Pros: Beautiful material and construction. Excellent comfort. Warm, full-bodied mid-range great for vocal pieces.
Cons: Sibilant due to lower-treble issue. Treble extension isn't very good compared to its cheaper cousin, 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...(read more)