Hi thanks for the review, even if you turned me off the ESW9!
I was almost set on the ESW9 but it seems my search for the perfect mid-range cans will continue. I'm not worried by the sound quality, which seems like it's good for the price, just about the comfort. I've heard mixed reviews about their comfort but given my previous experience with supra-aural phones I'm not willing to take a punt on these. I don't know if I have highly sensitive ears but I've found supra-aural phones to be quite painful even after as little as half an hour (Sennheise HD 25 I-II).
So now I'm in a bind as to whether I go full size (and risk looking like a dork at work haha) or back to IEMs. I've kind of given up on IEMs because I don't think an expensive precision audio device should also act as ear wax cleaners!
So can someone please help me! I have the cash and need some good phones ASAP. Or maybe I should just give up and buy a cheapo pair and decent stereo!