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The size of your driver - ATH-M50 v. ATH-ESW9

post #1 of 7
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Hello.

First, I want to say that while this isn't my first post, I'm a relatively new member to Head-Fi, which is fantastic & has the potential to be a devastatingly expensive forum. It's fantastic because I've learned so much. I would probably have a few more posts, but many of my questions have been answered by my use of the search function. It's expensive because I've already spent (IHMO) more money than I originally intended on 2 transportable/portable rigs. (Of course, this excludes the case for the DAP & the case to keep the transportable rig together.) Unfortunately for me, I may be spending a bit more.

Second, I could probably conduct a few more searches, but I'd like to take the time to say hello & post a thread.

I recently bought the ATH-M50, a studio monitor. It suits me well - I like the sound, fit, & looks - but I've been reading many threads on the ESW9 (& ESW10JPN). I'm now curious. The M50 has a driver size of 45mm. The ESW9 has a driver size of 42mm. How does this affect the presentation of the sound? (Without knowing for sure, I assume it may be similar to the difference in an 8" subwoofer & a 10" or 12" subwoofer?) Can anyone provide comments on their experience with these 2 HPs?

I guess the best way to find out is to try the ESW9, but, at the moment, I can't find a place near me that will allow for auditions.

Anyway, thanks in advance!

P.S. - Yes, I can already hear the "size" jokes from around the corner.....
post #2 of 7
You asked for it: It's not the size that matters, it's how you use it...

But seriously, I have no idea, but would like to know. So: BUMP!
post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 
It's been a few days. Any insight?

Anyone?

.... Bueller?
post #4 of 7
Thread Starter 
Maybe this was the wrong subforum for this post.....
post #5 of 7
i don't think the ATH-M50 is well known around here... i used to have the M50s and i did like them... it looks to me like the M50s are more durable than the ESW9s and would serve you well for at least a couple of years...
just my opinion...
post #6 of 7
driver size has very little to do with it.
post #7 of 7
the driver is only a part of the equation. The other parts includes the housing (closed/open), pad material all make a big difference.

for instance the ESW9 probably would be more detailed because of its use of a better reflective housing material to create less distortion and more detail is shined through.
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