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post #106 of 1087
I'm still very curious on some more impressions regarding how they work unamped, cause the ES7 works just fine unamped. Wouldn't mind seeing more impressions in general, especially after a few days burn-in!
post #107 of 1087
The Audio Cubes store in NYC is going to carry these!
post #108 of 1087
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Originally Posted by PenDragon View Post
I'm still very curious on some more impressions regarding how they work unamped, cause the ES7 works just fine unamped. Wouldn't mind seeing more impressions in general, especially after a few days burn-in!
I use them unamped, mostly in the TGV (high speed train in France) with my Rio Karma and my PSP (only movies though) and I don't feel the need to buy a portable amp. The bass is still incredibly deep and powerful, they're pretty easy to drive with a decent dap (so no psp ).
When I use them with my Aria the mids and the highs are a bit clearer, which is a good thing because the warmth helps a bit to isolate from the outside but can be annoying when you're quiet at home. But no big change in the sound like with grados or senns.
post #109 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Wildsurfer View Post
I use them unamped, mostly in the TGV (high speed train in France) with my Rio Karma and my PSP (only movies though) and I don't feel the need to buy a portable amp. The bass is still incredibly deep and powerful, they're pretty easy to drive with a decent dap (so no psp ).
When I use them with my Aria the mids and the highs are a bit clearer, which is a good thing because the warmth helps a bit to isolate from the outside but can be annoying when you're quiet at home. But no big change in the sound like with grados or senns.
Are they small/stealthy enough that they don't attract attention in public areas? Also, do you feel that they are durable enough to bring around on the go?
post #110 of 1087
They're a bit bigger than the es7, but still portable. The headband is very comfy and stealthy, it fits way better than the es7 headband. Here a two pics on my head :

post #111 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Wildsurfer View Post
They're a bit bigger than the es7, but still portable. The headband is very comfy and stealthy, it fits way better than the es7 headband. Here a two pics on my head :

Thanks! They don't look silly like an unmodded ES7.
post #112 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Wildsurfer View Post
They're a bit bigger than the es7, but still portable. The headband is very comfy and stealthy, it fits way better than the es7 headband. Here a two pics on my head :

They actually look really good! Thanks for the response by the way. Another question, how is the leakage of sound? Compared to the ES7? Cause I wouldn't want another pair that leaks like my old Porta Pro's. Any other comments regarding comparison to the ES7? ^_^
post #113 of 1087
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A teaser just for you

I MUST have these. What, where, and how much? I'm absolutely not kidding.

I did some searching on audiotechnica's homepage and it seems thats just some really high glossed ATH-ES7 and the ATH-ESW9. Most reviews I read claim that the woodied ATH-ESW9 has better sound quality though. On audiocubes, they put the extra price at 40% materials, 60% sound. I still don't understand how they got the wood so red! Thats what I want....
post #114 of 1087
They cost me almost $300 shipped to the US. But they sound great. They have a kind of a warm sound, still plenty of detail, with excellent but not overpowering bass. From what I recall, definitely quite different sounding from the ES7 (and for me at least, much better sound).

They also look awesome with the wood and all, and are pretty light. On pure sonics alone, I don't think they are worth the money, frankly. But they do sound very good, and they have a unique sonic signature which I definitely enjoy. Since I am using the ANC7's on airplanes, these will become my new companion portable headphone for use in hotels, etc., and I am going to sell my HD25-1's. No need for all 3 of those, and I definitely prefer the ESW9 over the HD25-1, although the HD25-1 is the better bargain IMO.
post #115 of 1087
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Originally Posted by manaox2 View Post
I MUST have these. What, where, and how much? I'm absolutely not kidding.
What: ATH-ESW9

Where: Japan (and soon NYC)

Cost: Between $285-300 from Audiocubes or Bluetin Japan.
post #116 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
They cost me almost $300 shipped to the US. But they sound great. They have a kind of a warm sound, still plenty of detail, with excellent but not overpowering bass. From what I recall, definitely quite different sounding from the ES7 (and for me at least, much better sound).

They also look awesome with the wood and all, and are pretty light. On pure sonics alone, I don't think they are worth the money, frankly. But they do sound very good, and they have a unique sonic signature which I definitely enjoy. Since I am using the ANC7's on airplanes, these will become my new companion portable headphone for use in hotels, etc., and I am going to sell my HD25-1's. No need for all 3 of those, and I definitely prefer the ESW9 over the HD25-1, although the HD25-1 is the better bargain IMO.
So.... When will some ESW9 pics be joining your signature? I'd love to see them next to the other woodies for size comparison.
post #117 of 1087
Your wish is my command:

post #118 of 1087
Yaaaay! Thanks! Now I want 'em even more.
post #119 of 1087
Mine have shipped. I've been looking for a portable closed can for a long time that was worth buying since iems aren't the best choice for me in most settings. I am hopeful.
post #120 of 1087
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Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
They cost me almost $300 shipped to the US. But they sound great. They have a kind of a warm sound, still plenty of detail, with excellent but not overpowering bass. From what I recall, definitely quite different sounding from the ES7 (and for me at least, much better sound).

They also look awesome with the wood and all, and are pretty light. On pure sonics alone, I don't think they are worth the money, frankly. But they do sound very good, and they have a unique sonic signature which I definitely enjoy. Since I am using the ANC7's on airplanes, these will become my new companion portable headphone for use in hotels, etc., and I am going to sell my HD25-1's. No need for all 3 of those, and I definitely prefer the ESW9 over the HD25-1, although the HD25-1 is the better bargain IMO.
How does the isolation of the ATH-ESW9 compare to the HD25-1? And if you could, could you please elaborate what sounds better to you in comparison to the HD25-1?
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