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Limited, wooden portable ATH-ESW10JPN arrives! (with pics)

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I 've got my ATH-ESW10JPN today. I had a reservation at Fujiya-avic, Tokyo.



ESW10JPN comes with a nice black pouch, a small pouch for cables is also included.
The glossy lacquer finish is neat to my eyes, it is chic and classy.
The lacquer is Urushi-lacquer which is a traditional Japanese craft work, hence named JAPAN.



I hooked up ESW10JPN with iMod + CryoXSilver LOD + SR71A for this impression. I quickly compared this to my ESW9.

First, I noticed an expansive sound stage.
There is more bass slam and the bass is more tight and even huge.

ESW10 is well textured, instruments and vocals are sounded more life like.
Instruments separation is very good. I hear no sibilance with this setup. The highs are crisp and clean.
ESW10JPN is warm like ESW9. It is not muddy, ESW10 is transparent and instruments separation is very good.
I also feel the ESW10 is slightly less efficient than ESW9.

ESW10JPN is comfortable but it's a shame that the isolation is not improved.
I am writing this in the infamous Tokyo commuter train.



Overall, I'd say that the ESW10 inherit the sound signature of ESW9,
the sound is improved and refined. Especially on bass, sound staging and instrument/voice reproduction.
I can not say how much more resolved than ESW9 as they did not burnt in.

I do not have time right now for this weekend travel. (hence I got it earlier)
I will post more on later, or possibly on the go

post #2 of 1673
Beautiful pics. Thanks for the impressions. I'm really looking forward to hearing what these can do.
post #3 of 1673
They look really wonderful. Congratz! Can't wait to hear more about the sound.
post #4 of 1673
Stunning pictures!

I know this might be a long shot, but since you have heard the D7000's and the new ESW10JPN's, is it even fair to compare the two? Here in the states, they are about the same price. That's the only reason I ask.
post #5 of 1673
Thread Starter 
Thank you all for the comments!

> D7000 and ESW10JPN

It's like a comparing apple to orange, so difficult to answer
but if you are thinking to use it at home with decent amp, I will recommend you to take D7000.
post #6 of 1673
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Stunning pictures!

I know this might be a long shot, but since you have heard the D7000's and the new ESW10JPN's, is it even fair to compare the two? Here in the states, they are about the same price. That's the only reason I ask.
I'm coming up with a price of about $600 for the ESW10jpn, and the D7ks are going for $1000.

The D5k goes for about $600, though, if I'm not mistaken.
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This thread will hit another 15.000 posts...Congrats! Keep posting...
post #8 of 1673
600 bucks for the esw10 or $240 for the esw9...

I think it's a fairly easy decision... :]
post #9 of 1673
Thats why its limited production, for those who is really want one, I guess...

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Originally Posted by gideonMorrison View Post
600 bucks for the esw10 or $240 for the esw9...

I think it's a fairly easy decision... :]
post #10 of 1673
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post
Thats why its limited production, for those who is really want one, I guess...
Agreed, Blackmore. Though I find it quite outrageous to ask $600 for a portable, even if it's a limited design. Fast money in my opinion.
post #11 of 1673
Thanks Sasaki, I think those are the news we were hoping to hear: an improved sound upon the ESW9
post #12 of 1673
the law of diminishing gains...
sweet looking though.
post #13 of 1673
yeah, they do look extremely, rediculously goodlooking. like professionally goodlooking >.< hehe.
there's something fishy about the price though.
post #14 of 1673
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Originally Posted by Sasaki View Post
ESW10JPN is comfortable but it's a shame that the isolation is not improved.
I am writing this in the infamous Tokyo commuter train.
I meant to include a thanks for the pics impressions in the previous post but forgot....
Pretty good of a composition, including the pics!, despite the challenge of writing from a moving train. I always have trouble posting from a train as the rocking is just too much.

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I do not have time right now for this weekend travel. (hence I got it earlier)
I will post more on later, or possibly on the go
How did you actually managed to get it early, I am assuming you got it on the 16th??
post #15 of 1673
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Originally Posted by gideonMorrison View Post
600 bucks for the esw10 or $240 for the esw9...

I think it's a fairly easy decision... :]
Probably true for most people. But then again, make the decision even easier:

$240 for esw9 or $70 for K81DJ ....different phones are different phones.
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