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post #586 of 745

I love the feel of the lambskin leather earpads on these. :D

post #587 of 745
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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 


Not sure, maybe some of the DT1350 or Senn HD series pads? I'm not going to make the fit tighter by bending the headband... it looks super flimsy and I've got a big noggin to begin with.

 

The headband's backbone is steel, so it will work.  I bent mine.

Just don't put pressure on the hinge joints, you bend it while holding the plastic pieces that have the headband's leather going into it.

post #588 of 745

After delaying for a year, I'm sending my ESW9A off today to get recabled with Silver Dragon IEM cable...hopefully any changes are small improvements as I'm relatively happy with the sound signature as is...but a little boost in detail wouldn't hurt.

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Anyone knows if AT is planning a follow-up to these? Love the ESW9, love the ESW11 when I heard them but it's been a while now and *hopefully* there's something in the pipeline

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Originally Posted by wolfen68 View Post
 

After delaying for a year, I'm sending my ESW9A off today to get recabled with Silver Dragon IEM cable...hopefully any changes are small improvements as I'm relatively happy with the sound signature as is...but a little boost in detail wouldn't hurt.

 

Hi Wolfen,

 

Let us know how they sound when you get them back!

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Anyone knows if AT is planning a follow-up to these? Love the ESW9, love the ESW11 when I heard them but it's been a while now and *hopefully* there's something in the pipeline

 

I hope so to—another special edition type with nice wood cups would be great. I missed out on the ESW10s and the ESW11s since I discovered the ESW9s late last year. I know the 11s are available on Audio Cubes for $699, but I'm waiting for AT to do something really special ...

 

I noticed recently Amazon has the 9s for $189 shipped. One of the great portable audio bargains ever!

post #592 of 745
I'm still amazed how well these sound out of my phone. It's almost like having a tube amp in the chain.

Considering not needing an external amp/dac they're very convenient and for the price it's magnificent.
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I'm still amazed how well these sound out of my phone. It's almost like having a tube amp in the chain.

Considering not needing an external amp/dac they're very convenient and for the price it's magnificent.

 

yes, a classic sounding tube amp with a rich and creamy texture. Good observation. :beerchug:

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Just bought these this morning and waiting for them to arrive. I plan on carrying them in my backpack and using them with my laptop. I sold my previous portable can, the German Maestro 8.35, due to their high clamping pressure. They were super tough though.

Has anyone have any issues with the ATH-ESW9's durability?
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Just bought these this morning and waiting for them to arrive. I plan on carrying them in my backpack and using them with my laptop. I sold my previous portable can, the German Maestro 8.35, due to their high clamping pressure. They were super tough though.

Has anyone have any issues with the ATH-ESW9's durability?

 

Hi Jason,

 

Although there is a lot of reportage about the hinges being easily broken, I have not had this experience. I would suggest when twisting the ESW9 cups in order to position them on your head, do so gently with both hands. I've done many miles of hiking with these on with no issues.

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Originally Posted by Jasonsdman View Post

Just bought these this morning and waiting for them to arrive. I plan on carrying them in my backpack and using them with my laptop. I sold my previous portable can, the German Maestro 8.35, due to their high clamping pressure. They were super tough though.

Has anyone have any issues with the ATH-ESW9's durability?


The plastic issues have been dealt with by ATH, unless you get the very first batches (pre-2011 IIRC) you're fine. If you bang your back pack around a lot I would recommend getting a hard case for your new HPs.

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Originally Posted by Soundsgoodtome View Post
 
The plastic issues have been dealt with by ATH, unless you get the very first batches (pre-2011 IIRC) you're fine. If you bang your back pack around a lot I would recommend getting a hard case for your new HPs.

I haven't had any problems with the joints on my ESW9A (knock on wood earcups), but out of curiosity, what exactly do you mean by "The plastic issues have been dealt with"? Did AT change the type of plastic they use? Or did they change the design of joint piece?

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I haven't had any problems with the joints on my ESW9A (knock on wood earcups), but out of curiosity, what exactly do you mean by "The plastic issues have been dealt with"? Did AT change the type of plastic they use? Or did they change the design of joint piece?


I've read on the threads (I think it's much earlier on this one) that when people had breakage on their plastic from adjusting the headband via the cups, after receiving it back from ATH there was a note or sticker saying parts were replaced with newer 2011 pieces or something rather. I forget where I read it (it's here on Head-Fi IIRC) but it wasn't that long ago when I was reading up on the HP.

post #599 of 745
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Originally Posted by jwbrent View Post
 

 

Hi Jason,

 

Although there is a lot of reportage about the hinges being easily broken, I have not had this experience. I would suggest when twisting the ESW9 cups in order to position them on your head, do so gently with both hands. I've done many miles of hiking with these on with no issues.

 

I would still do this when positioning the cups.  They do have resistance when twisting the ear cups and plastic are...well plastic.  I do believe if you treat them with care they shouldn't give any problems.  I own two sets before, one back in 2010 and the current one more recently in 2013.  To me base on memory, they look the same/built the same and I had no trouble with both.  I say buy a hard case for ease of mind.

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The AT-HPP5N from audiocubes.com seems like the best case for it although the price is a little high at $55 with shipping. I might wait and see if the headphones really need it when they arrive. I can't imagine it being that bad as quite a few of the AT headphones use the same design. I do try to take good care of my headphones though.

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