom fit. Soft rubber support loops and large, lightweight ear hangers are engineered for hours of listening without fatigue.
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