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audio-technica EARSUIT Portable Headphones ATH-ES700

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Rated #140 in Over-Ear

Posted

Pros: Excellent bass response, lush mids and tamed highs; remarkable build quality; made in Japan

Cons: Uncomfortable after an hour of use; funky headband; availability

Intro

 

While looking into a new closed portable, I came across a discovery thread created by Dsnuts. Having owned several other AT portables in the past -my first foray into decent headphones being their ATH-FC7-, and being frustrated that I never got a pair of ATH-ES7, the ES700 were really tickling my wallet. After a couple of days of following the thread, the opinions from other users started pouring in, praising the headphones for their improved sound over the ES7, their interesting design choices and apparent deviation from that classic AT v-shape sound; it was settled, my next portable would be the ES700.

 

Acquisition

 

I got them through cdjapan.co.jp for $160 shipped to my doorstep in Mexico City. It took them around 3 days to stock it, and another 3 for them to get to my home. I'm overall very pleased with their service and will definitely be getting my AD900X from them in the near future.

 

Technical Review


- Sources

 

Desktop with Realtek ALC892 Codec

Desktop with Numark Omnicontrol soundcard

iPod touch 1G

Motorola Atrix

* all listening was done with and without a Fiio E5 amp

 

- First impressions

 

Right out of the box, I was impressed with the soundstage in these cans; it's remarkably spacious for their size and the fact that they're closed-back.

The mids are obviously forward, but they sound really mellow and engaging.

Highs are somewhat tamed, making it a "polite" headphone; I did not detect any noteworthy sibilance, something that is rare for an AT headphone in this pricerange, at least in my experience.

 

- Music selection

 

I have quite an eclectic taste in music, so there will be a bit of information for everybody.

 

- In-depth dive into their sound

 

 

 

Ruben Blades - Estampa

 

Instrument separation is just great with the ES700; bass is punchy but controlled, it goes reaaaaally deep and it's there only when required.

 

 

 

Beardyman - OH!

 

The bass here really shines. I started bobbing my head immediately. These headphones are VERY engaging and fun. All the detail is there, and nothing is muddied by the lows at all.

 

 

Passion Pit - The Reeling

 

Wow, the mids and lows just continue to impress. After Beardyman's song and this, I can see that the ES700 are quite sensitive to mixing and compression in songs. When presented with the right arrangement, these headphones bring out the POP in pop music.

 

 

Therion - The Siren of the Woods

 

While the instrument separation is really nice, soundstage feels a bit constricted and imaging suffers as well. They feel somewhat sluggish when it comes to handling all the high notes. The sound is enjoyable, but I don't see myself running to get these headphones when feeling in a "big arrangement" mood.

 

 

Ch'aska - Pururauca

 

The ES700 work very well with metal too. Their polite highs make them ideal for this genre, since it's generally easy for songs to become oversaturated with notes and speed, the ES700 keep everything tidy and fun.

 

 

Cannonball Adderley - Clouds

 

The lush mids from the ES700 bring out the best from the trumpets and piano. Again, instrument separation becomes really apparent and while the soundstage is still constricted, there is an undeniable willingness to please the ears. Jazzy tunes are more than playable in the ES700.

 

 

Casa del Mirto - The Haste

 

The punchyness and depth of the bass really brings this song to life. Again, the ES700 is a very bass-capable headphone, but it's so controlled that it only comes forward when called for. 

 

 

City and Colour - The Grand Optimist

 

This just gave me chills! The mids are sooooo sweet and coherent. Vocals just come alive and you can feel the inflections from the singer. Folk fans, look no further for a portable closed headphone.

 

 

Wildbelle - It's Too Late (Employee of the Year Remix)

 

Hello sub-bass! Lush mids and deep, controlled bass is all this song needs to shine. That great desire to just get up and dance is back! 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I really think Audio-Technica is onto something with their ES700. The emphasis on the mids, controlled bass and tamed highs make it a really versatile closed-back headphone; if you find yourself listening to really varied music, it is a really great option. Personally, I'll be grabbing these instead of my DT 1350, simply because of how fun they are! They keep the detail and separation, but add that POP in your face that makes you want to dance! 

 

I wouldn't recommend it for classical/orchestral music; while it's listenable, the ES700 feels "lazy" for all the nuances and imaging necessary.

 

Overall, the headphones feel solid, well designed, are very pretty and look fantastic on your head. Their versatility makes it a great value for everyone, regardless of music taste; just be aware that they can be uncomfortable and may require some modding for them to be wearable for extended periods of time. I ordered a pair of WS55 pads, as Dsnuts recommended, but in the meantime I stuffed the pads with cotton to help my ears a bit. At 160 dollars shipped, I believe this headphone will become a really big player in the mid-range portable segment, continuing the legacy of the ES7 with pride.

Posted

Pros: beautiful, price, and uh oh the mids... most beautiful mids i've ever heard

Cons: stock pads a lil uncomfy. but it do get better in time.

I've auditioned the mdr-1r and dt1350, owned the ms1i, dt770pro and hd448. this headphone beats them all imo. Mdr-1r comes close. Also,many people claim that this headphone are even better than the momentum. do give em a shot. visit here for more info about this sexy lil beast :

http://www.head-fi.org/t/645649/the-new-ath-es700

 

also do check out this video 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG8gZwef2mE

 

YMMV so do test it before buy :)

Posted

Pros: Excellent controlled sound, awesome looks, build quality

Cons: Pads, availability

I purchased these upon recommendation of a friend who has never led me wrong. And he hasn't with the ES700s.

 

These imports make me wonder what else is going on across the Pacific! The sound is very accurate, yet fun enough to plug into an iPod. Bass is very controlled and deep, surprising amount of sub bass for this price level. The mids are present but not forward and the trebles were surprisingly available. Listening to high quality rock and jazz recordings made a great impression.

 

The build quality is excellent - as per usual for AT. The headband is comfortable and light, however, the pads are an inconvenient size. They obviously aren't big enough to be over-ear but they are a little too big IMO for on-ear. Can be a little fatiguing after a while depending on ear size. I've read several threads about changing out the pads that seem to quell these issues. 

 

Overall, these were a great introduction to what is going on at Audio Technica for me. If you can find a pair stateside, I recommend them.

audio-technica EARSUIT Portable Headphones ATH-ES700
Description:

The high-definition stainless steel housing of a hair line and specular surface processing . Low-pass expression which has contrast with the design phi42-mm driver only for ES700. The CCAW bobbin volume voice coil expressed to a delicate sound .

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Package Weight0.84 pounds
Package Width7.32 inches
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