Originally Posted by laxx
I want a portable that sounds as clsoe to k701's as possible.
I have been listening to K701 and ES2 IEMs for a good long while. The ES2s are outstanding, though wallet-challenging at $650 + $ of custom ear molds.
Nonetheless, driven by a superior portable amp, such as M-Hornet, Portaphile PV2&2-LT1210-1500ufBlackGateNX Maxxed, Tomahawk... the ES2 is remarkably good. Westone's customer service is superb -- certainly equal to the friendly, courteous, considerate to a fault RSA customer relations (though no one can top Ray's incredibly open, outgoing, sincerely concerned persona).
BTW -- my favorite amps to date for the K701 are RKV-MkII+OPA627 mod w/Eddie Current EC/DC for impedance matching and subsequent more controlled, focused, beautifully imaged/open/nuanced/inner-detail-laden character -- and for portable, the M-Hornet (PV2^2Maxxed a tax too HF extended and midrange-cool for the 701s, though it does offer top level layered imaging and detail).