> Sasaki Can you make the full review of ESW9 please?
> Also, the comparison for ESW9 vs ES7 would be great.
OK, though far from the full review, I will add more impressions so far.
My usual setup is iMod5.5G/Cryo X Silver/SR71.
In short, I'd say the ESW9 is not a wooden version of ES7. The character is different and sounding better. However, it still shares similar sound signature, those are same AT cans anyway.
To my ears, ESW9 sounds airly and open with wider sound stage. ESW9 is rather laid back, I think.
Instruments are well separated and the timbre is beautiful. I feel some resonance in a good way. (though some people may have a claim)
I noticed the ESW9 treble is well extended and much refined than ES7. ES7 treble extension seems rolled off compared to the ESW9.
Bass is not humped nor bloated like ES7 but strong enough in a good way. ESW9 has good resolution in the lower register. The resolution is no mean feat for the stock cable. In fact, bass resolution is better than recabled ES7.
Overall ESW9 is way refined than ES7. In contrast, ESW9 lacks weight of ES7 and I feel ESW9 is a bit light touch. Comparing to the HD25 would be similar. This could be a downside for some people.
I think that's all I can say at this moment.
> When they say portable, surely the don't require an amp ?
Efficiency of ESW9 is lower for that class but I think no need to use amps. It's good straight from iPod.
However, ESW9 will shine with a decent amp. I enjoy a synergy with SR71, the sound from that combo is intimate warmer sounding, fairly engaging.
> Although are you guys suggesting that the ESW9's might not be ideal for rock music?
Well, this is also a bit subjective, I guess Heavy metal fan would have a frustration as the sound is not so heavy nor massive.
I like progressive rock, 80's alternatives, 4AD like Gothic style rock, ESW9 is good for these.
IMHO the word rock
is too broad for that genre