Talking about 334 vs. ES5
I had 334 for a while (just sold them recently)
Here's my experience:
1. 334 sounds more "romantic" and "realistic",and definitely colored compare to ES5, the former sounds more like a "fun sounding" consumer product while the latter is more like a stage monitor.
2. 334's bass is muddier, slower but punchier than the ES5, also with more weight to it. But none of them are as good as the JH13 in terms of bass texture, extension and impact (actually texture wise ES5 is as good as JH13, but ES5 lacks extension and impact)
3. 334's highs are actually quite bright and there is a hot spot which there (to my ears) that made it sound a bit livelier but there is a little fatigue.
4. 334 has much bigger sound stage (pair with my DX100, I would say 334 and JH13 both sounds more spacious than the ES5), however, the imaging of 334 is just weird...
All in all, 334 sounds livelier and more romantic because it's clearly colored, and it actually makes the music sounds better, while ES5 makes the music sounds exactly as what they are.
Edited by czqdtc - 12/5/12 at 10:20pm