I'm not sure if I can extrapolate from the ESW9's for my ES10's but do they sound significantly different between amped and unamped?
Not a night and day difference IMO - no more so than with the MS400 or HD25. The majority of so-called 'DJ' headphones that people use portably are much more amp-dependent IMO,
Thanks for the reply! (: Was eyeing the Meier Corda Stepdance, but I guess I'll hold on to cash for a while. Perhaps drop by somewhere to give them an audition before I decide. : D