Originally Posted by Pianist
I just read through this review again and this part just completely startles me. Ok, maybe my ES3X was defective, but I can't even imagine it competing with HD800. I compared both at a local audio store. I just used my Sony walkman as a source. The HD800 sounded so much better than the ES3X it wasn't even funny. Totally different class. You may think I am crazy - how on earth can HD800 sound any good straight out of such a portable player? But it did! And not just good, but totally mind blowing. Best headphone I've ever heard period. The soundstage was MASSIVE. Comparison with ES3X is out of the question for me - they were not comparable. ES3X had no soundstage at all by comparison. And regarding detail, I seemed to be able to hear absolutely everything that's on the recording with the HD800 and the separation of sounds was insane. ES3X sounded totally muffled and congested by comparison.
Your description of the ES3X does not match my experience, and mine are the farthest thing from "muffled and congested" that I could get. The majority of other listeners with ES3X have posted similar impressions to mine in the Westone ES3X thread.
My ES3X were the best non-electrostatic headphone that I had heard up until I got the HD800. And they were a step above all other IEM including my Livewires T1, SE530 in custom shell, Freq Show 3-driver custom, Alien Ears 3-driver custom, Westone 3 and UM3X with custom tips, IE8, Triple.fi 10 Pro, and more.
And I did say the HD800 soundstage was bigger, but the sound signature and detail of my particular ES3X is very similar to my HD800. As a reference, I was primarily using a desktop rig (Apogee mini-DAC/maxed Woo WA6) to drive my ES3X, but they still sound very good right out of my iPhone 3GS or a portable amp like Pico Slim as well.
I can't explain why your ES3X sounded so different, but I do not recall reading anyone else posting similar comments like yours about ES3X, except I recall one person got a very different sound who was sent a pair of ES2 by mistake.
Originally Posted by Blasto_Brandino
How much does a pair of ES3X's run? (impressions + all)
Expect to pay between $700-$850.