Originally Posted by Hendrix
camille did you get the color you wanted? I went with a generic beige skin tone.
Originally Posted by camille
i contacted westone via email and it will be taken care of; i did specify my colour(s) (monitor and cable) and a pic of it in the coming weeks will answer your question.
well, just over 1 week since getting the impressions done (15/1 - 25/1) the ES2s have landed. and suffice to say, i'm happy i got em so quick, but disappointed my colour request (via email to Westone) didn't go through -- which was Neon Pink w/ black cord. So far, the fit seems good; it wasn't a open jaw, just with the mouth partially open. If problems arise with the fit, i could get them re-fitted (and hopefully i can ask to get the colour of the monitors changed).
I've given it a listen for about 1/2 an hour, and it is exceedingly better than my FX33s, but I guess I may have expected too much. I might've gotten used to the colourization that the FX33 has; the ES2 is very neutral, warm-like. It will take some time getting used to.Sound
This is just a mini summary of my impressions so far, and remember that it's unamped. They do have great instrument seperation. Listening to some tracks off Rin''s album "Inland Sea" and both Joanna Newsom albums were great examples. You can really hear each string being plucked; it's quite precise but not to the point of it being very cold and sterile. Another good reference would be The Ditty Bops' albums; differentiate between Abby's acoustic guitar and Amanda's mandolin are so easy. I'm loving these albums all over again!
On piano, from listening to albums from Sarah Slean, Regina Spektor, and Rosie Thomas, the piano just comes out quite clear with a touch of sparkle, and it's very up front. The vocals, however, do seemed pushed back; it's not as clean as I thought. I kinda got sold on how they were good at re-producing vocals, but it didn't seem the case -- good but that great.
Bass-wise, they seem to be on the right level; not overly bassy but enough to keep with the flow of the music, if you get what I mean.
The bass is real tight, and not flabby but again not boomy.
Wow, they're growing on me very quickly. However, microphonics are more present than the FX33s, which would make it a bit annoying. Again, it will take some time to get re-accustomed to it.
Overall, I like what i hear (and feel). Of course, I'm sure these will easily benefit from a great amp at a low-gain setting ([M] Hornet, perhaps?). I won't rush getting an amp anytime soon.
As always, the ubiquitous pics:
more impressions on these in due time. Enjoi. cheers!