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I had normal hobby (radio control model) which sold in hobby shop. you should tell her normal hobby don't cost less then HiFi as one can get a RC jet for 22k for the plane alone exclude radio equipments and engine. not to mention people have various models and a huge truck/van to carry them around
22k excludes the engine? How much is the engine?
post #287 of 343
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Originally Posted by HeadphoneAddict View Post
Now that I own the Sennheiser HD800 I have a better headphone to relate them to - they sound very much like a full size HD800, but with a smaller more circular soundstage, with the listener in the middle like the HE60. The ES3X may still be more detailed/faster than the HD800.
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.
post #288 of 343
How much does a pair of ES3X's run? (impressions + all)
Thanks!
post #289 of 343
Thank you for the detailed review!
post #290 of 343
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Originally Posted by Hsiu View Post
I had normal hobby (radio control model) which sold in hobby shop. you should tell her normal hobby don't cost less then HiFi as one can get a RC jet for 22k for the plane alone exclude radio equipments and engine. not to mention people have various models and a huge truck/van to carry them around
Before this my hobby was taking a $20K Subaru and putting in $20K worth of turbo/engine/transmission/suspension into it. Before that my hobby was to own one of every handgun and rifle out there that struck my fancy (and sometimes 2-3 extras)...
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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.


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Originally Posted by Blasto_Brandino View Post
How much does a pair of ES3X's run? (impressions + all)
Thanks!
Expect to pay between $700-$850.
post #292 of 343
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Expect to pay between $700-$850.
HOLY CRAP! Sorry, I'll look into them (I'd like to try the CR1's first), but there are several large cans I'll pursue first .
Thanks for the reply, been wondering how much those ran for a while now.
post #293 of 343

fantastic job!

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Thanks!

post #295 of 343

Ear Wax.. :)

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Originally Posted by Pianist View Post   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.
post #296 of 343

RE ES3X:

Small soundstage? yes.

Congested? nope... clear as a bell.

post #297 of 343

A very good review HeadphoneAddict. Are we going to hear some reviews for the upcoming ES5 in the near future? The ES5 totally won me over and it betters the JH13. I'm a detail freak :p


Edited by ThEvil0nE - 6/12/10 at 8:04pm
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A very good review HeadphoneAddict. Are we going to hear some reviews for the upcoming ES5 in the near future? The ES5 totally won me over and it betters the JH13. I'm a detail freak :p


Yes, I do plan to do that.

post #299 of 343

Excellent! I'm with TheEvilOne in terms of being a detail freak - but haven't heard the ES5. Very interested to get more impresions.

post #300 of 343

I will be getting the ES5 come release day. The sound it produced out from the balanced Protector was simply amazing. I can't wait for a full detailed review and I firmly believe that one will be from HeadphoneAddict himself :-) 

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